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Morning Read: Union May Attack LAUSD Leadership More Aggressively

Samantha Oltman | March 11, 2013

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Teachers Union to Vote on Aggressive Stand Against Deasy Policies
The Los Angeles teachers union has scheduled an April vote for an initiative that would, if passed, call for a more aggressive posture against the leadership of the L.A. Unified School District. LA Times

The Wrong Fight Over Schools
Over the last century, American public education was built on an assumption that it would be apolitical. School districts would not be dragged into the mire of city elections. As last week’s election showed, that picture of leadership doesn’t apply to the Los Angeles Unified School District, and it hasn’t for at least 40 years. LA Times Op-Ed (Charles Taylor Kerchner)

Bill Returns Looking to Push Back the Teacher “Pink Slip” Date
The March 15 deadline for preliminary teacher layoff notices would be changed to June 1 in future years under a bill pending in the California legislature. SI&A Cabinet Report

Harbor City’s Narbonne High Overcomes Underdog Status to Excel in Academic Decathlon
At Narbonne, more than half of the students are poor enough to receive free or reduced-price lunches. Its test scores are mediocre, even when compared against schools with similar demographics. But its Academic Decathlon team has given the school cause to celebrate. Daily Breeze

Commission Calls for ‘Radically Different’ Tests
Emerging technology and research on learning have the potential to dramatically improve assessments, if educators and policymakers take a more balanced approach to using them. EdWeek

Head Start Cuts Could Mean 2,000 Fewer Seats in L.A. County
As they wait to see whether the cuts are allowed to go forward, educators worry that the ultimate effects could trickle down generations. LA Times

After 63 Years, Palisades High English Teacher Closes the Book
Rose Gilbert, who retired three weeks ago at 94, achieved celebrity status for being the oldest full-time teacher in the L.A. Unified School District. A drama classroom has been named in her honor. LA Times

LAUSD Cuts Ribbon on Linda Esperanza Marquez High School in Huntington Park
The new school is part of LAUSD’s $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program, which allows students to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school. CBS LA

Parent-Trigger Bills Progress in States’ Legislatures
At least three states—Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma—advanced parent-trigger laws this week, although none of those efforts have yet become laws. EdWeek

Musicians From Birmingham High, Sutter Middle Join Forces to Inspire
Drum major Julia Jones was oblivious to the raindrops falling Friday on the musicians performing in the courtyard at Sutter Middle School. LA Daily News

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