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Hillel Aron | July 26, 2013



With ‘Parent Trigger’ Laws on the Ropes, Three Overhauled Schools Reopen in Los Angeles
Controversial legislation that allows parents to vote in new management at public schools is faltering everywhere but Southern California, where the law is getting its first real test. Time


Deferred Classroom Repairs Loom as a Costly Crisis For Taxpayers
For years, the Legislature conditioned the use of state bond funds that helped schools make major renovations on requirements that districts set aside some of their own money for facility upkeep and maintenance. But that system today appears to be on the verge of collapse four years after lawmakers temporarily relaxed the mandate. SI&A Cabinet Report


‘Run, Hide, Fight’ New Mantra For Schools in Post-Newtown Environment
Traditional school safety techniques had students huddling in locked classrooms and waiting for rescue if danger approached during school hours. But tragic lessons in Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., have given rise to new recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education for keeping students safe: Run away and hide, they say. Or if you have to, fight. EdSource


Feds Reach Agreement With California School District in Transgender Case
The deal between federal investigators and the Arcadia Unified School District follows a probe into the district’s handling of the student, who was born female but whose gender identity is male. Associated Press


Obscure State Law Requires All Students Be Taught the Arts
The problem? The law has no teeth. Districts are empowered to police themselves. KPCC


Jordan High’s Staff Shakeup Puts Students On Better Track
New, motivated teachers have helped improve test scores. The school’s turnaround is a key to redeveloping the housing project. LA Times


San Jose School District Paid Teachers, Administrators More Than Required
Even in tight budget years, the Alum Rock Union School District paid many of its teachers and administrators more than required by its contracts and rules, a practice that in 10 years has cost more than $1 million. San Jose Mercury News

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