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LA School Report | June 21, 2013



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LAUSD Studying New Curriculum Plans
Los Angeles Unified’s incoming freshmen class will be the first that will have to pass a rigorous college-prep curriculum with a “C” in order to get a diploma, which has district officials scrambling to identify and replicate successful programs that can get and keep students on track to graduation, Superintendent John Deasy said Thursday. Daily News

See also: LA Times, KPCC


Duncan grants relief to some schools facing two sets of standardized tests next year
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has just made the challenge of transitioning to the Common Core standards less burdensome for about one in five schools in California. EdSource


Parents and kids oppose LAUSD plan to move special-ed students
Louie Mendoza, who has two sons at Lowman Special Education Center, said disabled youngsters should have the same options as other LAUSD students in attending the school of their choice. LA Daily News


City Strikes $30M Deal With Apple
However there were critics of the scheme including board member Richard Vladovic. He admitted that he had already dropped and broken two iPads and there was a danger students could do the same. Daily Mail


After Passage of School Finance Plan, Focus Shifts to Implementation
Less than a week after the state Legislature approved a sweeping school finance reform plan that will funnel additional funds to low-income students and English learners, the state’s finance chief says school districts will have to spend the extra funds in a way “that shows improved outcomes” among their students. Ed Source


$1B in Common Core Money Comes With Lots of Flexibility, Some Strings
While California school districts will have wide discretion over spending the additional $1.25 billion in this year’s budget to help them integrate new academic content standards, they must first adopt spending plans showing how the money will be used and then follow that up with detailed expense reports to the state. SI&A Cabinet Report

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