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Morning Read: Reform Takes Different Path In LA

Hillel Aron | October 24, 2012

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Lessons From Los Angeles
Unlike New York City–where philanthropic funding supported a top-down approach to reform, a fairly similar set of reform ideas (school level autonomy, choice, and accountability) have spread more slowly and organically in Los Angeles. Education Week (commentary)

Education Prize Eludes Corona-Norco District
The Corona-Norco Unified School District is a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, garnering $150,000, but the award goes to Miami-Dade schools. LA Times

California Sees Record Number of New Charter Schools
California’s charter schools continue to grow at a rapid clip with more new schools opening than ever before, an industry association said Wednesday. The California Charter Schools Association said an unprecedented 109 charter schools opened throughout the state for the 2012-13 academic year, bringing the total number of charter schools to 1,065. Associated Press 

Auditors Cite Lax Oversight of Charters by CDE, as Enrollment Grows
As advocates for California charter schools celebrated Tuesday another double-digit increase in enrollment – news arrived from Washington disclosing serious flaws in state oversight of the sprawling charter movement. SI&A Cabinet Report

Teach for America’s Deep Bench
The education nonprofit is also training the next generation of politicians, who have very specific ideas on school reform. American Prospect 

SolarCity Building 7.4-Megawatt Project for California Schools
SolarCity Corp., the developer of rooftop solar systems whose chairman is billionaire Elon Musk, is installing panels with 7.4 megawatts of capacity at 26 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The project will save the district more than $776,000 in energy costs in the first year and more than $25 million over 20 years, according to a statement. Businessweek

LAUSD’s “I’M IN” Campaign Celebrates Good Food in Los Angeles
Board Member Nury Martinez Pledges Good Food Procurement Practices in the District PR News Wire

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