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LA School Report | May 13, 2014



LA Schools budget debate: more teachers, custodians, health services
The Los Angeles Unified school board is scheduled to discuss Superintendent John Deasy’s 2014-2015 proposed budget at its meeting Tuesday – and it promises hours of debate over long lists of competing wants. Board members commended the superintendent’s $6.8 billion proposal when it was released last month, but are now pushing for changes. KPCC


Schools look for boost in Brown’s revised budget
That’s not to say that there aren’t some significant questions to be answered – not the least of which is the ongoing issue of funding adequacy for schools. But after years of serious financial turmoil, cash now flowing to schools is on the incline; budgets have stabilized, and rather than facing economic disaster, districts are beginning to reinstate programs and services lost to the recession. S&I Cabinet Report


Proposal would funnel money to most needy LAUSD students
The public will be able to comment Tuesday on a proposal to funnel a larger share of the $837 million in supplemental and concentration grant funds under the new school finance system to the most needy students and schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the 2014-15 school year. EdSource


Intervention agency inches closer to starting work with school districts
The State Board of Education took a small step Thursday toward launching a new agency that will have a pivotal role in seeing that districts and schools meet achievement targets and other goals under the Local Control Funding Formula.That agency is the California Collaborative for Education Excellence, with the emphasis on collaboration.


California state preschool enrollment dropped in 2012-13
California’s state funded preschool program enrolled about 15,000 fewer children in 2012-13 than it had the year before, according to the State Preschool Yearbook by the National Institute for Early Education Research. Steven Barnett, the institute’s director, said California was one of several large states, including Texas and Florida, to meet few of the quality standards for public preschool programs. EdSource

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