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LA School Report | June 18, 2013

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LAUSD May Seek Change to Parent Trigger Law
Of the five times the law has been engaged in California, three were in the LAUSD, leading at least one board member to suggest tweaks to the way parent triggers work. California Report

See also: LA School Report, KPCC, LA Times

Tough Choices at LAUSD
Union allies put new hiring at the top of the spending list. The superintendent wants to raise salaries instead. The board president is more interested in extending the school year. Who would have guessed spending money could be this hard? LA Times (editorial)

LAUSD and Other Districts Seek Group Waiver from No Child Left Behind
Los Angeles Unified School District and eight other school districts in California are seeking an exemption from tough provisions in the No Child Left Behind law requiring 100 percent of their students to be proficient in math and English by 2014 or face sanctions, including school closure. KPCC

New LAUSD Board Member Monica Ratliff Seeks’ End to ‘Business As Usual’
After an intense three-day orientation last week at the Beaudry Avenue headquarters, the newest member of the school board said she actually found common ground with the leaders responsible for running the nation’s second-largest school district. LA Daily News

New Teacher Training Study Decries California Universities
The study by a controversial Washington, D.C.-based policy group singles out UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, among others, as hardly worth attending. Both have strong reputations within the field. LA Times

Disputed Review Finds Disparities in Teacher Prep
Just four programs, all in secondary teacher preparation, earned a four-star overall rating—Furman University, in South Carolina; Lipscomb and Vanderbilt universities, in Tennessee; and Ohio State University. Earning at least three stars were 104 programs. EdWeek

See also: Associated Press

Duncan to Allow Waiver States Flexibility in Teacher Evaluation
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will call today for a new process allowing states that have gotten waivers from parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act some flexibility in using student achievement to evaluate teachers, sources say. EdWeek

U.S. News Releases 2013 Best High Schools for STEM Rankings
The rankings evaluate 500 gold medal public schools from the 2013 Best High Schools rankings, using Advanced Placement STEM test data for 2011 graduates as the benchmark. Of those schools, 250 earned a numerical rank for their STEM achievement. U.S News

Education and Skills at Heart of U.S. Economic Inequality
The increased demand for skilled labor is resulting from the fast changing skill-biased technological changes coursing through the global economy. Mankiw generously credits this conclusion to the views advanced in a 2008 study, ” The Race Between Education and Technology,” by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz. Forbes

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