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Jeff Ponce
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Actually, Bill Gates needs to pay, since he bankrolled Common Core.
News: Common Core testing could cost $1 billion per year and school districts want state to pay | districts, state, school, officials, million, commission, testing, claim, year, students
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It's no surprise that Deasy did not want to be interviewed for this story.
Former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy averaged three out-of-town excursions a month last year, racking up the equivalent of four trips around the world.
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This report confirms what many of us who teach in L.A.'s classrooms have known for years. Yet, some of the stats are still staggering. Worth a read.
Violence, economic insecurity and neglect are the reality for many Los Angeles kids, a new report finds. These students struggle to do well in school.
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Glad they're getting rid of the grenade launchers, but why do LAUSD police need extra firearms and a tank?
Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools.
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 Professors Noam Chomsky and Arianne Robichaud penned this article in Radical Pedagogy. Here's some of the abstract:

Standardized Testing as an Assault on Humanism and Critical Thinking in Education

This article discusses, in a critical perspective, the historical and philosophical background of educational practices such as “teaching to the test” and standardized testing in the United States, to demonstrates how the historical origins of those practices are profoundly rooted, as they are still based, on an ideological attempt to discriminate, influence, control and impose obedience over citizens.
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Two sides in a landmark New Orleans special education lawsuit have agreed to settle the case, according to new legal filings. The Orleans Parish School Board will vote next week on a settlement "in principle," according to a report signed Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. 

The complaint was initially filed in 2010 by 10 students against the Louisiana Department of Education, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the education superintendent. The School Board later became a defendant as well.

The plaintiffs allege that children with disabilities were underserved and sometimes illegally disciplined in the fractured landscape of charter schools and multiple school systems that followed Hurricane Katrina. "The system for providing special education in New Orleans is thoroughly broken," Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys wrote in 2013. 
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Forty years after court-ordered desegregation of schools, African-American and Latino teenage males are still getting the shaft in the Hub.
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John Deasy was one of a group of big-city school leaders to push for radical change: More independent charter schools, using student test scores to help evaluate teachers and relying less on seniority when teachers are laid off.

And Deasy's departure as L.A. schools superintendent last week shows how difficult it has been for them to succeed.

Top leaders in some of the largest districts — in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Texas and elsewhere — have come under tremendous pressure: some lost their jobs, one faced a massive teachers strike, and lawsuits have been filed against them, among other things.
John Deasy was one of a group of big-city school leaders to push for radical change: More independent charter schools, using student test scores to help evaluate teachers and relying less on seniority when teachers are laid off.
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Normally not a big fan of Karen Klein's work, but she penned something worth reading. The copy editor who put together the headline knocked it out of the park, and yes I will be waiting to see how Deasy sells this one to the L.A. Unified School Board.
Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy weighed in on behalf of a lawsuit against the state, contending rightly that students were unconstitutionally assigned to do-nothing classes instead of the academic courses they needed. His action would be wholly appropriate if the state ran the schools where this was happening. But as it happens Deasy runs those schools. Or at least, he was supposed to.
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Finally... it's raining here in Los Angeles. Will it mark an end to this insane drought? In all likelihood, probably not. But rain brings hope, and hope is a good thing.
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As all students and teachers at my school prepare to receive new laptops, I am reminded of the value of pushing pencil (or pen) across paper to take notes. It turns out that we remember more and have a deeper understanding of the material.
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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Teacher of exceptional children. Have swim fins will travel.
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Veteran teacher with backgrounds in editorial and information systems. I teach students with disabilities.
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Amateur body surfer.
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Education Specialist
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I work with students with disabilites. Pretty good with a computer. I learn best by doing.
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  • Los Angeles Unified School District
    Education Specialist, 2002 - present
    I currently teach at Gardena High School.