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Morning Read: The Upset

LA School Report | May 23, 2013



Monica Ratliff’s Election to L.A. School Board is ‘Huge Upset’
The fifth-grade teacher’s low-budget effort defeats Antonio Sanchez, who had $2.2 million spent on his behalf and was endorsed by the mayor’s reform coalition. LA Times


Veteran Teacher Monica Ratliff Scores Upset Win in Lopsided Race for LAUSD Board
Attorney-turned-teacher Monica Ratliff was elected to represent the East San Fernando Valley on the LAUSD board, upsetting a heavily favored rival with strong political ties and seemingly unlimited campaign resources. Daily News


Teacher Victory in LAUSD Board Race May Not Bode Well for Superintendent
Teacher Monica Ratliff’s win of an open seat on L.A. Unified’s Board of Education Tuesday could provide some discomfort for the future of Superintendent John Deasy’s reform agenda. KPCC


Monica Ratliff, the 5th-Grade Teacher Who Schooled L.A.’S Campaign ‘Experts’
At her best, Ratliff will remain separate from both factions, reform and anti-reform, on the board and let her inherent smarts and strong sentiments about helping both students and teachers guide her votes. LA Times (Opinion) 


Are LA Schools Prepared For a Huge Natural Disaster?
If a big natural disaster of the magnitude of the Oklahoma tornadoes were to strike Los Angeles, would our schools be prepared? NBC4


New Study Weighs Risks, Opportunities of Using Test Scores to Evaluate Pre-K Teachers
One of the report’s conclusions is that any system where teachers set goals and measures for students’ growth when the teachers compensation and jobs depend on the outcome of those measures “is rife with problems.” KPCC


LAUSD Must Pay $1.4 Million to Girl Sexually Abused By Classmate
Jurors say the LAUSD must pay a fourth-grade special needs student $1.4 million after she was sexually assaulted five times by a male classmate during an after-school program in Chatsworth. LA Times


LAO Takes Cautious Tone on Brown’s Plan to Put $1B Into Common Core
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst cast doubts Tuesday that schools will need a full $1 billion next year to implement the common core standards – as Gov. Jerry Brown proposed last week in his revised May spending plan. SI&A Cabinet Report

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