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LA School Report | May 14, 2013

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LAUSD Agenda Today Topped By Breakfast Program, Suspension Policy
Demonstrators began gathering early Tuesday outside Los Angeles Unified headquarters, where the school board was expected to decide the fate of the Breakfast in the Classroom program, whether to ban student suspensions for “willful defiance” and funding for key programs.” The agenda for the noontime meeting covers more than five dozen items, with the back-up materials totaling some 800 pages. Daily News

See also: LA Times, KPCC

NB: Wendy Greuel’s campaign says the Mayoral candidate will make an appearance at the meeting at 2 PM. According to KPCC, Eric Garcetti will visit the LAUSD North Valley Occupational Center at 11 a.m.

Parent Trigger Law Invoked to Kick Out L.A. School’s Administrators
Monday in Watts, the Weigand Parents Union announced LAUSD officials had confirmed they had gathered enough signatures to invoke California’s 2010 parent-trigger law. The law enables parents to force schools to make dramatic changes if they can gather signatures equal to 50 percent plus one of the families enrolled. The group reportedly gathered signatures from 61 percent of eligible families. Daily News

Brown to Propose $1B For New School Standard
Gov. Jerry Brown will propose giving California school districts an additional $1 billion to implement new, more rigorous academic standards and boost funding for his K-12 funding overhaul by an additional $240 million in the revised budget he will propose Tuesday, administration officials told The Associated Press. Associated Press

Suit Accuses Compton School District of Abuse, Racial Profiling
A group of parents and students have sued the Compton school district, alleging a pattern of abuse and racial profiling of Latinos by school police. LA Times

Former Wilmington Teacher Ordered to Stand Trial For Molestation
A former teacher accused of molesting students at George De La Torre Elementary School in Wilmington was ordered to stand trial Monday on 14 of the 16 counts against him. Daily Breeze

Teacher’s Aide Accused of Groping Disabled Teen
A teacher’s aide in Lawndale is free on bail after being arrested on suspicion of molesting a teenage girl with mental disabilities, police said. LA Times

Despite Big Name, Shakespeare School Still Feels Cuts
For decades, teacher Rafe Esquith has staged Shakespeare plays with students from Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Koreatown. Most of the kids come from low-income families and English isn’t their first language — and yet every Spring, they put on a show. KPCC

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