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LA School Report | June 17, 2014

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New child care spending a good first step
Child care funding included in the final state budget adds thousands of new slots and restores reimbursement rates, but still leaves California nearly 40 percent short of the monies it provided for those programs prior to the recession. The $264 million Fair Start proposal aims to invest in early learning and childcare programs. S&I Cabinet Report

Bill to speed firing of some public school teachers advances
A bill to hasten the dismissal of some public school teachers appears to be speeding into law, but it won’t calm the furor unleashed last week when a judge threw out key job protections for California instructors. The faster process would apply to teachers suspected of serious offenses, such as attempted murder, sexual misconduct or drug offenses. LA Times

Dumping tenure law would help state’s credit, Moody’s says
California’s public schools would benefit financially if last week’s Superior Court ruling striking down teacher tenure laws is upheld, credit rating agency Moody’s said in a note published Monday. Moody’s rates bonds issued by more than 100 California school districts. In general, the higher a district’s credit rating, the lower the interest rate it pays when it borrows money. SF Gate

LAUSD has enough yes-men; it needs Stuart Magruder
Editorial: Stuart Magruder probably isn’t the most get-along member of the bond oversight committee for the Los Angeles Unified School District. And that’s OK. The top priority of a member of the bond committee is not to make friends but to protect fiercely both taxpayer money and the students of L.A. Unified. LA Times

Why this is California’s moment to help teachers, students grow
Opinion: At its heart, the landmark June 11 Vergara ruling in California superior court was a decision in support of the notion that every child has a constitutional right to an excellent teacher. In finding California’s teacher tenure laws and “last in/first out” seniority rules unconstitutional, the judge found that such provisions create inequities in our schools. Hechinger Report

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