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LAUSD’s iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

LAUSD’s iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

To the LAUSD Inspector General, the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee, and LAUSD School Board, Scour the iPad project before $1 billion goes down the drain! LAUSD’s $1 billion project to buy iPads for students has only begun its roll-out. $30 million into the project, it already shows signs of missteps and even possible improprieties. Using 30-year construction bonds to buy computers with a 3-year sh... »

Michelle Rhee Comes to Los Angeles; The City Shrugs

UPDATED: A student in attendance at the “Town Hall” wasn’t buying what Rhee was selling either. Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst group is holding a “Teacher Town Hall” meeting in Los Angeles on September 5, 2013, as part of a multi-city tour. I can’t fathom why anyone would be excited. As a Californian (since 1990), as an Angeleno (since roughly 2001), and as... »

What the Newark Merit Pay Experiment Is Telling Us

What the Newark Merit Pay Experiment Is Telling Us

By Duke Right now, in the Newark, NJ school district, a grand merit pay experiment is underway. Understand that merit pay has never worked in schools and most likely won’t work again in the Brick City. Still, the contract was negotiated and everyone signed off on it; merit pay is a reality in Newark for two more years, like it or not. We may as well use this time to thoroughly vet the Newark... »

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks “Free” public education just got a bit more expensive for parents at Center City’s Greenfield Elementary School. Feeling a pinch from the Philadelphia School District’s budget shortfall, Greenfield principal Dan Lazar has sent parents an “urgent request” asking families to contribute $613 per student. read more ̷... »

Local Control Funding Formula — A View From SoCal

Local Control Funding Formula — A View From SoCal

By Deb McCurdy, special to K12NN and reposted with permission. Students throughout California are finally getting some relief.  A few weeks ago, the state legislature reached a compromise on the 2013-2014 budget, which also includes a plan for future K-12 public education funding, and Governor Brown has signed it. The compromise budget provides for about $55.3 billion in local and state revenue fo... »

After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature – by John Fensterwald

After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald The state Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a parcel tax case with statewide implications, leaving it up to the Legislature, if it chooses, to change the law that undid one district’s parcel tax and left similar parcel taxes in other districts vulnerable. A bill that would do that failed to move this year but will resurface in 2014. Proposition 13 banned new taxe... »

Governor Brown, Add SB69’s Revisions To Your Local Control Funding Formula

Governor Brown, Add SB69’s Revisions To Your Local Control Funding Formula

UPDATE: as of 1:13 pm, PDT, Monday, June 10: Good news, keep signing! It’s a constantly changing picture, but so far the main points of agreement seem to be these (as of the past weekend’s negotiations): Put more money into the base grants (raise all districts equally) Supplemental grant percentages would be 20% of the higher base (not 35% as the Governor proposed) Increase the Concent... »

Brown fights back, responds to critics of his funding formula – by John Fensterwald

Brown fights back, responds to critics of his funding formula – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Gov. Jerry Brown emphatically vowed Wednesday “to fight with everything I have and whatever we have to bring to bear” for passage this year of his school finance reform, as proposed. Back from a trip to China and re-engaged on a priority issue, Brown spoke at a news conference a day after Senate Democrats announced they would propose a bill that would delay action on the govern... »

California Public School News Updates

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Pennsylvania Public School News Updates

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