Morning Read: New state agency will help fix lowest-performing schools

New state agency gets infusion of money to promote school success
The new agency charged with helping to implement and enforce the state’s school accountability and improvement system has a fresh source of money and a plan to spend it, starting this fall. The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, overseen by Carl Cohn, a former State Board of Education member and retired superintendent of Long Beach Unified, has been allocated $24 million in the state budget awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. By John Fensterwald, EdSource

Morning Read: Parents could get to weigh in on charter school co-locations

Parents and principals could weigh in on charter placements at LA campuses

Families and schools in LA Unified could get more of a say in the way the district allocates space to charter schools, thanks to a committee the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to create Tuesday. The school board directed the superintendent to form a group that will suggest ways to make the process for giving charter schools space on district school campuses more transparent for families and schools. By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: State budget could bring more preschool seats to LA

More preschool seats coming to LA in state budget plan
The state budget that lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown this week could open up scores of new preschool seats in the LA area and prompt the re-opening of an early education center. But the gains represent just a fraction of the high need that remains as many parents scramble to find seats for their children. By Dorian Merina, KPCC 

Morning Read: How students find success — through failure — in Advanced Placement classes

AP classes are tougher, but students are better prepared for college
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge courses are increasing rapidly in high schools. This includes places like Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C., where 99 percent of the students are low-income and few land on the high-achievement end of any bell curve. But teachers and students at schools like Cardozo and a San Diego charter school have a different attitude and say the inner-city students are being more challenged. By Jay Mathews, Washington Post

Morning Read: Who’s advising Donald Trump on education anyway? Is anyone?

Looking over some of the things Trump has said and not said about education
There’s still a mystery swirling at the center of the Trump platform: education. Rarely has a politician successfully gotten this far after saying so little about our nation’s classrooms. By Carolyn Phenicie, The 74

Morning Read: LA Unified considers college savings accounts for students

LAUSD may create college savings accounts for its 640,000 students
The school district would partner with the city of Los Angeles and outside groups including the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce to hammer out the specifics of how the accounts would be opened, and possibly include matching funds for deposits. By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC

Morning Read: California expands computer science in schools

California moves to catch up on K-12 computer science curriculum
After years of lagging behind Arkansas, West Virginia and several other states, California is expanding computer science in public schools across the state and training teachers to teach it. By Pat Maio, EdSource

Morning Read: California, federal government on a collision course over rating systems

California and proposed federal regulations at odds on how to rate schools
Despite close parallels between California’s school reforms and those called for in the new federal law signed by President Barack Obama last December, California and the U.S. Department of Education appear to be on a collision course regarding the rating systems each wants to put in place to measure success or failure of the state’s schools. By Louis Freedberg, EdSource

Morning Read: Why school start times play a huge role in kids’ success

Experts suggest middle and high school start times should be after 8:30 a.m.
Around the country, more school districts are moving to delay their start times. Teens currently aren’t getting enough sleep. And this lack of sleep is having a detrimental effect on their grades and mental health. By Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post

Morning Read: Changes coming to UC admissions

UC admissions applicants get more essay choices, shorter lengths
Changes are coming soon to the University of California’s application for incoming freshmen and transfer students, offering hundreds of thousands of them more freedom of choice in essays describing their interests, academic achievements and personal challenges. By Larry Gordon, EdSource

Morning Read: Easier-to-read Smarter Balanced scores due to parents this summer

Parents to receive easier-to-read reports on Smarter Balanced test scores
Parents across California will soon find out how their children performed on Smarter Balanced tests aligned with Common Core standards in math and English language arts. By Theresa Harrington, EdSource

Morning Read: LAUSD, UTLA in harmony over teacher evaluations

Remember when teacher evaluations were the subject of controversy in LA Unified? Not anymore
Only a few years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s system for evaluating teachers’ job performance was the subject of legal disputes, full-blown lawsuits and bitter fractious debate between district leaders and the teachers union. Not anymore. By Kyle Stokes, KPCC

Morning Read: El Camino principal charged expenses to school for his second job as NBA scout

El Camino High principal moonlighted as NBA scout, billed travel to school
David Fehte, principal and executive director of El Camino Real Charter High School, charged his school-issued American Express card for flights, food and hotel stays that align with college basketball games associated with a second job he had as an NBA scout. By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: Report finds high price tag for students who drop out after discipline

Cost of suspensions is high for students who drop out after discipline, report finds
Putting a cold financial price tag on the impact of school discipline practices, researchers have calculated that a 10th-grade California student who drops out because of suspension could end up costing the public $755,000 in lost tax revenue and increased health care and criminal justice expenses over the life of the student, according to a report released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies. By Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource

Morning Read: State says LAUSD misspent $450 million meant for high-need students

State officials find LA Unified shortchanged students
In a ruling with statewide implications and financial repercussions for the state’s largest school district, the California Department of Education has determined that Los Angeles Unified has shortchanged low-income students, English learners and foster children by hundreds of millions of dollars they should have received through the state’s new funding system. By John Fensterwald, EdSource

Morning Read: Districts nationwide see enrollment drop as charters grow

As charters grow, public schools see sharp enrollment drop
In financially struggling urban districts from LA to Philadelphia — and most notoriously, Detroit — the increasing popularity of charter schools, combined with family flight to the suburbs and declining birth rates, have caused enrollment to plummet. By Christine Armario, Associated Press

Morning Read: Slowing economy and loss of ballot initiatives could cost LAUSD hundreds of millions

Facing potential economic downturn, LA Unified considers financial future
Finance experts warned the school board that a slowing state economy and failure of a November ballot measure to extend an increase in personal income taxes could cost the district hundreds of millions of dollars. By Michael Janofsky, EdSource

Morning Read: Charter groups investing big money in California legislative races

Charter school groups spending big in California legislative races
Groups that support the expansion of charter schools in California are spending big this year to support the campaigns of sympathetic Democrats vying for open seats in the state Legislature. By Aaron Mendelson, KPCC

Morning Read: Charter battles ongoing across California

California charter schools involved in multiple political battles
A major front in the perpetual war between California’s educational establishment and school reform groups is the role of charter schools, which function outside the traditional structure and are semi-free to experiment with new methods of teaching. A fierce clash in the state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, typifies the highly emotional issue. By Dan Walters, Fresno Bee

Morning Read: A turnaround at Artesia High School

Turning around Artesia, Part 2: This school figured out how to make it ‘cool’ to succeed
Almost 12 years ago, Sergio Garcia became principal of Artesia High School, a school smack in the middle of a neighborhood in Southern California that has seen its share of gang violence. At Garcia’s first meeting with the staff, he asked the teachers what kinds of changes they most wanted him to make. The teachers’ unanimous response was that they wanted him to “stop the ‘tardies.’” By Karin Chenoweth, Education Post