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LA School Report | November 5, 2013

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L.A. schools’ iPad initiative could be hard to keep paying for
A $1-billion plan to put an iPad into the hands of every Los Angeles student and teacher could prove difficult to sustain financially after about three years, based on figures provided by the L.A. Unified School District. LA Times

Will California schools be ready for new computerized test?
With a new computerized field test five months away, California education officials are trying to get a handle on whether schools will be ready, but fewer than one in four have returned a survey on the state of technology in their classrooms. KPCC

Middle school science standards divide teachers
The State Board of Education will grapple with physical and metaphysical principles this week when it considers how middle school science should be taught. The question is, does each field of science exist in a vacuum? EdSource

Schools invited to weigh in on Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’ priority
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking stakeholder comment on a proposed system aimed at focusing financial resources on 20 “Promise Zones,” high-poverty communities throughout the country in which the federal agencies will partner and invest to create jobs, increase economic activity and improve educational opportunities and public safety. SI&A Cabinet Report

Idling buses, cars outside schools dangerous
When children walk into their school building, they may pass through some of the dirtiest air on their travel from home to class. A recently published study not only proves this is the case, it also points the way to reduce the exposure – simply turn off the engines of idling buses and cars. USA Today

Why I Wrote a Parent-Trigger law
Commentary: I wrote the nation’s first parent-trigger law. I acted because I understood that education is the civil rights issue of our time and the key to the American dream. I’m the daughter of a mother who attained only a 6th grade education, but who understood that education is what lifts us out of poverty. EdWeek

School funding reform must not fall short of its promise
Commentary: As a parent in San Bernardino, I celebrated the passage of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the commitment I believed our state was making to support low-income students, English learners, and foster youth with the additional programs, services, and resources they need to be successful. EdSource

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