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Morning Read: Parent Trigger Lessons for LAUSD

Samantha Oltman | February 4, 2013

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L.A. Parent Group Applies Lessons From Compton, Adelanto Efforts to Take Over School 
The 24th Street Elementary School Parent Union has received eight letters of interest from groups wanting a chance to reform the school. Six are from established charter schools, one is from a retired 24th Street teacher and one is from L.A. Unified itself. San Bernadino Sun

L.A.’s First Hebrew-Language Charter School Raises Questions
Lashon Academy is to teach modern Hebrew, have no religious component and aim for a diverse student body. But some worry that dual-language charters blur the line between public and private schools. LA Times

Teachers Union Is Backing Garcetti With Words, but No Money
The union that represents Los Angeles Unified School District teachers has weighed in on the city’s March 5 municipal election and backed Eric Garcetti for mayor. KPCC

School Turnarounds Prompt Community Backlash
The federal government’s push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country. AP

LAUSD Looking Into How Priest Accused of Molestation Was Hired
A former priest and suspected child molester who left the Los Angeles Archdiocese for L.A. Unified schools will no longer be employed by the district, Supt. John Deasy said. LA Times
See also: AP

LAUSD League Unites Students With, Without Disabilities
The Los Angeles Unified School District/Special Olympics Unified Basketball League aims to help students of all capabilities interact with one another. LA Times

Slower Population Growth Means Teacher Shortage Likely Averted
New population estimates released last week by the governor’s Department of Finance may give relief to planners worried about a potential teacher shortage, as a modest increase in school age children by 2020 was set to collide with mass retirements of educators in the coming decade. SI&A Cabinet Report

Performing Well at This Decathlon Is the Smart Thing to Do
High school students gather at the Roybal Learning Center for the last leg of L.A. Unified’s regional Academic Decathlon. This year’s theme: Russia. LA Times

States Soon to Weigh Science-Standards Adoption
California may well be an early adopter of the standards, which promote depth over breadth in science instruction and call on students to apply their learning through scientific inquiry and the engineering-design process to deepen understanding. EdWeek

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