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Morning Read: Funding poses challenge for English-learners

LA School Report | February 25, 2014

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New funding law puts focus on translation for non-English speakers
School districts with high concentrations of English-learner students are facing a new challenge in ensuring that parents who need language translation are informed of their role under the funding formula for schools. California’s new Local Control Funding Formula emphasizes the importance of parental involvement in guiding school spending decisions. EdSource

Rules to limit marketing unhealthy food in schools
Even the scoreboards in high school gyms eventually will have to promote good health. Moving beyond the lunch line, new rules that will be proposed Tuesday by the White House and the Agriculture Department would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools. Sacramento Bee

Bipartisan effort to restore school bus funding
School districts could see significant increases in funding for transportation costs if either of two separate Senate proposals introduced this week ends up as law. Because the funding distribution is so uneven, critics say, children – depending upon where they live – are denied equal access to their schools, especially in lean budget times. SI&A Cabinet Report

Repeal of California transgender student rights bill fails
Efforts to overturn a law shielding transgender students stalled Monday, with advocates of the repeal failing to gather enough signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the referendum on Assembly Bill 1266 finished about 17,000 signatures short of the 504,760 valid names needed to go before voters. Sacramento Bee

‘Platooning’ on the rise in early grades
At Sharpstein Elementary School, 2nd graders are getting used to a routine that most American children don’t learn for four more years: Several times a day, they line up and switch classrooms and teachers by subject. They spend the morning with one teacher for reading and writing, breaking in the middle for music, library, or physical education classes. EdWeek

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