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LA Teachers Return to Work Tomorrow

Tentative deal reached to end strike

(Newser) - A tentative deal reached Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike in the nation's second-largest district, officials said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles... More »

As Los Angeles Teachers Strike, District Hires Subs

Contract negotiations failed in nation's second-largest school district

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers are striking after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district, the AP reports. Members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted last year to walk off the job for the first time in 30 years if a deal wasn't... More »

LA Schools Blame Girl for Sex With Teacher

District wins civil suit brought by family of 14-year-old

(Newser) - The LA school district is taking flak for going after one of its own middle-school girls in court over a sexual abuse case. Attorneys for the district argued that the 14-year-old should be held responsible for a sexual relationship with a teacher and thus deserved no money for emotional trauma.... More »

Schools Hand Out iPads; Kids Hack Them in a Week

Los Angeles district is reassessing its policy

(Newser) - Los Angeles school officials began rolling out their ambitious plan to equip every kid in the district with an iPad last week, but they've quickly run into a problem—the kids are pretty computer savvy. It seems that the first high school students who brought the iPads home easily... More »

Every LA Schoolkid to Get an iPad

District agrees to $30M Apple contract

(Newser) - After approving a $30 million contract with Apple, the LA Unified School District is poised to provide every student with an iPad. The decision comes after a 6-0 vote by the Board of Education, the Los Angeles Times reports. The device "received the highest scoring by the students and... More »

Lewd 'Tasting Game' Claims Cost LA District $30M

Victims to each get $470K settlement in Mark Berndt case

(Newser) - Los Angeles Unified School District has reached a $30 million settlement in the case of former third-grade teacher Mark Berndt, who is accused of of spoon-feeding children his own semen during what he called "tasting games." The arrangement, pending court approval, will settle 58 of the 191 claims... More »

2nd LA Teacher Accused of Widespread Sex Abuse

Robert Pimentel arrested, accused of abusing 20 students

(Newser) - A fourth-grade teacher who worked for nearly 40 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students, a year after another veteran teacher accused of molesting nearly two dozen students brought national attention to the district and the problem of classroom... More »

Why Miramonte Was the Perfect Stalking Ground

Mark Berndt, Martin Springer could have easily preyed on disadvantaged kids

(Newser) - As Martin Springer, one of the teachers charged in a Los Angeles school sex abuse scandal , was released on bail today , USA Today takes a look at Miramonte Elementary and why it may have been the perfect place for an abuser to prey on vulnerable, disadvantaged children. The school's... More »

1 Accuser Recants Story in Miramonte Sex Abuse Case

Martin Springer's charges revolve around just one Miramonte student now

(Newser) - Two students initially accused Miramonte Elementary School teacher Martin Bernard Springer of fondling them, but one has since recanted her story, law enforcement sources tell the Los Angeles Times . Springer, one of two teachers accused of sexually abusing Miramonte students, was charged with three counts of committing lewd acts yesterday,... More »

School Closing for 2 Days Over Sex Assault Arrests

Mark Berndt and Martin Springer arrested within days of each other

(Newser) - Miramonte Elementary School students won't be going to class tomorrow or the next day, after two longtime teachers were arrested last week on suspicion of sexually abusing students as young as six. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy is meeting with parents at a local high school... More »

LA Schools: Homework Can't Exceed 10% of Grade

New rule aims to help kids facing after-school pressures

(Newser) - The nation's second-biggest school district is entering the debate over homework: A new policy dictates that it can't be worth more than 10% of a student's grade, reports the LA Times . The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to ease the after-school burden on its largely low-income,... More »

LA Schools Ditch Chicken Nuggets, Add Sushi

Chicken nuggets out, spinach tortellini in as menu overhauled

(Newser) - Chocolate and strawberry milk are off the menu in the nation's second-largest school district. The Los Angeles Unified School District, which serves some 650,000 meals a day, has cut out flavored milk as part of a menu overhaul aimed at reducing child obesity in a region where nearly... More »

Calif. Crunch May Force Drastic Cuts

State might slash education funds, free inmates early

(Newser) - California's dire financial straits may force the early release of 30,000 low-risk inmates and bring drastic cuts in education, the Los Angeles Times reports. Arnold Schwarzenegger will declare a fiscal emergency next month as the state wrestles with a $14.5 billion budget gap. The governor has ordered agencies... More »

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