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Morning Read: A Tale of Two Headlines

Hillel Aron | August 23, 2012



• A tale of two headlines: Results of the California High School Exit Exam were released yesterday, and for LAUSD there’s good news and bad news, reflected in two headlines: The LA Times has it like this: “Two-thirds of sophomores pass exit exam, a record high for LAUSD”. Wonderful news! But the Daily News says: “LAUSD trails state for seniors passing high-school exit exam; sophomores taking test show major improvement”. Not very snappy.  Of course, both headlines are true. About 12% of seniors failed to pass the test, which is actually an improvement on last year’s figure of 14%. Superintendent John Deasy is quoted in both pieces, and is pleased with the results in both of them.  Also, KPCC has a map of how various school districts in the area did on the test.

• Student attendance grows at LAUSD: A slightly higher percentage of students within LAUSD enrolled in school compared to last year. Patch

• School closures, employee cuts, selling land debated by near bankrupt Inglewood Unified: School district staff are recommending the school board cut $14 million from their budget. The board has “taken steps to declare bankruptcy in January,” although it can avoid that if it cuts enough. KPCC

• Dustup between Dems threatens tax measures: There’s something of a growing rift between rank-and-file Dems who support Governor Brown’s tax measure, Prop 30, and those who support Prop 38, Molly Munger’s measure, best exemplified by the California PTA. The two sides aren’t quite openly feuding – but they’re close. SI&A Cabinet Report

• LAUSD to ban styrofoam food trays: The ban was apparently being pushed by students at a Silver Lake middle school. CBS

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Bill to revamp teacher evaluations in California headed for final vote in state Senate KPCC

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