Morning Read: Big Interest In “Race” Money

Uncertainty surrounds many district applications for Race to the Top SI&A Cabinet Report: With just over a month remaining to the deadline, about 80 local educational agencies in California are trying to decide whether to seek a federal Race to the Top grant given the long odds and resources required to even compete for a share of the $400 million award. (See also: LAUSD pursues $40M Race to the Top grant LA Daily News).

Texas adopts CA’s strategy on NCLB waiver, prompting new risk SI&A Cabinet Report: California is no longer the only state trying to get relief from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act without committing to the conditions set down by the Obama administration – Texas is trying to do the same thing.

11 parcel taxes, 44 school bonds on November ballot Ed Source: In this round, however, five of the 11 districts are in Central or Southern California: Santa Barbara Unified, Ventura Unified, and three in Los Angeles County – Centinela Valley Union High School District, Lake City School District (near Whittier), and Westside Union School District (in Quartz Hill).

Deferred Action hopefuls flood LA schools with doc requests Fox News: The LAUSD confirmed that since Aug. 15, when the Deferred Action program went into effect, it has built up a backlog of more than 2,300 requests for transcripts or diplomas. Applicants must prove that they have resided continuously in the country since ..

Parent Trigger Movie ‘Won’t Back Down’ Inspired by L.A. Weekly Feature Story LA Weekly: Although some would beg to differ, the Weekly’s Patrick Range McDonald claims his own award-winning piece on the Parent Trigger fight in Compton was the inspiration for the new film.

I Have to Leave LAUSD … Teaching Ate Me Alive City Watch: A teacher explains why he’s leaving the profession: “It wasn’t one single incident that made me quit teaching in a public middle school. It was the steady, moldy accumulation of dehumanizing, lifeless, squalid misadventures of which I was a part.”

Study of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim bias on UC campuses stirs debate LA Times: The reports revealed that some Muslim students feel their rights are being suppressed and some Jewish students think anti-Israel protests on campus have become anti-Semitic.
Teen Sexting: More Than 1 in 10 L.A. School District Kids Do It LA Weekly: Yet another academic study has found that more than 1 in 10 teens have been sexting lately. This research, however, is local: 1839 students in the L.A. Unified School District were questioned about their texting.

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