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LA School Report | February 3, 2014

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Deasy provides fodder for both sides in lawsuit
In a groundbreaking trial over teacher job protections, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was the early star witness — for both sides. The case, Vergara vs. California, challenges a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure. LA Times

Aggressive pr campaign amplifies courtroom battle 
The potentially game-changing Vergara v. California lawsuit, which attacks key aspects of California law on how teachers are evaluated and fired, opened in Los Angeles last week and has been accompanied by an aggressive public relations campaign unmatched by the opposing side – the State of California and its teachers unions. EdSource 

Another Miramonte child abuse case emerges from the shadows
The 2012 child abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary became the biggest and costliest in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Obscured in the flood of publicity, however, has been the case of another third-grade teacher at Miramonte: Martin Springer, who came to the attention of investigators as they questioned students. LA Times

Parent Universities help districts tap into feedback for funding formula
School leaders are saying that one of the best known ways to involve parents – establishing a “Parent University” program – will be a boon to engaging them in the state’s new funding reforms championed by Gov. Jerry Brown. EdSource 

Los Angeles leaders tackle education at Gitnick Super Bowl party
For more than 2½ decades, Dr. Gary Gitnick has invited some of Los Angeles’ most influential leaders in government and education to his Encino home to watch the Super Bowl and, more importantly, to tackle the issue of improving education during a halftime discussion. LA Daily News

Charter loyalist seeks state superintendent’s seat
He looks too young for the trials he would face as chief of California’s large and complex public education system, but Marshall Tuck tells you right off he’s been running schools for more than a decade. All of that time has been spent in L.A. – not Sacramento – which is something else he’s quick to mention. SI&A Cabinet Report

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