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LA School Report | February 14, 2014

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New professional standards for CA principals approved
Setting a clear expectation that schools should be a place of safety and fairness, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted Thursday new standards for school principals that embrace restorative justice practices. SI&A Cabinet Report

L.A. Unified had requested guard where woman was killed
The Los Angeles Unified School District sought a guard more than a year ago at a crosswalk near a Hollywood school where a mother escorting her child was fatally struck by a big rig, but city transportation officials denied the request because of “limited resources.” LA Times

Nonprofits bring music back to San Fernando Valley schools
At Chandler Elementary School, Kjrste Hillig was leading a fifth-grade class in the singing of the post-Civil War African-American freedom song “Oh, Freedom” on Tuesday in honor of Black History Month. “Before I’d be a slave,” they sang, “I’d be buried in my grave/And go home to my Lord and be free.” LA Daily News

Woman honored by Pres. Obama prepares students for college, beyond
A Los Angeles woman, who was recently recognized by President Barack Obama as a “Champion of Change”, trains local high school students for the real world. Daphne Bradford, the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Mother of Many (M.O.M.), was at at Dorsey High School, 3537 Farmdale Ave., Thursday preparing students for college and the 21st century workforce. CBS Los Angeles

Latino parents targeted in early education efforts
The pen scribble marks on a light blue folder could have been drawn by a 1-year-old, although the girl who made them was 3. And yet, to a group of women from her neighborhood who admiringly passed the folder around a room, the scribbles represented a victory. Hechinger Report

Transitional kindergarten for all would lessen inequality
Commentary: In January, California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg introduced the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014 (SB 837), legislation that would improve and expand high-quality transitional kindergarten (TK) for all 4-year-olds, regardless of income. EdSource

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