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LA School Report | June 19, 2014

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Report: Economic prosperity relies on boosting immigrant education
Home to one-quarter of the nation’s immigrants and a top-destination for incoming refugees, California must significantly improve educational outcomes for immigrant youth if the state – and the nation – are to stay economically competitive, according to a new report. EdSource

Appeals tie up teacher misconduct cases
Two years after teacher misconduct scandals rocked Los Angeles Unified and sent a surge of complaints to state regulators, a new spike threatens to degrade the educator oversight system as credential-holders accused mostly of criminal offenses fight to retain their licenses. S&I Cabinet Report

CA lawmakers consider expanding teacher tenure despite court ruling
A union-backed bill in the California legislature to expand tenure protections for public school teachers to other employees stalled on Wednesday amid concern about a court ruling last week that said the practice is unconstitutional and hurts students. Reuters

Aren’t California tenure policies in fact unreasonable?
Commentary: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu handed down a ruling in Vergara vs California this month tossing out California statutes providing job protections to teachers, siding with plaintiffs who argued that California children who live in low-income families receive an inadequate education because they get weak teachers who can’t be fired. Washington Post

The good teacher-bad teacher debate
Commentary: The full effect of the Vergara v. California decision has yet to be seen, but already it has reignited the old debate about identifying good and bad teachers The facile response is that everyone in a school knows which teachers fall into one category or another. I’d like to explore this assertion. EdWeek

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