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LA School Report | June 12, 2014

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Teacher tenure ruling in California is expected to intensify debate
The landmark court decision on Tuesday finding California’s teacher tenure laws unconstitutional is likely to lead to a flood of copycat lawsuits in other states, shifting the battleground on the issue from the legislatures to the courts. NY Times

Why that ruling against teacher tenure won’t help your schoolchildren
Commentary: Tuesday’s ruling by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu declaring all sorts of job protections for teachers “unconstitutional” is being hailed by a certain category of education activists. They seem to have a unanimous view about the reason California schools are supposedly so bad: It’s the teachers unions. LA Times

L.A. Unified agrees to settle two molestation claims for $5 million
The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to pay $5 million to settle two legal claims from students who alleged they were molested by a former Telfair Elementary School teacher, a plaintiff’s attorney said Wednesday. One plaintiff will receive $3 million, and the other will get $2 million, said attorney Thomas Cifarelli, who represents several other students with claims against the district. LA Times

California to add child care, transitional kindergarten in budget deal
California will add thousands of additional transitional kindergarten and child care slots for young children, according to a budget deal taking shape at the Capitol, while falling short of a broader program expansion Democratic lawmakers originally proposed. Sac Bee

Powerful new ally of CA’s stand over testing
One of Duncan’s biggest allies on Common Core issues and perhaps the nation’s most powerful private player in education policy – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – seems to have decided California was right: States need more time to train teachers, prepare assessments and teach students in the new standards before schools can be held accountable. S&I Cabinet Report

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