Morning Read: LAUSD arts ed ‘for the affluent or the lucky’

New LAUSD arts ed data ‘confirmed my worst fears,’ board member says
For years, Los Angeles Unified School District officials have known they have a problem when it comes to teaching the arts. KPCC

Schools wait for millions in reimbursement for Medi-Cal outreach
California districts and school programs are caught in a fight with the federal government over $500 million in unpaid reimbursement claims. Ed Source

California eases Jessica’s Law restrictions for some sex offenders
The sweeping measure prohibited all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. Los Angeles Times

Senate panel moves school bond bill
A plan to put a statewide school bond measure on the 2016 ballot moved ahead Wednesday. SI&A Cabinet Report

New York City: Should mayoral control continue?
The issue of mayoral control of the schools in New York City is now before the State Legislature, as its authorization expires in 2016. Diane Ravitch’s blog

Prosecutors make their case in LAUSD teacher’s murder trial
Prosecutors argued that a LA Unified teacher acted willfully, deliberately and with premeditation when he allegedly stabbed his wife. Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: LAUSD teacher accused of racism returns to class

Brentwood teacher accused of racism returning to class
Steven Carnine was not allowed to teach at Paul Revere Charter Middle School after claims were made against him by the parent of an eighth grader. NBC Los Angeles

Classes combining kindergarten, transitional kindergarten pose challenges
Beginning in 2012-13, legislators pushed back the entry date for kindergarten and phased in transitional kindergarten for the youngest students. Ed Source

Commentary: California rightly revisits its tough-on-youth-crime stance
A 1990 anti-crime ballot measure made life-without-parole sentences the norm for killers, and many other offenders, under 18. Los Angeles Times

Three cheers for failure! Wait, what?
An education technology conference offers “lessons learned” as guidance that helps school leaders avoid mistakes. The Hechinger Report

Largest teachers union already involved in 2016 presidential race
The National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, has already jumped into the 2016 presidential race. The Huffington Post

Morning Read: UTLA wants MiSiS meeting with Torlakson, Cortines

Teachers union calls for MiSiS meeting with LAUSD, state superintendent
UTLA’s president called for LA Unified’s superintendent to travel with him to Sacramento and explain the MiSiS crisis to California’s top education chief. Pasadena Star News

Parents meet with LAUSD over teacher’s alleged racist comments
Many upset were that the teacher was removed from the classroom over accusations they say have not yet been proven. NBC Los Angeles

Why is it so hard to fire bad teachers?
The heart of the issue for firing bad teachers most recently was the focus of a court case in California. The Cheat Sheet

Smarter Balanced interim assessments delayed for most students
The interim assessments were supposed to give students a way to rehearse for the Smarter Balanced assessments. Ed Source

LEAs set ambiguous goals around school climate
California’s new school climate reporting mandates are part of a sweeping restructuring of the funding and accountability of the state’s school system. SI&A Cabinet Report

As market surges, schools struggle to find the best tech products
Technology-infused classrooms are popping up around the country. The Hechinger Report

Morning Read: 4 years to fully implement Common Core in CA

Half of state teachers not ready to teach Common Core, top educator says
The president of the state Board of Education believes it will take at least four years to fully roll out the new standards in state schools. KPCC

Inequality in California’s K-12 schools
It’s been just over 30 years since war was declared on America’s public schools. San Diego Free Press

Literacy startups race to get news
LightSail Education has gained traction in several big districts across the country, including LA Unified. Ed Surge

Dates for new Common Core assessments vary by district
Between now and mid-June, approximately 3.2 million California students will take new online tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Ed Source

What makes a good teacher?
New York is considering a plan to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. New York Times

Morning Read: LAUSD releases salary info for all employees

Former LAUSD superintendent Deasy’s pay nearly $440,000 last year
LA Unified’s former superintendent, John Deasy, collected more than any other employee last year, $439,998. San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LAUSD educators typically earned $75,504 last year
The typical Los Angeles Unified educator collected $75,504 in 2014, according to pay records. Whitter Daily News

Granada Hills wins state Academic Decathlon
Granada Hills Charter High has won the California 2015 Academic Decathlon title in a weekend competition in Sacramento. Los Angeles Times

Brown’s adult ed plan gives new authority to outsiders
School officials are worried that core adult education services may not receive priority under the governor’s proposed finance structure. SI&A Cabinet Report

Cuomo fights rating system in which few teachers are bad
Around the state, administrators, teachers and parents have been protesting the governor’s proposals. New York Times

How one California superintendent changed troubled schools
Long Beach Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser credits his team more than his own leadership for a decade’s worth of improvement. The Hechinger Report

Morning Read: Parent sues LAUSD for teacher’s alleged racial slurs

Parent sues LAUSD after teacher reportedly used racially charged comments
A Brentwood parent is suing the school district, charging that a male teacher made offensive and racially charged comments in his class. CBS Los Angeles

66 California teams competing in 3-day academic decathlon
Twenty teams from Los Angeles-area schools will be in Sacramento Friday to compete in the three-day California Academic Decathlon. City News Service

Accusations of sex crimes unnerve Venice High School
Since the arrests of a dozen students, members of the Venice High School community have been doing some soul-searching. New York Times

In 23 states, richer districts get more local funding than poorer districts
In 23 states, state and local governments are together spending less per pupil in the poorest school districts. Washington Post

What the Common Core tests promised, and what they will actually deliver
Four years and over $360 million later, new Common Core tests are here. The Hechinger Report

Parent-trigger showdowns loom nationwide
Proponents of the controversial education laws target Tennessee, Texas. The Hechinger Report

Morning Read: No criminal charges so far at Venice High

Venice high school sex allegations not so clear-cut
Authorities acknowledged Wednesday that they are still trying to sort out exactly what happened and that no criminal charges have been brought. Los Angeles Times

Schools in need to get more LAUSD arts funding
Some LA Unified students in poorer schools are short-changed when it comes to art education, according to preliminary results from survey of principals. KPCC

What if education reform got it all wrong in the first place?
It’s been just over 30 years since war was declared on America’s public schools. Pacific Standard

New funding law creates disparity among low-income schools
There are 200,000 high-need students in 677 schools throughout the state who don’t draw maximum dollars under the formula. Ed Source

School Medicaid claims rejected again
Federal administrators of a school-based Medicaid program appeared this week to issue a final rejection of some $460 million in claims. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: LA kindergarteners prepping for college

East LA Kindergarten Students Receive College Admission Certificates
Kindergarten students received college admission certificates Tuesday through a program that aims to promote successful educational outcomes. CBS Los Angeles

Boys’ basketball: No trainer at playoff game for hurt Fairfax player
There are only a few schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District with athletic trainers. Los Angeles Times

Teachers at impasse with SD Unified
Contract talks stall over salaries and class sizes. U-T San Diego

From 2,219 to a trickle, pink-slip season slows for Orange County’s teachers
Unlike in previous nerve-wracking years, Orange County’s 28 school districts issued just a smattering of layoff notices. Orange County Register

School transit funding back on the front burner
The cost of bussing students to school – and the amount the state contributes to that effort – is expected back in the legislative spotlight today. SI&A Cabinet Report

Legislative debate brews over ‘parent trigger’ bill
For the second year, a parent trigger bill is up for debate in the Tennessee legislature. Tennessee Chalkbeat


Morning Read: Principal survey shows LAUSD arts ed broken

LAUSD data shows art students can’t always progress
Los Angeles Unified’s feeder school system is broken when it comes to arts education, a survey of school principals reveals. KPCC

Venice High assault arrests stun students, parents; 11th teen arrested
Officers arrested an 11th Venice High School student Monday in connection with alleged sex crimes that came to light last week. Los Angeles Times

Trial to begin for LAUSD teacher accused of fatally stabbing wife
The trial for a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher accused of killing his wife in 2013 was scheduled to begin Tuesday. CBS Los Angeles

Bill seeks to curb lawsuits over physical education minutes
Three of the largest districts in the state are supporting a new bill they believe will curtail litigation in the future. Ed Source

Closing arguments begin in test cheating trial of 12 Atlanta educators
After more than five years of controversy and five months of testimony, a prosecutor used seven words on Monday to recap the accusations. New York Times

The Waltons buy a school district and a state board of education
Who knew that being a billionaire would enable you and your family to buy an entire school district and even the state board of education? Diane Ravitch’s blog

Morning Read: Efforts underway for Alliance teachers to join UTLA

L.A. teachers launch union drive at Alliance charter schools
Teachers at the largest charter school organization in LA have launched a drive to unionize. Los Angeles Times

School reserve cap could harm long-term capital projects
Sources said last week that school administrator and finance groups, seeking a repeal of the reserve cap, have met with administration officials. SI&A Cabinet Report

State’s choice of testing contractor disputed
Board members voted unanimously to approve Educational Testing Service’s contract. Ed Source

Big money arrived too late for L.A. election debate
The DWP union gave a $25,000 donation at the last minute, when it was too late to become an issue for voters. Los Angeles Times

Is the future of education teacher-robots bumping into walls?
“I like driving it around and feeling like I am in the school,” an online teacher said. The Hechinger Report

Principal: How Common Core testing hurts disadvantaged students
This is the third in a continuing series of letters between two award-winning school principals. Washington Post

Morning Read: Teacher layoffs up this year in state

California teacher layoffs up slightly this year
Layoffs are up slightly this year from last. But they’re overwhelmingly lower than during the recession. Capital Pubic Radio

Fourth-grade teacher at LA School arrested, suspected of child abuse
Thelmo Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School, on Croft Avenue, was arrested off campus Wednesday. NBC Los Angeles

New Boston superintendent gets 5-year contract with $257,00 starting salary
The Boston School Committee unanimously approved a five-year contract Wednesday night. WBUR

Man charged after boy, 9, brings loaded handgun to Tarzana school
A Canoga Park man faces jail time after a 9-year-old boy brought a semi-automatic handgun to a Tarzana elementary school last week. Los Angeles Daily News

Commentary: Why the Smarter Balanced math test is fatally flawed
If the results are disappointing, who should shoulder the blame—the students, their teachers, the administrators, the standards? Ed Surge

Morning Read: LAUSD drops effort to close 3 Magnolia charters

L.A. Unified ends effort to close embattled charter schools
LAUSD has dropped efforts to shut down three campuses operated by an embattled charter school chain. Los Angeles Times

SBE OKs rubric format but what to measure?
The Board of Education approved the design of a new tool that will be used to measure how well schools are educating students. SI&A Cabinet Report

Why progress on No Child Left Behind rewrite may not be a good sign
There are reports on Capitol Hill that some progress is being made on the rewrite of No Child Left Behind. Washington Post

Commentary: Common Core ignores underprivileged students 
If only every child in America grew up in a financially secure home and had access to enriching activities and an excellent pre-school. The Hechinger Report

Why some schools serve local food and others can’t (or won’t)
But buying local got easier with federal legislation in 2008, and then again in 2010. National Public Radio

Morning Read: State vs. Feds, Brown vs. Obama on testing

CA vs. feds on student testing back in play
State officials acknowledged Tuesday sidetracking a request to be excused from federal accountability mandates. SI&A Cabinet Report

For parents, a new way to view test scores
The vocabulary has changed, and so have the numbers and the format for state testing. Ed Source

Proposal to reopen abandoned campus in Woodland Hills has some reeling
A proposal to reopen an abandoned campus in the San Fernando Valley that would serve 500 high school students has some residents upset. CBS Los Angeles

Beverly Hills school board president steps down following arrest
The president of the Beverly Hills Unified school board “stepped down temporarily” following his arrest for allegedly pushing a female neighbor to the ground. Patch

Alton F. Ballard, Tuskegee Airman and LAUSD teacher, dead at 94
After leaving the military, he was an elementary school teacher and assistant principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District. City News Service

Here’s proof that L.A. is one of America’s worst-run cities
The website WalletHub analyzed how efficiently 65 major U.S. cities spend taxpayers’ money on education, police and parks and recreation. LA Weekly

Morning Read: Next year in LAUSD, red (ink) is the new black

LAUSD budget to end year in black; next year’s outlook cloudy
Revenue projections suggest a more positive outlook this school year than next for LAUSD. KPCC

One in three California students reported being bullied
One in three California middle school and high school students reported having been harassed or bullied at least once in the previous year. Ed Source

Parents take extreme steps to keep their kids from the unvaccinated
The fierce debate over childhood vaccines is prompting some parents to take extreme measures. Los Angeles Times

Jaime Escalante exhibit opens with former students, son in attendance
The show features photos, awards, plaques, teaching tools and videos of the accomplished educator, who died in 2010. Los Angeles Daily News

Beverly Hills Unified, former employee charging corruption, greed
A project management company that had a contract to upgrade Beverly Hills Unified facilities is entitled to up to $22.7 million in damages, an attorney said. Patch

Morning Read: Districts look to roll back lifetime health coverage

Health benefits are a promise school districts find hard to keep
California school districts once viewed lifetime healthcare coverage for employees as a cheap alternative to pay raises. Los Angeles Times

Task force unveils plan to overhaul special education
A statewide task force unveiled Friday a 222-page plan to dramatically improve education for students with disabilities. Ed Source

Canoga Park HS withdraws petition to break away from LAUSD
Days before a vote that would have allowed the school to leave Los Angeles Unified after 100 years, backers pulled their petition. Los Angeles Daily News

Plans to reopen closed Woodland Hills ES campus opposed by neighbors
Neighbors of a closed elementary school want to stop plans by El Camino Real Charter High School to reopen the campus. Los Angeles Daily News

CA’s computer ed specialists, almost 30 years behind
The study required for teachers to gain the Computer Concept and Application Supplemental Authorization hasn’t changed in 30 years. SI&A Cabinet Report

Sen. Casey (PA) introduces bill to reduce school suspensions
Casey introduced a bill that could help keep tens of thousands of young people in the classroom and out of the juvenile justice system. Huffington Post

Morning Read: 7,000 children ordered deported with no hearing

7,000 immigrant children ordered deported without going to court
More than 7,000 immigrant children have been ordered deported without appearing in court since 2013, federal statistics show. Los Angeles Times

Preschools a microcosm of debate on measles vaccinations
Kindergarten classrooms and preschools have been pushed to the front lines as the national debate over vaccines grows. Los Angeles Times

Republicans’ bills would change teacher tenure, layoff laws
Assembly Republicans announced bills Wednesday that would change state laws that establish teacher tenure and a layoff system based on seniority. Ed Source

Schools on U.S. military bases adopting Common Core — but don’t call it that
Each year 40 percent of children living on U.S. military bases change schools. Will CommonCore ease their transition? The Hechinger Report

Why some parents are sitting kids out of tests
In a recent national poll, 60 percent of parents agreed there was too much emphasis on standardized testing in schools. National Public Radio

LAUSD students treated to free prom dresses, makeup tips
The Operation School Bell Prom day event provided prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and even makeup tips to selected girls from 17 LAUSD schools. CBS Los Angeles

Morning Read: UTLA may support Schmerelson in District 3

Teachers union will consider supporting Galatzan’s opponent in runoff
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said he’s encouraged by Galatzan’s failure to claim an outright victory in Tuesday’s primary. Los Angeles Daily News

Election sets stage for L.A. Unified battle
After Tuesday’s election, UTLA is facing new challenges and a potent adversary. Los Angeles Times

John Mockler dies at 73; architect of California school funding law
Called a guru of public school finance, Mockler held a number of influential posts. Los Angeles Times

Financial health of L.A. County schools is improving, report finds
The number of school districts in California reporting precarious financial conditions is continuing to decline. City News Service

Bill would steer extra revenue to Common Core implementation
The bill would allot $900 million of the anticipated additional money to districts to spend on technology, materials, and Common Core training. Ed Source

GOP targets teacher training as a state priority
A new state priority promoting professional training for teachers would be added to the list of standards school districts must measure up to under a new proposal. SI&A Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Charter amendments to align elections appear to pass

1 City Council race headed to runoff; charter amendments appear to pass
Two charter amendments intended to reverse the low turnout trend appeared victorious Tuesday evening. Los Angeles Times

High school basketball team reinstated after wearing pink
A panel has reinstated the Narbonne girls basketball team, but the coach was suspended for the remainder of the season. NBC Los Angeles

Bill would require ‘breakfast after the bell’ at more schools
Taking aim at the effect of hunger on students’ ability to learn, two California legislators announced Tuesday a bill that would require more schools to provide breakfast after the start of school. Ed Source

Number crunch defines first part of the LCAP rubric
Numerical data on a wide array of topics would serve as the centerpiece of a performance rubric for analyzing how well schools are using new state money to educate students. SI&A Cabinet Report

School agenda bedevils Chicago mayor in race
It may be the education agenda that he proudly, defiantly and swiftly carried out that threatens Rahm Emanuel’s political future. New York Times

Morning Read: Will L.A. election date change help special interests?

Opponents of election date measures worry only special interests will benefit
Charter Amendment 1 and Charter Amendment 2 would only benefit deep-pocketed special interests, opponents say. City News Service

The Times’ L.A. city election ballot endorsements
Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday. Los Angeles Times

LAUSD board president outpacing challengers in finances, endorsements
Vladovic is the only incumbent in Tuesday’s primary election who has attracted the support of an array of union groups and school reform advocates. KPCC

Narbonne girls basketball kicked out of playoffs for pink on uniforms
The Los Angeles City Section has bounced the Harbor City school team out of the playoffs. Los Angeles Times

New state preschool funding is having an impact
A once-empty preschool in south San Jose is now filled with 44 children. Ed Source

Commentary: L.A. school board expanding into ‘social justice’
The Los Angeles Unified school board is on a new “social justice” tack these day. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: What will take the place of API score?

Moving beyond a single measure of a school
The State Board of Education is seizing the chance to redefine student achievement and reframe how schools are held accountable for performance. Ed Source

Editorial: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s silence on L.A. issues helps no one
Averse to controversy and hesitant to take sides, Garcetti has often avoided staking out positions on divisive issues over his 19-month tenure. Los Angeles Times

Grant to promote arts education
The U.S. Department of Education awarded LMU’s Family of Schools and LAUSD with a $1,165,629 grant. The Los Angeles Loyolan

History curriculum update delayed by interest groups
California has not revised its history and social studies standards since 1998. SI&A Cabinet Report

As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out
Almost every state has an “opt out” movement. New York Times

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts
The nation’s most contentious battles over the teaching profession are shifting from legislative arenas to the courts. The Washington Post