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Morning Read: Mixed Reactions Follow Board Elections

Samantha Oltman | March 7, 2013

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Victorious LAUSD Incumbent Vows to Keep Challenging Deasy
Having presented the Los Angeles School Board election races as a referendum on Superintendent John Deasy’s future, the club of six- and seven-figure donors in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Coalition for School Reform may have succeeded in making Deasy’s life more complicated. EdSource
See also: LA Daily News, Dropout Nation Opinion, LA Times

A Teach for America Fight
Wiping out the ‘intern credential’ for teachers of English learners is bad policy seemingly aimed at getting Teach for America out of California schools. LA Times Editorial

L.A. Election Lessons — and What’s Ahead for Garcetti, Greuel
The Los Angeles city primary election results are in. They answered some questions and raised others. Here are five things we learned — or, notably, have yet to learn — after Tuesday’s voting produced runoffs for mayor and the two other citywide offices, runoffs in three of the eight City Council races, and the solid rejection of the Proposition A sales-tax hike. LA Daily News Opinion

Districts Tying Principal Reviews to Test Scores
A growing number of school districts—including large ones like those in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Hawaii—have become recent converts to new principal-evaluation systems that tie school leaders’ appraisals to student test scores. EdWeek

Making Teacher Evaluation a Launch Pad for Growth
Policymakers and leaders from both sides of the aisle may love teachers, but a major policy push in recent years is for more-stringent performance evaluation for them. Is teacher evaluation just the latest round of hype in education reform? Or is there reason to hope for something better? EdWeek Commentary

Student Mentors: How 6th and 12th Graders Learn From Each Other
When Tracy Edwards posted on Facebook last October that she was searching for a part-time writing instructor for a middle school program, Kip Glazer jumped immediately at the chance. But Glazer wasn’t applying for herself. Instead, she envisioned her 100 senior high school English students, who were about to become virtual writing mentors to 200 6th-graders halfway across the nation. KQED NPR

State Board Takes up Student Fee Complaint Rules
As confusion persists in the field over a new law banning student fees for educational activities, state officials are set next week to consider creating a process for resolving complaints lodged against districts. SI&A Cabinet Report

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