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LA School Report | December 10, 2013

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Protests against LAUSD’s ‘teacher jails’ held
Calling for an end to what they say is harassment, hundreds of United Teachers Los Angeles members rallied at district offices across the city late Monday afternoon to support educators removed from classrooms and housed in so-called teacher jails while allegations of misconduct are investigated. LA Daily News

California schools fear losing millions for low-income students
Major California school districts fear they will be shortchanged millions of dollars in funding for their low-income students under new state rules requiring them to verify family incomes every year. At stake, for instance, is $200 million in L.A. Unified and $6 million in San Diego. LA Times

Elect, don’t appoint, to replace Marguerite LaMotte

Editorial: The Los Angeles Unified school board has barely had time to mourn the loss of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte; now it must decide how best to fill her seat. LaMotte, a school board member since 2003, died last week at an education conference in San Diego. LA Times

LA Schools want 100k more iPads
The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to triple its supply of iPads, even while a citizen’s oversight committee wants to hit the brakes. Superintendent John Deasy’s administration released a request this week, asking for about 100,00 more iPads for students and staff. KPCC 

Google Chromebooks get the nod over iPads in some South Bay schools
While Los Angeles Unified and other school districts have stirred admiration and consternation with plans to put iPads in the hands of students, some South Bay schools are favoring a less expensive option: the Google Chromebook. The Daily Breeze 

Community schools gaining traction under state’s new funding formula
The convergence of more money for low-income students and a new mandate to work with families under the Local Control Funding Formula has created “a unique point of time” for community schools to thrive, said Renee Newton, director of the Center for Community School Partnerships at UC Davis. EdSource

Code initiative seeks to put IT learning into mainstream
In just its first day, a week-long global initiative designed to promote computer science education drew 1.3 million students who participated by writing 40 million lines of code, organizers said. In California on Monday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was at Westborough Middle School in the South San Francisco Unified School District to kick off Computer Science Education Week. SI&A Cabinet Report 



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