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LA School Report | March 21, 2014

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Public denied access to LA school officials’ iPad software demonstration
Members of the L.A. Unified school board and a committee investigating the iPad project were given the first demonstration of the tablet’s educational software Wednesday evening – but the public wasn’t invited and a KPCC reporter was not allowed in the room. KPCC

California public schools to test students via computers
Next Tuesday, most California public school students will take an assessment test they have never taken before. This one will replace the old STAR test. It will now be called the Smarter Balanced Field Test. Imagine a world where students take a paperless test to measure their achievement. In California, that test will be launched in a few days. ABC 7 Local

School funding reforms spark push to get parent input
California’s new school funding law has sparked a major push to get input from parents, at least in most school districts being tracked by EdSource in diverse parts of the state. Those districts have held – or plan to hold over the next few weeks – public forums that go significantly beyond what is prescribed in the law and its central feature. EdSource

Budget panel sensitive to more money for common core
A key legislative budget panel appeared sympatric Thursday to providing schools more funding next year to implement the Common Core State Standards.
Last summer legislative leaders along with Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to provide $1.25 billion for the 2013-14 fiscal year to help school districts buy new instructional materials, provide teacher training and make technological updates tied to the new, national curriculum goals. S&I Cabinet Report

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