Morning Read: LAUSD magnet applications a frustrating process

Parents find LA schools magnet program application process daunting
Some families find the process time for applying to LA Unified magnet schools time-consuming and frustrating. KPCC

Weary march into Corrective Action continues in CA
The confused and complex landscape surrounding school accountability in California is set to take one more step deeper into the abyss. S&I Cabinet Report

Charter schools now try to keep teachers with mom-friendly policies
With teacher turnover rate at 36%, charters try a bold new strategy: childcare. The Hechinger Report

Orange Unified School District explores options after bond failure
The Orange Unified School District is exploring options for fixing up its aging schools after the seeming defeat of its $296 million bond measure. Orange County Register

Charter school authorizers grapple with closures
The city of Indianapolis is among several charter authorizers that have been pioneering new best practices in school closure. Education Week

Morning Read: Feds take on equity in assigning teachers

U.S. to focus on equity in assigning of teachers
The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers. New York Times

CSUN gets $797,000 to help science, math students become teachers
CSUN received a $797,000 grant intended to encourage students to become science and math teachers. Los Angeles Daily News

Inglewood High School cleanup follows KPCC report
In the wake of KPCC’s report documenting dilapidated facilities, the Inglewood Unified School District announced several steps to improve conditions. KPCC

New health mandates pose problems in the field
As school officials work to comply with new education laws, two health-related mandates are causing concerns. The Hechinger Report

A race to close the achievement gap without burning through teachers
How much time in charter schools is too much? The Hechinger Report

Morning Read: Many CA school buses lack safety belts despite law

Many school buses still don’t have seat belts
California is one of six states to require buses to have passenger belts, and the only one that requires shoulder-to-lap belts. Orange County Register

North Valley Military Institute readies kids for college with discipline
NVMI, a charter school and the only campus of its kind in the Los Angeles Unified School District, bills itself as a college prep school. Los Angeles Daily News

SoCal after-school programs to receive White House honors
Two Southern California after-school arts programs will be honored Monday at the White House. KPCC

Honduran youth finds welcome at Oakland school for immigrants
There are nearly 100 students at Oakland International High School who traveled across Central America on their own in recent years. New York Times

Common Core redoes the math
New standards bring hard questions and daunting instructional adjustments. Education Week

Morning Read: Did Tuck have long-term impact? Opinions differ

Opinions differ on impact of Tuck’s campaign
Since Tuck’s failed effort to unseat Torlakson, observers have reached different conclusions about the election’s significance. Ed Source

CSU Dominguez Hills awarded DoE grant for special ed teacher prep
The grant will assist in addressing disparities within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dateline Dominguez

San Francisco’s universal preschool could prove a model for SoCal cities
When San Francisco voters overwhelmingly reauthorized the city’s universal preschool program on Tuesday, other California cities may well have sat up. KPCC

Average urban superintendent tenure decreases, survey shows
Urban school superintendents often leave the job after a few years—and the average time leaders spent in the post lost some ground this year. Education Week

Parents find Planned Parenthood teaching sex ed at East Bay schools
A coalition of parents in the East Bay said they were shocked to find out Planned Parenthood was teaching sex education classes to their children. CBS San Francisco

Morning Read: Torlakson a win for unions amid national losses

Teachers unions defend their ground by getting Torlakson reelected
Teachers unions defended their ground in California this week by helping to reelect Tom Torlakson. Los Angeles Times

Cortines: LA Unified looking to Torlakson for support
LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he is looking forward to support from the newly re-elected state school superintendent, Tom Torlakson. KPCC

iPads are great for porn and video games; not so much for learning
Similar to LA Unified, the Sweetwater Union High School District’s iPad initiative has experienced several rough years. San Diego Reader

What the GOP wave might mean for education issues
The GOP takeover of the Senate could shake up higher education policy, analysts say. Deseret News

Inglewood schools: Rats, damage despite millions in state funds
More than two years after the state took over Inglewood Unified, the district is still struggling with fiscal and management problems. KPCC

Two school bonds trail by narrow margins
Two north Orange County school districts were falling short by hundreds of votes to get millions of dollars to upgrade buildings. Orange County Register

Morning Read: Torlakson defeats Tuck in state superintendent race

Torlakson wins superintendent race
Tom Torlakson has won a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. Ed Source

Voters pass Prop. 2, strengthen rainy day fund
Along with re-electing Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, voters awarded him one of his campaign priorities: strengthening the state budget’s rainy day fund. Ed Source

Prop. 47 passes, reducing some crime penalties
Any reductions in spending that result from Prop 47 will go to a fund that includes the California Department of Education. Los Angeles Times

Field trip for Daniel Pearl Magnet HS students OK despite LAUSD travel ban
Cortines clarified his ban on staff travel in response to concerns that students would miss their trip Wednesday to the nation’s capital. Los Angeles Daily News

Live election coverage: state education chiefs’ races
The winners will be highlighted and a short analysis will accompany each race. Education Week

Morning Read: Cortines calls for 2-month hiring freeze on staff

LA schools superintendent calls for hiring freeze, citing cash shortage
Los Angeles Unified’s Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines ordered a temporary hiring freeze on district staff. KPCC

Superintendent race turns on future of reform
Spending in the race for California superintendent of public instruction has by far outstripped all other statewide races. Ed Source

2 firms that won LAUSD’s tech program most active in seeking meetings
Apple and a leading curriculum company repeatedly sought meetings with school board members, emails and records reviewed by The Times show. Los Angeles Times

Should wealthy towns be able to secede from high-poverty districts?
Some are seeking a split between the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified Schools District. The Hechinger Report

California school’s messaging mistake scares parents out of their wits
Parents at Adams Elementary School in Corona got an unexpected automated phone call from the school on Oct. 23 that said their child was not in class. Washington Post

‘Redskin’ hullabaloo won’t change student press limits
A heated dispute between student journalists and their high school administration over use of the word “Redskins” has drawn national headlines. S&I Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Poll shows Tuck and Torlakson in close race

Tight race for schools chief
A new Field Poll shows a virtual tie between incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck in the race for state superintendent. The Sacramento Bee

Long Beach looking to extend its push for college to preschools
Believing it’s never too early to think about college, Long Beach public officials and educators plan to take their message to the earliest learners — preschoolers. KPCC

CA children falling through the cracks, says study on kids’ well-being
Kids across 58 counties in California are faring poorly overall when it comes to education, health and socio-economic outcomes. KPCC

Database maps college readiness policies
A new report shows how California’s “college readiness” policies stack up against those in other states. Ed Source

N.Y.C. schools to open doors to student cellphones
The country’s largest school district plans to end its ban on student cellphones in schools. Education Week

Morning Read: $25 million to be spent on state superintendent race

Union power on the ballot
The campaign for California superintendent of public instruction is on pace to be the most expensive contest in the state this cycle. Politico

LA Unified turns to teenager to teach social media
San Pedro High School senior Delaney Wells recently taught a technology class on Instagram for a group of Los Angeles Unified staffers. KPCC

LAUSD travel spending suspended after Deasy’s final credit card bill
Los Angeles Unified this week suspended all out-of-town travel and off-campus training as well as the former superintendent’s credit card. Los Angeles Daily News

Many schools lack Internet capacity for tests
California officials have identified many schools that will have difficulty offering online statewide tests scheduled in the spring. EdSource

Bay area students’ shrimp project destroyed in Tuesday’s rocket explosion
The explosion of an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket is a disappointment to hundreds of school children across the country. CBS San Francisco

Morning Read: New kindergarten cutoff age causes debate

State implements new kindergarten cutoff age
Of the panoply of reforms now being implemented in California schools, the one affecting the state’s youngest students passed almost unnoticed this fall. EdSource

Title IX decision, a reminder on equality in athletics
With an appeals court finding that a California district violated federal discrimination protections, legal experts suggest a review of athletic programs. S&I Cabinet Report

L.A. school officials order review of every senior’s transcript
Los Angeles school district officials have ordered a review of every senior’s transcript. Los Angeles Times

LA Unified acknowledges mistakes in transcripts as deadlines loom
The new $130 million MiSiS student data system is now turning out student transcripts with incorrect information. KPCC

The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Mei-Ling Uliasz
When’s she’s not teaching, Mei-Ling Uliasz turns bottle caps and little tin cars and brass protractors and other found objects into whimsical “upcycled” jewelry. NPR

Morning Read: With Deasy gone, is LAUSD’s iPad program history?

With Deasy out, is LA schools’ iPad program ‘dead’?
With the departure of John Deasy, the future of the Los Angeles School District’s controversial one-to-one technology program hangs in uncertainty. KPCC

LAUSD scrambles to ensure MiSiS doesn’t keep seniors from college
Los Angeles Unified’s staff is in a scramble to make sure a computer system doesn’t stop seniors from going to college. Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Unified students could take iPads home soon
Los Angeles Unified students could take school-issued iPads home as soon as next month. Los Angeles Times

9 LAUSD schools each get $50,000 for proximity to a huge garbage dump
Nine schools will each receive $50,000 grants under an action approved Friday by the Los Angeles City Council. Los Angeles Daily News

Inglewood schools chief criticized over costs of his security detail
Some are questioning why the cash-strapped Inglewood Unified School District is paying for an armed California Highway Patrol officer. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: No iPad software with bonds, says Cortines

Bonds should not pay for iPad curriculum, new L.A. Unified head says
Newly installed Supt. Ramon Cortines said he opposes using construction bond money to pay for curriculum on student computers. Los Angeles Times

California moving rapidly toward post-NCLB accountability
In one sentence, the president of the California State School board signaled the end of the old era of assessment and the dawn of another. Education Week

State seeks $140 million federal grant to expand preschool
CA officials are asking for $140 million in federal funds for subsidized preschool slots in communities where parents have a difficult time finding quality childcare. KPCC

Support for Prop. 2 inching toward 50 percent
Voter support for Proposition 2, a new version of a state budget rainy day fund, has increased from a month ago. EdSource

Art ed advocates put candidates on the spot
If you want to know where school board candidates stand on arts curriculum, there’s an online tool that can help – sort of. S&I Cabinet Report

Morning Read: Education Secretary meets with Cortines

Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified’s Cortines
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines. Los Angeles Times

Education secretary says time to debate preschool is over
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a conference of preschool advocates in L.A. Tuesday that the value of early education to young children is undisputed. KPCC

LGBT students face less harassment and fewer assaults in schools
Harassment and physical assault against LGBT students has been trending downward in the last six years, according to a report. Los Angeles Daily News

Officials debate Common Core amid standing-room-only crowd
About 200 people attended a standing-room-only debate in a special meeting by the Orange County Board of Education. Orange County Register

Nation’s wealthy places pour private money into public schools
Private groups are raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality. New York Times

Morning Read: Deasy resignation makes headlines nationwide

Deasy resigns as Los Angeles schools chief after mounting criticism
In a sign of the powerful resistance that big-city school chiefs face in trying to make sweeping changes, John Deasy, LAUSD superintendent, resigned. New York Times

Why did the Los Angeles superintendent resign?
In his efforts to improve his district, John Deasy took risks and made impressive gains. He also made mistakes and earned some enemies along the way. The Atlantic

How the iPad helped bring down the Los Angeles schools chief
John Deasy resigned after a bungled effort to give an Apple tablet to every student in the district. Time

LAUSD Supt. John Deasy’s resignation is no cause for celebration
Commentary: More than anything else, Deasy’s departure is a dispiriting sign of a district that is in grave danger of losing its way. Los Angeles Times

Students at South LA’s Manual Arts High react to Deasy resignation
Students at South L.A.’s Manual Arts High School are hopeful that a future superintendent can be a model leader. Intersections South LA

Morning Read: Year-round schooling growing in popularity

Popularity grows anew for year-round schooling When Stiles Simmons, the superintendent of a two-school district outside Lansing, Mich., looked at the data, he realized summer break was hurting his mostly-low-income students. Education Week

Teacher training extends to gender sensitivity Along with the heavy load of training tied to the new Common Core content standards, a growing number of teachers are also being asked to take professional development intended to improve gender identity awareness and inclusiveness. S&I Cabinet Report

Calif. schools have dogs in unlikely proposition fights When it comes to the Nov. 4 statewide General Election, most of the K-12 education community’s attention has been on Proposition 2, but schools also stand to be impacted by two other ballot measures. S&I Cabinet Report

Norward Roussell, who led schools in Selma in turbulent time, dies at 80 Norward Roussell, who in 1987 arrived in Selma, Ala., as the city’s first black superintendent of schools with aspirations to equalize educational opportunity, died on Monday in Selma. He was 80. New York Times

As Deasy’s fate remains uncertain, other districts continue tech purchases School officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from Los Angeles’ botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. The Hechinger Report

Morning Read: LAUSD takes on bullying of LGBT athletes

LAUSD ‘blowing the whistle’ on bullying, hazing of LGBT student athletes
Officials announced Tuesday the Los Angeles Unified School District will “blow the whistle” on bullying and hazing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student athletes. Los Angeles Daily News

A fortune for iPads, but not enough for math books
Commentary: With the conversion to Common Core standards, L.A. Unified purchased new math books for eighth grade, but not for sixth or seventh. The reason was lack of funding. Los Angeles Times

Deasy and keeping students at the center of political battles
Commentary: Los Angeles Unified School District recently announced a 15-point increase in its graduation rate. This is cause for immense celebration as more students are on their pathways out of poverty. The Hechinger Report

There’s no Superman, but Deasy wasn’t afraid to try on the cape
Commentary: John Deasy wasn’t dealt a winning hand. He’s a very smart guy, so I think he knew it from the start, but he wanted to play the game as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified so badly that he picked up the cards anyway. The Hechinger Report

LA school board backs $3.6 million ‘bailout’ of faulty data system
The LA Unified board Tuesday night approved the purchase of 3,340 computers costing $3.6 million for school sites struggling to properly schedule classes, take attendance and track student needs in a new data system. KPCC

L.A. school board OKs plan to resolve Jefferson High problems
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a $1.1-million plan to provide a longer school day, additional classes and tutoring to Jefferson High students who lost instructional time. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: District officials seek to calm fears at Jefferson HS

L.A. Unified seeks to reassure Jefferson High parents
Los Angeles school officials tried to reassure concerned parents Monday that they have resolved most scheduling problems at Jefferson High School and also will make up for class time students have lost. Los Angeles Times

Tracking system glitches affected special needs students, report says
Problems with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s new student tracking system led to widespread difficulties in identifying special needs students and placing them in the right programs. Los Angeles Times

Longer school days, new classes at Jefferson High to cost $1 million
Los Angeles Unified proposes to spend $1.1 million to extend the school day by 30 minutes, fund 15 new class sections and increase support personnel at the troubled Jefferson High School. KPCC

Preschool teachers among lowest paid despite degrees
While debate rages on increasing the minimum wage locally and nationally, one unexpected group of workers earning close to the bottom of the scale stands to benefit if the floor is raised: preschool teachers. KPCC

Repeating elementary grades, even kindergarten is harmful
The already muddy research on whether it’s better to hold back struggling students or promote them to the next grade just got muddier. The Hechinger Report

Morning Read: LA Unified’s MiSiS system under scrutiny

LAUSD’s student information system becomes a technological disaster
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. Los Angeles Times

Law helps homeless students graduate
A new law that will take effect in January is aimed at helping homeless students by allowing them to get partial credit for school work they have done. EdSource

Millions pour into state superintendent’s race
Independent groups backing the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction reloaded their campaigns with millions of dollars in contributions this week, as the race heads toward Nov. 4 with a crescendo of spending. EdSource

Push to limit federal test mandates gains steam
For more than a decade, teachers, administrators, students, and even parents have criticized the No Child Left Behind Act—and, now, the Obama administration’s waivers under that law. Education Week

As apprentices in classroom, teachers learn what works
The idea is that teachers, like doctors in medical residencies, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can be responsible for classes on their own. New York Times

LEAs move ahead on restorative practices

Although a newly adopted law significantly narrows the list of reasons students can be suspended or expelled from school, many California schools had already done away with the catch-all category known as willful defiance. S&I Cabinet Report

Proposed fixes for Jefferson High include more classes, longer days
Students at Jefferson High are likely to have expanded course offerings and longer school days to address massive scheduling problems that resulted in lost instruction time this fall, officials have confirmed. Los Angeles Times

Morning Read: Bullied student can seek attorneys’ fees

Student who says he was bullied can seek attorney’s fees from LAUSD
A judge ruled that a former student who alleges Los Angeles Unified administrators failed to intervene when he was bullied about his sexuality and forced to deal with panic attacks can seek attorneys’ fees if he wins his case. Los Angeles Daily News

Researchers and schools diverge in definitions of bullying
One of the biggest challenges for those who seek to end bullying among students has been defining exactly what “bullying” is. Education Week

Educating kids isn’t rocket science. It’s harder.
Commentary: For the past two decades, self-styled education reformers—the newest of whom is journalist Campbell Brown, whose Partnership for Educational Justice seeks to “reform” teacher tenure—have been inundating the public schools with ineffective programs and imprudent policies. Washington Post

Little Free Library unveiled in honor of fallen Valley officer
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division is now home to a Little Free Library, becoming the first traffic division in the city to host one. Los Angeles Daily News

Attendance sinks as San Ysidro teachers strike
The first day of the teachers strike will cost the San Ysidro School District about $96,000 in state funding tied to attendance. U-T San Diego

Morning Read: Feds deliver $36 million to LAUSD Promise Zone

Federal grants to create ‘cradle to career’ services in LAUSD zones
Local officials on Wednesday announced a milestone — $36 million in federal grants — for an ambitious program to provide a full range of social and education services to students and their families in several neighborhoods. Los Angeles Times

Why are police using military-grade weapons in high schools?
This year, LAUSD initiated reforms to school discipline policies to limit the role of school police and emphasize school and community-based supports. Rolling Stone

New research supports blended approach to computer learning
Nearly from the first time a teacher took chalk to a blackboard, educators have sought out advanced technology in hopes of finding a better method for delivering curriculum. In recent years the focus has been on computers that teach, which the authors of a new study say has produced only mixed results. S&I Cabinet Report

Why gifted education doesn’t make sense

Commentary: A new book out by nationally known gifted-education expert James R. Delisle, a former fifth grade special education teacher and Kent State University professor, says our schools are making war on our nation’s finest young minds by failing to fund enough programs for the gifted. Washington Post

Judge orders state to fix Jefferson High scheduling issues
On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge ordered state education officials to fix the problem at Jefferson High immediately, ruling that students were being deprived of their right to an education. Los Angeles Times