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LA School Report | January 10, 2014

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Governor Brown’s $10 billion increase gets mostly applause
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal Thursday to increase education funding next fiscal year by $9.7 billion made a lot of fans – but didn’t please everyone. Public schools would get $61.6 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the governor’s plan. The Legislature would have to approve the plan. KPCC

Brown’s new mission: remake Prop. 98
Last year Gov. Jerry Brown set out to fundamentally remake the state’s funding relationship with schools – this year the Democratic governor has set his sights on remaking the state’s seminal school funding guarantee, Proposition 98. SI&A Cabinet Report

LA Unified Inspector General probing free iPads given to staff
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of the Inspector General is looking into staff members acceptance of free iPads at a pitch by curriculum developer Pearson about a year before at least one of those employees approved a $30 million contract with Apple and Pearson, according to district officials. KPCC

Some officials dismayed that ‘Promise Zone’ excludes South L.A.
When President Obama officially announced Thursday that several low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods would be eligible for grants as part of his signature poverty initiative, some city officials reacted with surprise that none of the areas were in South L.A. LA Times

Views of a Changing School District Landscape
A data analysis from the Education Week Research Center delves into the complex “district” environment and school administrators’ perspectives on district governance and operations. EdWeek

When Computers Are Co-Teachers
On a rainbow-colored rug in a predominantly Latino neighborhood six miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, 26 fidgety second graders are reading a phonics passage about helping wildlife. Some detect the main idea quickly, shooting their hands in the air. Others need more time and attention. The teacher, Mark Montero, asks questions trying to keep everyone on track. The Atlantic

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