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LA School Report | July 9, 2014



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Centinela Valley school board fires embattled Superintendent Jose Fernandez
The Centinela Valley school board Tuesday night voted to fire Superintendent Jose Fernandez, ending a five-month chapter that began with revelations that the leader of the tiny school district might have been among the nation’s best-compensated public servants. The Daily Breeze


Arts education in schools could grow under LCFF
A program that brings painters, dancers, poets and other teaching artists into a number of schools across the state is likely to expand thanks to a one-time $5 million boost to the California Arts Council’s budget – a gift Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled late last month. S&I Cabinet Report


Inglewood school funds were used to attack former school board candidate
Public funds meant to educate Inglewood students were instead used to benefit a board member’s re-election campaign, court testimony and interviews show. The expenditures came as the school district began digging itself into a financial hole that ended with a state takeover. KPCC


LCAP library now open for readers
The LCAP is a three-year plan, updated annually, that lays out how a district will meet the conditions for school improvement and goals for student success that the Legislature set out in creating the new school funding formula. There is now an Internet site that lets you look up hundreds of districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plans – and to add your district’s LCAP to the mix. EdSource


Pension, pay hikes prove costly for LAUSD
Los Angeles Unified will dole out an extra $24.7 million this year to pay for rising employee pension costs after a series of state mandates left school districts largely to fund ailing retirement systems. The lion’s share of LAUSD’s increased cost — $16.3 million — will cover teacher pensions under the freshly passed AB 1469. LA Daily News

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