Morning Read: LAUSD rehires lawyer dismissed over teen sex case

LAUSD brings back lawyer who said student could consent sex with teacher
The district announced last November that it would sever ties with the attorney, W. Keith Wyatt. It has now rehired his firm for several cases.
Los Angeles Times, by Teresa Watanabe

New law calls for modernized role of school counselors
The law comes as schools and districts not only in California but across the nation struggle to provide even meager access to academic counselors.
Cabinet Report, by Kimberly Beltran

Eli Broad and the end of public education as we know it
If there were still any doubt about Eli Broad’s desire to gut traditional public education, it has been erased.
Capital and Main, by Marc Haefele

Governor signs bill allowing diplomas for students who failed exit exam
Senate Bill 172 will require school districts to award diplomas to students who met every other graduation target but failed the exit exam.
EdSource, by Fermin Leal and Theresa Harrington

Board OKs settlement over principal who hypnotized students
The settlement closes a bizarre, yearslong case that began after a former principal admitted he hypnotized dozens of students. Several committed suicide shortly after.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, by Shelby Webb

In exit exam limbo: Telesis Radford
If Telesis Radford scored two points higher on the math portion of the California High School Exit Exam, the last nine years of her life may have turned out very differently.
EdSource, by Matt Levin and Tiffany Lew

Morning Read: Thousands of retroactive diplomas may be coming

California poised to grant high school diplomas retroactively
The state of California is poised to give between 40,000 and 150,000 diplomas to former students who failed to pass the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE.
EdSource, by Louis Freedberg

Parents of teen killed outside East L.A. middle school sue LAUSD
Steven Cruz was stabbed about 3 p.m. Jan. 23 outside Griffith Middle School just as classes were being dismissed for the day. MyNewsLA, by Hillary Jackson

Report highlights education inequities in nine California cities
The report was released Wednesday by the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education.
EdSource, by Theresa Harrington

Updating key things new teachers should know and do
Teaching Performance Expectations, or TPEs, were first developed in 2001 and have been amended from time to time since.
Cabinet Report, by Tom Chorneau

Test scores under Common Core show that ‘proficient’ varies by state
Ohio seems to have taken a page from Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.
New York Times, by Motoko Rich

California’s Aspire charter network gets a blended-learning boost 
Aspire Public Schools announced last week that the network will expand its blended learning program to 15 of its 38 schools.
Hechinger Report, by Nichole Dobo

Morning Read: Brown, Duncan were often at odds

Jerry Brown, Arne Duncan had deep, long-standing disagreements
The governor of a solidly Democratic state and a Democratic president’s point man on education were like two ships colliding in a sea of policy disagreements.
EdSource, by John Fensterwald

Girls and boys, the lesson today is how to start your company
As South Bay communities increasingly become a sun-kissed complement to Silicon Valley, startup culture is making its way into some L.A. schools’ curricula, too.
Los Angeles Times, by Sonali Kohli

Fallout from lower test scores challenges some states
If debate over the adoption of the Common Core State Standards has subsided, the new struggle is how to deal with the fallout when student test scores plunge.
Cabinet Report, by Tom Chorneau

Texas mother teaches textbook company a lesson on accuracy
Texas textbooks — and how they address aspects of history, science, politics and other subjects — have been a source of controversy for years.
New York Times, by Manny Fernandez and Christine Hauser

Would any college reject President Obama’s daughter?
Admission decisions rest largely on grades, test scores, extra-curricular activities and “the hook.” What’s the hook? Something that distinguishes you from everybody else.
Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss

Duncan’s departure illustrates national divide over education
Duncan’s announcement on Friday that he plans to step down later this year was greeted by a range of reactions.
Washington Post, by Emma Brown and Lyndsey Layton

Morning Read: Delayed test results frustrating parents, educators

Late parent notification of test results frustrates some educators
The California Department of Education said the delays were due in part to a desire to ship all the reports at once. EdSource, by Theresa Harrington 

Obama vs. teachers unions: It’s still on
Unions wanted Obama to fire Arne Duncan. They got John King instead. Politico, by Michael Grunwald

What Arne Duncan did to American education and whether it will last
During his tenure, one of the longest in President Barack Obama’s cabinet, Duncan made a deep mark on U.S. schools. Hechinger Report, by Ariana Skibell

When the incoming Education secretary met former gang members
On a hot day in August, John King arrived in Los Angeles to better understand gangs. LA Times, by Joy Resmovits

How much time should kids spend with screens?
The current recommendation is that parents monitor and limit their children’s screen time, but there’s no magic number. LA Times, by Jessica Roy

‘They don’t allow failure’: In custom classrooms, at-risk students thrive
At a NYC high school, a technique called blended learning replaces a portion of traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning. PBS, by Hari Sreevivasan

Morning Read: Brown approves ‘yes means yes’ for high schools

Governor approves ‘yes means yes’ sexual education for high schools
Jerry Brown approved legislation making California the first state in the nation to bring lessons about sexual consent required at many colleges into high schools. Associated Press, by Lisa Leff

How the Department of Education’s top salaries stack up
New York Department of Education’s top earners are compared to LAUSD and other school districts. NY Chalkbeat, by Geoff Decker

NASA picks STEM partners to get $42M in education cash
The agency selected 27 science organizations, museums and universities to receive a chunk of the $42 million to expand their science program for children of all ages. FedScoop, by Corinne Lestch

Malibu issues command Santa Monica school board attention 
The school board will consider making another tweak to the school district’s agreement with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. Santa Monica Daily Press, by Jeff Goodman

The story behind the test: Let’s gear up, not give up
Schools simply don’t have adequate resources to make this monumental shift to deeper learning that Common Core demands. Huffington Post, by Ama Nyamekye

LAUSD strives to implement anti-sexting campaign, sex education
Independent charter schools are required only to meet California Department of Education (CDE) standards, which do not require schools to teach sex education. Park LaBrea News, by Jessie Lingenfelter

Morning Read: Villaraigosa likes charter expansion plan

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorses charter expansion effort
“I would support any effort to expand high-quality education,” Villaraigosa said. “So I could certainly support that.” Los Angeles Times, by Howard Blume

California denied renewal of federal funding for charter schools
This will be the first time California, the state with the largest number of charters, has been shut out of federal funding in two decades. EdSource, by John Fensterwald

Judge may allow lawsuit over alleged 1999 Highland Park molestation
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin said he wanted to take the case under submission before making a final ruling. City News Service

This high school makes every student take AP classes
Los Angeles Unified has joined a number of districts nationwide that are pushing to open access to AP classes. Los Angeles Times, by Sonali Kohli

Lawsuit says California budget violates school funding guarantee
California school boards want a judge to force changes to the June state budget that would provide more money for schools. Sacramento Bee, by Jim Miller

Clinton endorsement divides teachers union
State officials and rank-and-file members plan to protest upcoming vote to endorse Hillary Clinton. Politico, by Annie Karni

Morning Read: Anti-vaxxers want CA constitutional amendment

California vaccine law foes announce new drive for ballot measure
The new initiative was announced by a group that has been seeking to recall some lawmakers who recently approved a new vaccination law. Los Angeles Times

Dan Walters: Charter schools are new front in old war
The epic war between California’s education establishment and a loose coalition of school reform and civil rights groups rages on many fronts. Napa Valley Register

Education reformer turns sights on Santa Ana
Caprice Young helped expand district charters during her time on the LA Unified school board. Orange County Register

The Boehner effect and No Child Left Behind
House Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision to resign complicates the fragile effort between House and Senate negotiators. Washington Post

Uncertainty discovered over college readiness
A study found that teachers are concerned about choosing the best instructional techniques for Common Core. Cabinet Report

Why do more than half of principals quit after five years?
The new generation of principals, especially those who work in urban schools, have become far more involved with what happens in the classroom. Hechinger Report

Morning Read: Opt-out movement on tests gaining traction

Experts predict the opt-out movement will get some of what it wants
With up to 80 percent of students refusing to take federally mandated tests, policymakers are reviewing the national opt-out movement. Hechinger Report

How my time at a “failing” high school blew me away
With the implementation of state standards, many public schools have wound up with their curricula painfully narrowed. Salon

The ‘grand experiment’ behind NYC schools’ new computer science program
New York City schools are embarking on a bold new computer science program, set to reach all of its public schools by 2025. EdTech

Achievement gap an ‘indicator that right strategies are not being used’
Michael Fullan is working closely with California school districts  to implement what he calls the “right drivers for whole system reform.” EdSource

Why ‘homework gap’ may pave way for universal Internet access in schools
As schools embrace technology, FCC regulators say many low-income students don’t have Internet access at home. Now Congress steps in. Christian Science Monitor

LittleBits opens up access to kits in educational settings
LittleBits Education is launching to enhance the use of its products for schools and libraries. The Journal

Morning Read: Report finds child poverty does not improve in CA

Report: Economy improves, but not for California’s poor kids
In 24 states, the lot of poor children did improve slightly between 2013 and 2014, but in California, progress has been stagnant. KPCC

Orange County says special ed students must comply with vaccination law
Many parents who opposed the new vaccination law believed that special education students would be exempt because of language in the bill. EdSource

Gov. Brown must decide fate of exit exam, other key ed bills
Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 11 to sign or veto legislation that the Legislature passed before heading home last month. EdSource

All D.C. public school students will learn to ride a bike in second grade
Second-grade students at Walker-Jones Education Campus this week are learning a new alphabet: The ABC’s of bike safety. Washington Post

Survey: Late nights online affecting behavior and academic performance
Stop Procrastinating, a company that offers site blocking and filtering software, conducted the survey of 3,000 parents of children aged 12 to 15. The Journal

New NCES study examines black-white achievement gap
The report explores the black-white achievement gap as it relates to a school’s demographic composition. Yahoo

Morning Read: Bill sets guidelines for student reps on school boards

Gov. Jerry Brown acts on student representatives, car seats, tow trucks
The legislation sets clear guidelines for when student representatives are appointed to and removed from school boards. Los Angeles Times

One in 6 school districts gives up on Medi-Cal outreach reimbursements
The exodus is part of the fallout from a 2012 federal investigation that found California had “serious deficiencies” in its oversight and management. EdSource

Charters, career tech would get boost from school bond
The initiative would also create a new school facilities account and authorize the state to issue and sell $9 billion worth of bonds. Cabinet Report

Chicago high school hunger strike ends after 34 days
On August 17, a group of 12 parents and school activists began a liquids-only diet to protest what they said is the destruction of neighborhood schools. WBEZ

Seattle teachers approve new contract, officially ending weeklong strike
The contract gives teachers a 9.5 percent pay raise over three years and more teacher input over standardized tests. Associated Press

5 Years after Facebook pledge, Newark schools struggle
Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show five years ago to announce a $100 million donation to remake education in Newark. Associated Press

Morning Read: UTLA protests opening of Broad’s new museum

Teachers union holds protest outside Broad museum on opening day
Before art aficionados could get their first look inside Eli Broad’s new museum Sunday morning, they got an angry earful on the outside from teachers. Los Angeles Times

LAUSD teacher says he spelled out ‘N-word’ during history lecture
A teacher temporarily suspended says he referred to the polarizing term during a history lesson in January to underscore racial hatred. City News Service

Districts urged to close diversity gap between teachers and students
A new report is urging urban school districts to put more energy into ensuring that educators reflect the racial and ethnic backgrounds of their students. EdSource

Civic group asks for outside committee on L.A. superintendent search
School board President Steve Zimmer did not commit to the idea but said he would put the matter before the full board. Los Angeles Times

Why Catholics are fighting each other over the Common Core standards
In recent years, many Catholic dioceses have adopted the Core standards in math and English Language Arts. Washington Post

Who’s funding Kevin Johnson’s secret government?
The mayor is accused of employing people who used Sacramento city government titles and worked out of City Hall but in fact worked for charter school groups. Deadspin

Morning Read: Girl says LAUSD bullied her after sex assault

Girl says LAUSD bullied her after she alleged sexual assault
A student who alleged she was sexually assaulted has filed a claim with the district for negligence, bullying and “outrageous conduct.” Los Angeles Times

Lawsuit: Schools failed to inform parents of right to opt out of tests
Concerned Parents of California filed the lawsuit against Walnut Valley Unified School District in Los Angeles Superior Court. EdSource

Dennis McCarthy: A young boy challenges LAUSD’s superintendent
Sumeet Kapoor says it would have been pretty stupid of him to walk into the superintendent’s office without some questions to ask. Los Angeles Daily News

House Republicans want to give teachers a break
Teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies would be eligible for a permanent tax credit of up to $250 annually. Washington Post

School offers abound for Ahmed Mohamed
Transfer offers have been rolling in for the Irving 14-year-old suspended and handcuffed after officials mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. Texas Tribune

Coding class, then naptime: Computer science for the kindergarten set
Hey, this baby defragged my hard drive! Coding for preschoolers is on the rise. NPR

Morning Read: Long Beach Unified bucking truancy trends

Long Beach bucks truancy trends, gets absent students back in school 
While recent studies show more elementary students playing hookie, Long Beach Unified has managed to cut its chronic truancy rate by more than half. Long Beach Press-Telegram

Chronic student absentee rate remains high, but tracking improves
Elementary school absenteeism remains “persistently high” in California, but more schools are tracking absences. EdSource

Classroom resources for financial literacy
Challenged with implementing Common Core State, state officials are also looking for ways to meet financial literacy requirements. Cabinet Report

NYC wants computer science mandatory but who’s going to teach it?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants the city’s public schools to offer computer science for all high and middle school student. ThinkProgress

Compton Unified and Super Sprowtz launch salad bars
The school district teamed up with Super Sprowtz to kick-off a new salad bar program in all 22 of its elementary schools. Los Angeles Sentinel

Morning Read: Test scores may be only one measuring tool in CA

Test scores to be only one factor in measuring school progress
The state is in the middle of building a new accountability system to replace the Academic Performance Index. EdSource

Editorial: This is why I send my son to private school
Did you see the test scores last week? This is why I send my son to private school. Los Angeles Times

Heeding call to keep troubled youth on grad track
A new planning effort is set to begin this month directing how schools and counties would work together to keep thousands of troubled students in class. SI&A Cabinet Report

School dropout study: ‘You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to help a kid.’
Supportive relationships with adults at school and in the community can play a buffering role increasing the chances that at-risk young people will stay in school. Washington Post

Commentary: Are gangs killing public education?
In the education wars, you could say that the Bloods and Crips manifest themselves as reformers and progressives. Hechinger Report

Union suspends strike; school to start Thursday in Seattle
After a five-day strike, the Seattle teachers union and Seattle Public Schools reached a tentative contract agreement. Seattle Times

Morning Read: Study finds tech doesn’t help students much

The surprising thing about schools with lots of technology
More time spent on technology in the classroom doesn’t necessarily help kids do better in school, a new study has found. Los Angeles Times

Target will end school charity program, shift giving focus to wellness
Target Corp. is ending a trademark giving program through which it has sent hundreds of millions of dollars to schools over nearly two decades. Star Tribune

The future of air conditioning in Los Angeles schools
Los Angeles Unified received 1,499 complaints regarding problems with air conditioning alone from Tuesday through Sunday. Los Angeles Times

Teachers become entrepreneurs by selling classroom materials online
With blogs, tweets, brands and online stores, tens of thousands of K-12 teachers are selling lesson plans and other classroom aids over the Internet. EdSource

Reserve cap rewrite fails, math placement goes to governor
A bill that would have given school districts more flexibility over the use of reserve funds failed to win passage out of the Legislature. SI&A Cabinet Report

Blitzing science teachers sack federal assessment plan
Critics of the science testing scheme said it seemed misguided from the outset. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Districts feeling crunch of teacher shortage

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts
After years of recession-related layoffs and hiring freezes, school systems in pockets across the United States are in urgent need of more teachers. Associated Press

New school year brings lice outbreak
With the start of the school year, small outbreaks of sesame-seed sized, blood-sucking parasites known as head lice strike school systems. Daily Breeze

Editorial: A charter school expansion could be great for LA
The rapid ramp-up, if successful, would bring the number of students in Los Angeles charter schools to nearly 300,000. Los Angeles Times

Bill allowing diplomas for students who failed exit exam goes to governor
The Senate voted 23-14 to support Senate Bill 172, which would award diplomas for students who were attempting to graduate as far back as 2006. EdSource

Effort to bring back LA’s absent students begins at home
The district’s high school dropout rate decreased from 24.7% for the class of 2010 to 17.4% for the class of 2014. Los Angeles Times

No school Monday for Seattle as talks continue in teachers strike
The teachers union adjusted its wage proposal, and the district offered a plan to compensate teachers for adding time to the school day. Seattle Times

Morning Read: Ethnic studies bill heads to Gov. Brown

Game-changing ethnic studies bill heads to California governor
Gov. Brown has yet to say whether he’ll sign the bill creating a model ethnic studies curriculum that districts could use. Huffington Post

LAUSD heat-related ban on sports activities disrupts football schedules
Once temperatures exceed 99 degrees, the district urges all schools to either reschedule or cancel outdoor events per district policy. Daily Breeze

Research: Early school start times hurt students, hinder performance
How about starting high school at 10 a.m. and college at 11? That’s among the recommendations from a new study. The Journal

Editorial: Teacher’s ‘free speech’ is way too free, court rules
Natalie Munroe, a high school English teacher, was fired after publishing a blog containing caustic comments about pupils and parents alike. Los Angeles Times

PTA: A surprising force on school lunches, NCLB and…gun control?
The PTAis making its presence known more broadly in Washington and in state capitols around the country. The Seventy Four

Seattle teachers striking over wages stay off picket line Friday
The sides failed to reach a contract agreement Tuesday, delaying the start of school for some 53,000 students. Associated Press

Morning Read: Former LAUSD general counsel critical of testing

Op-Ed: Standardized tests don’t help us evaluate teachers
Holding teachers and schools accountable is important, but the means should be accurate and fair. Los Angeles Times

Cops probing motive behind fatal stabbing of 3 boys inside SUV
LA police detectives are trying to determine the motives of a man suspected of fatally stabbing his three young sons inside an SUV in South LA. City News Service

Teachers wanted: Passion a must, patience required, pay negligible
Low salaries and the emotional drain of teaching at a high-poverty school make hiring an annual and exhausting task for one dedicated principal. Hechinger Report

Rep. John Kline is still optimistic on No Child Left Behind rewrite this year
Congress has not launched a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate revisions of No Child Left Behind. Washington Post

A first day of school spent in limbo instead of in class
For some families, the beginning of the city’s school year was a day of uncertainty, of waiting in line and handing over documents, of pleading. New York Times

Empty classes, no talks as Seattle schools stalemate continues
As school was canceled for a second day Thursday, negotiators for the Seattle school district and its teachers union remained far apart on teacher pay. Seattle Times

Morning Read: What teachers will learn from Common Core tests

Teachers, too, will learn a lot from new tests
The state is gradually rolling out the Online Reporting System, a web-based tool that will enable teachers and principals to easily analyze their students’ results. EdSource

After a string of suicides, students in Palo Alto are demanding change
In response to recent tragedies, the national media and school administration turned the deaths into a referendum on the schools’ culture of achievement. VICE

Editorial: LAUSD won a lawsuit — but lost the moral high ground
Any expert on sexual abuse could tell the district’s lawyers why a 14-year-old cannot be held responsible for a sexual relationship with an adult. Los Angeles Times

CA rejects claim against teacher involved in LAUSD case
A man waited too long to seek damages from LA Unified for sexual misconduct by his now-imprisoned teacher, the Court of Appeal ruled. Metropolitan News Company

Providing privacy for breast-feeding mothers on campus
A bill requiring schools to provide space for students to nurse an infant or pump and store breast milk was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. SI&A Cabinet Report

Seattle teachers go on strike; superintendent is going to court
Seattle teachers will be on strike Wednesday, which was supposed to be the first day of school. Seattle Times

Morning Read: California Common Core results on the way

What parents need to know about California’s Common Core-aligned tests
Tomorrow, the California Department of Education plans to release the first year’s results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. EdSource

After Deasy, LAUSD faces tough choice: Play it safe or take a risk?
At key moments of tumult in the district, the records show, Deasy was simply not in town. Los Angeles Times

State audit gives L.A. Unified better marks in handling abuse cases
The nation’s second-largest school system made “dramatic improvements” in conducting faster investigations, auditors wrote. Los Angeles Times

What happened with the $100 million Newark schools got from Zuckerberg?
A new book delves into how the project went wrong. Hechinger Report

Schools face incomplete data after Common Core test troubles
Many states had technical issues with the electronic form that left them unable to complete the testing. Associated Press

Body cams in the classroom? Controversy erupts in Iowa 
The plan to outfit about administrators in the Burlington Community School District with clip-on cameras took shape at the end of the school year. The Seventy Four