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Education in brief: CSU board meets, L.A. Unified restructuring, teachers tenure weakens

CSU Broken Glass

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Protestors broke through a glass door at CSU headquarters in Long Beach on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. A San Diego State student was one of several people arrested.

Lots going on in education today. Here's the rundown: 

The Cal State University Board of Trustees is meeting for in Long Beach and are set to debate and vote on changes to the system's executives' pay. You can listen to the discussion on their website. The meeting got off to an emotional start with public comment from angry students who asked the trustees to reconsider tuition increases, and said they would be held responsible for their actions.

Students at Monterey Continuation High School in East L.A. are performing their own plays — "2012 Meets 1970" — with professional actors tonight today and tomorrow. The students interviewed four former participants of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium including organizer Rosalio Munoz, visual artist Viviana Chamberlain, film and television director Jesus Trevino, and AFTRA director Consuelo Flores. More on this to come.

Superintendent John Deasy is taking the first steps in restructuring L.A. Unified, with a plan to thin the district's administrative ranks and redirect resources to improving classroom instruction, reports the Daily News. A draft of the proposed reorganization shows LAUSD's eight local district offices would become four, administrative responsibilites would be diversified. A fifth office would oversee the overhaul of dozens of low-performing schools. Deasy said he would submit such a plan at the first LAUSD board meeting of the year because of the district's difficult budget situation.

America's public school teachers are seeing the tenure protections they have traditionally held weakened as states seek flexibility to fire teachers who aren't performing, and some states have done away with such protections altogether, according to an analysis released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality, reports the AP.

A little lighter reading, and in case you missed it: 

Teachers have been using Twitter to commiserate with their colleagues, gain mentors and inspiration, and learn about classroom-tested lesson plans, reports The Washington Post.

Also, a 17-year-old Cupertino high school student Angela Zhang may have devised a cure for cancer in a research paper she prepared during her spare time, reports CBS.

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

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