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Morning Read: From LA to DC, the inside view of 7 very different walkouts — and 8 more must-reads

Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 12, 2018

Good morning! 9 must-reads for you, to start the day:

An Insider’s View of the National School Walkout: What We Saw at 7 Very Different Marches Against Gun Violence

From coast to coast, hundreds of thousands of students participated in the National School Walkout earlier today, demonstrating against gun violence while also paying tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting exactly one month ago. In many places, the 17-minute protests — one minute for each Parkland victim — lasted much longer, as students gathered on the streets, in gyms, on athletic fields, in church, even on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, holding signs and speaking eloquently against the epidemic of gun-related deaths and injuries at schools across the country. The 74

State Board postpones vote on revising California’s education plan to meet federal requirementsEdSource

While LAUSD Board Promotes Stronger Gun Laws, Parents Demand Better SchoolsSpeak UP

Horgan: San Bruno faces a public education dilemmaMercury News

Community engagement is the key to making California’s school funding formula workEdSource

At U.S. Capitol, Students Condemn ‘Too Much Waiting Around’ by Adults as Hundreds Call for Stronger Gun ControlThe 74

DeVos defies White House in dismantling Education budget officePOLITICO

When Older Americans Outnumber Students (Which Is Soon), How Will Schools Connect?Education Week

House Passes STOP School Violence Act One Month After Parkland ShootingPolitics K-12

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14: LAUSD renames Girls Academic Leadership Academy after retiring superintendent Dr. Michelle King

Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day:

L.A. Unified renames first all-girls school after retiring Supt. Michelle King

Los Angeles Unified’s first all-girls school has been renamed in honor of one of the women who pushed for its founding.

The Girls Academic Leadership Academy, which eventually will serve grades six through 12, used to be known as GALA but will now have a much longer name. Officially, it will be the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Dr. Michelle King School for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. By Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times

Bill Gates talks with Sacramento superintendent on supporting a ‘humanist approach to teaching kids’Gates Notes

Milpitas: Superintendent says students will face ‘consequences’ for walkoutsThe Mercury News

Live Coverage: The Most Memorable Sights & Sounds From Today’s Coast-to-Coast National School WalkoutThe 74

An Open Letter To Politicians Facing Young ProtestersHuffington Post

DeVos defends comments made on 60 MinutesUSA Today

Trump Taps a Nebraska Education Official for Rehabilitative Services PostPolitics K-12

TUESDAY, MARCH 13: Those who will walk out of California schools tomorrow join rich history of student protesters

Good morning! 8 must-reads for you, to start the day:

Those who walk out on Wednesday will join a rich history of student protest

When we think of student protests, it is most often of protests on college campuses — from the waves of unrest during the Vietnam War to the more recent campus clashes involving Black Lives Matter advocates and white nationalists.

But since the Civil Rights era, some of the most impactful youth protests have taken place in high schools and even junior high schools. Acts of civil disobedience by students barely into their teens have marked seminal points in historic battles over bedrock issues like segregation and gay rights, and led to landmark Supreme Court decisions.

In 1957, there were the nine African-American children who defied the governor of Arkansas and enrolled in the all-white Little Rock Central High School. In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker’s black armband, which she wore in protest of the Vietnam War, sparked a lawsuit that ultimately gave free-speech rights to public school students. In 1968, thousands of Chicano students in East Los Angeles high schools forced a school reform movement that continues today. By David Washburn and Yuxuan Xie, EdSource

Thousands of sexual harassment offenses in California schoolsABC 10 News

Stop the tuition hikes, and give California colleges `full funding,’ lawmakers sayThe Mercury News

Spotlight On … Janet Napolitano, president of University of CaliforniaSacramento Business Journal

Why Some Colleges Are Reassuring High Schoolers: If You Walk Out Wednesday, Don’t Worry — Peaceful Protests Won’t Hurt AdmissionsThe 74

Designing a School to Stop ShootersThe Wall Street Journal

Trump Finds Unlikely Culprit in School Shootings: Obama Discipline PoliciesThe New York Times via TopSheet

Democrats Seek More Money for Mental Health Services, Counseling in SchoolsPolitics K-12

MONDAY, MARCH 12: White House says DeVos will chair commission focusing on school safety

Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day:

White House says DeVos will chair commission focusing on school safety

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will chair a new federal commission on school safety, the White House announced Sunday evening, part of the administration’s response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that also includes efforts to improve mental health services and strengthen certain gun control measures.

“The plan that we’re going to advance and talk about is a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety, and to take steps to do so right away,” DeVos said on a call with reporters a couple of hours before she appeared on 60 Minutes to announce the expansion to her portfolio of responsibilities. A “wide array of practitioners,” including teachers, will be on the commission, she said, and will seek to identify best practices that are already working in states. By Carolyn Phenicie, The 74

White House plan includes gun training for teachersAssociated Press via

Here’s how the big school safety bills in Congress differ, and why it mattersEducation Week

Report calls for pressuring school districts to turn over school sites to charter groupsOakland Post

California attorney general denounces Education Secretary DeVos’ attempt to exempt contractors that service student loans from state lawSierra Sun Times

Why talking — and listening — to your child could be key to brain developmentHechinger Report

Inspiring: Classmates make 3-D printed prosthetic for first-grader born without a hand so she can ride a bikeThe 74

FRIDAY, MARCH 9: LAUSD paid for 4,000 high schoolers to take the SAT

One less barrier to college: LAUSD paid for 4,000 high schoolers to take the SAT

An estimated 4,000 high school juniors on 29 campuses from South Los Angeles to San Pedro got a break from their normal class schedules on Wednesday to take the SAT college prep exam. And none of those students paid a cent to take the test. This year, for the first time, the L.A. Unified School District helped picked up the tab. The College Board, the organization which administers the SAT, offers to waive the registration fee — normally $60 for the full exam — for students who qualify as low-income. By Kyle Stokes, KPCC

Torlakson and top California teachers tell Trump: ‘We do not need guns in the classroom’, Los Angeles Times

Special education funding is a morass; straightening it out may not be cheap or easyEdSource

Twelve Magnet Programs Honored with National Merit AwardsLAUSD

There are many benefits to starting science education early — very earlyEdSource

California Today: Is the Long-Looming Pension Crisis Already Here?New York Times

The 74 Interview: Olympian Alex Rigsby on Winning Gold, Learning Through Sports, and Mentoring 4 Classrooms of Kids, The 74

NRA Has Given More Than $7M to Schools, Analysis FindsEducation Week

One reason students aren’t prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high schoolHechinger Report

DeVos, Democrats Spar Over School Ratings That Omit Minorities’ PerformanceWall Street Journal

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