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Morning Read: Ratliff Wins Stunning School Board Upset

LA School Report | May 22, 2013

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LA elects new city attorney, controller and 3 city councilmen
Elementary school teacher Monica Ratliff faced a David-and-Goliath competition for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School Board — and won. KPCC

With all precincts reporting, clear leaders emerge in city races
A political-action committee spearheaded by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Coalition for School Reform, threw its full support behind Sanchez mainly because of his unreserved enthusiasm for L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. Los Angeles Times

Garcetti Wins Los Angeles Mayor’s Race After Long Battle
With low voter turnout, City Councilman Eric Garcetti beat City Controller Wendy Greuel, and takes over a city facing myriad problems. NYT

Refining ‘parent trigger’
The California school reform law is well-intentioned but unfair in certain aspects. LA Times (editorial)

Budget plan makes foster youth a priority, but takes away dedicated funding
Although advocates applaud the new rules, they also are concerned that $15 million in state funding for these students will no longer be dedicated to foster youth under the governor’s Local Control Funding Formula. EdSource Today

New study weighs risks, opportunities of using test scores to evaluate Pre-K teachers
It’s more complex in these early grades. The report lays learning and other development students should pick up by the third grade: not just literacy and numeracy, but also social-emotional, physical and cognitive skills. KPCC

Title I anti-poverty money coming to LAUSD’s LACES
LAUSD allocates its Title I money to schools with low-income enrollments of at least 50 percent; those above 65 percent get an even larger allocation. Pasadena Star-News

Buying School Reform
I support teachers unions. But facts are facts. When it comes to the issue of spending to influence voters, teachers unions take a back seat to no one.  Education Week (Walt Gardner)

GED testing enters the computer age in California
At age 59, Rita Kowalski decided she wanted to use the computer for more than emailing her kids and looking up salmon recipes. Forty-two years after she dropped out of high school. LA Times

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