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LA School Report | October 18, 2013

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LAUSD board president Vladovic facing censure motion
Los Angeles Unified board member Tamar Galatzan on Thursday released an unprecedented motion asking the board to censure its president, Richard Vladovic, who has been accused of harassment and intimidation by two district employees. It also asks that Vladovic publicly acknowledge any misconduct on his part and “take responsibility for his actions.” LA Daily News

A little progress — but a long way to go — at LA schools’ music repair shop
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s backlog of broken string instruments is about to see some relief. During KPCC’s September visit, the district’s musical instrument repair shop was down to just one string repair tech. Now the shop’s acting supervisor will return to repairing string instruments in a few weeks, as the district brings in another supervisor. KPCC

More teens drinking sugary beverages, study finds
California teenagers are showing an increasing fondness for the sugary beverages, with an alarming 23 percent increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks since 2005, according to a new study. At the same time, consumption of sugary drinks by young children is declining sharply. EdSource

Growing up queer in Watts: What happens when school is not a safe place
Commentary: Discovering my sexual orientation in a violent, poverty-stricken environment was not easy. I remember the first time someone called me a “dyke,” in the locker room of Markham Middle School. I didn’t yet consider myself queer — or even really know what that meant — but I was already aware of homophobia. Hechinger Report


Education Reform Becomes Dirty ‘R-Word’ To School-Focused Mayors
The splashiest education reform wars in recent years have been the province of big-city mayors. New York’s Michael Bloomberg (I) and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel (D), for example, regularly clash with teachers’ unions and have become national spokesmen for controversial policies that include expanded charter schools and teacher evaluations based in part on student test scores. Huffington Post


Why doesn’t the Constitution guarantee the right to education?
Each of the countries ahead of the U.S. has a fundamental commitment in common, one that the America doesn’t: a constitutional, or statutory, guarantee of the right to education. These countries establish baseline requirements that contribute to what the Pearson report calls a “culture” of education. The Atlantic

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