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Hillel Aron | November 16, 2012

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Analysis Examines L.A. Teacher Characteristics
The difference in performance between top- and bottom-performing elementary math teachers was one-quarter of a standard deviation, or nearly eight months of learning, a figure the report characterizes as larger than in other districts that have been studied. Teacher Beat 

Deadline to Apply for LAUSD Magnet Schools Is Friday
The district’s popular magnet schools provide theme-focused instruction, such as humanities, police or medical careers or performing arts. For the 2013-14 school year, students can apply to as many as three of the 173 magnet programs. Daily News

Only 31% of California Students Are Physically Fit
For the second year in a row, California students have tested relatively low in a series of statewide physical fitness tests, the state Department of Education announced Thursday. LA Times

“Seth’s Law” Requires Anti-Bullying Policies and Clear Complaint Process
With the recent announcement of changes to the Uniform Compliant Procedures based on newly implemented state laws, the California Department of Education is recommending that districts pay particular attention to the law that expands the Safe Place to Learn Act.  AB 9 or “Seth’s Law” became effective on July 1, 2012 to help safeguard all public school students. SI&A Cabinet Report

U.S. School Districts Brace for More Cutbacks
If Washington cannot resolve the impending fiscal crisis by the new year, schools already battered by the recession could face more belt-tightening. NYT

Lawyers For Former LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines Want Psychiatric Records of Sexual Harassment Accuser
Cortines’ attorneys claim that Scot Graham made his mental state an issue by claiming to have received treatment for emotional distress related to his claims against the ex-Los Angeles Unified superintendent. Daily News

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