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Education must-reads: From the passage of bill that would limit charters’ growth to ex-Puerto Rico schools chief indicted in corruption probe, 11 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)

LA School Report | July 10, 2019

Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.

Governor’s team jumps into fray over contested charter school bill

After weeks of negotiation, Gov. Gavin Newsom has stepped in to scale back proposed legislation that charter school advocates feared would radically slow charter growth.

On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee held a hearing on Assembly Bill 1505, which included a substantial number of amendments that Newsom’s office submitted after numerous discussions between his advisers and representatives of charters schools, organized labor and the bill’s author, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

With the final vote expected at day’s end, Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Connie Leyva, D-Chino, characterized the amended bill as “the makings of a deal with the governor’s office” and said she is “cautiously optimistic’ that remaining issues can be resolved over the summer for passage in the fall. By John Fensertwald, EdSource

Amended Bill Could Lead to Closure of All Charter Schools with Waitlists, Speak UP

UC to distribute new summer aid now but CSU will wait a year, EdSource

UCLA employee may have spread measles at campus food court, Los Angeles Times

Exclusive: Ex-Puerto Rico Schools Chief Julia Keleher, Indicted in Corruption Probe, Previously Denied She Was Federal Target, The 74

Bay Area school redesigns its program to help students graduate, EdSource

Bill to Eliminate Standards for Teaching Reading Is Shelved for the Year, Speak UP

Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong, The Atlantic

The messy reality of personalized learning, Hechinger Report

Can ‘growth’ data push parents to more integrated schools? A new study says maybe, Chalkbeat

Student debt forgiveness sounds good. What might happen if the government did it?, NPR

Who’s earning the Seal of Biliteracy? In one state, it’s mostly English-learners, Education Week

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A tug-of-war over empty classrooms between a charter school and its host campus

The eighth-grade English class at Magnolia Science Academy 3 met last semester in an unusual setting: a carved-out rectangle in the school’s office, formed by portable dividers.

Cramped quarters have forced such coping strategies at the charter school, which would like to rent more space at the roomy campus it shares with Curtiss Middle School in Carson. But so far, a solution to its problem has proved out of reach.

Under state law, charters — which are privately operated — are entitled to a “reasonably equivalent” share of space on public school campuses. The Los Angeles Unified School District says Magnolia already occupies its fair share, and though the district could choose to provide more space, it won’t — for reasons officials have not clearly explained. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Teacher hopefuls offered $10,000 to enter California State University residency program, EdSource

Amended Bill Could Lead to Closure of All Charter Schools with Waitlists, Speak UP

Gov. Newsom’s state budget resolves 3 California school boards’ lawsuits, EdSource

Fewer students attending private, religious schools in California. Here’s why, Sacramento Bee

Government Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement Means Fewer Hispanic Students, U.S. News and World Report

New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education: 8 Ways We Can Change How Schools Are Organized, Funded, Measured and Led to Prepare Grads for the Age of Automation, The 74

First, they lost their children. Then the conspiracy theories started. Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back, Washington Post

OPINION: When it comes to raising school achievement, is love in the mix?, Hechinger Report

Should A Teacher Be The Secretary Of Education?, Forbes



Teacher credentials come in for tough grading as CA rethinks charter school rules

Heather Williams knew as a kid that she wanted to be a piano teacher. She earned her music degree with a piano emphasis from Brigham Young University and spent decades honing her craft.

Today she not only runs her own academy near Sacramento, offering private lessons with a special certification in the Suzuki Method of instruction, but also teaches in public schools, though she lacks a state teaching credential.

How? Via a loophole that lets charter schools skip some of the credentialing required of teachers in traditional public school classrooms. The exception has allowed Williams to offer music instruction to homeschool charter students and to group classes in brick-and-mortar charters such as the Sacramento-based California Montessori Project network. By Richard Cano, CALmatters

When LAUSD’s random searches of students end, what’s next for school safety?, Los Angeles Times

Should Non-Citizen Parents Be Allowed To Vote In LAUSD School Board Elections?, LAist

Fifty years after desegregation, wide racial and ethnic achievement gaps persist in Berkeley, EdSource

Some charter school leaders made more money than San Diego Unified’s superintendent, San Diego Union-Tribune

Horgan: State data show public school funding disparity persists, Mercury News

Two Days of Democratic Debate Showcased Wide Canvas of Education Issues, From Busing to Social-Emotional Learning, The 74

‘Education, not separation’: Teachers march to shelter for immigrant youth, Education Week

Democratic Presidential Candidates Make Their Pitches to Teachers’ Union Leaders, Politics K-12

Why Some of the Country’s Best Urban Schools Are Facing a Reckoning, New York Times

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?, Hechinger Report

An Education Horror Show, Wall Street Journal



California may create 5th year high school graduation rate

California may soon join most states in creating a 5-year high school graduation rate as a way of crediting districts and high schools that help students who return to school after senior year to earn a diploma.

The State Board of Education is expected to adopt the rate at its meeting on Wednesday; it would go into effect in time for the next release of the California School Dashboard, the color-coded system for rating district and school performance on a number of measures, including high school graduation rates.

The new rate would not replace the 4-year graduation rate, which follows a cohort of students from 9th through 12th grades. The state would continue to report that to the U.S. Department of Education and on state databases. However, the 5-year rate would become the key measure for the state’s own school accountability system; the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act permits this option, according to state officials. As proposed, the new rate would likely raise the graduation rate, though only slightly. By John Fensterwald, EdSource

L.A. charter schools’ plans: Take back mayor’s office, sue district, battle teachers union, Los Angeles Times

Charter school movement in a “battle for survival,” charter school leader says, EdSource

Are Pasadena Public Schools Really That Bad?, LAist

Vladovic Takes Helm of LAUSD Board, Promises to Focus on ‘Finding the Money’ and Lifting Student Achievement, Speak Up

LAUSD Board Picks A New President. Who Is Richard Vladovic?, LAist

The 12 Best Education Articles From June: Our Year Inside America’s Premiere Teacher Mentoring Program, US News Reboots Rankings, the Power of Classroom Relationships & More, The 74

Dreadlocks, cornrows and other natural hairstyles now protected under California lawUSA Today



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