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LA School Report | February 5, 2014

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Controller seeks pay data from all California public schools
State Controller John Chiang has asked every public school district in the state to provide salary and benefit information for all employees and elected officials so that it can be posted on the Web and shared with the public.  LA Times

LA school district to spend $41M to rebuild 2 Sylmar structures
The Los Angeles Unified School District spent $19 million retrofitting 17 of its most seismically vulnerable buildings, but it will spend more than twice that amount on the last two buildings on its high-risk list — the gym and multipurpose room at Olive Vista Middle School in Sylmar. The $41.1 million project to tear down and rebuild the two buildings is part of a $153 million bundle of seismic fixes the Board of Education approved last June. KPCC

 Walton group funds more charter schools in L.A. than elsewhere
Los Angeles charter schools have been the largest recipients of funding from the foundation associated with the family that started Wal-Mart, according to figures released Wednesday. Since 1997, the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation has distributed $35.9 million in start-up grants to 159 L.A.-area charters. By comparison, Walton has supported the creation of 125 charters in New York City. LA Times 

Parents outraged by graphic PETA flier given at Calabash Charter Academy
As children rushed into class at Calabash Charter Academy Thursday morning, many were handed a colorful comic book with a cute cartoon cow on the front from a small group of people gathered near the flagpole. The students of the small Woodland Hills elementary school were anticipating a visit from a dairy cow that day, part of a lesson plan about dairy farming. LA Daily News

Low-performing charter given green light to expand
Following through with a promise to hold underperforming charters to the same accountability standards as other schools, the California Charter Schools Association has challenged a decision by a San Jose district to allow a struggling charter to expand further. SI&A Cabinet Report

President Praises $750 Million in Business Support for Ed-Tech Goals
President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md., today to announce that several major corporations will contribute of more than $750 million worth of support to help K-12 students across the country connect to the Internet in school and at home, and to provide devices, software, and content, as well as teacher training. EdWeek

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