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LA School Report | January 15, 2014

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LAUSD moves forward with second phase of iPad rollout
Amid scrutiny over Los Angeles Unified School District’s $1 billion iPad program, board members moved Tuesday to put more devices into the hands of thousands of students. The board voted to approve the second phase of its iPad program, allowing 38 campuses to receive tablets. LA Daily News

L.A. Unified negotiates lower price for iPads
L.A. school district officials are negotiating a lower price for thousands of iPads that are part of a $1-billion effort to provide tablets to every student, teacher and administrator. The reduced price, about $200 to $300 less per device, would apply to as many as 67,500 iPads that would be used initially only for new state tests in the spring. LA Times

LAUSD To Appoint Representative Following Death Of LaMotte
The Los Angeles Unified School District board agreed Tuesday to the appointment of an interim, non-voting representative to fill the vacancy left following the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. CBS Los Angeles

Hundreds expected to speak their 1-minute piece to State Board
In an advocacy arms race, groups representing school boards and district administrators on one side and advocates for low-income children and English learners on the other are lining up hundreds of speakers for a State Board of Education hearing Thursday on proposed LCFF regulations. EdSource 

State Board poised to elevate parents’ role in setting district priorities
Engaging parents is one of eight priorities that school districts must address under the law creating the new state finance system, the Local Control Funding Formula. Parental and community involvement will also soon become a guiding force behind the funding system’s central element: a three-year budget plan explicitly tying spending to student achievement goals that every district must create. EdSource


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