Morning Read: Extension of ‘district of choice’ law faces opposition

California bill to extend school choice law faces allegations of inequity
The “district of choice” law currently allows about 10,000 students across the state to enroll in 47 participating school districts without seeking the permission of their home districts, which are often loath to let them — and the funding attached to them — go. By Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: El Camino given one month to address alleged problems

El Camino charter has one month to address alleged shortcomings
A casual observer could be excused for thinking there must be two El Camino high schools in Los Angeles. One, a well-managed, long-running success story that delivers solid and sometimes spectacular academic results. The other, in need of appropriate oversight, with a free-spending principal and loose financial controls. Last week, the L.A. Board of Education focused on the problems portion of the alleged split personality, unanimously approving a “notice of violations” that cites inappropriate spending, poor accounting and violations of public meeting rules. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Numbers cruncher shows Los Angeles charter schools outperform traditional schools in latest test scores

Los Angeles charter schools are outperforming traditional schools in math and English
A math teacher at LA Unified’s Luther Burbank Middle School takes the latest CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance) scores and finds charter schools outperformed traditional schools in both math and English. He also lists three schools that serve diverse and poor students that stand out with exceptional scores — two magnets and a charter. By Benjamin Feinberg, Education Post

Morning Read: LAUSD officials point to Vena Avenue Elementary as success story in state testing results

Why this small Pacoima school saw big gains in state testing

The percentage of third- through fifth-graders who met or exceeded the Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts at Vena Avenue Elementary & Gifted Magnet increased from 44 percent in 2014-15 to 66 percent in 2015-16. Meanwhile, 52 percent of third- to fifth- graders met or exceeded the standards in math last year, up from 43 percent the prior year. Los Angeles Unified School District officials are pointing to this small San Fernando Valley school — in which more than 20 percent of its population are English learners and about 80 percent are low-income — as a success story with its own lessons to share. By Brenda Gazzar, LA Daily News

Morning Read: LAUSD will have to aim higher after reaching goals on statewide exams

More L.A. Unified students reach goals on statewide exams, district says

More students in the Los Angeles Unified School District met statewide goals on standardized tests in 2016 than they did last year, district officials said at a meeting Tuesday. Scores on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress increased in both English and math, they reported. In English, 39 percent of students reached statewide goals, compared with 33 percent in 2015. In math, the district said, 29 percent of students reached those goals, compared to 25 percent last year. By Howard Blume, Joy Resmovits and Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: LAUSD tried to discredit student sex assault victim, attorneys say

Attorneys say LAUSD tried to discredit girl after sexual assault claim
Attorneys for a former Los Angeles Unified School District student on Monday expressed outrage over the LAUSD’s alleged attempts to discredit the girl, who said she was sexually assaulted in a bathroom at her elementary school. In April 2012, the then-12-year-old girl said the assault occurred at 95th Street Elementary School in South L.A. No one was ever arrested in the alleged attack, and the girl’s family filed a lawsuit against the school district. By Chelsea Edwards, ABC7

Morning Read: LAUSD public schools look to marketing to help enrollment

As enrollment declines, L.A. public schools borrow a tactic from the charters: marketing
As enrollment in traditional public schools around the city has declined and charter schools have mushroomed, principals are having to compete for students or risk school closure. To do this, they are turning to marketing tactics long employed by charter schools: handing out glossy fliers and creating Facebook pages to promote their after-school activities. By Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Well-known charter high school faces revocation by LAUSD board

LA charter school faces possible closure over ‘fiscal mismanagement’

Alleging fiscal mismanagement and “fatal flaws in judgment,” Los Angeles Unified staff will ask the district’s Board of Education on Tuesday to issue a “notice of violations” to El Camino Real Charter High School — the first step to revoking its charter, according to the district. The west San Fernando Valley school, which converted to an independent charter in 2011, would have until Sept. 23 to remedy all the alleged violations if the notice is issued. If the school fails to make the corrections, the board could issue a “notice of intent to revoke” the school’s charter and then hold another public hearing. The public hearing is Tuesday at 1 p.m. By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: Could school start after Labor Day next year?

Three LA board members will push for school to start after Labor Day

Three Los Angeles school board members will begin a push next week to start the following school year after Labor Day. The traditional academic year began Tuesday, a full three weeks before Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September. The resolution, to be introduced at next Tuesday’s meeting, is sponsored by George McKenna, Scott Schmerelson and Richard Vladovic. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: New law allows high school students to take community college classes at their school

More high school students starting the year as…community college students

Pasadena Unified is one of the first Southern California school districts that have taken advantage of a new law that allows high school students to take community college classes on a high school campus during the school day. “When students earn college credit when in high school, over 90 percent of them [not only] go to college, but complete it,” said Pasadena Unified Assistant Superintendent Marisa Sarian. By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC

Morning Read: LAUSD students head back to school today

Half-million Los Angeles Unified School District students return to school
Many of them might prefer to be visiting the beach Tuesday, but more than a half-million students instead will be heading back to class as the 2016-17 school year begins for the nation’s second-largest school district. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King, members of the district’s board, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James Cole Jr. are among the dignitaries who will be fanning out across a variety of campuses to welcome the more than 640,000 students back to class. City News Service

Morning Read: LAUSD adds new classes in an effort to halt enrollment decline

LAUSD expands class offerings to slow declining enrollment
With most Los Angeles Unified students returning to classes Tuesday after summer break, the nation’s second-largest school district is expected to see its 14th consecutive year of declining enrollment. As of last year, LAUSD schools have lost more than 86,400 students — 15 percent of its population — since 2009-10. The district is projected to lose another 13,500 students this school year and another 13,200 next year, according to budget documents. By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News

Morning Read: New MiSiS tool tracks English Learners to help with reclassification

How LA Unified plans to help schools track English Learners to proficiency

A new tool handled by LA Unified’s MiSiS computer system will help give principals monthly reports on the more than 140,000 English Learner students. Research shows that students who are not reclassified as English proficient by middle school are at a higher risk of not graduating. The new reports will allow them to track individual students and their progress. By Kyle StokesKPCC

Morning Read: LAUSD parents and teachers want later school start date

LAUSD students go back to school Aug. 16, but parents and teachers say that’s too soon

On Aug. 16, most students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will return to the classroom. But according to a survey of LAUSD parents and employees, summer fun doesn’t last long enough. The district conducted a phone survey in September 2015 to gauge what its employees and parents of students want future school calendars to look like. A majority of both parents and district employees were in favor of pushing the school year start date back into September — sometime after Labor Day. By Ryan FonsecaLA Daily News

Morning Read: LAUSD will add 9 more dual language immersion programs

Dual language programs could get boost with initiative on November ballot

With a growing number of parents embracing the value of their children learning a second language, nine more dual immersion programs are coming to L.A. Unified when schools open next week. Among the additions are one in Armenian and another in Arabic, giving the district 65 such programs, a 25 percent increase over the last three years. By Michael Janofsky, EdSource

Morning Read: New vaccination law should cause disease rates to drop, experts say

Disease rates likely to fall as new vaccination law takes effect
Mississippi hasn’t had a case of measles since 1992. West Virginia last saw measles – a highly contagious virus that kills an estimated 314 people worldwide every day – in 2009. Now, with California’s new vaccination law rolling out shot by shot, the state joins Mississippi and West Virginia to become the third in the nation to adopt stringent vaccination school entrance requirements. And medical experts say disease rates are likely to fall in California as they have in those states. By Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource

Morning Read: Ballot measure may end ban on bilingual education

Not a bang but a whimper: Bilingual education ban’s likely exit
Eighteen years ago, bilingual education was about as hot a political topic as there was in California – today, not so much, despite the best efforts of Donald Trump to make immigration a wedge issue. This November, the question comes back as voters have been asked by the Legislature to repeal the English-only mandate by approving yet another ballot measure, Proposition 58. By Tom Chorneau, Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Los Angeles school eyed for ‘After School Satan’

The Satanic Temple of Los Angeles reached out to Superintendent Michelle King to host a club at an elementary school

The Satanic Temple hopes to compete with a Christian after-school program, saying: “We only ask we get to do the same thing as the evangelicals.” Satanic Temple is specifically requesting to host a program at Chase Street Elementary in Panorama City because that school currently hosts the Good News Club, a Christian after-school program that teaches kids about Jesus and the Bible. By Hanna Horvath, NBC4 News

Morning Read: Transgender student in Virginia cannot use boys’ restroom under Supreme Court emergency order

Supreme Court grants emergency order to block transgender male student in Virginia from using boys’ restroom

The Supreme Court intervened for the first time Wednesday in the controversy over transgender rights and blocked a lower court ruling that would have allowed a transgender boy to use the high school restroom that fits his “gender identity.” In an unusual 5-3 order, the justices granted an emergency appeal from a Virginia school board, which said it is fighting to “protect the basic expectations of bodily privacy of Gloucester County students.” The school board was seeking to be exempted from the Obama administration’s position that schools nationwide are required to allow transgender students to use the bathroom they prefer.  By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Deaf and hard-of-hearing English learners make progress in special program

Special program for deaf and hard-of-hearing English learners closes reading, writing gap

While deaf and hard-of-hearing kids often fall behind their peers academically, the challenge is even greater for those who are English learners. Like Centeno, many kids with hearing issues whose parents don’t speak English are not diagnosed promptly, according to experts. The delay in getting hearing aids or other amplification stalls language development. In an effort to address this problem, Schrader and her colleagues started Come Read with Me, a pilot project designed to help hard-of-hearing English learners. By Elizabeth Aguilera, KPCC