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LA School Report | December 4, 2013

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LAUSD could lose up to $200 million if families don’t submit paperwork
Facing the potential loss of up to $200 million in state money to help educate impoverished students, Los Angeles Unified is scrambling to comply with new state rules requiring financial verification for every low-income pupil. LA Daily News

LA Unified board member Bennett Kayser talks arts education
In September, Los Angeles Unified School Board members voted 5-2 to order district officials to produce a budget for the new arts education plan published last summer. That budget was expected to be released Tuesday at a public committee hearing that’s now been rescheduled to Dec. 12. KPCC

Zuckerberg, Gates foundations give $9 million for net connections
In the backyard of Facebook, Oracle and moneyed Sand Hill Road, more than half of public schools lack the Internet speed and connectivity needed to harness digital learning. Still, they’re far better off than the nation as a whole: An estimated 70 percent of schools endure slow speeds or lack wireless connections, according to partial findings of an ambitious national survey by the San Francisco-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. Contra-Costa Times

Delay for New SAT
The new SAT will not be arriving until 2016, one year later than originally announced. A brief statement released by the College Board’s press office said that “this change in the timing of the redesign will serve our members in higher education by providing two years to plan for the redesigned exam and it will allow students to take the revised PSAT/NMSQT before the revised SAT. Inside Higher Education

New federal ‘financial aid toolkit’ for college
The federal government on Wednesday rolled out an online “financial aid toolkit” for guidance counselors, parents and others to help students learn about funding options for college. The Web site, operated by the Education Department, is one of several Obama administration initiatives aimed at helping consumers navigate the often-bewildering higher education market. The Washington Post

School counselors increasingly are missing link in getting kids to college
Campbell High School counselor Jamie Ryder’s determined cheer interrupts the half-asleep, early morning silence of a dozen ninth-graders crammed into a small classroom as she launches into a 90-minute talk about the future, with a focus on careers and college. Hechinger Report 

Fiscal responsibility should include protecting children’s education
Commentary: Recently, California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office announced that the state is past its financial crisis and will have a $5.6 billion surplus by June 2015. That number is expected to increase to $8.3 billion by the 2016-17 budget year. Sacramento Bee

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