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Samantha Oltman | January 31, 2013

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Teachers Union Backs Eric Garcetti for Mayor
The Los Angeles Teachers Union voted late Wednesday to endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor and Mike Feuer for city attorney in the March 5 primary election. LA Daily News
See also: LA School Report

GOP Legislators Propose California School Districts Arm Teachers
Democratic legislators say bill that would allow districts to spend education funds to train teachers, administrators and janitors in gun use doesn’t have a chance. LA Times

Charter School Growth Fund Paying Off, Study Says
For the past seven years, an organization called the Charter School Growth Fund has been providing those schools with millions of dollars in grants and low-interest loans, after putting them through a screening process to try to gauge whether their promise is worth the investment. EdWeek

Principal at Center of LAUSD’s Latest Sex Abuse Scandal May Lose Credential
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing will decide today whether to suspend a principal for allegedly failing to report abuse by one of her teachers. KPCC

Support Builds for Tougher School Safety Plan Requirements
Bipartisan support appears to have coalesced behind a proposal to better enforce a state requirement that all schools have updated safety plans. SI&A Cabinet Report

6 LAUSD High Schools to Compete for Participation in National Cooking Contest
LAUSD high school students will go head-to-head in a cooking contest Thursday for a chance to participate in a national cooking competition. CBS LA

School Boards and Parents Should Consider the Rising Pay of District Chiefs
Californians should be equally upset to learn about the bigger paychecks going to superintendents of many of the state’s struggling school districts. LA Daily News Editorial

Californians Upbeat on Ed Budget, Poll Finds
Californians are expressing a long-lost sentiment: optimism. A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found growing support for Gov. Brown, for his education finance proposal and for making it easier for local communities to pass parcel taxes to help fund their schools. EdSource

Banning High in Wilmington to Host Meeting on Plans to Split School
The public is invited to a meeting Thursday night at Banning High School in Wilmington to discuss a plan by the Los Angeles Unified School District to split the school into two separate schools with two principals come next fall. Daily Breeze

International Space Station Patch Designed by Astronomy Buffs at Granada Hills’ Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences
Narek Baghosian and Florian Storz, members of the Astronomy Club at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, have designed a patch that will be carried on a privately funded flight to the International Space Station. LA Daily News

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