Ed Reform Activists Seek to Engage Parents In School Funding Decisions | EGP News

While many educators and school reform activists hail California’s new school funding formula that will direct more money to K-12 schools with high numbers of low-income students and low-levels of academic achievement, many also say they are worried not enough is being done to inform parents they can have a say in how those funds are allocated.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is intended to reduce the achievement gap at low-income schools by giving those schools more control over how to use the money to achieve that goal. It specifically requires the involvement of parents; a difficult task to manage, since many are unaware of the state’s plan or their possible role in making it work.

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Restorative justice convening educates on the power of healing versus punishment | Boyle Heights Beat

The sound of a beating drum and a strumming guitar filled the walls of the auditorium at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School last Saturday as students huddled around voices singing lyrics about restorative justice.

“Create. Imagine. We community. Inspiring and nurturing family.

A healthy place to support and yield.

Fulfilling the needs our community feels.”

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Local Control Funding Formula: Parents, students discuss how funds should be spent at Eastside schools | Boyle Heights Beat

Maria Ruiz says she has had enough of the inequality present at Eastside schools.

Her son, a Roosevelt High School student, has been in the English Learner program for over five years, something she says, could have been prevented if schools had adequate resources available to move these students on.

“These are the students who are the most disenfranchised and in most need of additional resources,” said Ruiz.

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Eric Garcetti says school board, Supt. John Deasy must work together | Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday praised the L.A. Board of Education and Supt. John Deasy for coming to an agreement for the superintendent to remain on the job, but insisted they smooth over their strained relationship and work together going forward.

“I congratulate the board and the superintendent for being adults yesterday and coming together in the interest of our children,” Garcetti told reporters at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles.

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John Deasy to stay on as L.A. Unified schools chief | Los Angeles Times

L.A. schools chief John Deasy will continue to lead the nation's second-largest school district through June 2016, the district's legal counsel announced Tuesday, ending days of speculation about his future.

Deasy, 52, received a satisfactory evaluation from the L.A. Unified Board of Education during a nearly five-hour, closed-door meeting. Last week, he told some high-level district officials he would resign amid reports that he was frustrated by a new school board majority that challenged his policies and philosophy.

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Deasy sigue como el superintendente del LAUSD | La Opinion

Luego de una reunión a puertas cerradas de casi 7 horas, la junta directiva del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Angeles (LAUSD) ratificó a John Deasy como superintendente del distrito hasta junio del 2016, luego de días de fuerte especulación sobre su posible renuncia.

La mayoría de sus siete miembros dio a Deasy una evaluación “satisfactoria” durante su evaluación anual, que fue esperada con una gran anticipación.

“Agradezco a la junta por las honestas conversaciones, para que podamos trabajar juntos en sacar de la pobreza a la juventud de esta maravillosa ciudad”, fueron las primeras palabras de Deasy, después de un rotundo silencio sobre los rumores de su renuncia,  que surgieran desde el jueves pasado, a raíz de que el diario Los Angeles Times reportara sus intenciones de dejar el puesto de más alto rango en el segundo distrito más grande del país.

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Celebran progreso de los jóvenes en Boyle Heights | La Opinion

La coalición de organizaciones comunitarias Promesa Boyle Heights, celebró esta semana, muy a su estilo, con tamales y champurrado, los logros alcanzados en el progreso de la juventud de este vecindario al Este de Los Ángeles.

Desde el 2010, la coalición integrada por Innercity Struggle, Proyecto Pastoral, East LA Community Corporation, Communities In Schools, y más de otra docena de organizaciones, han venido implementando iniciativas que buscan mejorar las condiciones de vida, y particularmente la educación de unos 20 mil residentes de Boyle Heights.

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L.A Schools Rethink Suspensions | The Wall Street Journal

LOS ANGELES—Damien Valentine was suspended from school for the first time as a seventh-grader in South Central Los Angeles, after arguing with a math teacher who had asked him to change seats.

Mr. Valentine, now a 16-year-old sophomore, said he was sent home for a day-and-a-half for "willful defiance," a term encompassing a variety of misbehavior that California schools can use as reason to remove students from the classroom.

This week, the Los Angeles Unified School District—the second-largest in the nation—decided to end the practice of suspending or expelling students for "willful defiance," starting this fall. District officials said the practice disproportionately affects minority students' education and leads to more disciplinary problems for students down the line.

by the district's school board "ends a policy that failed to keep our students learning or our streets safe," said district board member Nury Martinez.

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Rally at the Los Angeles Unified School District Meeting | Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead.

Los Angeles Unified has become the first school district in the state to ban defiance as grounds for suspension.

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Bringing Restorative Justice to Mendez Learning Center

On March 15th, 2013, InnerCity Struggle hosted a lunch-time event at Mendez Learning Center in Boyle Heights to raise awareness about Restorative Justice policies. Friday’s event was part of an Educational Justice Week program where youth organizers from InnerCity Struggle have conducted classroom workshops to students at Mendez Learning Center focused on the impacts of the ‘school to prison pipeline’ and to promote higher education.

Student leaders of InnerCity Struggle’s youth component, United Students, are working on a “School Climate Student Bill of Rights” campaign with a coalition of Los Angeles County organizations called Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS). The campaign is focused on reducing the rate of suspensions and expulsions that disproportionately affect young students of color, particularly young men of color.

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