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LA School Report | February 13, 2014

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California leads nation in new charter schools and students
California led the country in opening new charter schools this fiscal year, adding 104 campuses and 48,000 students, according to a report released Wednesday. Data compiled by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools showed that California also led the nation in charter school closures with 39, leaving California with 1,130 charter schools serving 519,000 students. Contra Costa Times

Charter schools association pushing to weed out low-scoring schools
Upping its campaign to root out what it views as its lowest performing schools, the California Charter Schools Association last week criticized a San Jose school district for allowing a charter school to open two more campuses next year. EdSource 

LAUSD to ask for more crossing guards after deadly accident
”Limited resources” are being blamed as the reason why a crossing guard was not in place at an intersection where a mother was fatally struck by a semi-truck as she walked her daughter to school. The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of Bronson Avenue, across from Le Conte Middle School, the Los Angeles Police Department said. CBS Los Angeles

Districts moving ahead with Prop. 39 energy projects
Armed with the guidelines for a new energy efficiency program, school districts across the state are beginning to access millions of dollars that will allow them to retrofit or build facilities that not only save money in the long run but also create higher quality learning environments for students. SI&A Cabinet Report

Parent-trigger vandalism case may cost woman city post
A Southern California woman may be ousted from her city leadership post for allegedly vandalizing a classroom after losing a political fight against the so-called parent trigger law. Lori Yuan, who chairs the planning commission in the Mojave Desert city of Adelanto, Calif., joined fellow parent Chrissy Guzman in leading the opposition to a campaign to convert Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school using California’s Parent Empowerment Act of 2010. Hechinger Report 

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