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Morning Read: Districts spending more money on salaries — for administrators (and 5 more must-reads)

LA School Report | March 27, 2017

Good morning! 6 must-reads for you, to start the day:

California school districts increased spending on administrator pay faster than teacher pay

As funding grew following years of budget cuts, California school districts increased spending for administrator pay faster than they raised spending for teacher pay, a Bee review of state financial data found. General fund spending by school districts on teacher salaries rose by 15 percent, or $3 billion, from the 2010-11 school year to 2015-16. During the same period, administrator pay grew by 27 percent, or $700 million. Adjusted for inflation, California’s school districts spent less money on teacher salaries in 2015-16 than they did in 2006-2007, the last year before the recession. The opposite was true for administrators: Districts spent slightly more on administrators in 2015-16 than they did during the year before the recession. By Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee

Fifteen kids reported this pedophile. They left him in the classroom anyway, The Desert Sun

More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever, The 74

Is California’s teacher shortage a union-created problem?, The Orange County Register

STEM Blossoms in California Salad Bowl, Education Week

Some schools trading the blacktop for greentop as an innovative way to teach science, EdSource


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FRIDAY, MARCH 24: California schools join legal battle against Trump’s push to defund sanctuary cities

Good morning! 8 must-reads for you, to start the day:

California school districts join legal battle against Trump’s push to defund sanctuary cities

Dozens of school districts and education organizations in the Bay Area and throughout California have joined an escalating legal battle against the Trump Administration’s ongoing push to defund so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions. The group on Wednesday filed an amicus brief backing Santa Clara County in its lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.

“The executive order transforms schools from inclusive, safe spaces to places of fear and uncertainty, ultimately undermining our entire public education system,” the brief said. “By expansively targeting any ‘state’ or ‘political subdivision of a state,’ the executive order is causing sweeping, profound and irreparable harm to our children and their families, our public education system, and ultimately, the future of our country.” By Tatiana Sanchez, The Mercury News

Chino High student arrested after ‘Columbine’ style threats found on Twitter, Los Angeles Daily News

Digital app helps to boost vocabulary of English learners in Napa preschools, EdSource

Race & Class: Chicago Schools Sue State, Claim Minority Kids See 78 Cents Per Dollar Sent to White Schools, The 74

Trump School Choice Proposals Drive Wedge Between Charter School Advocates, US News

Should high school be more like the real world? These innovators think so, USA Today

8-Year-Old Sends Heartfelt Message About Her Public School To Betsy DeVos, Huffington Post

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School, NPR Ed



THURSDAY, MARCH 23: 2018 candidates for governor weigh in on charter schools

Good morning! 9 must-reads for you, to start the day:

2018 candidates for governor weigh in on charter schools in California

Charter schools in California are an increasingly high-profile player in public education, and the 2018 race for governor could be pivotal in shaping state law regulating the charter school industry. Three candidates to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown – Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin – are expected to weigh in on the “role charter schools play in California’s public education system,” during an education forum today, according to event organizers. By Angela Hart, Sacramento Bee

California proposals target school-to-prison pipeline with rehabilitation focusEducation Dive

A book about a dress-loving boy was supposed to teach kids acceptance — until lawmakers complainedWashington Post

School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don’t Yet Know If That’s Good NewsNPR Ed

Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?The Atlantic

Trump presidency teeming with teachable momentsModesto Bee

From The 74: The Trump administration has promised strict immigration oversight since the president started his campaign, but recent enforcement hasn’t sat well with leaders in New York City and Miami. Mayor Bill De Blasio has plans to block ICE agents who want to enter schools without a warrant, while Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says immigration enforcement will happen in schools “over my dead body.”


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22: The $2.7 billion price tag of California’s suspension rate

Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day:

Suspensions Can Cost Billions, Calif. Study Finds

A growing cadre of public policy researchers and lawmakers agree that school discipline rates remain high for black and Hispanic students, and those with disabilities, but a study from the University of California takes it a step further by connecting suspension rates to major economic impacts. Researchers found that suspensions lead to lower graduation rates, which in turn lead to lower tax revenue and higher taxpayer costs for criminal justice and social services. The authors followed a single cohort of California 10th grade students through high school and found that those who were suspended had a 60 percent graduation rate—compared to an 83 percent graduation rate for students who were not. By Francisco Vara-Orta, Education Week 

In Pitching School Chiefs on ESSA Plans, 2 Congressmen See Wildly Different Futures for U.S. EducationThe 74

Teaching Language With Culture In CaliforniaNPR

Schwarzenegger swats at Trump over proposed after-school cutsLA Daily News

Why the Trump administration wants school districts to change their budgets — and how Title I could stand in the wayChalkbeat

No Warrant, No Way In: NYC to Prevent ICE Agents From Entering Schools Without Warrants, The 74

L.A. charter school network defends its founder’s 2013 income of $471,842LA Times


TUESDAY, MARCH 21: DeVos outlines her vision for efficient but limited federal role in education

Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day:

Effective, Efficient — and Limited: DeVos Lays Out Her Vision of Federal Role to State School Chiefs

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Monday defended the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which called for new money for school choice while slashing longstanding programs, as returning control over education back to families. “The budget stresses the need to place power in the hands of parents and families to choose schools that are best for their children,” she told the Council of Chief State School Officers’ annual legislative conference in Washington. The budget proposes ending federal dollars for before- and after-school programs run through the 21st Century Learning Centers Program as well as major teacher training grant programs. The Trump administration targeted another 20 for reductions or total cuts as part of a $9 billion elimination to the department’s budget. By Carolyn Phenicie, The 74

LA Unified has gotten billions to serve high-needs kids. Here’s how they’ve spent it, KPCC

New California School Dashboard subjected to scrutiny by workshop participantsEdSource

How an East L.A. school received a boost from new state education ratings, The Eastsider

ESSA Rules’ Rollback Complicates States’ Planning, Education Week

What If Students Only Went to School Four Days a Week?, The Atlantic

Baltimore’s ‘Happy Teacher Revolution’: Educators Band Together to Help Each Other Thrive in the Classroom, The 74



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