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Morning Read: Garcetti, Greuel Debate Who’s Best for LA

Samantha Oltman | April 23, 2013

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Garcetti, Greuel Debate Who Can Best Lead Los Angeles As Mayor
The two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles made robust cases for themselves in a televised debate Monday night from the USC Health Sciences Campus east of downtown, but they became most passionate when they squared off, again, on the question of who would be the most independent leader. LA Times

Saving the California Dream: ‘Parent Trigger’ Profiles
Parents at Weigand Elementary School in Watts are the most the recent group to organize and deliver a petition, and they say it’s been a tough fight so far. “The courage it takes to sign a petition when you know there’s going to be a battle is tremendous,” says Alfonso Flores, a former LAUSD “Teacher of the Year.” Fox LA

Attack Shows Education  Reform Gaining Ground
The passage by delegates at this month’s California Democratic Convention of a resolution condemning Democrats, including me, who support education reform illustrates an ongoing battle among Democrats across the nation. O.C. Register Opinion (Gloria Romero)

Burbank Teacher Suspended After Breaking State Standardized Testing Rules
At least one elementary school class has had their test scores invalidated, and the district’s ranking could be in jeopardy. NBC LA
See also: KPCC

Shepard Fairey Asks Students for Inspiration for Arts Education Campaign
Street artist Shepard Fairey, made famous by his “Hope” poster for President Barack Obama, is tapping LA students for inspiration. HuffPo

Charter School Teachers Join the Union
Teachers at Ivy Academia in Los Angeles are the latest to join a wave of union organizing victories at charter schools. Labor Notes Opinion

San Fernando Valley Rivals Face Off for U.S. Academic Decathlon Title
When Granada Hills Charter High defends its national Academic Decathlon title this week, its toughest competition won’t be from its traditional rivals in Texas and Arizona, but from a school just 14 miles away. LA Daily News

Ed. Companies Exert Public-Policy Influence
Some education observers are alarmed at what they see as increasingly aggressive moves by companies to make money from the K-12 system; others say the expanding role of for-profit ventures is just a natural evolution of the interplay between the private and public sectors in efforts to improve schools. EdWeek

Sal Khan: The Man Who Tutored His Cousin – and Started a Revolution
Sal Khan has a simple mission: a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Naturally, people think he’s crazy. Guardian

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