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Morning Read: Education bills pile up for returning CA lawmakers

LA School Report | August 5, 2014



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Lawmakers face long list of education bills
Standardized testing inaccuracies, funding for new adult education programs and new Common Core assessments for students with disabilities are among the education proposals left to be decided upon by legislators returning from summer recess Monday. S&I Cabinet Report


Number of AP tests hits all-time high in L.A. Unified
The number of Advanced Placement exams taken in the Los Angeles Unified School District hit an all-time high during the 2013-14 school year. Students took 48,000 AP tests across the district, up 62% from seven years ago, L.A. Unified announced. LA Times


Supporters make case for California school bond
Legislative supporters of putting a multibillion-dollar school construction bond on the fall ballot kicked off efforts Monday to pass the measure by the end of next week, with California’s largest homebuilding group warning that the state otherwise faces a “nuclear option” of more expensive homes. Sac Bee


L.A. school board race turns nasty for no good reason
Editorial: Negative campaigning is a legitimate if overused tactic. If a candidate for elected office has flaws, his opponent has every right to say so. But in the current runoff race for the Los Angeles Unified school board, the attacks on veteran educator George McKenna by his opponent Alex Johnson and some of his backers haven’t simply been negative — they have crossed the line into the misleading if not downright inaccurate. LA Times


Where the wild things play: Does ‘dangerous play’ help kids learn?
Braden Swenson wanders into a semi-rickety wooden shed on his search for gold, treasure and riches. “Is there any tweasure in here?” he asks in the endearing dialect of a 4-year-old. “I’ve been looking everywhere for them. NPR Ed

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