Morning Read: UTLA Approves Teacher Evaluation

Los Angeles Teachers Union Approves Use of Testing Data in Evaluations
A landmark agreement to use student test scores for the first time to evaluate Los Angeles Unified instructors was approved by the teachers union Saturday. LA Times
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‘Parent Trigger’ Organizers Find Willing Partner in Los Angeles Unified
Compared with the trench warfare with teachers and district officials that parents encountered while seeking to transform low-performing elementary schools in Compton and Adelanto, parents at 24th Street Elementary School in received encouragement rather than resistance from school officials. EdSource


West L.A. Teacher’s Class Act Earns a Milken Award
Jackie Bonilla of Clover Avenue Elementary is the only California teacher to receive the national award this year. LA Times


A Paper Produced by Teens for Teens Is No Longer Pressing Ahead
For 25 years, L.A. Youth was distributed to classrooms across Los Angeles County. Now, because of financial struggles, its final issue hits campuses this week. LA Times


LAUSD Board Candidates to Appear at Forums
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is leading a coalition of education advocacy groups in hosting a candidate forum for each of the three school board seats up for election in the March 5 primary. LA Daily News


The Science, Options, and Dilemma of Dual Language Education
Ruby is among a growing number of Los Angeles kids whose parents are choosing to place them in immersion schools not to learn English, but to learn a foreign language—sometimes one that isn’t spoken at home. KPCC


LAUSD Axes Girls Softball Tournament
Organizers of an MLK weekend girls softball tournament said their games were canceled by LAUSD. ABC LA


Advocates Worry Foster Youth Will Be Left Behind Under Brown’s Budget
Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal is perplexing advocates of foster youth, who are worrying that these children could be left behind in the governor’s push to overhaul the state’s school finance system. EdSource


Lawsuits Mount in Miramonte School Sex Abuse Case
The Los Angeles Unified School District faces legal claims from at least 189 students and parents. Nearly half of them, 92, have filed lawsuits individually or in groups. USA Today


Study: High School Grad Rate Highest Since ’76
California, the nation’s largest public school system by enrollment, led the nation in new graduates in 2010, turning out almost 405,000. It also produced the most dropouts: almost 93,000. AP