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LA School Report | February 4, 2014

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LA school board committee to tackle job description for temporary member
Los Angeles Unified school board member Steve Zimmer is inviting the public to help write a job description. It’s for the role of District 1 advocate – a position proposed by Zimmer and approved by the school board to speak on the behalf of south Los Angeles schools while the area prepares to elect a full member in June. KPCC

Anonymous LA school employees turn to Facebook for repairs
Los Angeles Unified School District staff have taken to Facebook to put a spotlight on crumbling school infrastructure and neglected repairs – and shame officials. Photos posted on a group page called “repairs not iPads” show busted plumbing, holes in walls and tiling and evidence of insect and rodent infestations. KPCC

Beverly Hills principal did not report $40,000, report says
The principal of Beverly Hills High School did not report more than $40,000 he received from a for-profit summer sports camp he ran for the school’s athletes — a possible violation of conflict-of-interest and ethics policies, according to a report on the program reviewed by The Times. LA Times

California task force warns of civics education crisis
The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning is warning of a crisis in civic participation that starts in the schools. The group has drafted a list of recommended fixes, but to finish the report the group is practicing what it preaches and is asking for civic participation. KPCC 

Meet the tech entrepreneur putting teacher tenure on trial
Sometimes it seems like the education arena is just one big fight between rich people and teachers unions. But rarely has that fight ended up in a courtroom, which is exactly what’s happening right now in Los Angeles. California’s laws governing teacher tenure and dismissal are being challenged in a lawsuit, Vergara v. California, brought by nine public school children in the state. The Huffington Post

School reform No. 1: Emphasizing computer science
Editorial: In an interview with the U-T San Diego editorial board, published Sunday, California State University-San Marcos President Karen Haynes made many thoughtful observations. One such comment came when Haynes said California’s high school graduation requirements are “distinctly different” from what she thinks should be “necessary for entry into college. There’s a huge gap.” U-T San Diego

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