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LA School Report | March 4, 2014

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In survey, union leader vows to file complaints over ‘teacher jails’
Los Angeles teachers union president Warren Fletcher lashed out at the school district Monday for its handling of teachers accused of misconduct, vowing to file federal and state age-discrimination complaints. LA Times

Severely disabled are to face double testing this spring
Thousands of the state’s most severely disabled students face a double testing dilemma this spring as a result of the state’s complex transition to the Common Core curriculum – a problem lawmakers are scrambling to fix. SI&A Cabinet Report 

Universal preschool will be a hot issue this spring in Sacramento
Three little boys crawled around a colorful classroom rug, roaring like dinosaurs as other preschoolers learned the value of a dollar. One hundred pennies felt much heavier in the 4-year-olds’ tiny hands than a dollar bill. A casual observer might assume the kids were just playing, but St. Elizabeth’s Day Home in San Jose is no ordinary day care. Contra Costa Times

Effective teacher training critical to success of Common Core math
The quality of teacher training will be crucial to the success of the new Common Core State Standards in math, educators say, and the pressure is on districts to give elementary school teachers the skills they’ll need to provide students with a firm foundation in early arithmetic. EdSource 

Why this bilingual education ban should have repealed long ago

Commentary: In the mid-1990s, conditions were right for California to build the multilingual economy of the future. A slumping economy needed a boost. A remarkably multilingual population — including millions of Spanish speakers — was already in place. But in 1998, with globalization knocking ever more loudly on its door, Californians voted instead to pass a ballot measure known as Proposition 227 that imposed wide-reaching restrictions on bilingual education, effectively banning it. CNN

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