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LA School Report | August 4, 2014

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Celebrated trial lawyer to head group challenging teacher tenure
David Boies, the star trial lawyer who helped lead the legal charge that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, is becoming chairman of the Partnership for Educational Justice, a group that former CNN anchor Campbell Brown founded in part to pursue lawsuits challenging teacher tenure. NY Times

Freedom Schools build readers and leaders
More than 100 African-American and Latino students mill around a South Los Angeles high school gymnasium, talking and greeting each other on a summer morning. But at 8:30 a.m., they begin clapping and chanting, coalescing into a pulsating, high-energy force. EdSource

Nonprofit group’s class teaches youths basic skills for college
After leaving his third high school without a diploma, Davis decided he wanted a higher degree and signed up for a course that would help him adjust to college life and give him two credits. LA Times

L.A. Unified school board race turns negative, focuses on reputation
orge McKenna has the sort of resume that would appear to make him a natural frontrunner in an important contest this month for the Los Angeles Board of Education.  LA Times

St. Hope taps Michelle Rhee as board chair, removes superintendent
St. Hope Public Schools has named Michelle Rhee, the controversial former Washington, D.C., schools chief and charter schools advocate, as its new board chairwoman and removed Jim Scheible as its superintendent. Sac Bee

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