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LA School Report | July 17, 2013

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Council District 6 Candidates Battle Over Teacher Abuse Issue
Accusations of a cover-up involving a Pacoima teacher charged with molesting school children are roiling the District 6 race, prompting personal confessions and counterattacks. Candidate Nury Martinez, a former school board member, revealed this week she was molested as a 3-year-old by her Van Nuys neighbor. The abuse went on for about two years, she said. LA Daily News

Charge in Martinez-Montañez Race is Off Target: Opinion
All may be fair in love, war and political campaigns, but that doesn’t mean a candidate can never go too far, as a development in the Los Angeles City Council contest between Nury Martinez and Cindy Montañez has shown. LA Daily News 

Critics Cite Napolitano’s Lack of Academic Background
University of California Regents are meeting in San Francisco on Thursday to vote on the appointment of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to be the next UC president — one of the most prestigious jobs in higher education — but some are asking whether she’s the right person for the job. KPCC

Teens Using Beats and Rhymes After Zimmerman Acquittal
Lee Greenwood hasn’t been to any of the protests on the George Zimmerman trial verdict. His mom won’t let him. But the 15-year-old Crenshaw Arts and Tech High School student is outraged at George Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. So he’s been tweeting about it and, yesterday at a meeting of his hip hop youth group, he freestyle rapped about it. KPCC

Demographic Change Shows Importance of Academic Achievement
Once on welfare, Ke’sha Scrivner worked her way off by studying early childhood education and landing a full-time job for the District of Columbia’s education superintendent. She sees education as the path to a better life for her and her five children, pushing them to finish high school and continue with college or a trade school. EdWeek

House Legislation Would Slash Education Funding
A coalition of 112 national education associations and institutions representing birth to postgraduate education is protesting the section of Republican-backed legislation in the House that would slash federal education funding as part of reshaping the No Child Left Behind law. Washington Post

Cantor, Kline Push NCLB Rewrite, Public School Choice
School choice will be part of the debate when the U.S. House of Representatives takes up its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, possibly as early as this week. The House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has become much more active on K-12 issues lately, has introduced an amendment that would allow Title I dollars to follow children to the public school of their choice, including charter schools. Edweek

House GOP Rolls Out Conservative Education Bill
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made a fresh push Tuesday to pass a massive rewrite of No Child Left Behind, as Republicans try to roll back the controversial education performance standards of the past decade while touting conservative priorities like charter school vouchers. Politico

Why Just 44% of Teachers are Satisfied with Their Jobs
The fact that nearly half of teachers leave the classroom within five years of entering the profession speaks for itself. Beyond that, though more than half of teachers are involved in school leadership and more than half express interest in taking on additional roles outside of the classroom, the model throughout the country for teacher advancement is flat. In too many school districts, systems do not exist to allow teachers to access meaningful opportunities for leadership that draw on their success in the classroom. Policymic

Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks
America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly. Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen. New York Times

Fruits and Veggies will Flourish in Classrooms with New Grants
Hungry students don’t learn as well, which is why schools on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of new or renewed federal and state funding to provide students with fruits, vegetables, breakfasts and summer meals. EdSource

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