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Morning Read: Prop. 30 Countdown

Hillel Aron | November 5, 2012

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Support for Brown’s Tax Measure Holding its Own
Likely to be in the Prop. 30 camp’s favor is a massive increase in the number of newly-registered voters, said to be mostly young Democrats. Since the state launched an online registration program in September, nearly an additional one million residents have signed up to vote. SI&A Cabinet Report

Campaign Spending to Promote Props. 30 and 38 Exceeds $100 million
Proponents of Propositions 30 and 38 have now poured a combined total of $117 million to convince voters to support their respective measures, both of which are intended to raise billions of dollars for schools and other programs. Ed Source 

Prop. 30: OC Schools Struggle Amid Anti-Tax Fervor
The district’s students have already lost a week of instruction this year and stand to lose two more weeks if Prop. 30 does not pass. But Capo Unified admnistrators don’t talk about that. KPCC

State Supreme Court Wants Arizona Donors Audited
The high court orders a group that donated $11 million to a fund fighting Prop. 30 and supporting Prop. 32 to hand over records. The group is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. LA Times

Is There a Plan B For the State Budget if California’s Proposition 30 Fails?
Education leaders have privately discussed fallback efforts to spare schools from some of the worst consequences, especially after the initiative fell below 50 percent in recent polls. Sac Bee

Fresno Teachers Union Lets District Apply For Federal Grant
After a marathon debate, the Fresno teachers union agreed to endorse its school district’s application for a federal grant that would require controversial changes in instructor evaluations. LA Times

Ed Source has more

LAUSD Parent Centers Aim to Boost Involvement at Schools
Los Angeles Unified School District’s parent centers offer free classes that focus on parents’ needs, from helping their children with their homework to learning English. LA Times

LAUSD and Mental Health Partners Get Grant For Trauma Work
The $2.4-million grant will aid the school district’s work with students struggling after exposure to traumatic events. The district partners with UCLA, USC and the Rand Corp. LA Times

Interest in Master Teacher Credential For California Won’t Go Away
After years of debate and discussion, supporters of a new master teacher credential in California find themselves largely back at square one following a veto this fall of a bill promoting the concept. SI&A Cabinet Report

A Better Way to Grade Teachers
Effective evaluation requires rigorous, ongoing assessment by experts who review teachers’ instruction, looking at classroom practice and evidence of student learning. LA Times (opinion)

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