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Morning Read: Reform vs. Union in Board Race

Samantha Oltman | January 25, 2013

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It’s Reform vs. the Union in LAUSD Race
The future of Los Angeles’ public-education reform is at stake on March 5. That’s not hyperbole; that’s the truth about what could happen next election day. LA Daily News Editorial
See also: LA School Report

LAUSD Principal Failed to Report Alleged Molestation by Teacher
A now-retired principal twice failed to report accusations of sexual misconduct by a teacher who this week was charged with molesting 12 students at a Wilmington elementary school, officials said. LA Times
See also: Daily Beast, CS Monitor, LA Daily News, KPCC

Teachers Union Joins Suit Against Release of Ratings
The teachers union for the L.A. Unified School District was granted court permission Thursday to join a Los Angeles Times lawsuit seeking access to teacher ratings so it can argue they are based on an unreliable mathematical formula and should not be disclosed to the public. LA Times

Gov. Brown Uses State of the State Speech to Push Education Reforms
As if speaking from a pulpit, Brown warned of fire and brimstone if bureaucracy and inequity isn’t wiped clean from the state education system. KPCC

Calif. Districts Team Up to Push School Improvements
Frustrated by their own state’s pace and direction of school improvement, eight California districts have banded together to move ahead on rolling out the Common Core State Standards and designing new teacher evaluations based in part on student performance. EdWeek

South L.A. High School Gives Dropouts Another Chance
Free L.A. is a partnership between the John Muir Charter School, Youth Justice Coalition and the Work Investment Act. It was founded with the motto, “Escape the school-to-jail track.” Neon Tommy

Brown Lashes out at Regulators and Testers, Makes Case for His Reforms
With a caustic critique of excessive testing and overregulation and a fervent call for respecting the “dignity and freedom of teachers and students,” Gov. Jerry Brown laid out the case for returning primary control of education to local hands and distributing state money equitably in his State of the State address. EdSource

L.A. Mayoral Candidates’ Education Proposals Explained
While the five mayoral candidates vying for incumbent Antonia Villaraigosa’s position campaign across Los Angeles, one issue trumps most, no matter the neighborhood: education. Neon Tommy

Roosevelt’s Future Uncertain: School Scrambles to Meet LAUSD Deadline
A feeling of urgency and uncertainty is in the air at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, where teachers, parents and students are mobilizing for a possible whirlwind of change coming their way. EGP News

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