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LA School Report | May 15, 2014

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California among worst in the nation in school segregation
As racial separation in education steadily grows, California now leads the nation in children going to school with their own kind, a UCLA study released Wednesday contends. On the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education ruling intended to dismantle segregation, the report by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project says that California students are more likely than ever to attend racially isolated schools. San Jose Mercury

San Bernardino aims to get all students on a career path in three years
Her classmates were anxiously preparing for the big trigonometry test, but 18-year-old Michelle Orozco had bigger worries on her mind: She was their teacher that day. The senior is a participant in her school’s Educators for Tomorrow academy, a career program that introduces students to the teaching profession. EdSource

LEAs face a big tab for teacher pensions under Brown’s plan
The financial contribution school districts will make to help close an unfunded liability of $74 billion in teacher pensions will jump nearly 11 percent under Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget proposal released Tuesday. As happy as some school managers are that Brown is taking seriously the problems facing the California State Teacher Retirement System, they also worry about meeting the new obligation using existing resources provided under the Local Control Funding Formula. S&I Cabinet Report

Digital education is supposed to transform public education, but many schools can’t even get online
To technology advocates, these scenes are a vision of how technology could transform American classrooms. With a computer — or a laptop, or tablet, or even a smart phone — in every student and every teacher’s hand, the idea is that school will be better tailored to students’ needs and also better able to prepare them for the sorts of high-skilled, technology-centric jobs that will dominate in the future. It could even help close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students. Hechinger Report

Mayor, L.A. Unified announce citywide summer learning program
As part of an effort to close what Mayor Eric Garcetti says is a skills gap in the Los Angeles workforce, officials announced a new summer program Tuesday to provide online and in-person classes to a wide range of young and older students. LA Times

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