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Ex-officials of Options Public Charter deny wrongdoing but cut financial ties to school Washington Post: Former managers of the District’s Options Public Charter School on Thursday denied accustations that they diverted millions of dollars from at-risk students to enrich themselves and their for-profit companies, but they agreed to sever their financial relationship with the Northeast Washington school.
UTLA nixes LAUSD bid for $30M federal grant LA Daily News: For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Unified teachers' union refused to endorse the district's application for a prestigious federal grant, which officials said would have brought in $30 million to fund counselors and instructional coaches at high-needs middle schools.
Charter backers reluctantly embrace idea of “Mayor de Blasio” GothamSchools: A smaller group of school leaders and well-heeled charter backers are also taking a quieter approach in a hopeful attempt to seek influence with the Democratic mayoral nominee. Faced with increasing odds that de Blasio will be the next mayor — and the understanding that charter school parents are unlikely to support Republican Joe Lhota — they’re lining his pockets with campaign donations.
Union Derides Plan to Rotate Assistant Principals WNYC:The Department of Education said it plans to rotate assistant principals who do not have permanent positions among schools on a monthly basis, against the wishes of the union that represents them.
Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp: 'We're boring our kids' Politico: Kopp spoke at a breakfast conversation that was part of POLITICO's “Women Rule” series, which brings together high-profile women in Washington, D.C., to discuss the way they are affecting change.
Romero Leaving One Ed Reform Group to Start Another LA School Report: am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with DFER, but believe that it is time to move past party politics and focus my skills and organizing with parents who form the true base of any education reform movement,” she said in a statement.
Damon Takes the Stage, but Ravitch Wins the Applause LA School Report: When the actor Matt Damon stood before a capacity crowd inside the Cal State Northridge student union last night, he smiled sheepishly and said he wasn’t surprised to see so many star-struck supporters in attendance. After all, he said, he was introducing the education historian and anti-corporate reform activist Diane Ravitch.
Tiffany Thiessen: Reading sparked my interest in acting MSNBC: The actress in the hit show “White Collar” talks to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about her involvement in Read for the Record, an annual event that encourages parents to read to their children, telling TODAY’s Matt Lauer she knew she would become an actress because she loved reading and would act out the plays she read. (TODAY)