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Morning Read: The New Accountability

Hillel Aron | September 6, 2012

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New accountability demands coming for charters – startups and renewals SI&A Cabinet Report: SB 1290 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, would require that charter authorizers must consider pupil academic achievement for all subgroups as measured by the API “as the most important factor” for renewal and revocation.

Push for a Downtown Charter School Includes Big Fundraiser This Week Los Angeles Downtown News: Downtown Parents Aim to Secure Approvals and Raise $250,000 for Local Elementary School.

Prop 38 sponsor says ed initiative will upset polls Ed Source: Confident that Californians will tax themselves to send more money to their local schools, Molly Munger is preparing for “a big air war” – extensive TV advertising to persuade voters to pass Proposition 38.

Taking care of truants LA Times Editorial: L.A. Unified’s new, gentler plan emphasizes counseling over handing out tickets.

Controller: Teachers retirement fund failed to investigate possible pension abuses KPCC: A report issued by California’s Controller on Wednesday says that the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) failed to investigate possible abuses beginning in June 2011 and lasting over two years.

CA spending, outcome in special ed well below national averages SI&A Report: California spends substantially less than other states on special education services, and the academic outcomes for students in those programs is well below the national average, according to a new report unveiled Wednesday.

Struggling CA schools seek relief from fed’s parent notice rule SI&A Report: Fallout from this summer’s mini scandal over student testing in some Southern California districts has prompted the California Department of Education to consider asking federal officials for more time to comply with the parental notice requirements for schools newly designated as failing under the No Child Left Behind Act.

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