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Morning Read: How California defines ‘effective’ teachers — and 5 more must-reads

LA School Report | September 18, 2017

Good morning! 6 must-reads for you, to start the day:

California defines ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ teachers, and why it matters

Intern teachers in programs like Teach for America who earn their preliminary credential while on the job will not have the scarlet letter of being labeled an “ineffective teacher” in California. In adopting the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act on Wednesday, the State Board of Education resolved a remaining contentious issue: the definition of an “ineffective teacher.” It decided not to include teachers with intern credentials in the definition after much testimony from former intern teachers and districts that readily hire them. All teachers with a teaching credential — including the standard “preliminary” teaching credential through a traditional teacher preparation program or an intern credential — will now meet the definition of “effective.” By John Fensterwald, EdSource

New survey of millennials shows strong support for charters and vouchers, The 74

High school: Bill ordering 8:30 or later start times dies in Assembly, The Mercury News

Report cards: ‘P’ is for perplexing. Traditional grades make a comeback, Washington Post

New data shows retirees are mobile, but young folks are different story, Wall Street Journal via TopSheet

To The Woman Who Thanked Me For Being A Teacher Who Cares, Huffington Post

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 15: $150 million to go to Los Angeles’ 50 neediest schools

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

Settlement sends $150M to 50 neediest Los Angeles school

The Los Angeles Unified School District will direct $151 million to 50 schools to settle a lawsuit over how the nation’s second-largest school system spends money intended for its neediest students, according to a settlement announced Thursday.

The funds will be funneled over three years to schools in neighborhoods mostly in South and East Los Angeles and will be aimed particularly at low-income students, English learners and foster youth.

Nearly all the students at the 50 campuses named in the settlement are in those targeted groups.

The money will help boost tutoring, mental health support, counseling and parent participation. By Associated Press, via US News

‘Recovery Day’ helps bring LAUSD dropouts back to school, KPCC

‘Heartbreak’ for California Board of Education member: Focusing on compliance instead of equity, Los Angeles Time

Does Race Matter in Education? New Survey of Millennials Reveals Conflicting Opinions on Equity, Surprising Support for Vouchers, The 74

All Eyes on Congress in Battle Over ‘Dreamers’, Education Week

Hurricanes drove millions of students from school, USA Today

Mom: My daughter’s kindergarten teachers asked me what motivates her. I find that troubling. Washington Post

Research: How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change, Harvard Business Review

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14: Trump and top Dems agree to work on deal for ‘dreamers’

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

Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save ‘dreamers’ from deportation

Democratic leaders announced late Wednesday that they agreed with President Trump to pursue a legislative deal that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation and enact border security measures that don’t include building a physical wall.

The president discussed options during a dinner at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that also included talks on tax reform, infrastructure and trade. Trump has showed signs of shifting strategy to cross the aisle and work with Democrats in the wake of the high-profile failures by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Trump, however, sought Thursday to reach out to his GOP base with messages claiming that no accords were struck with Democrats and that his agenda would remain intact on signature issues such as the border wall. By Ed O’Keefe and David Nakamura, The Washington Post

L.A. school board president faces felony charges over campaign contributions, The Los Angeles Times

One dead in shooting at Spokane-area high school, USA Today

Most California teachers use sick days for maternity leave, changes may soon come, ABC 10

Students build on STEM concepts – literally – to save the planet, LAUSD Daily

Inspiring #GirlsInSTEM: New Video Series Profiles Top Women in STEM Looking to Motivate the Next Generation, The 74

Campus Rape, a Survivor’s Story, The New York Times

How Do I Prepare My Students for Jobs That May Soon Disappear? Education Week

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13: DeVos accepts the California science test Obama admin denied

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

California replaced an old science test despite the Obama administration’s warnings. DeVos’ crew says it’s OK

When the state of California asked the Obama administration for permission to drop an old science test in favor of a new one that the state was putting into place, the answer — more than once — was no. The test waiver issue, technical as it may seem, is one example of how California, despite fighting the Trump administration on many fronts, is benefiting in certain ways from the change in regime. The Trump administration is big on cutting regulations and red tape. By Joy Resmovits, Los Angeles Times

Three crucial debates to follow at September’s California State Board of Education meeting, Los Angeles Times

Congress Postpones DACA Hearing to Focus on Hurricane Relief Efforts as Bannon Predicts GOP ‘Civil War’, The 74

California plan puts state on the right track to achieve academic goals for its students, EdSource

Trump’s Education Department puts in limbo 65,000 people who say for-profit colleges swindled them, Los Angeles Times

Bannon Expected to Address Berkeley, a Hotbed of Conflict Over Free Speech, New York Times

In front of kids, Betsy DeVos says school is too often a ‘mundane malaise’, Washington Post


TUESDAY, SEPT. 12: Are LAUSD grads really ready for college?

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

Are LAUSD grads leaving high schools ready for college? Board could authorize deeper study

There are many ways to measure how prepared the Los Angeles Unified School District’s graduates are for what comes after high school — college or a career.

“The challenge,” says L.A. Unified School Board member Kelly Gonez, “is that these data do not exist all in one place.”

On Tuesday, the school board might change that. They plan to take up Gonez’s resolution, co-sponsored by board members George McKenna and Richard Vladovic, which asks district staff to deliver a broad-ranging report on the district’s college readiness data by January. By KPCC

California’s education plan affirms commitment to local controlEdSource

Science teacher prevails in battle with L.A. school district over ‘guns’Los Angeles Times

Superintendent highlights goals, strategies for new school yearLAUSD Daily

Starting With Wyoming BIE School, DeVos Set to Visit Schools in States Aligned With Senate Education CommitteeThe 74

What The First Day Of School Looks Like Around The WorldHuffington Post

The serious and long-lasting impact of disaster on schoolchildrenWashington Post

Survey: Millennials hold complex views on educationUSA Today

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