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LA School Report | November 13, 2013

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LAUSD board won’t censure Vladovic for alleged sexual harassment
The first-ever effort to censure a Los Angeles Unified board member failed Tuesday when members declined to formally reprimand President Richard Vladovic for alleged sexual harassment and bullying of two district employees. LA Daily News

L.A. Unified schools to move forward with trimmed-down iPad plan
A divided Board of Education agreed Tuesday to move ahead with a trimmed-down plan to provide iPads to Los Angeles students, but an evaluation will look at whether the project should proceed. Board members raised numerous concerns, including whether the contract with Apple needs to be reconsidered and whether high schools should be provided laptops instead of tablets. LA Times 

LAUSD Schools Locked Down After Shooting in South L.A.
Two Los Angles schools were locked down Tuesday following a robbery and shooting at the corner of East 41st Place and South Avalon Boulevard (map), authorities said. The schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown at 7:50 a.m., according to officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District. KTLA

New law raises awareness of concussions in student athletes
As the high school football season winds to a close and players prepare to put their helmets away, athletic officials are hoping that a new law requiring coaches to be trained to spot concussions in players has made the high-contact game, and all youth sports, safer. EdSource

Harkin’s Early Learning bill offers states $30B over 4 years
A potentially landmark bill aimed at expanding high-quality, early learning programs across the nation would require that states adopt birth-to-kindergarten school-readiness standards and make the much anticipated longitudinal data link from pre-school to college. SI&A Cabinet Report

What will the next phase of blended learning look like?
Blended learning, when students learn both from a teacher and from online programs, has become a popular choice for schools around the country. In 2009, 3 million k-12 students took and online course, up from 45,000 nine years prior, according to a report by the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Hechinger Report

The stereotypes about math that hold Americans back
Mathematics education in the United States is broken. Open any newspaper and stories of math failure shout from the pages: low international rankings, widespread innumeracy in the general population, declines in math majors. The Atlantic

A teacher’s view: We need the reforms
Commentary: From where I stand in front of my classroom, the reforms – specifically, the new teacher evaluation system and Common Core learning standards – have advanced both teaching and learning in New York public schools. This year, many teachers in New York will, for the first time ever, have a candid conversation with their principals about what effective pedagogy looks like. WNYC

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