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LA School Report | July 9, 2013

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LAUSD Summer School a ‘Sorry’ Experience with Limited Offerings
All 5,100 seats were reserved for students needing to make up a failed class, with priority given to ninth-graders who’d gotten an F in algebra and incoming seniors who had flunked a course that was required to graduate. LA Daily News 

Redlands Superintendent Denies Cover-Up of Pregnant Teacher Case
The Redlands schools superintendent denied an allegation in a police search warrant that school officials failed to immediately report their knowledge of a sexual relationship between a student and teacher that resulted in a baby. LA Times 

Website Reviews Educational Apps-With Teachers in Mind
As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares to give students and teachers iPads, Graphite wants to help teachers figure out what to download onto those shiny new devices. The website is run by a nonprofit and provides independent reviews of educational applications for tables and smart phones. KPCC 

Once Again, It’s Time to Break Up L.A. Unified
One thing about the future of systemic reform in the Los Angeles Unified School District became clear last week after its board voted five-to-two to name longtime traditionalist Richard Vladovic as its president: It is on life support for at least the next two years. Dropout Nation (opinion)

Santa Cruz County Could Lose Its Funding Reserve in Five Years
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is worried that the finance reform bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown could see the agency running at a deficit within only five years. Education News

UC Suspends Study Abroad Program in Egypt
Worried about student safety amid the political violence in Egypt, the University of California has suspended its fall semester program in Cairo, officials said Monday. LA Times

Parents Who Sued to Stop Yoga Classes Vow Appeal
The couple who sued to put an end to 30-minute weekly yoga sessions offered in Encinitas Union School District schools have already vowed to appeal. Education News 

As Student-Loan Rates Rise, Advocates Fume
Student financial-aid advocates are clinging to hopes that Congress will reverse the doubling of interest rates for federally subsidized student loans to 6.8 percent when it returns from recess, even as they voice disappointment about lawmakers’ failure to stave off the increase prior to the July 1 deadline. EdWeek 

Watch All Your Education Spending, Not Just College Costs
The ever-soaring cost of college is an understandable obsession of American parents. And it does seem as if the tide has begun to turn, with more parents scrutinizing tuition, student loan rates and even the value of the traditional four-year college path. CNBC

From Health-Care Reform, Lessons for Education Policy
In education, off a public radar screen that remains fixated on the relentless conflict between teachers’ unions and their detractors, research is mounting that the most effective public schools also are characterized by unusually high degrees of collaboration, close attentiveness to testing data for diagnostic (not punitive) purposes, and adaptability. EdWeek  (commentary)

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