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Morning Read: Standout athlete dies from rare cancer a day before graduation — and 7 more must-reads

LA School Report | June 23, 2017

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

Redondo High basketball star Ryse Williams dies of cancer a day before graduation

Redondo High boys basketball standout Ryse Williams, the 2017 Bay League Most Valuable Player who was headed to Loyola Marymount in the fall, died early Thursday morning at age 18.

Williams’ coach at Redondo last season, Victor Martin, said his star player had been hospitalized a little more than a week ago after falling ill. Martin said tests on Monday revealed Williams was suffering from a rare, aggressive form of cancer that got into his lungs and liver and had reached stage 4. By Dave Thorpe, Daily Breeze

Lawyers settle criminal cases against Los Angeles father detained by ICE in front of daughter, Los Angeles Times

State officials cool to school districts’ request to become ‘Innovation Zone,’ EdSource

Taxpayers could pay to attract teachers. But is California really running out of them? Sacramento Bee

House Reauthorizes Career And Tech Ed Bill While Members Speak Out Against Trump Funding Cuts, The 74

What We Are Teaching Black Children, The New York Times

Boys Wear Skirts To Protest School’s Anti-Shorts Policy Amid Heat Wave, Huffington Post

We Need To Educate Kids For The Future, Not The Past, Arc Digital


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THURSDAY, JUNE 22: Breaking the silence to destigmatize suicide and save lives

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

Destigmatizing suicide to save lives

For the first time in my career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I binge-watched a television show for work.

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of a high school student who commits suicide, and the 13 tapes she leaves behind to explain her motivation. Since its release in March, the show has received a wide range of kudos and criticisms—kudos for raising awareness about teen suicide and criticisms, rightly, for glamorizing suicide. Glorifying what is essentially a crisis is regrettable because of the possibility of copycat suicides, but it’s also inevitable, given that it is one way for the series to engage viewers into discussing the series and spreading the word about it.

As a psychiatrist who works with teens I think the series is making a positive contribution toward destigmatizing a topic over which we can no longer afford to keep silent.

By Takesha Cooper, EdSource

Op-Ed: Kansas’ tax cuts are a spectacular failure. Meanwhile, in California … Los Angeles Times

Reed Hastings backs school board candidates, but opposes elected school boards, EdSource

Schools: Here’s the Secret to Getting Fathers to Help OutBright Reads

College Presidents Slowly Becoming More Diverse but Still Mostly White Men in Their 60sThe 74

The 395 Kids Philando Castile Left BehindHuffington Post

New discipline policy means more flexibility for schoolsCabinet Report


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21: How California will spend its $3.2 billion education funding increase

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

How the 2017-18 funding increase for California education will be spent

The Legislature passed a $183 billion state budget for 2017-18 last week that includes a $3.2 billion increase in funding under Proposition 98, the formula that determines how much of the General Fund will go to K-12 school, community colleges, and state-funded preschool programs. The additional $3.2 billion represents an increase of 4.4 percent over last year’s allocation, bringing Prop. 98 next year to $74.5 billion. By Justin Allen, Daniel J. Willis, and John Fensterwald, EdSource

Struggling California school districts still lack basic tools for student successLA Daily News

Oakland charters more likely to enroll higher-performing students than district schoolsEdSource

L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffsLos Angeles Times

When Communities Secede From School Districts, Inequity & Segregation Follow. But 30 States Let It Happen AnywayThe 74

New research: student well-being higher in diverse schoolsKPCC

Exclusive: New Interactive Map Shows State Progress in Finalizing ESSA PlanThe 74

More teenagers choosing summer studies over jobsUSA Today


TUESDAY, JUNE 20: Library aides first to go in proposed LA district layoffs

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

More than 120 layoffs proposed in L.A. school district budget

A $7.5-billion Los Angeles schools budget set for approval Tuesday includes 121 layoffs and 180 “reassignments” that would result in pay cuts and possible additional job losses. Among the hardest hit in the proposal are library aides: 30 would lose their jobs, leaving 43 elementary schools without library staffing because some of the aides work at two campuses. That’s about 9% of the library aides in the nation’s second-largest school system. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Is California’s investment in needy students paying off? Few signs yet that achievement gap is closing, CALmatters

Op-Ed Why don’t college rankings measure student satisfaction?Los Angeles Times

New LA school board member says his election was not about ‘the proliferation of charters’, EdSource

For some LA students, need for lunch doesn’t get summer break, LA Daily News

Will Climate Change Education Survive the Trump Age?, Bright

DeVos becomes digital lightning rod for Democrats, POLITICO

You Are What You Eat (at School): Report Shows Healthy School Lunches Tied to Higher Student Test Scores, The 74

MONDAY, JUNE 19: Bill to lengthen probation for teachers clears first hurdle

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

California bill to lengthen probation for teachers clears first hurdle

Legislation to add a year to the two-year probationary period for California teachers passed the Assembly Education Committee, its first test, last week after contentious exchanges between the bill’s author, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and committee Chairman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach. With Weber voting in favor, Assembly Bill 1220 got the bare minimum of four votes to move on. O’Donnell, a former teacher and teachers union representative, cast the sole vote against it, while Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, a candidate for the 2018 race for state superintendent of public instruction, expressed concerns about the bill but didn’t vote. Neither did another Democrat on the committee, Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, who also chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. By John Fensterwald, EdSource via LA Daily News

Future of personalized learning? 100 Years After Montessori, Wildflower Is Reinventing the Model, The 74

In Lynwood, Advanced Placement classes are no longer only for the elite, Los Angeles Times

2018 Election Will Rock California Education, Education Week

Rethinking the parent-teacher conference: Meeting more often and working as a team, Washington Post

Op-ed: How Trump’s budget would gut innovations in teacher training, The 74


FRIDAY, JUNE 16: DACA remains standing

DACA remains standing, reversing Trump’s promise to deport young immigrants

Trump administration said late Thursday that the DACA program protecting thousands of young immigrants will remain in effect for now, even as it revoked an order intended to shield parents of U.S. citizens from deportation.

In the announcement, the Homeland Security Department did not say how long the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will stand. Trump had pledged in his campaign to “immediately” cancel that program. But, so far, most immigrants protected by the effort have not been targeted by stepped-up efforts to find and deport immigrants living in the country illegally.

DACA was created five years ago and, as of March 31, has protected 787,000 young immigrants, according to government data.

A fact sheet posted on the department’s website says immigrants enrolled in the 2012 program “will continue to be eligible” to renew every two years and notes that “no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.” By Associated Press via the Mercury News

California State University could ax remedial placement test, KPCC

LAPD chief calls for ‘top to bottom’ review after cadets arrested for cruiser thefts, Los Angeles Daily News

LAUSD, public libraries feed students this summer, Park LaBrea News Beverly Press

State budget invests in child care, addresses consequences of wage increases, KPCC

As social and emotional learning expands, educators fear the ‘fizzle’, EdSource

New Census Numbers: Per-Pupil Spending Rose 3.5% in 2015; Same-Year NAEP Scores Dropped, The 74

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