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Morning Read: Rally at LAUSD HQ over $1B in student spending

LA School Report | March 18, 2014



Community Groups Call For LAUSD To Spend $1B On Poorest Students
A coalition of Southland community groups was expected Tuesday to deliver thousands of petitions to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board demanding that $1 billion in state funding over the next seven years be used to help low income students, English learners and foster youth. CBS Local


Thelma Melendez, mayor’s education advisor, to join L.A. Unified
The mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, is joining the Los Angeles Unified School District as a senior administrator. The 55-year-old Melendez, a former Obama administration official, was talked about in recent times as a contender for the top job at the nation’s second-largest school system. LA TImes


Stanford study highlights gains at Los Angeles charter schools
A new Stanford University study finds that Los Angeles charter school students are making significant gains in learning compared with their district school peers. Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found the typical student in a Los Angeles charter school takes in the equivalent of 50 days more of learning in a year than students in traditional schools, as well as an additional 79 days of learning in math alone. LA Daily


EdTracker: EdSource’s guide to education legislation
Last year California state legislators passed the Local Control Funding Formula, transforming how schools are funded. They ended the state’s existing system of standardized testing and created a roadmap for introducing new assessments of student performance. And they approved significant funding for implementing the new Common Core standards. EdSource

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