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LA School Report | May 7, 2013

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Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti Stop Hesitating and Support Parent Trigger
It took a while, but Los Angeles mayoral hopefuls Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel finally met with parents and students on Monday at Los Angeles Unified’s chronically failing 24th Street Elementary.  LA Weekly

Teacher Pay Hurt by Recession, Report Says
According to a report being released Tuesday, the vast majority of teachers in the nation’s largest school districts took a pay cut or saw their pay frozen at least one year between 2008 and 2012. NYT

Los Angeles Teachers Battle Against School Breakfast Program
The boost in enrollment in the federally funded program is expected to add $6 million to L.A. Unified’s annual budget. A small percentage of that will be kicked back to each school without any strings attached. A delightful treat for cash-starved schools after several years of severe budget cuts. Take Part

California Teachers Association Turns 150
Today, the CTA has 325,000 members and is one of the strongest advocacy groups in the state, having spent tens of millions of dollars on the 2012 election. EdSource Today

San Diego high School Students to Challenge ‘Twerking’ Video Suspensions
Thirty-one students, mostly girls, were suspended from Scripps Ranch High School last week, days after the online posting of a video showing students doing the posterior-shaking dance. AP

TED Talks Education
Among them are Pearl Arredondo, a sixth-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District; Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Bill Gates, the philanthropist and Microsoft chairman. NYT

Teacher Appreciation: Is One Week a Year Enough?
This is officially Teacher Appreciation Week and we will now be celebrated in big box and office stores, bookstores and of course teacher supply stores and if we are lucky, the parents and administrators at our schools will plan special breakfasts or lunches and children will arrive with flowers and tokens of love. It is one week a year that we are honored and officially appreciated. HuffPost LA (Amy Weisberg)

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