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LA School Report | August 20, 2014

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L.A. Unified principals given guidance on student free speech rights
As unrest continues in Ferguson, Mo. and, to a degree in Los Angeles, after the fatal police shootings of unarmed black men in those cities, Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy asked principals Tuesday to be vigilant in their efforts to provide an environment for students to exercise their 1st Amendment rights. LA Times

County yet to approve LA Unified’s LCAP
The Los Angeles County Office of Education is withholding approval of the Local Control and Accountability Plan drawn up by the Los Angeles Unified School District pending clarification of the $700 million the school district says it spent last year on low-income students, English learners and foster children. EdSource

Demise of the school bond means big spike in housing fees
Fallout from the Brown administration’s decision this month to ice the statewide school bond this November will almost certainly spike developer fees on new housing, by as much as $30,000 per unit in some places. S&I Cabinet Report

Gallup finds opposition to Common Core
Americans are hearing more about the Common Core State Standards and most of them don’t like what they’re hearing, according to a national opinion poll released Wednesday. Edsource

Bill would block expulsion for ‘willful defiance’
The state Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would prevent California schools from expelling students for willfully defying school authorities, a punishment that activists say is unevenly applied and disproportionately affects minority students. Sacramento Bee

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