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Samantha Oltman | December 7, 2012

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LAUSD Wins Key Legal Battle With Charter Schools
A California appellate court panel strikes down a ruling that could have opened up many classrooms for charters and created potential hardships for traditional campuses. LA Times

LA Teachers Union Endorses Multiple Candidates for the Same Seats
In an unusual move, the United Teachers Los Angeles on Wednesday endorsed eight candidates who will face off for two seats on the L.A. Unified school board. KPCC

15 Candidates Means a Crowded Ballot for LAUSD Board Election
Fifteen candidates, including two incumbents, met Wednesday’s filing deadline to run for three seats on the Los Angeles Unified board in the March 5 primary. LA Daily News

L.A. Unified Aims to Settle Miramonte Lawsuits by End of January
Lawyers for the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Thursday that by the end of January the district intends to settle 189 legal claims filed in connection with lewd-conduct charges against a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School. LA Times
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Watch: LAUSD Eyes Lower Graduation Standards to Curb Dropouts
The nation’s second-largest school district may be forced to backtrack on its plan to raise its academic standards. CBS

LAUSD Schools Face Challenge of Making Arts Part of the Core Curriculum
Arts advocates and educators are excited that the Los Angeles Unified School District Board voted unanimously in October to make arts a “core subject.” But making that desire a reality is complicated. KPCC

Pasadena Unified Suspends Top Construction Official in Billing Investigation
Pasadena Unified’s school board suspended its top school construction official Wednesday as it looks into allegations of overbilling by building contractors. KPCC

Survey Finds High Superintendent Turnover in Large California Districts
During a period of eroding financial stability, many of the state’s largest districts also faced leadership instability. EdSource

Retired LAUSD Chief Seeks Dismissal of Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit
Lawyers for retired LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the educator made unwanted sexual advances to a mid-level employee, saying the male plaintiff failed to file an appropriate claim with the district before going to court. LA Daily News

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