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Morning Read: Leaders Encourage Board, Deasy to Move Forward

LA School Report | October 31, 2013

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Leaders call for Deasy, LAUSD board to work together
A day after the Los Angeles Unified school board and Superintendent John Deasy held a discussion that led to him remaining on the job, district, city and civic leaders encouraged the adversaries to put aside hard feelings and move ahead for the sake of the kids. LA Daily News

What next for L.A. Unified?
Editorial: Good for the Los Angeles Unified school board and Supt. John Deasy for agreeing — after several days of gamesmanship and high drama — that he should continue on as the schools’ chief executive. Now, both sides need to work out a plan going forward that will calm the upheaval and allow the board and the superintendent to function harmoniously in the best interests of students. LA Times

U.S. threatens to take $3.52 billion from California schools in testing dispute
Reinforcing its threat to punish California for dumping its old standardized state tests next spring, the U.S. Department of Education said that decision could cost the state at least $3.5 billion. San Jose Mercury 

Deasy debate lights up political circles – but what about stroller circles?
An average group of parents gathered outside Logan St. Elementary during pick up time Wednesday afternoon said they saw the stories – but, for the most part, the drama seemed irrelevant. “I just heard it this morning on the news,” said Jessica Martinez, whose daughter is in kindergarten. “But honestly, I didn’t really pay attention.” KPCC 

Research suggests poor quality of teacher training programs in U.S.
The United States has some of the best university-based math teacher training programs in the world. But we also have some of the worst – and those poor performing programs produce 60 percent of the country’s teachers in schools with the highest percentage of students living in poverty. Hechinger Report 

Common Core ratchets up language demands for English learners
No one is a native speaker of academic English. As the formal written and spoken language of classrooms and professional workplaces, academic English often bears little resemblance to the social, everyday language one needs to communicate effectively in most situations. EdWeek

A new ‘no excuses’ school reform mantra
Commentary: The National Center for Educational Statistics says children living in low-income families now make up 48 percent of the children attending public school. In my district, which sits in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in rural southeast Ohio, that percentage is 63 percent. The Washington Post

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