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LA School Report | May 30, 2014

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South LA to elect a school board member; Can a new face help?
South Los Angles residents will vote Tuesday on a new school board member – but their decision will affect students all over the district. A slate of seven candidates are vying for District One – which became vacant last year when Marguerite LaMotte died in the middle of her term. It’s home to the poorest performing schools in Los Angeles. KPCC

California’s CORE Districts Faltering On Key Tenets of Waiver
The California districts that won a special reprieve from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act are falling short on several key pieces of their waiver agreement, and, in some areas, made major changes to their plan without first getting permission from the U.S. Department of Education. In an undated monitoring report posted on the website of the California Office to Reform Education (or CORE, as the coalition of districts is called), Education Department officials flag several problems with the districts’ adherence to the first-of-its-kind waiver. EdWeek

New online database aims to get students into internships
A new online database being developed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the nonprofit Linked Learning Alliance aims to solve that challenge by helping match high school and community college students with employers willing to hire them as interns. Linked learning programs combine academics with real-world work experience.The database, called LaunchPath, is the first of its kind in California. The online program will allow students and teachers to peruse and apply for internships at participating employers. EdSource


Dodgers Foundation commits $200K for Breakfast In LAUSD Classrooms
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has committed to giving $200,000 to the School Fuel program, which provides universal breakfast to nearly half a million students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In partnership with the LA Fund For Public Education, the LADF’s support of the School Fuel program will continue through the 2014-2015 school year and will include classroom distribution of 24 million breakfast trays and more than six million Dodger milk cartons per month featuring Ethier, Carl Crawford, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu. CBS Local

Vergara v. California: The most important case you’ve never heard of
Commentary: This school year, parents learned a tough lesson: The only force on behalf of the public interest is an interested public. And sometimes the students show us the way. Nine public school children have been courageously taking on the government in California, where their right to a sound education is rooted in the Constitution. A judge’s decision is expected soon, and their lawsuit is being watched closely in education circles. Given the stakes, Vergara v. California—so named for one of the plaintiffs, student Beatriz Vergara—deserves even wider attention. The Daily Beast

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