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Morning Reading 7-23-12: Big Day For Parent Trigger

Hillel Aron | July 22, 2012

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The Parent Trigger gets pulled, exam questions end up on social media, schools will get money for after-school programs (just don’t call them that), and more.

• The Parent Trigger has finally been pulled– for the first time ever. A San Bernardino judge has approved a petition by parents of Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto, CA to take over the school. LA Weekly

• Will social media threaten the efficacy of standardized testing? A former North Hollywood High student allegedly posted 36 questions from standardized tests from last spring on a social networking site. The unnamed student might be disciplined, and the school could have its API score invalidated. LA Times

• Two foundation will give lower-income LAUSD schools $1.7 million for programs that are– we’re told not to call them after school programs, although the programs will take place– that’s right, after school. It looks like the money will go to non-profits like Alliance for a Better Community  and InnerCity Struggle, who will administer the programs in individual schools like Belmont High and Esteban E. Torres High School. KPCC

• On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Education “began the discussion on taking Inglewood Unified into receirvership; there is a very real chance that Ingelwood USD might not be able to meet payroll as early as December,” writes Scott Folsom in his weekly newsletter. 4LAKids

• Diane Ravitch rails against the “parent tricker” law (see what she did there?) Bridging Differences

• Former OMB director and Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup Peter Orszag argues that summer makes U.S. kids dumber and fatter. And not in a good way! Bloomberg

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