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Hillel Aron | August 21, 2012

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The school board listens to public comment about Proposition 38

This morning, the school board unanimously and without discussion passed a symbolic resolution in support of both Propositions 30 and 38, two separate state ballot measures that would raise taxes to fund education.

Then, for good measure, when the board came back at noon after a closed session, it voted to pass two additional symbolic resolutions, one in support of 30 and the other for 38. The Daily News’ Barbara Jones has a piece about it, as does the LA Times’ Stephen Caeser.

Although there was no discussion, there was a brief exchange between Board Member Steve Zimmer and Superintendent John Deasy, after Deasy gave a presentation about all the progress made by LAUSD in the 2011-12 school year:

“You’re saying that public education works,” said Zimmer.

“I’m saying that public education in LAUSD is working,” said Deasy.

“You’re saying we can do this.”

“Can this continue? If things turn negative in November? No.”

“What I’m asking you is, at this very moment that we’re actually seeing the progress of all this work… that even at this moment, it’s very perilous.”

“We couldn’t be in more peril.”

Also at the board meeting, Zimmer postponed his proposal to reject Academic Growth Over Time as a metric for evaluating teachers (in fact, it may have been placed on the agenda in error).

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