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LA School Report | June 13, 2014

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California teacher firing bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown
Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process. Sacbee

CA budget agreement is biggest expansion to early education in a decade
Some of California’s tiniest residents look likely to be big winners in next year’s state budget. Lawmakers worked late into Wednesday night to hash out line items that included funding for about 13,000 new slots in subsidized preschools and daycare programs. KPCC

School finance proposal blasted in final days of budget talks
A last-minute proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to limit the amount of money school districts can keep in their reserve accounts triggered an angry response in the closing days of budget negotiations. LA Times

The fall of teachers unions
As the two big national teachers unions prepare for their conventions this summer, they are struggling to navigate one of the most tumultuous moments in their history. They took a big hit Tuesday when a California judge struck down five laws they had championed to protect teachers’ jobs. Politico

Report shows light at end of fiscal crisis tunnel
The number of local educational agencies in financial jeopardy has dropped significantly in the past year, according to a semiannual state fiscal report released yesterday. The report categorizes just 30 of the state’s 1,038 LEAs as being either in “negative” or “qualified” financial status, down from the 92 facing fiscal jeopardy at this time last year. S&I Cabinet Report

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