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LA School Report | May 29, 2014

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$9 billion school construction bond moves toward November ballot
Appropriations Committee has finally put a dollar figure to a school construction bond measure that it wants to place on the November ballot: $9 billion. Voter approval to issue new 30-year construction bonds would be the first state financing for facilities for K-12 schools and higher education since voters passed a $10.4 billion school construction in 2006. EdSource

Seven candidates vie for LAUSD board seat in wide-open contest
The Los Angeles teachers union and a powerful group of civic leaders are sitting out Tuesday’s key race for a seat on the Board of Education in what has become a spirited, wide-open contest among seven candidates. The special election is being called to fill the remainder of the term of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December. She represented 74,000-plus students in 92 schools and 37 charter campuses across a swath of south and southwest Los Angeles. LA Times

Frustrated LA school board members: Provide detailed arts budget
Los Angeles Unified School board members on Tuesday repeatedly called for more information on how administrators are providing arts education, saying they’ve been largely shut out for months. “This is a point of ongoing concern and frustration,” board member Steve Zimmer said during a curriculum committee meeting in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday. “We remain right where we were almost a year ago now.” KPCC

LA Unified To Offer Emergency Response Apps
Earthquakes, pandemics, wild fires, severe weather, terrorism, utility outages and floods appear at the top of the list for Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) emergency management response concerns. To provide guidance to people facing those emergencies and others, the district is adopting an emergency preparedness mobile app. The Journal

Parents, Students Rally In Protest over LA Unified Literacy Program
About 50 parents, children and education activists rallied yesterday in support of a Los Angeles Unified School District literacy program on the chopping block that focuses on the achievement of both parents and children.The LAUSD Family Literacy Program may close its doors after more than a dozen years in operation Thursday due to budget cuts. Beverly Hills Courier

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