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Hillel Aron | August 16, 2012

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LAUSD, Teachers Union Spar Over Voluntary Evaluation System: A robo-call sent out to all UTLA members has their president, Warren Fletcher, urging them not to participate in a voluntary pilot program that evaluates teachers based on their students’ test scores. Deasy hit back at the union, saying, “What a shame we don’t have a partner in the leadership of UTLA.” LA Times

• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Taking Applicants: A new program will allow undocumented immigrants who are students to work legally and recieve financial aid for college. Mayor Villaraigosa’s Facebook Page The program is a result of an executive order signed by President Obama and was inspired by the failure of the DREAM act in Congress. Examiner

• Inglewood Unified Brainstorms Ways To Avoid Bankruptcy: The school district’s budget is $9 million in the red. One idea is to sell unused properties, although that move would do nothing to solve Inglewood Unified’s structural debt. KPCC

• Has Teach For America Betrayed Its Mission? So asks Reuters, noting that the percentage of TFA placements has risen to over 33 percent in recent years, as the organization has grown to include more recruits and new sites.

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