Morning Read: Judges rule against LAT on teacher IDs

Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers’ performance
The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday. LA Times


Gov. Jerry Brown resists unzipping school construction wallet
Commentary: There’s a school construction bond bill that has sailed through the Assembly and five committees with 122 “yes” votes — Democrat and Republican — and not a single “no.” But its chances of passing the Senate and making it to the November state ballot seem slim. LA Times


LAUSD, teachers’ union divided by pay raises, class sizes
Los Angeles Unified administrators and teacher union leaders will enter their first round of contract negotiations this afternoon divided by roughly $280 million per year for pay raises and even further apart on matters that directly affect classrooms. LA Daily News


Unions put teachers on streets — for votes
Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Politico


LA schools cutting budget for mental health for special ed students
Next school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District is cutting the budget for psychiatric social workers for special education students by 15 percent, raising fears among the special ed social workers that their numbers will be reduced. KPCC

Morning Read: Charter school in south LA damaged by fire

L.A. charter school gutted by fast-moving blaze
A charter school organization is scrambling to find an alternative location after a fire swept through the campus Tuesday. Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School served 600 students, but school was not in session and officials believe the structure was empty. LA Times


Gloria Romero: Too pretty for education policy?
Opinion: Before you read any further, glance in a mirror. Do you think you’re pretty? If you are female and answer yes, you might not be smart enough to understand education policy, so just stop reading. Sounds incredulous, right? Sounds downright sexist? Absolutely. LA Register


Child immigrants unlikely to flood any one school district
Despite growing concerns that the influx of unaccompanied child immigrants into the U.S. will overwhelm local government services in some communities, social advocates say public schools are not likely to be part of that turmoil. S&I Cabinet Report


Agreement reached on ‘willful defiance’ bill
After several months of negotiations, Gov. Jerry Brown and advocates for less punitive disciplinary policies have compromised on a bill that would limit schools’ ability to suspend or expel students for “willful defiance,” according to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, who is sponsoring the bill. EdSource


Speech therapy rebooted by use of online resource
Online speech therapy, once less favored than in-person treatment, is becoming a more commonly used resource as districts struggle to find and afford speech-language therapists. PresenceLearning, based out of San Francisco, works with schools across the country providing online speech as well as occupational therapy services for K-12 students. S&I Cabinet Report

Morning Read: New political action committee joins board race

New political action committee forms in L.A. school board race
A new political action committee has formed to influence the outcome of Los Angeles school board races, filling a gap created when a group of civic leaders, which includes former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, decided to sit out next month’s key upcoming election. LA Times


White House honoring LAUSD cafeteria worker who fought for raise
A member of the union bargaining team that negotiated a $15-an-hour wage for Los Angeles Unified School District cafeteria workers, custodians and other school service employees will be honored at the White House today as a “Champion of Change.” Pasadena Stars-News


Setting the record straight on tenure
Opinion: when opponents claim this lawsuit is an attack on teachers and their rights, that argument is more than disingenuous. It is disrespectful to the parents. And it is dead wrong for our kids. It is time to stop seeing due process and due progress as competing goals. Here is the reality. NY Daily News


Six California districts join Obama’s initiative
Six California school districts are among 60 in the nation that are joining President Barack Obama’s initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” which supports African-American and Latino boys, beginning in preschool. Edsource


UC Berkeley prof on teacher collaboration, future of LA schools
Teachers in charter and pilot Los Angeles public schools collaborate with and trust each other significantly more than teachers in L.A. Unified’s traditional large public high schools. KPCC

Morning Read: POTUS gains support for minority education

Obama to report widening of initiative for black and Latino boys
President Obama will announce on Monday that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation. NY Times


Beyond the factory model
A foundation-funded experiment is testing whether “blended learning” can personalize instruction in eight Oakland schools. Blended learning combines brick-and-mortar schooling with online education “with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace” of learning. Education Next


New superintendent contract gives a reward for incompetence
Editorial: When José L. Banda takes over as superintendent for the Sacramento City Unified School District on Aug. 1, he will earn an annual salary of $290,000 – a $20,000-a-year raise from his current post running the larger Seattle Public Schools. Sac Bee


Teachers union leader raises strike possibility
The newly elected chief of Los Angeles Unified School District’s teachers union has told members a strike is viable option as the union continues its battle for a 17.6 percent pay raise. LA Register


Charter schools: Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA network
The Los Angeles Unified school district is investigating a network of eight charter schools for misuse of public school funds. An audit showed Magnolia Public Schools used classroom cash to help six non-employees with immigration costs. KPCC

Morning Read: Vergara splits Tuck and Torlakson campaigns

Vergara ruling becomes campaign issue
State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Marshall Tuck this week launched a petition calling on his opponent, incumbent Superintendent Tom Torlakson, not to appeal a lawsuit ruling that struck down statutes giving California teachers firing protections and rights to tenure and seniority. EdSource


Charter school integrates ‘deeper learning’
Deeper learning is an education concept that’s received increasing attention in recent years; it’s woven into the Common Core State Standards and is being implemented in a growing number of schools nationwide. In its simplest terms it means just what the name implies: learning that goes beyond rote memorization and the superficial mastery of facts to promote a deeper level of understanding. EdSource


US Department of Justice blasts California’s English learner monitoring
Officials with the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Monday they’re troubled California officials did not act on a 2007 student census that found 20,000 English learner students had received no specialized instruction. KPCC


‘Biliterate’ California high school graduates up 30 percent
A record number of graduating high schoolers achieved an academic standard known as “biliteracy,” jumping from 19,000 students last year to 24,513 in 2014, according to the California Department of Education. Being biliterate is more than being bilingual. KPCC

Morning read: National poll shows public suport for preschool

Poll shows support for public preschool funding
In a new national poll conducted by a bipartisan research team, respondents voiced their strong support for expanding public preschool, echoing other recent surveys on the issue. EdSource


Beverly Hills High School principal files lawsuit against district
The principal of Beverly Hills High School filed a federal lawsuit against the school district Wednesday, alleging that officials routinely ignored his complaints of racial discrimination and retaliated against him through attacks in the media, harassment and by denying job opportunities to him and his family. LA Times


Summer school now a given for high achievers, but it’ll cost them
California state law forbids public schools to charge for classes. To get around that, this and other public school districts – including Manhattan Beach, Arcadia, and San Marino – have set up private foundations to run their summer schools. At Palos Verdes, the foundation charges students $585 per summer school class. KPCC


The invisible cigarette burns
Commentary: New data from the California Department of Public Health found that more than 60% of Californians have experienced at least one form of childhood trauma, and 25% have experienced three or more. Childhood trauma is the largest public health crisis in America, and too few people are talking about it. LA Fund

Morning Read: California schools mislabeling English learners

California ‘English learner’ tests incorrectly label bilingual kids
Arianna Anderson is one of 180,000 students enrolled in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s program for English learners. Over 90 percent of students in the program speak Spanish. Most everyone else speaks Armenian, Korean or Filipino. And Arianna? “I’m not an English learner,” the 9-year-old said with a shrug. KPCC


Better-educated public school kids — for a price
Editorial: It’s laudable when parents do all they can to bolster their children’s education. But they go too far when their foundations, which supposedly exist to help all students in the district, offer for-credit classes only to those students whose parents can afford to pay for them. Public schools shouldn’t play along with a system that gives some students an academic head start over others. LA Times


How Oakland’s public schools are fighting to save black boys
Four years ago, the Oakland Unified School District launched the office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) – the first and only school district in the country with an office explicitly dedicated to lifting the prospects of black boys. MSNBC


Allegations against ex-teacher at Marlborough School investigated
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that a teacher carried out an “inappropriate physical relationship” with a student at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious private schools. LA Daily News


Teacher union conference concludes with support for tenure laws
Wrapping up its national convention in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, members of one of the nation’s largest teachers’ union turned their attention Monday to tenure laws. The American Federation of Teachers panel featuring educators from out of state shared their personal observations to bolster why current tenure laws work. LA Daily News

Morning Read: Pension fund for CA teachers looking up

CalSTRS reports a big year of earnings
Riding the wave of record high stock prices on Wall Street, the fund providing pension benefits for California teachers and school administrators reported Monday that it earned a return of 18.66 percent on its assets for the year that ended June 30. EdSource


Before buying technology, asking ‘why?’
District leaders and other advocates of personalized learning frequently say that the approach isn’t about technology. But that’s easy for an administrator to say when every child in his or her district has a school-provided computer. EdWeek


Nurses help new moms navigate motherhood
Teaching new mothers the best way to read to their infants is just one of Leal’s many responsibilities as a home visiting nurse. Nurses like Leal offer pregnancy advice, monitor child development and explain parenting techniques to women who are young, low-income, or struggling with domestic abuse. EdSource


Allegations against ex-teacher at Marlborough School investigated
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that a teacher carried out an “inappropriate physical relationship” with a student at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious private schools. Allegations that former Marlborough School English teacher Joe Koetters was involved with a student more than a decade ago surfaced just last week. LA Daily News

Morning Read: Duncan must improve or resign, says AFT

Another teachers union ding for Arne Duncan
The American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution this afternoon calling for Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign if he does not improve under a plan to be implemented by President Barack Obama. Politico


L.A. teachers union leader Caputo-Pearl links activism to strike
The new leader of the Los Angeles teachers union signaled a more militant stance toward the school district, including the possibility of a strike, at a national teachers union convention held downtown this weekend. LA Times


LAUSD asks judge to OK teacher abuse settlement after family balks
The Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday requested that a judge approve a settlement agreement with the family of a student who alleged that he was molested by a one-time Telfair Elementary School teacher. LA Times


Foster children become focus of California schools
California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable. LA Daily News


Districts continue shift away from zero-tolerance
Showing up late, texting in class and violating the school dress code are all considered minor infractions, but all have led to student out-of-school suspensions or expulsions. S&I Cabinet Report

Teachers union is in town, Vergara front and center

GOP leader asks Brown not to appeal teacher ruling Republican lawmakers on Thursday asked Gov. Jerry Brown to resist union pressure to appeal a Los Angeles judge’s decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers SacBee/AP


Schools’ next test is getting tenure ruling to pay off in class If the ruling stands, the challenge for California will be to craft a system that offers stability to teachers but also gives districts the ability to manage their workforce so that the best teachers reach the students who need them most. LA Times


Teachers union to rally in L.A. against loss of job protections The AFT, at its national convention, will vote on a resolution that condemns the motivation behind Vergara v. California and Harris v. Quinn, in which the Supreme Court limited the right of unions to collect dues from non-members represented by unions. LA Times


What’s on Tap for the 2014 AFT Convention Let’s begin by reviewing why the AFT’s convention has such a different feel from that of its sister union. In comparison to the National Education Association’s annual gathering, the AFT’s convention is a lot less rowdy. There’s less pomp and circumstance. EdWeek


Commentary: Grounding Vergara in the Realities of Teaching in California Whether one supports or opposes the Vergara decision the ruling raises critical issues regarding teaching quality with which California policymakers soon must grapple in order to strengthen the state’s system of teaching and learning. EdWeek


Teachers’ union convention tackles pressing school issues Union delegates from across the nation are converging in downtown Los Angeles this morning to hear California’s governor and school superintendent and education experts speak at the opening day of the American Federation of Teachers convention.Daily News


 

Morning Read: Firing Centinela Superintendent could take a month

Process for firing Centinela Superintendent could take a month
Although the Centinela Valley school board has voted to fire Superintendent Jose Fernandez following an investigation into his excessive pay, the process of terminating the embattled leader could take another month. LA Daily News


California’s top political watchdog agency looking into Inglewood school spending
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission said a KPCC investigation of misuse of public funds and possible violations of election reporting laws by Inglewood school officials has raised red flags. KPCC


Will the LCAP become just another obscure acronym?
Commentary: There is a danger that the Local Control and Accountability Plans recently adopted by every California school district will experience the same unfortunate fate as the School Accountability Report Cards, or SARCs, which all schools are still required to produce each year. Edsource


Why should unions negotiate for workers who don’t pay their fair share?
Op-ed: Requiring unions to offer free representation to workers who do not want a union in the first place makes no sense. Nor does it make sense to have a system in which workers can benefit from union representation without paying their fair share. LA Times


Mystery group sues over school physical education
Two desert school districts have been named in a far-reaching class-action lawsuit over inadequate physical education, but the suit springs from a tight-lipped nonprofit with no apparent past. Desert Sun

Morning Read: Highly paid Centinela Valley superintendent fired

Centinela Valley school board fires embattled Superintendent Jose Fernandez
The Centinela Valley school board Tuesday night voted to fire Superintendent Jose Fernandez, ending a five-month chapter that began with revelations that the leader of the tiny school district might have been among the nation’s best-compensated public servants. The Daily Breeze


Arts education in schools could grow under LCFF
A program that brings painters, dancers, poets and other teaching artists into a number of schools across the state is likely to expand thanks to a one-time $5 million boost to the California Arts Council’s budget – a gift Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled late last month. S&I Cabinet Report


Inglewood school funds were used to attack former school board candidate
Public funds meant to educate Inglewood students were instead used to benefit a board member’s re-election campaign, court testimony and interviews show. The expenditures came as the school district began digging itself into a financial hole that ended with a state takeover. KPCC


LCAP library now open for readers
The LCAP is a three-year plan, updated annually, that lays out how a district will meet the conditions for school improvement and goals for student success that the Legislature set out in creating the new school funding formula. There is now an Internet site that lets you look up hundreds of districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plans – and to add your district’s LCAP to the mix. EdSource


Pension, pay hikes prove costly for LAUSD
Los Angeles Unified will dole out an extra $24.7 million this year to pay for rising employee pension costs after a series of state mandates left school districts largely to fund ailing retirement systems. The lion’s share of LAUSD’s increased cost — $16.3 million — will cover teacher pensions under the freshly passed AB 1469. LA Daily News

Morning Read: School funding reforms helps student grads

School funding reforms spur decisions at local level
California’s new school funding system is driving districts in diverse regions of the state to shift their resources to achieve one of the key goals laid out in the sweeping financial reform effort – graduating students so they are ready for college or careers. EdSource


Schools expanding social media use to reach parents
With plenty of research suggesting that parental involvement in a child’s education increases academic achievement, states are prioritizing the educator-parent relationship and schools are using every tool at their disposal to engage their local communities, with an emphasis on social media platforms. S&I Cabinet Report


What do you call 7 lbs. of campaign mail for 3 voters?
Op-ed: As a voter, I was annoyed by the 7 pounds of mail we received — seriously, I weighed it. But as a campaign strategist who for several decades has run or advised dozens of campaigns, I understood the impulse behind the mailings. LA Times


El Rancho schools don’t wait on state, adopt ethnic-studies curriculum
While some California legislators hope to implement a statewide ethnic-studies curriculum in coming years, one school district has decided not to wait. For students at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, ethnic studies are now required. LA Times


FCC Prepares to Vote on E-Rate Overhaul
Schools and libraries hungry for faster and more reliably funded Wi-Fi connections will be watching the July 11 open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission closely. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s long-awaited E-rate modernization plan, which he released in outline form on June 20, will be discussed by commissioners and presumably voted on during the meeting. Edweek

Morning Read: Big questions linger in shadow of Vergara

For Vergara ruling on teachers, big questions loom
Among the lingering questions: Will the ruling, at a slim 16 pages, hold up on appeal? Will California’s notoriously polarized legislature, fearful of additional litigation and bad press, consider changing the statutes at issue on its own? And finally, will similar lawsuits elsewhere—one is already primed for introduction in New York—be as initially successful? Edweek


High school camp hones students’ business, entrepreneurial instincts
Mile Johnson’s plan for the “Next Generation” mobile app took first place and won $1,000 at a business plan competition recently, part of the free Los Angeles BizCamp Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The summer camp was created by the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Los Angeles Urban League. LA Times


What we don’t know about summer school
Seven years ago, California slashed its summer school budget and the programs all but disappeared. In LAUSD, the annual allotment went from about $49 million for summer school down to about $800,000. This year, a state ballot initiative has restored summer-school funding and the state has ponied up $38 million for LAUSD.  NPR


Can art help students learn science and other subjects?
Los Angeles Unified School District is looking to expand a teaching method called “arts integration,” which mixes arts instruction with teaching in other subjects and is often used as a way to make the most of arts instruction time with students.  KPCC


Union wins $15 minimum wage for L.A. schools’ service workers
A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it’s not the teachers union.  LA Times

MORNING READ: Tuck throws a punch at Torlackson

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

Morning Read: School report cards to come under revision

Changes coming to school report cards
As with most other elements of the public education system, the state’s School Accountability Report Card is set to undergo fairly significant revisions as a result of the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula. S&I Cabinet Report


Middle school key to college, career pipeline
As California focuses on education reforms intended to ensure that students graduate from high school with the skills to succeed in college and careers, Kalin is a case study in closing what some educators say is a crucial gap in the pipeline – middle school matters, and it matters a lot. While much of the college and career efforts in California focus on high school students, sixth through eighth grade is a crucial time for students, research shows. EdSource


How do you teach students to ask questions?
“Which kids do not ask their own questions?” “What squashes a child’s curiosity?” Dan Rothstein is roaming the room, encouraging teachers to keep listing their questions. It’s not about getting the answers – at least, not yet. He’s walking them through the “question formulation technique” he wants them to teach their students when school starts in the fall. KPCC


Lessons from the Los Angeles School District iPad fiasco
Commentary: On June 29, Howard Blume told the story. “LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students.” In short, there were severe problems with the rollout of US$30 million worth of iPads, and the result was a withdrawal to a laptop environment for the students. Mac Observer


L.A. school board approves contracts for six different laptops
With minimal discussion, Los Angeles school officials this week authorized contracts for the purchase of six different laptop computers to determine which device and curriculum works best for high school students.The approach is a marked contrast to a year ago, when the L.A. Unified Board of Education voted to provide every district student with an iPad, made by Apple. LA Times

Morning Read: LA based charter opens campuses in other states

Green Dot, based in L.A., plans to open schools in other states
Green Dot Public Schools, a locally based group of charter campuses, announced this week it has set up a national organization to manage expansion into Tennessee and Washington. Green Dot has been one of the best known local charter organizations and one of the larger ones in the country, with 21 schools, 11,000 students and a $130-million budget. LA Times


Keeping students safe from the ground up
The flurry of legislative proposals that often follows a school shooting most often take aim at gun restrictions or shoring up mental health services.But there are other steps that can be taken to improve campus security – among them, building strategically-designed school facilities or adding safety upgrades to the existing ones. S&I Cabinet Report


iPads year 2: LA schools to launch teacher prep course
The Los Angeles Unified school district is developing a digital course to help over 700 schools ease into its $1.3 billion technology program. Schools just getting the tablets in the coming school year will select teachers, administrators and students to lead roll out. Staff will be required to complete the self-guided course in addition to in-person professional development before the computers are distributed. KPCC


Teachers and education reform, on a need to know basis
Commentary: A couple of weeks ago, the website Vox.com published an article entitled, “11 facts about U.S. teachers and schools that put the education reform debate in context.” The article, in the wake of the Vergara decision, is supposed to provide readers with the “basic facts” about the current education reform environment, with a particular emphasis on teachers. Most of the 11 facts are based on descriptive statistics. Shanker Blog

Morning Read: Vergara may be headed for lengthy appeals

Final ruling in Vergara could be years in coming
Vergara v. California, in which a Superior Court judge struck down California’s teacher tenure, layoff and dismissal laws, may be headed for a lengthy appeals process. A clue to how long may lie in another far-from-resolved education lawsuit. This month marks three years since Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick issued a tentative ruling in Robles-Wong v. State of California. Edsource


CA Board of Education to clarify LCFF sanctions
Even as districts met the June deadline for meeting new accountability measures under the Local Control Funding Formula, changes to the system are already in the wind. Next week, the California State Board of Education will take up amendments that will clarify a county superintendent’s oversight role in the process. S&I Cabinet Report


California public schools to incorporate more STEM education
California public schools will begin to look a lot different in the next few years, as new STEM programs will begin to take shape. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Two years ago, a task force was formed to take a look at STEM education in California schools. ABC Local


How teachers unions use ‘Common Core’ to undermine reform
Opinion: This year’s battle over the introduction of Common Core standards in public schools has diverted attention from a more important but quieter battle led by teachers unions to eliminate school accountability and teacher evaluations. These two measures are the real engines that will drive educational improvement, and it’s critical that attempts to do away with them be blocked. WS Journal

Morning Read: Deasy, Weingarten debate laws governing teachers

Firing bad teachers: A superintendent and a union official debate
Commentary: Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, supports the California lawsuit against the state’s tenure, layoff and termination rules. He believes that the current system has a disparate impact on the quality of education offered to poor students and minorities, and is therefore unconstitutional. The Atlantic


LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students
Los Angeles school district officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year’s decision to give every pupil an iPad. Contracts that will come under final review by the Board of Education on Tuesday would authorize the purchase of one of six devices for each of the 27 high schools at a cost not to exceed $40 million. LA Times


Three SBE-charters struggle financially
Three charter schools authorized by the California State Board of Education have been identified as having some fiscal distress. Charter operators are allowed under the Education Code to petition the state board for approval of a school that has been denied at the local level, subject to certain conditions. At one point, the SBE had oversight of 33 such charters, today there are 23. S&I Cabinet Report


L.A.’s Ghetto Film School teaches moviemaking to disadvantaged youths
Over 30 months, the teenagers from Compton, South L.A. and other neighborhoods will learn about storytelling, shooting and film editing. They will create a six-minute movie, enroll in college courses (while living on a college campus during the summer), complete an internship and travel abroad to shoot a film. The programs include a New York-based film high school and Digital Bodega, a production company that gives work to alumni and pumps money back into Ghetto Film School. LA Times


What makes for happier teachers, according to international survey
Teachers who say they get included in school decision-making and collaborate often with other teachers are more likely to say that teaching is a valued profession in their society. In turn, these same teachers report higher levels of job satisfaction and confidence in their ability to teach and to motivate students. Hechinger Report

Morning Read: Former Obama aides let fly at teacher tenure

Obama alums join anti teachers union case
Teachers unions are girding for a tough fight to defend tenure laws against a coming blitz of lawsuits — and an all-out public relations campaign led by former aides to President Barack Obama. The Incite Agency, founded by former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and former Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, will lead a national public relations drive to support a series of lawsuits aimed at challenging tenure. Politico


Dust off those shelves: 200 library aides head back to LA schools
The Los Angeles Unified school district is spending $6 million next school year to bring back 192 libraries aides, opening shuttered libraries across the region. With the help of $332 million more coming from recovering state coffers next school year, the board and Superintendent John Deasy budgeted for 15 new librarians and 192 library aides. KPCC


Demand for sexual abuse awareness in schools growing
Between 2011 and this year, 18 more states have enacted statutes modeled after Erin’s Law, and 19 others are considering it, including California, where legislators this week sent a bill to the Senate for a final vote. According to national statistics, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually molested before they turn 18. S&I Cabinet Report


Bill making it easier to fire teachers only a first step: Breaking View
Opinion: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 215, making it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of “egregious misconduct.” The bill, a needed reform that protects students and improves their access to a quality education, is a step toward making sure only the best teachers move to the head of the state’s K-12 classrooms. More must be done, however. LA Daily News


Poll finds Common Core opposition rising
The poll indicated that some of the doubts and skepticism about the Common Core State Standards that have gained sway in other states are taking hold in California, too. As opposed to many states, in California the new standards in English language arts and math have the full support of the majority of the Legislature, the governor, the State Board of Education and organizations representing teachers unions, school boards and the state PTA. EdSource