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Morning Read: Board, Teachers Explore Misconduct Reforms

Samantha Oltman | January 14, 2013

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Tamar Galatzan, Warren Fletcher Look at Reforming System for Investigating Teachers
A year after the Miramonte sex-abuse scandal sparked a flood of teacher misconduct complaints, a Los Angeles Unified board member and the teachers’ union president have launched separate efforts to devise a more efficient system for investigating allegations. LA Daily News

To Lock Classroom Doors or Not?
After the Newtown and Taft shootings, educators in L.A. debate whether teacher transparency or school security is paramount. LA Times

With Facilities All Over Los Angeles County, School Districts Protest Stormwater Parcel Tax
Los Angeles County officials want to cut pollutants by capturing runoff close to where it falls. They’d pay for it with a property tax. Schools are big time property owners in every neighborhood – and they have protested the proposal. KPCC

Parents Protest Pending Closure of La Mirada School
A group of parents and employees took to the streets Friday night to protest the proposed closure of Dulles Elementary School. Long Beach Press-Telegram

Feedback: Here’s What You Think About the State’s Changes to Standardized Tests
Many of you said students are not receiving a balanced education because teachers devote too much time classroom time teaching to the test. KPCC

Longer School Year: Will It Help or Hurt U.S. Students?
Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more holiday time off under proposals catching on around the country to lengthen the school year. Huff Po

California Drops to 49th in School Spending in Annual Ed Week Report
California tumbled two more spots, to 49th in the nation in per-pupil spending, in Education Week’s latest annual Quality Counts report, released last week. EdSource

Plan Ordered to Save Mechanics School at Van Nuys Airport
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday ordered local officials to develop a detailed plan to save a popular aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport. LA Times

School Shooting Victim Expected to Recover
Officials try to determine a motive, with the Kern County sheriff saying the assailant believed that the two students he targeted had bullied him. LA Times

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