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LA School Report | September 25, 2013

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LAUSD completes harassment probe of Richard Vladovic
Los Angeles Unified has completed a three-month investigation into allegations that school board President Richard Vladovic bullied and harassed district employees, but the results of the inquiry will not be released, the Daily News has learned. Board members were being briefed Tuesday on the results of the investigation, which was launched in June after two district employees — a man and a woman — filed formal harassment complaints against Vladovic. LA Daily News

Foster youth switch schools at huge rate
It’s well known that foster youth change schools more frequently than other students, but a new study using pioneering data analysis shows foster youth are more than twice as likely to switch schools as their classmates. Researchers at UC Berkeley’s Center for Social Services Research and at the Institute for Evidence-Based Change, a nonprofit based in Encinitas, found that about 95 percent of foster youth changed schools the first year they were placed in care compared with 37 percent to 38 percent of students in a comparison group. EdSource

Sequestration Cuts Sting, Say Impact Aid Districts
As Congress struggles to pass a budget stopgap measure, advocates are stepping up their fight against sequestration—the series of across-the-board cuts to federal programs that hit last March and are slated to stay in place for a decade unless Congress acts. The districts hardest hit by these cuts? The roughly 1,200 that receive federal Impact Aid. Those are typically districts that lose out on tax revenue thanks to a federal presence, such as a nearby military base or Native American reservation. EdWeek

Early winners of Race to the Top still struggle with teacher evaluations
Only half of the early winners among Race to the Top states have fully implemented the required educator evaluations systems – but all of them continue to work out vexing issues including how to maintain the program once federal grant money runs out. In a report to Congress on the award of nearly $4 billion in RTTT funds to 12 states, auditors from the Government Accountability Office found that four states had only progressed to the pilot stage during the 2012-13 school year despite having promised in their original grant application to have the system fully operational by that time. SI&A Cabinet Report

Cultural Competency Amongst Teachers
Op-Ed: Cultural competency relates to the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully teach and relate to students from diverse cultures. As an African-American teacher in Minneapolis, I have witnessed the cultural shifts in our schools. Nellie Stone Johnson Community School was predominantly African-American/Black and Asian a few years ago, but is now African-American/Black and Latino. As teachers, we should have access to quality staff development courses to help us adjust our curricula, as well as afford us an opportunity to become bilingual in Spanish without having to pay for classes, which we cannot afford. This is called catering to the needs of our students and families. EduWonk

A Report Card on Education Reform
Interview: I sat down last week in Washington with Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, and Mitch Daniels, the former Indiana governor and current Purdue University president, after they had met with several dozen chief executives of big companies to talk about education. Their meeting was at the office of the Business Roundtable, the corporate lobbying group, and joining us for the conversation was John Engler, the former Michigan governor. New York Times

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