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Education in brief today

A Google Maps screen shot of the front of Gardner Street Elementary School. The school will showcase its new music lab Monday.
A Google Maps screen shot of the front of Gardner Street Elementary School. The school will showcase its new music lab Monday. Google Maps

A couple education-related things going on around town today:

Students at Gardner Elementary School are hosting an open house for its Michael Jackson Music Education Lab. The King of Pop attended six grade at the Hollywood school and the new MusIQ program includes state-of-the-art equipment and focuses on teaching students how to read music, play piano, and compose and arrange music.

Today is also the day to drop by Starbucks and get a $10 gift card to support LAUSD teachers' classroom projects along with your latte. The cards are available at nearly 200 Los Angeles Starbucks stores.

In case you missed it:

The "Teacher of the Year" award may go to Rebecca Mieliwocki, a Burbank Middle School teacher, who is among five national finalists. Last November she was named one of California's top five educators. Now she will compete for that national honor.

And Patt Morrison had an interesting show with Diane Ravitch, NYU professor and education policy analyst, that looked at whether standardized tests undermine the American education system.

Finally, the Los Angeles Times has an interesting piece on UCLA's plans to sell the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air to raise money for endowments and professorships. The plan has been strongly opposed by gardening groups.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@LATams).

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