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Morning Read: Election Day for District 6 City Council Seat

LA School Report | July 23, 2013

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Polls Open for LA Council District 6
The special election — to fill the seat of former Councilman Tony Cardenas, now in Congress — pits Nury Martinez, 40, a former Los Angeles school board member, against Cindy Montañez, 39, a Department of Water and Power executive and former state legislator. LA Times 

Vote for Nury Martinez in 6th District Council Election: Opinion
Both Martinez and runoff opponent Cindy Montañez are good candidates, but two features of Martinez’s record distinguish the former Los Angeles Unified School District board member: She stood up to powerful interests in the LAUSD, despite the political risks; and she has experience working on a legislative body in a time of financial crisis, requiring her to make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. LA Daily News 

Federal Officials Investigating USC’s Sexual Assault Policies

USC students announced Monday that the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education is investigating their complaints that the university mishandled sexual assault allegations. KPCC

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Local Math, Science Teachers Up for Presidential Awards
Two local educators are among five chosen statewide as California’s finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, officials said Monday. LA Daily News 

Students Feel Deep Cuts to L.A. Unified Summer School Program
Years of budget cuts have whittled away seats for the summer program. Only about 5,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be able to make up for failed credits this summer — and that’s not nearly enough. KPCC 

Rebooting Online Education: Editorial
Online courses can have tangible benefits. They overcome the limitations of brick and mortar; theoretically, at least, there is no limit to the number of seats. And they are a boon for working students who need flexibility in their schedules. But a rush to offer them, which Gov. Jerry Brown has been pressing for, would mean higher rates of failure, costing students time and money they can ill afford. LA Times

Rebooted Summer Programs Make Learning Fun to Prevent ‘Summer Slide’
While summer classes targeted at struggling students are nearing extinction on many school campuses, several districts are rebooting the traditional summer education model by blending academics with recreational activities intended to prevent students from falling even further behind. EdSource

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