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LA School Report | June 20, 2014

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Charter schools’ $100,000 opposition helps sink district’s bond measure
Earlier this month, and for the first time, the political arm of the California Charter Schools Association campaigned heavily against a proposed school construction bond in a district that hadn’t agreed to share the proceeds with charter schools. EdSource

One more push for pesticide control on school grounds
The third time may be the charm for a California senator attempting to tighten regulations around the use of harmful pesticides at schools. SB 1405, which has passed out of the Senate and next faces a floor vote in the Assembly, would strengthen the Healthy School Act of 2000. S&I Cabinet Report

Controversial report paints grim picture of teacher education
Amid a national debate about tenure laws that can keep ineffective teachers in the classroom, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), an advocacy group, has turned the spotlight on teacher education programs and the results paint a grim picture. Hechinger Report

LA Fund launches blog to spark schools talk
An organization cofounded by Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy launched a blog Thursday in the hope of creating a forum for teachers, parents, students, legislators and community members to discuss any and all issues related to education. LA Daily News

Former LAUSD teacher sentenced for sexually abusing 3 students, relative
Former LAUSD teacher Robert Pimentel was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing three students and a female relative. Pimentel, who taught at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, pleaded no contest in May to one count of continuous sexual abuse and three counts of performing a lewd act on a child. KCBS Local

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