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Morning Read: Voters Head to Polls for School Board, Mayor

Samantha Oltman | March 5, 2013

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With Reform Fervor in the Air, Local School Board Elections See Record Outside Spending
This year, huge amounts of money and passion are flowing down the ballot into the school board elections — part of an all-out war over public school reform. KCET
See also: LA School Report

Late Donations Bolster Pro-Deasy School Board Candidates
Two eleventh hour donations have added financial muscle to a campaign seeking to bolster Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy through the results of Tuesday’s Board of Education elections. LA Times

Election Day: L.A. Voters Trickle to Precincts, Vote for New Mayor
Voters and candidates trickled into Los Angeles polling places Tuesday morning, casting ballots in the city’s most sweeping leadership turnover in more than a decade. LA Times

Angelinos Head to Polls to Elect Mayor, School Board
In a little-watched but contentious election in Los Angeles Tuesday, city residents will vote to select a new mayor from five leading candidates, though the race is expected to head to a runoff.Another vote in Los Angeles Tuesday will be for school board, a race that’s garnered national attention and dollars. CNN

Fewer California School Districts Going Broke; But So. Cal. Tops the List
The number of districts with a  “negative certification” – meaning they’re unable to meet financial obligations for this year and the next two — declined from 12 to seven. But four of them  are in southern California. KPCC
See also: EdSource, LA Times

L.A. Mayoral Candidates Scramble to Reach Undecided Voters on Last Day of Campaign
Sam Katan, 71, grimaced Monday when asked to name his favorite candidate in the mayor’s race. The Encino resident didn’t like any of the five leading candidates, he said. He wasn’t sure he’d even vote in Tuesday’s primary. LA Daily News

Scaling Up Education Reform
This past week, over 1,200 people crowded into the Los Angeles Convention Center to attend the United Way Education Summit. A few consistent themes emerged from the day: a student’s zip code shouldn’t determine the quality of their education, parents deserve quality options for their children, we must elevate the teaching profession, and accountability should be both real and fair. HuffPo Opinion

Students Learning Lessons in Social Responsibility
World-renowned inventors, explorers and artists encourage student teams participating in the Aspen Challenge to develop solutions to social problems. LA Times

Best and Worst Teachers Can Be Flagged Early, Says Study
New teachers become much more effective with a few years of classroom experience, but a working paper by a team of researchers suggests the most—and least—effective elementary teachers show their colors at the very start of their careers. EdWeek

Parents Allege Massive Enrollment Fraud at Carpenter Community Charter in Studio City
Los Angeles Unified will let schools use public records to verify student addresses after a high-performing charter in Studio City complained that scores of parents from outside the neighborhood committed fraud to get their kids admitted, officials said Monday. LA Daily News

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