Morning Read: A Union Breakfast

Teachers union wants a say in L.A. Unified’s classroom breakfast program LA Times: As the district begins expanding the classroom breakfast program to 279 schools this year, United Teachers Los Angeles has asked for the matter to be brought to the bargaining table.

Small central coast district leads the way on teacher evaluation, mentoring SI&A Report: Two major themes of change working through the nation’s education system – teacher evaluations based on test scores and the elevation of master teachers as classroom mentors – failed to advance in California during this summer’s legislative session. But both of these themes are getting a vigorous trial in the small central coast school district of Lucia Mar Unified.

LCUSD, parents lobbied to kill bill La Canada Valley Sun: La Cañada Unified School District board of education members are crediting the community for helping spike a state Assembly proposal that would have eliminated student test results as a measure of teacher performance.

Educators seek innovative ways to get missing students back into the classroom Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: The various approaches districts are using were shared Friday at the Boyle Height Technology Youth Center where the educators and advocates gathered for the kickoff of the first Los Angeles County School Attendance Month to be observed during September.

Manhattan Beach Unified offers teachers 3 percent raise, no health cuts KPCC: Manhattan Beach Unified and its teachers’ union reached a tentative agreement that includes a pay raise for teachers, officials said Friday.

Schools find new ways to welcome community college transfers LA Times: New efforts are meant to ease ‘transfer shock’ for a student population that helps public and private universities’ bottom lines.

Santa Monica College joins Pasadena City College in cutting winter session KPCC: Thousands of Santa Monica College students expecting to take classes in the winter session won’t have that option this year. College administrators voted Thursday night to eliminate the 6-week session in order to save $2.5 million.

‘Parent trigger’ obstructionism LA Times Editorial: As parents attempted to wrest control of Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto under California’s “parent trigger” law, school board officials repeatedly said they weren’t trying to put up obstacles — they were simply trying to follow the law to the letter. But the most recent actions of the Adelanto Elementary School District show that following the law is a very low priority indeed.

Governor signs bill allowing training benefits for laid-off teachers SI&A Cabinet Report: Laid-off teachers will soon be able to collect unemployment benefits even while participating in specialized training under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday.

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