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LA School Report | June 16, 2014



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Teachers’ union leader blasts U.S. Education secretary over comments
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten sharply criticized U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week for his praise of a ruling by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge deeming certain job protections for teachers in California as unconstitutional. The ruling represents a major loss for the unions and a groundbreaking win by attorneys. LA Times


Teacher tenure ruling energizes race for state school chief
Last week’s decision that invalidated the state’s teacher tenure law sent proponents on both sides scrambling to prepare for the appeals process and to do battle in other states over similar protections. But pundits say the Vergara decision has also energized the already bitter race for state superintendent of schools. S&I Cabinet Report


Confusion reigns as LA schools flip-flop arts education plans
Over the past few months, Los Angeles Unified School District administrators have put out pieces of an expansion plan — a budget outline here, new teacher assignments there — that seem to contradict each other and in some cases seem to reduce arts instruction time for some students, rather than follow the school board’s mandate to increase it. KPCC


L.A. school unions back separate candidates in Board of Education race
The two largest school employee unions in Los Angeles are on different sides of a key Board of Education race, as they maneuver for leverage over pay raises, job security and other matters. United Teachers Los Angeles opted last week for George McKenna, while Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union has chosen Alex Johnson. LA Times


Charter school moving after paperwork snafu with L.A. Unified
Citizens of the World Mar Vista elementary school bills itself as a place where students learn respect and an appreciation for different perspectives. But those lessons haven’t moved much beyond the classroom, according to the school’s administrators, parents and teachers. The charter school became embroiled in a months-long dispute with neighbors. LA Times

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