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Preview: Board Agenda For Tuesday 10/9

Hillel Aron | October 5, 2012

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You may already have heard that LAUSD Board member Nury Martinez will introduce a motion at the Tuesday October 9 monthly school board meeting to make arts a “core subject” (KPCC: LAUSD considers making arts education a ‘core subject’). And we’ve already told you that Board member Steve Zimmer is holding off on offering a revised version of his charter school oversight proposal (see previous post here).  But that’s not all that’s going to be discussed and decided.  Below are a handful of other items worth watching. While he’s withdrawn his charter school oversight proposal for now, Board member Zimmer will offer a motion to use “a robust and diverse set of student learning instruments, including both state administered exams and authentic teacher developed assessments” to evaluate teachers, rather than just Academic Growth Over Time or any metric that relies on a single test.

In addition, Board member Bennett Kayser will introduce a motion that deals with space “over-allocated” to charter schools via Proposition 39 (I’ve written about how charters get space via Prop 39 here). The proposal would have the district “collect reimbursement amounts owed by each charter school that is over-allocated space during part or all of any school year.”

Kayser will also announce a resolution called “Buy and Use LAUSD First,” which would set up “an online directory of services and products available within the Los Angeles Unified School District, make their use and purchase easily obtainable, and strongly encourage every school and office to use and/or buy District products and services whenever possible.”

You can see the full agenda for the Tuesday meeting here.

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