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Morning Read: No LAUSD Layoffs This Year, Says Zimmer

LA School Report | August 1, 2013

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Prop 30 Means a Year of ‘Stabilization’
When the 2013-2014 school year kicks off on Aug. 13, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will begin a year of “stabilization,” board member Steve Zimmer, 4th District, said. With a potentially longer school year and other changes being mulled for the 2014-2015 school year, the district is still benefitting from the passage of Prop. 30, which imposed a 1 to 3 percent tax on incomes of more than $250,000 for the next seven years. Zimmer said the measure kept the district from having layoffs for the first time in five years. Park Labrea News/Beverly Press

Board Member Ratliff Retires Campaign Debt After Fundraising Flourish
Underdog candidate Monica Ratliff raised more than $30,000 since her surprise win of an east San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, allowing her to retire her campaign debt, according to a financial report filed Tuesday. LA Daily News 

California Committed to Move Forward with Common Core Tests as Planned

Georgia last week became the fifth state to pull out of the nationwide efforts to create the same tests for the new Common Core standards. Indiana is in the process of withdrawingFlorida lawmakers have serious misgivings, notwithstanding full support of former Gov. Jeb Bush, and other states are indicating they may go their own way over concerns of cost and curricular independence. California is not one of the doubters. EdSource

An Unusual Feat in Congress: Student Loan Bill Breezes On
Something pretty rare happened in Congress on Wednesday: it approved and sent to President Obama a major piece of public policy by an overwhelming bipartisan margin. It created a new set of rates for federal student loansNY Times 

Fla. Education Chief Resigns Amid Grading Scandal
Florida’s education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana’s school chief. NPR

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