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Morning Read: Deasy Signals Closer Ties to City Hall

LA School Report | January 22, 2014

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Los Angeles City Hall takes a fresh look at LAUSD
Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy made a rare appearance before a City Council committee on Tuesday, marking the potential start of a closer relationship between City Hall and the school district. LA Daily News

Early education narrows the gap between the haves and have-nots

Commentary: Compton, Watts and other South Los Angeles communities are filled with families struggling with the growing income disparity that grips the country. Rather than wallow in the inequity of all this, what can we do? As president of the Compton Unified School District, my answer is to empower all kids from the very outset of their young lives. EdSource

College readiness grants require local partners

While a new $250 million state grant is expected to induce a new era in California’s K-12 career-readiness education, to keep the program alive participating school groups must also show their own monetary commitment, officials said Tuesday. State leaders made it clear that they’ll be looking for proposals that show schools and their private-sector partners can fund their own programs in the near-future. SI&A Cabinet Report 

How stealing a better education for your kids can land you in jail

The statistics of Millburn High School would make the heart of any parent flutter: There is one teacher per 13 kids, 98 percent of students graduate, and 70 percent of juniors and seniors pass at least one Advanced Placement test. Millburn High consistently ranks as one of the top-performing schools in the country. Aljazeera America

Districts Get Creative to Build Faster Internet Connections

Desperate for access to high-speed fiber-optic cable that can meet their demands for bandwidth, and frustrated with the ways in which federal regulations and large telecommunications companies often get in the way, some districts are getting creative. EdWeek

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