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Morning Read: Mayoral Front-Runners Duck “Trigger” Question

Samantha Oltman | February 13, 2013

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Los Angeles Unified School District Approves Historic Parent Trigger, L.A. Mayoral Candidates Weigh in or Stay Mum
Garcetti and Greuel have been hesitant to say exactly where they stand on the Parent Trigger issue, even though it has been supported by such Democratic political stars as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Newark Mayor Corey Booker. LA Weekly
See also: LA Times

LAUSD Board Votes Down Proposed Staff Layoffs; Approves iPads
The LAUSD school board voted Tuesday to cancel more than 200 proposed pink slips, ensuring the district will not lose any more health and human services employees in the coming academic year. KPCC
See also: LA Daily News, CBS LA, LA School Report

With Few Details, Obama Calls for Vastly Expanded Preschool
In one of the most sweeping policy proposals in his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for access to high-quality preschool programs for “every child in America.” EdSource
See also: KPCC, HuffPo

Calpers Holds $5 Million in Gunmaker Equity it May Divest
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension, has about $5 million invested in two gun manufacturers that would be sold under a divestiture proposal spurred by recent mass shootings. Bloomberg

An Opportunity to Talk About Testing
The teacher-led boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress assessment at Seattle’s Garfield High School advances a critical dialogue about testing in our schools, but it also risks further marginalizing teachers as education leaders. EdWeek Op-Ed

When Helping Kids Threatens Teachers
The New Jersey Education Association has declared war on two Newark charter schools, Merit Prep and Newark Prep. It sued to shut them down, but lost in court — so now the union’s asked the state Legislature to kill them. NY Post

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