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LA School Report | July 10, 2013

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Judge Refuses to Throw Out Lawsuits Against LAUSD in Miramonte Sex Abuse Scandal
Attorneys for LAUSD asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuits, but the judge sided with a group of attorneys representing 61 children and 73 parents and accused the district of concealing information about former Miramonte Elementary School third-grade teacher Mark Berndt. CBS News 

Dodson Middle School Principal, Son of LAUSD’s Richard Vladovic, Under Fire for Cutting Choir
The principal of Dodson Middle School in San Pedro — the son of Los Angeles Unified school board President Richard Vladovic — is under fire from parents and teachers who accuse him of eliminating the school’s award-winning choir program in an effort to boost test scores in math and English. Daily Breeze 

41 Sex Charges for Redlands Teachers Stem from Alleged Affairs with 3 Students
A Redlands high school teacher accused of having a baby allegedly fathered by a teen student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 41 counts of sex and oral copulation with a minor. NBC News 

Ingenium Charter Middle School Holds Canoga Park Open House
Ingenium Schools, which operates a charter elementary school in Canoga Park, will officially open a middle school Thursday, July 11, 2013, on the campus of Columbus Middle School, 22250 Elkwood St. LA Daily News

California to Weigh Science Standards Stressing Experimentation
California schoolchildren would study fewer concepts more deeply and emphasize hands-on investigation over rote memorization of facts under new science standards set for consideration Wednesday by the state Board of Education. LA Times

Proponents, Opponents of Transgender Bill Await Governor’s Decision
If the Governor signs the bill into law, transgendered students from kindergarten through high school will be allowed to choose to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender they identify with. NBC News

Southern California is Big Summer Destination for Chinese Teenagers Trying out American Education
Dozens of  Chinese teenagers aboard the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday were headed to a summer English program in a religious school in the San Fernando Valley.Though it seemed unusual to those outside the education field, experts said a growing number of Chinese have been attending similar summer classes, particularly in Southern California. KPCC

Senate Panel Approves Big Early-Childhood Education Boost
President Barack Obama’s high-profile push to expand prekindergarten programs got a big assist from a Senate Appropriations panel today. The panel, which is controlled by Democrats, approved a $1.6 billion increase for Head Start—the main federal program financing early-childhood education—plus $750 million in new money to help states bolster the quality of their preschool programs. EdWeek

Despite Drop in Number of Foster Youth, Significant Educational Obstacles Remain
Children’s advocates are welcoming a new report showing a sharp drop in the number of foster youth in California, but also caution that less isn’t necessarily a sign of improvement. This is especially the case in education, where most schools still have not figured out how to help foster youth succeed academically. EdSource

Gallup-EdWeek Poll: What Superintendents Really Think
While many of the nation’s superintendents are optimistic about the potential of the common-core standards and new technology to improve what goes on in classrooms, a healthy percentage are also skeptical about such developments, according to results from the first Gallup-Education Week Superintendents Panel survey. EdWeek

Letters: American Education Works
Eli Broad’s criticism of American schools of education, as well as the letters commenting on his Op-Ed article, missed an important but apparently little-known fact: Our educational system has been highly successful. LA Times (opinion)

Goodbye Big Brother, Hello Local Control…Maybe
California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) signifies a welcome shift from the “no excuses” education “reform” crowd and their D.C. dominance. Contrary to Washingtonian rhetoric about addressing poverty by getting tough on bad teachers and closing bad schools, California proposes to address poverty by, well, addressing poverty. EdSource (opinion)

Coursera, an Online Education Company, Raises Another $43 Million
Coursera, a year-old company offering free online courses, has raised another $43 million in venture capital from investors active in both domestic and international education. NY Times

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