Morning Read: Bill seeks to curb LAUSD inspector general’s charter investigations

Bill would limit autonomy of LA Unified inspector general regarding charter schools
AB 2806 would place new limits on the office’s autonomy, making it answerable to the seven-member school board with restrictions on how much time and money the office could spend on its investigations of charter schools. By Michael Janofsky, EdSource

Morning Read: After years of cuts, a renewed push for arts education at LAUSD

In Hollywood’s backyard, there’s a push to rectify arts inequities
Years of cuts have stripped arts classes from much of the Los Angeles district, leaving many children in the world’s entertainment capital with no instruction in music, visual arts, dance or theater. By Christine Armario, Associated Press

Morning Read: 10 local continuation schools declared model for California

Local continuation high schools declared a model for rest of state
The state Department of Education on Monday named 37 model continuation high schools, including 10 campuses in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: UTLA criticizes former LAUSD administrator set to become Bakersfield schools chief

Who is ‘Doc’ Ervin, BCSD’s next superintendent?
‘Doc’ Ervin, a former assistant superintendent of instruction at Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, is in line to become superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District, but UTLA leaders are critical of his tenure in LA. The Bakersfield Californian

Morning Read: California schools losing out on federal funds, report says

Federal funding formula hurts California schools, report says
California schools are not getting their fair share of Title I federal funds because of “chronic underfunding” and “complex formulas that distort allocations,” according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. EdSource, by Susan Frey

Morning Read: Official who accused Cortines of sexual harassment settles and resigns

Official who accused Cortines of sexual harassment settles for $93,000
Scot Graham had filed four lawsuits against LAUSD and against former Superintendent Ramon Cortines claiming sexual harassment. He never prevailed in court, but the district spent about $266,000 in legal fees, and the cases tarnished the reputation of the respected superintendent. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Supervisors appoint former dropout to lead LA County education office

Supervisors appoint ‘strong advocate’ for county Office of Education post
Debra Duardo, who dropped out of high school at 15 and was a teenage mother to a disabled boy, was selected on a unanimous vote last Tuesday during a closed-door session. Duardo has held positions as LA Unified’s director of Pupil Services and of Dropout Prevention and Recovery. MyNewsLA

Morning Read: Heads of UTLA, CCSA square off in radio debate

Growth of charter schools in California leads to conflict with school districts
The heads of UTLA and CCSA square off in a radio debate as charter advocates are seeking to double the number of students attending charter schools in California by 2022. KQED

Morning Read: Granada Hills Charter wins state academic decathlon title for 5th time

Granada Hills Charter triumphs again in state academic decathlon
For the fifth time in six years, students at Granada Hills Charter High School have won the California Academic Decathlon. They will defend the school’s national title in April. KPCC

Morning Read: Study finds charters may be suspending too many students

Are charter schools suspending too many students?
In the 2011-12 school year, charter schools nationwide had an average out-of-school suspension rate of 7.8 percent, as opposed to 6.7 percent in traditional public schools, meaning the rate in charter schools was 16 percent higher. However, the data is a few years old, and much has changed in school discipline.
Los Angeles Times, by Joy Resmovits

Morning Read: LAUSD board’s Ratliff may run for city council

Monica Ratliff files to run for Fuentes’ City Council seat in the Valley
Ratliff, a grade school teacher who scored a significant upset in the 2013 election, filed initial paperwork Monday to run for the San Fernando Valley seat being vacated by Los Angeles City Councilman Felipe Fuentes. Los Angeles Times, by David Zahniser and Zahira Torres

Morning Read: CA creating unified system to improve academics for disabled students

California moves to bring special education students ‘into the fold’ of mainstream education
Ordered by the federal government to elevate academics for students with disabilities, and by the state to raise low-income student achievement, the California Department of Education is working to create a unified system that will do both. EdSource, by Jane Meredith Adams

Morning Read: Is a school good or bad? State tries to figure it out

What exactly is a good school? California is trying to find out
The California State Board of Education on Thursday heard from about 60 people who commented on how to define a good or bad school. Some focused on “school climate,” or how students felt in school, and relationships with teachers.
Los Angeles Times, by Joy Resmovits

Morning Read: LA County special education services in ‘crisis,’ report finds

Education division has ‘no vision’ for how to help students with disabilities
Some students with disabilities in Los Angeles County are getting shortchanged by the bureaucracy that is supposed to ensure they receive a good education, according to a consultant’s report.
Los Angeles Times, by Joy Resmovits

Morning Read: State may outlaw courses without educational content

Regulations would outlaw classes that fail to teach students anything
The State Board of Education today will consider adopting emergency regulations designed to prohibit high schools from assigning students to “faux” or repeat classes that rob them of learning time. Cabinet Report, by Kimberly Beltran

Morning Read: Downtown Magnets educator is National Teacher of the Year finalist

An LAUSD teacher is named National Teacher of the Year finalist
Daniel Jocz’s curriculum includes a more inclusive approach to history and an assist from Taylor Swift. Los Angeles Magazine, by Emily Goldberg

Morning Read: Charter leaders again say LAUSD’s review process is unfair

Advocates voice ‘grave concern’ over LAUSD’s charter schools review process
Charter school leaders are rallying behind applicants who hope to open a new charter high school, intensifying their accusation that Los Angeles Unified School District officials are playing politics with charter applications. KPCC, by Kyle Stokes

Morning Read: School districts stretched by needs of unaccompanied children

Filling the gap for unaccompanied children caught in judicial limbo
LAUSD and districts like it have been singularly burdened with addressing the extensive needs of unaccompanied immigrant children. The Chronicle of Social Change, by Gabriel Fuentes

Morning Read: New SAT test launches this week

As SAT enters a new era this week, students say the exam has improved
The new version of the SAT aims more than ever to measure core skills taught in school, such as reading charts, analyzing evidence and applying algebra in mathematical problems. Washington Post, by Nick Anderson

Morning Read: CA leaders split on how to solve teacher shortage

Debate emerges over state actions needed to ease teacher shortages
As California school districts grapple with a widening shortage of teachers, a policy debate has emerged about just how actively the state should be involved in trying to remedy the problem. EdSource, by Louis Freedberg