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Education must-reads: From mandating later school start times to medical marijuana in class, 8 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)

LA School Report | October 14, 2019

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

California becomes first state in the country to push back school start times

California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most middle schools and high schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.

The new law, however, is not without controversy. It was opposed by some school officials and rejected twice before by lawmakers and Newsom’s predecessor. By Tarin Luna, Los Angeles Times

Medical marijuana OK at K-12 schools in California after Gov. Newsom signs new law, Los Angeles Times

Despite Parent Objections, LAUSD Board is Poised to Dismantle School Rating System, While Release of Student Growth Data Remains Uncertain, Speak UP

Here’s how boy band BTS inspired a school in South L.A. to teach Korean culture, Los Angeles Daily News 

Gov. Newsom vetoes allowing districts to substitute SAT for 11th grade state test, EdSource

Former Obama Ed Secretaries Urge More Details on Democrats’ Big Education Spending Proposals, The 74 

D.C. increasing education spending by at least $20 million, The Washington Post 

Desperate to fill teacher shortages, US schools are hiring teachers from overseas, CNN

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LA Unified moves away from plan to assign schools a single rating

California’s largest school district signaled Tuesday that it would reject a proposal to rank its schools on a 1 to 5 scale. 

The Los Angeles Unified school board’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee approved a resolution introduced by board member Jackie Goldberg that calls for the district to suspend implementation of “any use of stars, scores, or any other rating system” for its schools. By Michael Burke, Ed Source

Slow growth, big disparities after 5 years of Smarter Balanced tests, Ed Source

School meals: a reflection of growing poverty in LA, CALmatters

California puts $15-billion schools bond on March ballot, Los Angeles Times

Newsom Signs Law Protecting Special Needs Students at Non-Public California Schools, The Sacramento Bee

Waite: 6 Education Innovation Trends You May Not Know About, From 173 Diverse Schools You May Never Have Heard Of, The 74

Your Guide to ESSA’s New School-by-School Spending Mandate, Education Week

ACT Test Changes Could Mean Higher Scores for Wealthy Students, USA TODAY

Report: States ‘Retreat’ from Including Student Test Results in Principal, Teacher Evaluations, Education Dive

Teacher activism is making Red State governor’s races competitive, Hechinger Report



Families in Big Legal Fights over Special Education Services

The law says public schools must give students with disabilities the services that meet their individual needs, but parents and districts often disagree on what those services should be or whether a student needs services at all.

Every year school districts across California settle thousands of these disputes by paying parents and lawyers millions of dollars in what are called due process cases. The number of due process cases has climbed in recent years, tapping into school districts’ already tight budgets. By Kristen Taketa, Los Angeles Times

School start times should remain a local decision, EdSource

A fence goes up to deter school shootings, and a neighborhood loses its park, Los Angeles Times

LAUSD Says It’s Fixed Its Plan To Help Vulnerable Kids. Advocates Say The New ‘LCAP’ Is Actually Worse, LAist

Kelly Gonez Fights to Save Resolution to Decrease School Segregation, SpeakUP

New era for charter schools: Newsom signs bill with compromises he negotiated, EdSource

From Charter Schools to Suspensions: Rounding up California’s New K-12 Laws, The Mercury News

A Decade After It Promised to Reinvent Teacher Prep, Relay Is Producing a Much-Needed, More Diverse Teaching Corps, The 74

To Shrink Achievement Gap, Integrate School Districts, The Wall Street Journal

These Cities Are Valedictorians When It Comes to High School Graduation Rates, USA TODAY

Money Over Merit? New Study Says Gifted Programs Favor Students from Wealthier Families, Chalkbeat

Opinion: Can Standardized Tests Predict Adult Success? What the Research Says,  Education Week



LA Unified approves spending plan despite complaint about serving high-needs students

The state’s largest school district on Tuesday approved an amended version of its 2019-20 school accountability plan, after a complaint was filed this summer about transparency and adequately serving high-needs students.

The Los Angeles Unified District school board voted 6-1 to approve the district’s latest Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which must be written every three years and updated annually in consultation with parents and the community.

This was the second pass at approving the 2019-20 plan, after a public interest law firm filed a complaint in July. Public Advocates, along with the Los Angeles law firm Covington & Burling, took their concerns directly to the California Department of Education to demand that the district provide more transparency into how dollars would be allocated to ensure adequate special education services. By Michael Burke, EdSource

Can charter and public schools share space without fights? LAUSD’s $5.5-million solution, Los Angeles Times

LAUSD student data, now ‘kept on over 80 different databases,’ to be stored in one place, Los Angeles Daily News

LAUSD Abruptly Cracks Down On Charter Schools That Took District Classrooms, Then Didn’t Use Them All, LAist

Identifying developmental delays is target of new California law, EdSource

Will UC schools drop their SAT scores requirement? Los Angeles Times

California Schools Can No Longer Suspend K-8 Students Using Phones. Will This Help or Hurt Learning? Los Angeles Times

Fewer Than 5% of Burbank Unified Students Failed to Graduate Last School Year, Burbank Leader

DeVos, Conway Tackle Widespread Opposition to $5 Billion Federal Tax-Credit Scholarship Proposal, The 74

Study: Early Childhood Programs More Segregated Than K-12, Education Dive



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