Morning Read: End of an era for New Orleans’ all-charter district?

All eyes on today’s Louisiana vote: A new era for New Orleans’ schools?
Barring a last-minute twist, Louisiana lawmakers Thursday are expected to vote to dissolve a state-controlled school district that for the last 10 years has overseen the nation’s most radical foray into education reform. As for what would come next – a unique hybrid system that relies on both a publicly elected board to handle system functions like enrollment and independent schools whose autonomy is enshrined in state law – and what that means for growing New Orleans’ successful charter sector, educators across the country are now watching closely to see what happens to the grand NOLA experiment. The 74

Morning Read: State leaders debate ‘breakfast-after-the-bell’ plan

‘Breakfast-after-the-bell’ plan set aside for review
A key legislative panel sidelined Tuesday a proposal that would require a large number of school districts to offer some type of “breakfast after the bell” program so the state can help feed scores of students missing their first meal of the day. By Kimberly Beltran, Cabinet Report

Morning Read: U.S. champion Academic Decathlon team from Granada Hills gets hero’s welcome

Bagpipes, pom-poms greet Academic Decathlon champs at Granada Hills Charter High
The national champion Academic Decathlon team got a hero’s welcome Monday at Granada Hills Charter High School. The team returned this weekend — from Alaska — after winning the competition for the fifth time in six years. By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: Granada Hills Charter wins U.S. Academic Decathlon again

Granada Hills Charter High School wins U.S. Academic Decathlon
Granada Hills Charter High School won its fifth U.S. Academic Decathlon national championship on Saturday, defending its prestigious title in Anchorage, Alaska. By Dana Bartholomew, Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: LA community advocates push early childhood education to ensure success

Los Angeles service providers push for early childhood education
At a recent symposium, community advocates declared that early childhood education can spell the difference between future failure and success in school and life. They also stressed the importance of parental engagement at home and the community in shaping a child’s future. By Hiyasmin Quijano, Inquirer.net

Morning Read: LAUSD school cop charged with attempted sex trafficking of a minor

LAUSD police officer charged with attempted sex trafficking of a child
A Los Angeles Unified School District police officer surrendered to federal agents Wednesday morning after he was accused of attempting to have sex with a minor, officials said. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Kids in LA County live in more economically segregated neighborhoods

Kids in LA County grow up more segregated by income
Children in Los Angeles County are growing up in more economically segregated neighborhoods than their parents did, as affluent families move to where the best-performing schools are, according to a new USC study. By Josie Huang, KPCC

Morning Read: Dance program thrives at LAUSD school

Dance program teaches LAUSD students life lessons
Dancing can make a difference in a child’s education as a program in the Los Angeles Unified School District has shown. “It’s about using dance and music to bring life and learning skills, the discipline, the focus, the energy that you can then take into anything that you do in life.” ABC7

Morning Read: LAUSD honored on Earth Day by U.S. Dept. of Education

Manhattan Beach school district, LAUSD honored on Earth Day by U.S. Department of Education
LAUSD’s efforts to incorporate sustainability into students’ education helped earn it the honor. Each school in the district has a Coordinated School Health Wellness Committee, which promotes student health and well-being with representatives from physical, health, counseling and psychological services. By The Daily Breeze staff and wire reports

Morning Read: LAUSD magnet schools accepted less than half of applicants this year

Magnet schools seen as a way to keep students in the district
The high interest in magnets shows that those types of schools could be a way to bring students back, school board member Richard Vladovic says. By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: What the loss of thousands of preschool seats will cost LA County

Massive loss of preschool seats looms for LA County
A new report estimates that the economic toll on Los Angeles County from the loss of funding for thousands of preschool seats later this year will be almost $600 million annually. By Deepa Fernandes, KPCC

Morning Read: California’s K12 online charter school fails to make the grade

California Virtual Academies: Is online charter school network cashing in on failure?
A growing network of online academies, operated by a Virginia company traded on Wall Street called K12 Inc., is failing key tests used to measure educational success. By Jessica Calefati, San Jose Mercury News

Morning Read: Charters, LAUSD battle over who should pay retiree benefits

Retiree benefits become a flashpoint between charters, traditional schools
Financial challenges are all-but-universal in the education world, and retiree benefits are particularly costly. The latest battle is over who should pay for an employee’s health benefits after retirement. LA Unified’s unfunded liability for employee benefits has escalated to $13.6 billion. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Mayor proposes a year of free community college for LAUSD grads

Garcetti proposes free year of community college for LAUSD graduates
At his State of the City address, Mayor Eric Garcetti said LA will commit to giving every graduate of LA Unified one free year of community college. Funding would come from the community college district, the city and a private philanthropist. ABC7 

Morning Read: LA students at White House Science Fair

Los Angeles students attend 2016 White House Science Fair
The White House Science Fair features winners of prestigious science, technology, engineering and math competitions from around the country. KPCC

Morning Read: School for boys coming to LAUSD

LA Unified OKs all-boys school in downtown
The Los Angeles Unified School District approved the creation of the Boys Academic Leadership Academy, a single-gender school that will be located on the campus of Washington Preparatory High School. City News Service

Morning Read: $7.1 million awarded to charter school in Prop. 39 case against LAUSD

Charter school awarded $7.1 million in case against LAUSD
The Los Angeles Unified School District must pay $7.1 million to a San Fernando Valley charter school for failing to provide the school with rent-free classroom space, a violation of state law. By Zahira Torres, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Survey shows black, Latino parents want better teachers, tougher curriculum

Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids
In a nationally representative survey of black and Latino parents in the U.S., the Leadership Conference Education Fund found that these parents care about having good teachers, more money for their schools and a more challenging curriculum for their students. By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: State bills would increase mental health services for students

Bridging gaps in mental health services to students
State legislators are moving forward with a plan to incentivize cooperation between schools and government agencies to provide mental health services for students. By Alisha Kirby, Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Supreme Court vote on Friedrichs a reprieve, not victory, for UTLA

Besieged teachers unions reach out to their members
The court’s tie vote provided breathing room for the CTA and public employee unions in 23 states, including California, whose laws allow unions to charge all employees mandatory “agency fees” for the costs to represent them. John Fensterwald, EdSource