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LA School Report | June 25, 2013

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Study: Charter School Students Show Reading Gains over Public Schools
The nation’s charter school students showed more academic gains in reading than their public school counterparts did according to a new study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University. The study showed no difference in math performance between the two groups. KPCC

See also: Washington Post, NY Times, Huffington Post

Duncan Indicates Support for District Waiver, Praises Brown’s Funding Reform
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan set aside years of acrimony and disagreements with Gov. Jerry Brown and sang the governor’s praises during an event Friday night in San Francisco. EdSource 

Parents Of Mentally Disabled Teen to Sue LAUSD Over Alleged Student-On-Student Sexual Assault
The parents of a developmentally disabled seventh grader announced Monday that their attorney will file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District, after they say their son was sexually assaulted by another student during a physical education class. CBS News

See also: KTLA

Tablets in the Classroom Bring Cutting Edge Problems, Too
Tech writer and wireless network administrator Lee Badman outlines a multitude of problems educators face when incorporating iPads into the school day including failing wireless networks and teachers serving double duty as tech support. KPCC, LA Times

America’s Mayors Leading on Education Reform
Opinion: There’s been a sea change in the education landscape over the past two years, but you won’t see it if you’re looking toward D.C. Instead, look toward our nation’s mayors. Politico 

Ex-USC Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Child Sex Charges
A former USC professor accused of flying to the Philippines to have sex with boys he met online pleaded not guilty today to federal charges and was ordered detained pending trial on the basis of what a Los Angeles judge called “danger to the community.” LA Daily News

Colleges Nationwide May Look at California’s Affirmative Action Plan
With the Supreme Court handing down a tentative decision on affirmative action Monday, many colleges nationwide may look to California, where voters banned racial preferences in 1996. LA Times

Schools Test-Drive Common Core
More than a million students across the country have traded their No. 2 pencils, test booklets, and bubble sheets for computing devices to participate in a pilot of math and English/language arts online assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards. EdWeek 

Study: US Education Spending Tops Global List
The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year, with parents and private foundations picking up more of the costs, an international survey released Tuesday found. EdWeek

See also: Washington Post 

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