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Morning Read: LAUSD’s plan to forestall budget crisis — and 7 more must-reads

LA School Report | June 14, 2018



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

L.A. Unified unveils plan to forestall budget crisis a little longer

You can add at least one more year to the life expectancy of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Officials at L.A. Unified had been saying for months that bankruptcy could be three years away. Now district leaders think they can buy more time to come up with a long-term fix.

A tweak here, a slash there and officials are now persuaded they can save $258 million. Employees, meanwhile, can still expect to get raises.

The Los Angeles Board of Education discussed budget matters Tuesday, a week before it is scheduled to approve a spending plan for next year. There remains broad disagreement on and off the board over the depth of the funding crisis, what to do about it and how best to spend whatever money is available.

The teachers union is pushing for a bigger raise than what the district is offering. Union leaders point to a district cash reserve that may be higher than it’s ever been. The district’s financial managers argue, however, that a massive structural deficit requires the district to trim spending immediately. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Editorial | Don’t make California’s education debate just about charter schools, San Diego Union-Tribune

Betsy DeVos to California: Not so fast on that federal education plan, LA Times

To Close Achievement Gap, LAUSD Board Says No Must-Place Teachers At Struggling Schools, Speak UP

House Lawmakers Agree on Need for Accountability at Occasionally Tense Charter School Hearing, The 74

Google Search Can Now Help You Choose a 4-Year College, Fortune

For Survivors of a 9-Hour Chinese Exam, a Door Opens to America, New York Times

One year later, how did veteran LA teacher’s experiment work out?, KPCC

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13: Federal officials again question California’s plan for improving lowest performing schools

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

Federal officials again question California’s plan for improving lowest performing schools

The U.S. Department of Education has raised additional questions about California’s plan for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, further delaying the federal government’s approval of the plan. In a June 11 letter, federal officials raised a half-dozen issues that they say need further clarification before they will approve the plan. The plan must be approved before California can receive billions of dollars in federal education aid. “The California Department of Education is surprised and disappointed that the U.S. Department of Education did not approve California’s ESSA plan, but we will work to resolve the new issues they have identified,” said Bill Ainsworth, director of communications for the department, The department worked with the State Board of Education on drafting the plan. By John Fensterwald, EdSource

Here’s the problem with L.A. Unified’s latest pie-in-the-sky ideas — they’re likely to fail, Los Angeles Times

Why California’s rural areas are seeing a surge in homeless youth, EdSource

L.A. school board sets a new goal: prepare every grad to be eligible to apply for Cal State or UC, Los Angeles Times

Many teachers favor a more integrated early education system, national survey finds, EdSource

California students give schools low marks on culture, climate, Education Dive

Labor in the Age of Janus: 6 Things to Keep in Mind About American Unions on the Eve of a Pivotal Supreme Court Ruling, The 74

NRA Has a ‘Tight Grip’ on Trump’s School Safety Work, Senator Tells Betsy DeVos, Politics K-12


TUESDAY, JUNE 12: LAUSD board may push out inspector general

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

L.A. Unified unlikely to rehire its inspector general

The Los Angeles Board of Education has deadlocked over rehiring its top internal investigator, effectively dismissing him unless board members reconsider before the end of the month. The board split evenly over rehiring Inspector General Ken Bramlett during a confidential closed-door portion of last week’s board meeting. His current contract expires at the end of June. Bramlett’s departure would raise questions about the future of an office established as a watchdog over the nation’s second-largest school system. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Charter schools regroup after big California election lossEducation Week

The California Teachers Association Slashes Budget by More Than $20 Million Ahead of Janus Supreme Court Ruling, Expects to Lose 23,000 Members, The 74

How rewarding positive behavior turned around our schoolEdSource

House Votes to Cut Children’s Health Insurance Funding as Advocates Keep WatchPolitics K-12

Study Shows ‘Collateral Damage’ Tied to Neighborhood ViolenceU.S. News and World Report

Betsy DeVos’ smoking gun of ignoranceHechinger Report


MONDAY, JUNE 11: Legislators strike deal with Gov. Brown on education funding in his last budget

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

Legislators strike deal with Gov. Brown on education funding in his last budget

The march toward a state budget deal for the coming fiscal year took a significant step forward Friday as Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders of the California Assembly and Senate agreed on a proposed spending package that funds the governor’s marquee higher education plans to create a new online college and dramatically overhaul how community colleges are funded by the state.

The agreement, reached among Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, represents a compromise between Brown’s budget proposals and those emanating from the Legislature. A 10-person budget conference committee is now charged with evaluating and approving the compromise agreement. It then returns to both chambers in the Legislature for final approval by June 15 and  to Brown for his signature. By Mikhail Zinshteyn and Larry Gordon, EdSource

Perspective: After Spade & Bourdain, America grapples with surge in suicides. But students with depression won’t seek help; it’s up to us to reach outThe 74

Could the next strike in education be against the teachers’ union?Education Week via Topsheet.com

California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?Sacramento Bee

G7 summit: $3bn pledge for girls’ educationBBC

Close The Gap Resolution Sets Ambitious Goals, But Who Will be Held Accountable For Results? Speak Up

The Department of Education wants to make schools safer. But it won’t say howedscoop

How to guide students through the ‘relationship gap’ — It’s not just what students know, it’s whom they know, that enables them to succeedThe 74


THURSDAY, JUNE 7: Board president wants every LAUSD graduate to be eligible for four-year public university

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

L.A.’s school board president wants every district graduate to be eligible for a four-year public university by 2023

Former L.A. schools Supt. Michelle King made “100% graduation” her central goal for the nation’s second-largest school district. Now the school board president wants to up the ante — and, by 2023, have every student graduate meeting requirements to enroll in one of the state’s public four-year universities. According to LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia’s resolution, Realizing the Promise for All: Close the Gap by 2023, which the board is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, just 31.9% of recent graduates meet those requirements.  By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

LAUSD board will not renew Inspector General’s contract, KPCC

From cradle to career: Newsom’s vision for education reform in California EdSource

Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond to square off in runoff for California schools chiefEdSource

Riley McCoy, the California girl who can’t go out in the sun, will step outside today to graduate, Mercury News 

Ready for a Shooter? 1 in 5 School Police Say NoEducation Week

How Silicon Valley schools are trying to boost lower-income students into high-tech jobsHechinger Report


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: LAUSD ‘evades’ funding for low-income students, report says — and 7 more must-reads

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

LA Unified not directing enough money to help low-income students, report charges 

Despite some incremental progress, Los Angeles Unified officials continue to “evade” the requirement of the state’s education funding formula to spend substantially more on schools serving low-income children and other students who generate additional revenue for the district, authors of a study released on Tuesday wrote. By John Fensterwald, EdSource

Task Force: LAUSD Pays Employees More, Gets Less Than Other DistrictsSpeak UP

Invest in a community college degree, not just accessSan Francisco Chronicle

Ex-group home employee charged with sex abuse also worked at East Bay school districtMercury News

Surge of funds from pro-charter advocates backs Villaraigosa in last leg of primary campaignEdSource

No criminal charges for Monterey County teacher who accidentally fired gun in ‘Public Safety Fundamentals’ classMercury News

Guns Aren’t a Focus of Federal School Safety Panel, Betsy DeVos Tells SenatorsPolitics K-12

Are Poor Kids Really Behind by 30 Million Words? A Debate Rages as New Research Questions One of Early Childhood’s Premier Studies — and Researchers Say It’s More ComplicatedThe 74

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