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Samantha Oltman | February 7, 2013

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L.A. Unified Misspent Millions Marked for School Lunches
At least eight California school districts have misappropriated millions of dollars in funding intended to pay for meals for low-income students — the biggest culprit being the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a state Senate watchdog group. LA Times See also: KPCC, LA Daily News

Why Educators’ Wages Must Be Revamped Now
Some districts are spending more than they need to spend, based on what other districts show is possible. But does this excess spending imply that we can simply cut back on spending without harming students? EdWeek Commentary

Glendale Unified, Police Settle Suit Over Racial Profiling
The ACLU of Southern California announced Wednesday that it had reached settlements with the city of Glendale and the Glendale Unified School District on behalf of eight Latino students who alleged that officials engaged in racial profiling and illegal searches during a 2010 incident at Hoover High School. LA Times

Districts Must Return to 180-Day Instructional Year by 2015-16
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agree: The state should again require a minimum 180-day school year, starting in 2015-16. EdSource

LAUSD Hired Other Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse, Despite Warnings
Turns out, Joseph Piña is not the only Archdiocese employee with a questionable past and a link to L.A.’s schools. KCET
See also: LA Times

Call for Digital Textbooks Back Before the Legislature
Lawmakers appear poised to test Gov. Jerry Brown’s new commitment to online learning with legislation that would require textbook publishers to make available a digital version of the content material. SI&A Cabinet Report

Small Study Says Gender Stereotypes May Still Play Role in Who Chooses to Teach
In a small study, university scholars found that gender stereotypes play a role when men discount going into teaching. Certainly that’s not the case in California, right? KPCC

Should Doctors and Teachers Protect Their Own?
I cannot support the idea that incompetent teachers should be able to keep their jobs any more than I believe that incompetent surgeons should be allowed to keep operating. Sac News & Review Commentary

Ex-Miramonte Teacher Could Face More Charges
Mark Berndt is already facing 23 counts of lewd conduct involving students. K-NBC LA

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