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Morning Read: Downey USD’s take on Common Core gets attention

LA School Report | May 11, 2015

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Students teaching students in new world of Common Core math
Four years into teaching Common Core-based math in elementary schools, Downey Unified is betting that its collaborative approach will serve its students. KPCC

Toxic turf? Movement grows against synthetic turf
Artificial turf fields, cushioned with recycled crushed tires and increasingly in demand for US athletic complexes, are getting some serious pushback. Huffington Post

‘We’ve got to remember this isn’t a race’ in implementing Common Core
EdSource is conducting a series of interviews featuring educators’ experiences with the Common Core State Standards. Ed Source

Local students invited to take part in national conferences with high fees
Each year, tens of thousands of students across the United States receive letters from for-profit organizations. Los Angeles Daily News

Policy quagmire surrounds LCAP accountability
To an outsider, efforts by the California State Board of Education last week to refine new accountability measures for school districts might have seemed a little chaotic. SI&A Cabinet Report

Enrollment in state pre-k inches up but disparities remain
Early education is widely recognized as an important component to helping ensure children from all backgrounds enter school ready to learn. Sacramento Bee

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