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LA School Report | January 13, 2014

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L.A. Unified surveys prices others pay for digital devices
The Los Angeles Unified School District is conducting a survey to determine what other districts pay for technology just as the Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the next phase of a $1-billion program to provide computers to every student. LA Times 

California teacher pensions: Brown vows to start debate
In Gov. Jerry Brown’s promise to start paying off California’s massive liabilities, the largest single unfunded debt will not be seeing any additional pay-down in the coming fiscal year. The unfunded liability for teachers’ pensions stands at more than $80 billion, a gap so large that the fund is projected to deplete all its assets in about 30 years. San Jose Mercury 

Patchwork approach to Common Core in teacher prep programs
Common Core State Standards are compelling California’s teacher preparation programs to do something that doesn’t come easily to institutions of higher education – change. Up to now, much of teaching in California has been criticized as being grounded in the principal measure of success under No Child Left Behind – preparing students to fill in the correct bubbles on standardized tests. EdSource

 School building advocates not ready to drop bond plan
The state’s longstanding commitment to split facilities costs with districts could be a thing of the past now that Gov. Jerry Brown has reiterated his preference for reducing the state’s role in building and repairing schools. SI&A Cabinet Report 

Feds issue guidelines against bias in school discipline
Federal officials kicked up their campaign against discriminatory school discipline policies last week, issuing first-ever guidelines for school districts on how to avoid racial disparities in student punishment. LA TImes

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