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LA School Report | October 21, 2013

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L.A. Unified’s English learner action upsets parents, teachers

Luis Gaytan, the 5-year-old son of Mexican immigrants who speak Spanish at home, was so terrified by kindergarten that he would barely talk — prompting classmates to tease that he didn’t have a tongue. LA Times

CA’s $250M investment in linked learning complicated by rules, regs
The big problem facing planners today, however, is how to get hundreds – if not thousands – of private businesses to provide those job experiences, a commitment complicated by a recent court case and seemingly unaccommodating labor regulations. SI&A Cabinet Report

‘Parent Trigger’ School Faces Challenge to Deliver
The parent-led battle to transform Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school may be over, but the storybook ending that many charter supporters sought for the children in this Mojave Desert community may be even more challenging to achieve. EdWeek

Low income students face challenge of “college isn’t for us”
Commentary: I opened the door to see my best friend from childhood, Randall, chewing on a pen top, facing me in his baggy jeans. How was it that my ace homie growing up–the one who I would run the streets with for hours–ended up on the fast track to prison while I sped toward opportunities? Hechinger Report

Tools for parents: What to look for in a preschool program
A growing body of research indicates that a high-quality preschool education can position children for academic success for years to come, but how does a parent know what to look for when it comes to selecting a school for their child? EdSource

California legislature drops ball on abusive teachers
Commentary: We may chuckle at Greece’s folly, but the case also raises a question: Other than degree, isn’t what didn’t happen to those two murderers very similar to what didn’t happen to Mark Berndt, a Los Angeles teacher so depraved that he fed his semen to young children in what he called “tasting games” during a years-long pattern of sexual abuse? Sacramento Bee 

Why do teachers quit?
Richard Ingersoll taught high-school social studies and algebra in both public and private schools for nearly six years before leaving the profession and getting a Ph.D. in sociology. Now a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, he’s spent his career in higher ed searching for answers to one of teaching’s most significant problems: teacher turnover. The Atlantic

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