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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning Read: LA students at White House Science Fair

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

Morning Read: School for boys coming to LAUSD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning Read: Fewer new math and science teachers in California

Number of new math and science teachers declining in California
In the 2014-15 school year, a total of 1,119 math credentials were issued, down 8.4 percent from 1,221 the previous year. For that same year, there were 1,347 science credentials issued, down 6 percent from the 1,434 issued the year before. By Pat Maio, EdSource

Morning Read: State bill would grant $100 million to build housing for teachers

Confronting the housing dilemma for teachers
A Richmond lawmaker wants the state to pony up $100 million to help school districts build housing for teachers, who often are unable to afford to live in the communities in which they work. Cabinet Report, by Kimberly Beltran

Morning Read: High school diplomas at last for students who failed exit exam

About 1,900 LAUSD students who failed test now could get their diplomas
LA Unified will begin mailing out diplomas soon to hundreds of former students who’d already completed an online application to determine their eligibility. As many as 1,900 former district students may get their diplomas. By Fermin Leal, EdSource

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