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Morning Read: Students try to preserve education grants

LA School Report | March 28, 2014



Ag students rally in Sacramento to preserve education grants
Concerns about future funding for high school agricultural classes and leadership programs are being voiced throughout California—and nowhere louder than at the state Capitol, where thousands of students and members of Future Farmers of America rallied last week to try to prevent elimination of the state’s $4.1 million Agricultural Education Incentive Grant program. Sierra Sun Times


California Report: Don’t spend new education money on campus police
A policy brief released this month urges California school districts to reject beefing up campus police forces and security when they start receiving substantial funding aimed at improving education for needy kids. Truthout


Sandra Fluke wants political debut as Santa Monica, Southbay state senator
Activist and attorney Sandra Fluke was faced with a choice in January when Congressman Henry Waxman announced he would retire after 40 years of representing Santa Monica and West Los Angles in Washington. Should she enter what promised to be a crowded race to replace the veteran lawmaker? Or, should she try for something more local? Santa Monica Lookout


Supporters respond to Common Core Question that went viral
A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son’s math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous. Conservative pundits, including Glenn Beck, seized on it as evidence that the new standards are nonsensical and “stupid,” adding more fuel to the backlash against the Common Core as it rolls out in schools across the country. Hechinger Report


Inside the Koch brothers’ plot to transform higher education
In all, two of the six private charitable foundations the Koch brothers control and personally fund combined in 2012 to infuse colleges and universities with more than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. Salon

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