Morning Read: LAUSD Not a Race to Top Finalist

LAUSD Not a Race to the Top 2012 Finalist
Finalists for the White House’s 2012 Race to the Top grant competition were released Monday. To no one’s surprise, the Los Angeles Unified School District is not a contender. Huff Po


Four CA Districts Make Race to the Top Finals
Out of 17 districts that applied for a share of the nearly $400 million in federal grant money, only four made the cut to the finals.  Districts that didn’t make the cut include Los Angeles, Fresno and Clovis Unified. EdSource Daily


Charter Group, but Not L.A. Unified, Finalist for Race to the Top
A local charter school organization is a finalist for a high-profile federal grant, but the Los Angeles Unifed School District failed to qualify in the same competition. LA Times


Great Uncertainty Over Direction of State Standardized Tests
What subjects should be tested, for whom, how often (not every year in every subject, perhaps), at what cost, and, perhaps the biggest question, for what purpose? EdSource


Inglewood Superintendent Returns to Turn Schools Around
Kent Taylor hopes to stabilize the insolvent district that he says set him on his course through life. But not everyone is rooting for him. LA Times


SBE Waivers Provide LEAs Relief From Class Size Restrictions
Requests to exceed class size limits continue to dominate the State Board of Education’s waiver calendar, with 10 districts this month seeking relief from various provisions of the laws aimed at maintaining low student-teacher ratios. SI&A Cabinet Report


LAUSD Teacher Pleads Guilty to Molesting Underage Girl
A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to molesting an underage girl and leading police on a wild pursuit. CBS


Charter Schools Chain Cut Costs and Reformed Spending to Stay Open
The head of Inner City Education Foundation – ICEF – Public Schools, Parker Hudnut, detailed cost cutting and major philanthropic help as he described a two-year effort that’s led the 14-campus charter school company on a financial turnaround. KPCC

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