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LA School Report | July 4, 2014

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Challenger to CA schools chief blasts handling of Inglewood Unified takeover
Marshall Tuck, the man who hopes to unseat Tom Torlakson as state superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday decried a legislative committee’s failure to authorize an audit of the state takeover of the troubled Inglewood Unified School District. Daily News

Lawsuit Challenges New York’s Teacher Tenure Laws
Parent Union, an education advocacy group on Thursday threw down the first challenge to New York’s teacher tenure laws in the wake of a landmark court decision in California last month finding such laws there unconstitutional. New York Times 

LAUSD contract leaves some in union unhappy with own leadership
Some members of the largest union for Los Angeles Unified non-teacher employees say union leadership tricked members into approving a contract by falsely claiming they were guaranteed 6.5 percent pay raises. Daily News

Commentary: that ‘ticking time bomb’ school budget prediction was a dud
At Superintendent Cindy Marten’s recent press conference, reporters seemed genuinely surprised that she could present a balanced budget with some good news while filling a shortfall first estimated to be $106 million. Voice of San Diego

Op-Ed Why ethnic studies programs are good for California, and America
Ethnic studies remains virtually absent in K-12 public education nationally, and it is rare even in California, where about three-quarters of students are nonwhite. That could change with Assemblyman Luis Alejo’s recent introduction of AB 1750. LA Times

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