Morning Read: Judge rules ‘parent trigger’ can continue

‘Parent trigger’ campaigns can continue despite lack of new test scores
Parents are allowed to attempt to force major changes at schools considered failing based on tests that are at least two years old. EdSource


San Francisco middle schools no longer reaching ‘Algebra 1′
Districts like Los Angeles and Oakland are going to allow some high-achieving kids to go ahead and take algebra in middle school. But not San Francisco Unified. KQED


Using the restroom: A privilege—if you’re a teacher
Educators seldom have enough time to do their business. What’s that doing to the state of learning? The Atlantic


To get support for education bill, senators conjure lost art: Compromise
The 601-page bill dealt with the role of the federal government in the nation’s 100,000 schools and touched a number of hot-button issues. Washington Post


After principal’s suicide, report raises fresh test security questions
The principal of Teachers College Community School admitted to filling in questions left blank by third graders, according to a report. Chalkbeat New York


Anna Deavere Smith tackles school-to-prison pipeline in new solo show
A new play explores the “school-to-prison pipeline,” where children from poor communities are pushed into the criminal justice system. Playbill

Morning Read: District to define ‘adequately-funded’ education

Building a tool to define ‘adequately-funded’ education
California’s second-largest school district is almost ready to answer a question that has prompted legal challenges across the nation. SI&A Cabinet Report


Head of LAUSD schools in northeast SFV to expand bilingual programs
Local Superintendent Byron Maltez started his new position overseeing 118 schools in the northeast San Fernando Valley earlier this month. Los Angeles Daily News


Early education gets noticed in revise of No Child Left Behind
The U.S. Senate’s version of the bill, which passed with bipartisan support (81-17), “ensures that federal funds can be used for early education.” EdSource


Gay history class a first at public S.F. high school
The LGBT social studies course is the first of its kind in San Francisco and a rarity in public high schools across the country. San Francisco Chronicle


What do we value more: Young kids or fast food?
New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It’s the fruit of a three-year labor campaign. NPR


States in Motion: Visualizing how education funding has changed over time
The project explores numerous datasets through interactive charts for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. EdSource

Morning Read: One man’s quest for statewide arts education

Carl Schafer works to get CA to enforce its own arts education law
Carl Schafer has spent the last three years lobbying to get arts instruction to every student in the state. KPCC


Finally some help from the feds on ELL with disabilities
The special education system in many schools is plagued by over- or under-representation of different ethnic groups or genders. SI&A Cabinet Report


Evaluating teachers: Precise but irrelevant metrics?
It’s not controversial to argue that some teachers are more skilled or effective than others. Hechinger Report


Career Pathways Trust allowing students to explore the universe
Eight high school students are spending the summer helping scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. EdSource


Survey: Teachers spend $500 a year of their own money on supplies
Teacher verification provider SheerID and Agile Education Marketing today released the results of an annual survey. The Journal


Education groups urge Congress to finish the job on No Child Left Behind
Ten national education groups on Wednesday urged Congress to move quickly to finalize revisions to No Child Left Behind. Washington Post

Morning Read: Torlakson plans new school accountability system

State’s top education official plans new accountability system to rate schools
Torlakson said he will announce the creation of a committee to formulate a new accountability system for evaluating and rating schools. Los Angeles Daily News


Commentary: What LAUSD needs in its next superintendent
The Los Angeles Unified School District has at most a year to replace Ramon C. Cortines as superintendent. Los Angeles Times


Educators take aim at needs of younger foster youth
LA Unified put most of its funding for foster youth into high schools. But research and advocates suggest that the problems start far earlier. Chronicle of Social Change


Issue of collective bargaining threatens evaluation reform
The chief authors of the two nearly identically worded bills would open all aspects of an evaluation to collective bargaining. EdSource


Common Core politics and elections: Where the standards stand
RealClearEducation compiled an (unscientific) heat map that assesses Common Core’s risk of revocation in each state. Real Clear Education


Lottery sales to hit $6b; record contribution set for schools
Surging revenues haven’t just been limited to the state’s general fund – the lottery has had a healthy upswing this year, too. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Cortines defends Esquith investigation

L.A. superintendent: ‘When it comes to student safety, we are going to choose students over adults every single time.’
Los Angeles schools superintendent Ramon C. Cortines e-mailed me Monday night with a reaction to my latest column. Washington Post


Teacher training course aims to boost students’ college readiness
Nearly 5,000 teachers across the state in grades 7 through 12 will sign up this summer and fall for CSU’s Expository Reading and Writing Course. Ed Source


5 questions with LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer
Steve Zimmer won the backing of his colleagues on July 1 to step in as Los Angeles Unified’s new school board president and his plate is already piled high. KPCC


Long Beach school board to consider renaming Robert E. Lee Elementary
The announcement comes more than two weeks after civil rights activists from the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable began calling on district and city officials to rename the elementary school. Long Beach Press-Telegram


Hopes dim for rewrite of school transit funding formula
The shortcomings of California’s current home-to-school transportation funding system came to light during the 2011-12 school year. SI&A Cabinet Report


Teen pregnancies hit all-time low
The highest number of teen births was recorded in 1990 when there was a birth rate of 60 babies per 1,000 teens. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Long Beach Unified pressed to rename Lee Elementary

Long Beach board under pressure to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary
Dozens of schools throughout the nation bear the name of Lee, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. NY Daily News


Why NYC is experimenting with new ways to desegregate public schools
Advocates of school integration say the tide is starting to change in the country’s largest school district. Slate


CA improves in children’s health but slips to 49th in financial security
The annual KIDS COUNT report on the welfare of the country’s children tells a mixed story of how California is faring in providing for its kids. KPCC


Flat funding threatens push for quality after-school programs
State leaders have rejected a proposal to provide cost-of-living increases for after-school program. Ed Source


U.S. Department Of Education releases parent checklist
The checklist follows the set of rights that the U.S. Department of Education recently released. iSchoolGuide

Morning Read: Man wins $25,000 for voting in LAUSD board election

Voter in L.A. school board race wins $25,000 for casting a ballot
An experiment in boosting chronic low-turnout local elections ended Friday when Rojas, a 35-year-old security guard, received a check. Los Angeles Times


Commentary: LAUSD still persecuting one of the nation’s best teachers
Esquith is being treated like a Wall Street cheat. Washington Post


Homeless students get new attention in school accountability plans
School districts must spell out how they will help the state’s 310,000 homeless students and make goals for their progress. ED Source


Senate ESEA rewrite fits Brown’s ed agenda
The surprisingly bipartisan rewrite of ESEA would remove a lot of uncertainty surrounding key policy work undertaken by Gov. Jerry Brown. SI&A Cabinet Report


LAUSD audit allegations still under internal review
In November, the inspector general’s investigation unit was called-in to begin reviewing allegations that could rise to criminal activity. Los Angeles Daily News


Saving the last links to Native American culture
Preserving a record of California’s indigenous culture is at the heart of a new law that creates a specialized teaching credential for American Indian culture. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Vergara group brings new lawsuit over teacher evaluations

Group sues 13 districts for not using test scores in teacher evaluations
The lawsuit targets school systems in the state that have barred the use of test results through collective-bargaining agreements with teachers unions. Los Angeles Times


CA law bars consent as a defense in child sexual-abuse lawsuits
Gov. Brown announced he signed legislation introduced after LAUSD avoided liability for a teacher having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Orange County Register


No-bid practice for funding school projects found illegal
Billions of dollars in California school construction projects are now in legal limbo. San Francisco Chronicle


Half of new teachers quit profession in 5 years? Not true, new study says
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics made the new finding in a study released in April. Ed Source


Crime stats show troubling trend at nation’s schools
A general decline in serious crime on K-12 school campuses nationwide appears to be reversing. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Senate weakens role of feds over failing schools

Senate rejects effort to give feds more say in identifying failing schools
The measure was opposed by many Republicans who want to rein in the federal government’s influence over education. Washington Post


Teachers back in school to master Common Core standards
School’s out for summer – although maybe not, if your job is to teach the Common Core State Standards. Ed Source


School district separation financially viable
Santa Monica and Malibu’s school districts have formed a less than perfect union for several decades. Malibu Times


Early start divides schools, parents
Some parents are upset because the Capistrano Unified School District is moving up the school calendar. Orange County Register


Denver is leading the way in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline
In the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 school years, in-school suspensions dropped 27 percent. Huffington Post


California students learn STEM concepts at Solar Science Academy
With about 300 high school students attending this year, the one-week program aims to immerse participants in a solar-focused curriculum. The Journal

Morning Read: Teacher shortage causing anxiety in school districts

California’s dwindling teacher supply rattling districts’ nerves
In a common sign of the emerging problem, districts throughout the state have been hiring more teachers with provisional intern credentials. Ed Source


County offices gain extra month to review LCAPs
The effect will be to ease some of the pressure on the counties to review districts’ local accountability plans. Ed Source


AFT girds for Supreme Court setback, pledges to grow membership
The AFT passed a resolution pledging to speak individually with each of its 1.6 million members about getting more involved in the union. Huffington Post


How textbooks can teach different versions of history
In 2010 the Texas State Board of Education adopted new, more conservative learning standards. Among the changes — how to teach the cause of the Civil War. NPR


Senate votes down federal protections for K-12 LGBT students
Fifty-two Senators voted for such a provision, while 45 opposed it. But Senate rules required 60 votes, and the measure fell short. Washington Post

Morning Read: Congress continues debate on NCLB rewrite

5 questions on education law overhaul
The GOP-controlled Congress is hoping to enact a six-year renewal of the measure that would include changes to education policy. USA Today


Is there a kinder, gentler way to get anti-vaxxers to see the light?
Some of the first people to notice the anti-vaccination phenomenon in California were Santa Monica physicians like pediatrician Alice Kuo. LA Weekly


Some teachers are evaluated using the test scores of kids they didn’t teach
Forty-two states across the country have moved in recent years to evaluate all teachers at least in part on student test score growth. Slate


Fostering a growth mindset is key to teaching STEM
Sure, STEM can be hard, but telling kids “not everyone can do it” may make both boys and girls less inclined to try. US News & World Report


Schools still can’t save for a rainy day
Legislators struggle to overturn the unpopular union-backed reserve cap. San Diego Union-Tribune


Chokeholds, brain injuries, beatings: When school cops go bad
At least 28 students have been seriously injured—and one killed—in the past 5 years. Mother Jones

Morning Read: Does LAUSD need a new teacher discipline system?

Has LAUSD’s approach to teacher discipline gone too far?
In the wake of the Miramonte child abuse scandal, the Los Angeles school district took unprecedented steps to better protect students. Los Angeles Times


Why LAUSD wants exemption from low-bidder law
Supporters of Assembly Bill 1185 say it will save money by letting the district pick the company it deems most suited for the job. Los Angeles Daily News


Aspire sees opportunity to grow teacher residencies
Aspire Public Schools is convinced that its intensive year-long residency program is the best method to train teachers, but it’s expensive. Ed Source


Commentary: Confederate names have no place on California schools
New state Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) has introduced a bill to prohibit calling a public school, building, park or road anything Confederate. Los Angeles Times


CA looks for options to ‘highly qualified’ teachers for all
The federal government has tried to address the issue of educator inequity in schools through a series of updates to the ESEA. SI&A Cabinet Report


Study: Low-income, minority kids get worst teachers in Washington State
A labor economist proposes higher teacher salaries for tougher schools. Hechinger Report

Morning Read: House passes partisan NCLB rewrite

House leaders muster passage of education bill
The House bill would streamline federal programs and includes language that would allow Title I dollars to follow students to public schools of their choice. Politico


County closes down Boyle Heights alternative school
A small high school in Boyle Heights was forced to close its door on short notice in June leaving 40 or so students scrambling. EGP News


As Latino population surges, gaps in income and education may shrink
Overall, Latinos have lower incomes, education and job skills than the average white Californian. Los Angeles Times


More MiSiS problems: Summer school grades for some students disappear
According to district administrators, summer school grades submitted to MiSiS seemingly disappeared from the system. KPCC


New York swaps state test-makers amid strife over exams
The previous contract was held by Pearson, an international education company that has become a lightning rod in education policy around the country. New York Times


What should replace No Child Left Behind?
The White House is calling for rules that tell states when to intervene in low-performing schools. PBS Newshour

Morning Read: MiSiS still causing transcript problems for LAUSD

MiSiS problems persist, some graduating seniors caught in transcript hell
The $133 million MiSiS system is still coughing out transcripts that inaccurately report whether students have met their graduation requirements. KPCC


New local superintendent plans apprenticeships, college prep courses 
Students are rarely offered training in skilled trades, because LAUSD began eliminating vocational classes in the 1980s. Los Angeles Daily News


Oklahoma schools condensing schedule to save money, attract teachers
Some districts in Oklahoma pay teachers in time – four days a week, instead of five. KGOU


LCAP not API to serve as school performance monitor
The API, based solely on test scores, has stood since 1999 as the primary matrix for communicating school success. SI&A Cabinet Report


Lawmakers move to limit government’s role in education
While there is near-universal agreement that No Child Left Behind should be retooled, the paths to change are starkly different. New York Times


Advocates for arts education may be doing more harm than good
Who’s the Grinch who stole arts education? Hechinger Report


Morning Read: LA becoming a hub for ed-tech startups

Ed-tech start-ups envision L.A. as a hub for the growing sector
A growing contingent of LA start-ups wants the attention to shift to a new sector: educational technology. Los Angeles Times


Contemplating better training for substitutes
The shortage of substitute teachers nationwide is shining a spotlight on the adequacy of those who are available. SI&A Cabinet Report


Personalized learning is especially good for students of color
“Personalized learning” lets the students dictate the direction and pace of instruction. Hechinger Report


Report: Technology purchases driving up back-to-school budgets
Parents are spending more on school supplies this year, mostly for technology purchases, according to a new report. The Journal


Editorial: Must the courts improve California’s schools?
Lawsuits aren’t the best way to improve schools. But sometimes they’re the only way. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: LAUSD rolling out anti-sexting campaign

L.A Unified takes on sexting with education campaign, not punishment
The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to roll out what may be the state’s most ambitious educational campaign around the issue. Los Angeles Times


Marriage ruling may boost school climate for LGBT families and students
California has been in the forefront of efforts to update school curriculum to include the gay and lesbian political movement. Ed Source


UNLV study connects full-day kindergarten to better health, achievement
The research team found that students in full-day kindergarten score better on tests than their half-day counterparts. Las Vegas Review-Journal


Vocational training still alive and well at Granada Hills Charter
Granada Hills Charter High School offers a full gamut of training in skilled trades, from automotive repair and construction to culinary arts. Los Angeles Daily News


Teacher in union case headed to Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court case could weaken public sector unions across the country. Fresno Bee


CA Assembly votes to strengthen law protecting sexually abused students
Criminal law is clear that minors cannot consent to sexual acts. But civil law is less clear, and courts have ruled in civil cases that minors consented. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: High school exit exam may be exiting quickly

High school exit exam may be suspended immediately
The California High School Exit Exam may be suspended immediately, possibly letting off the hook thousands of seniors who need to pass it to graduate. Ed Source


Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal’s suit
The settlement resolves a lawsuit by Carter Paysinger in which he alleged district officials routinely ignored his complaints of racial discrimination. Los Angeles Times


On first day as Boston schools chief, Chang hears student concerns
Chang previously oversaw more than 130 schools in Los Angeles as an instructional superintendent. Boston Globe


San Fernando Valley high school wins top honors for journalism
A small San Fernando Valley magnet’s publication was named the best student newspaper in Southern California. Los Angeles Daily News


Trustee of Inglewood Unified abruptly announces resignation
Brann, the third state-appointed trustee of Inglewood in three years, will remain at the district during the transition process. Daily Breeze


A call to revise how Chicago funds teacher pensions
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday called for a broad rethinking of how teacher pensions in Illinois are funded. New York Times


Morning Read: Gov. Brown signs strict student vaccine law

California mandates vaccines for schoolchildren
California on Tuesday became the largest state in the country to require schoolchildren to receive vaccinations. New York Times


California’s new vaccine law: Questions and answers
Here are some questions and answers about the controversial vaccine law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday. San Jose Mercury News


Labor fears setback as Supreme Court hears case on union dues, fees
If Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs wins her case against the California Teachers Assn., it could prompt an exodus of union members. Los Angeles Times


Tired of hearing about failing schools? Here are four that work.
Here are four new profiles of some of the winners in a pilot project called Schools of Opportunity. Washington Post


Even vocational high schools are pushing kids to go to college
A look at the growing pains for high schools offering career and technical training. Hechinger Report


A phys ed teacher battles tight budgets and childhood obesity
Mindy Przeor founded an after-school program in Mesa, Ariz., to get elementary school kids up and running. NPR

Morning Read: State’s alternative schools have little oversight

There’s no good way to know how CA’s alternative schools are working
Thousands of low-income students flood schools designed for the most vulnerable students, but no one is keeping track of what happens to them. Hechinger Report


LBUSD teachers call for pay hikes, class-size reductions
The teachers’ contract in Long Beach Unified set to expire at month’s end. Long Beach Press-Telegram


Children get extra semester before kindergarten with midyear classes
The Los Angeles Unified School District looked at the concept when the board voted last week to drastically expand its transitional kindergarten program. Ed Source


Report: Low-income communities lack child care in LA County
Families encounter a big disparity in access to licensed child care spaces depending on where they live in Los Angeles County. Ed Source


Senate passes vaccine bill on second vote; now heads to Gov. Brown
The controversial bill would give California one of the country’s strictest vaccination laws. San Jose Mercury News


7 solutions that would improve graduation rates
This month we reported the findings from our nationwide investigation into the forces driving the nation’s rising high school graduation rate. NPR

Morning Read: SoCal schools grapple with teacher shortage

SoCal schools may see more interns, substitutes in classrooms 
School is out for the summer, but for some in education, the work is just beginning on a problem that is growing more acute: the teacher shortage. KPCC


Best school districts for your buck in Southern California
To find the best schools in Southern California, we weighed a district’s affordability, standardized test scores, college readiness and student-to-teacher ratio. NerdWallet


In drought’s firm grip, California schools try to cope
School districts are grappling with how to adhere to new water use requirements. Ed Source


Have Millenials turned away from teaching profession?
Education planners in a number of states are looking with alarm at the sudden drop of college students entering the teaching profession. SI&A Cabinet Report


Arne Duncan: These are the things parents should demand from schools
Certain educational rights should be universal, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday. Huffington Post


7 more states, District Of Columbia receive No Child Left Behind waivers
The six states, and the District of Columbia, were given a three-year flexibility extension through school year 2017-18. iSchoolGuide