It's a Brave New World for LA Unified
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It's the first day of school for LA Unified, and Superintendent John Deasy compares the magnitude of anticipated changes to compulsory attendance or desegregation. Are teachers ready for the "Common Core" curriculum, iPads and new graduation requirements? We hear about the first school I LA Unified transformed by the "Parent Trigger" law. Also, who's in charge of contract negotiations with workers at LA's Department of Water and Power: new Mayor Eric Garcetti or the City Council? Will the public have any input?
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It's a Brave New World for LA Unified ()
LA Unified began training teachers for the new Common Core curriculum two years ago. Last year, it was introduced in kindergarten and grades one, six and nine. How important is it? Superintendent John Deasy told school administrators, "We have a historic opportunity…to lead a complete shift in how we asses what our youth know and can do, and to lead the complete shift in an accountability system." Acknowledging that introducing it to other grades this year won't be easy, he encouraged, "We will be successful at this I have no doubt. The best predictor of future success is past performance."
Also, among the challenges for this year of change is the "Parent Trigger" law passed by California voters two years ago. The first school affected in LAUSD is 24th Street Elementary in South LA. Alex Schmidt, who came to us from KCRW's Independent Producer Project, has a report.
The New Power Dynamics at LA City Hall ()
LA's Department of Water and Power was a big issue in this year's election for Mayor, with the workers' union supporting the losing candidate, Wendy Greuel. Contract negotiations were scheduled to start next year, but on Friday of this week, the City Council will hold a closed, all-day session. New Mayor Eric Garcetti has been invited. His office says he'll be monitoring the proceedings.
- Rick Orlov: Los Angeles Daily News, @Rickorlov
- Raphael Sonenshein: California State University, Los Angeles, @SonensheinPBI
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