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LA School Report | December 11, 2015

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Students react to outgoing superintendent Ramon Cortines
The take-away for the high schools students: Don’t trust kids with technology, get us updated textbooks, and improve our schools at the bottom.
Los Angeles Times, by Daniela Gerson

A kids’ coding expert says we’re making computer class way too boring
LA Unified and other districts wanting to require computer science for all grades need to teach it better, says computer expert Mitchel Resnick.
NPR, by Anya Kamenetz

Palo Alto considers name change for school honoring David Starr Jordan
The school is named after Stanford’s founding president and a prominent eugenicist, and some parents think he was racist.
NBC Bay Area, by Ryann Vargas

Parents, worried about winter learning loss? This is for you
Winter break starts on Dec. 21 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. So should parents worry about keeping their children engaged in learning?
Los Angeles Times, by Michelle Maltais

Preschool programs face challenge of teaching English learners
About half of the children in the two largest public preschool programs in California–Head Start and the California State Preschool Program–speak a language other than English at home.
EdSource, by Sarah Tulley

CDC grades American schools on how well they teach sex education
American high schools still need improvement in teaching sex ed, according to a new report card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Los Angeles Times, by Karen Kaplan

Why Google is winning the race for American schools
Computer makers are selling fewer PCs this year than last, but there’s one area where companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple see growth: in schools.
Fortune, by Kif Leswing

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