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US grant funds $20,000 teacher bonuses at 'high-need' LA schools

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LAUSD plans to give $20,000 bonuses to up to 80 "effective" science, technology, math, engineering and special ed teachers who agree to teach at 40 high-need schools under a new federal grant.

Los Angeles Unified Schools Superintendent John Deasy said that a $49 million federal grant awarded to the district this week to improve teacher effectiveness will help pay for a new multiple-measure teacher evaluation system and more professional development programs, including a bonus for certain teachers at high-need schools.

The five-year grant includes an initial $16 million; more money would follow based on availability and the district's progress. The grant award details say the school district can use Teacher Incentive Fund grants to support performance-based pay for effective principals and teachers in 40 "high-need schools." 

The district plans to use effective educators as coaches and models for their peers' professional development. Teachers who are experts in their subjects will provide coaching based on information from the evaluation.

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LAUSD and administrators' union reach tentative deal on student test scores in evals*

Doe v. deasy

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Attorney Scott Witlin, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and EdVoice president Bill Lucia (left to right) talk to the media about the decision in the case of Doe v. Deasy on June 12, 2012. The judge ruled LAUSD must include student performance data as part of its evaluation of teachers and school administrators.

L.A. Unified and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles announced Tuesday that they have reached a tentative one-year agreement that incorporates student test data as a factor in evaluating principals and assistant principals.

The deal, which would apply to evaluations this school year, brings the district one step closer to fully complying with state law as ordered by a judge in July; L.A. Unified is still in discussions with the teachers' union and must reach an agreement by Dec. 4.

The agreement requires an approval vote by the school board, said LAUSD spokesman Thomas Waldman. The board will vote on the agreement in early October, he said.

Principals and assistant principals will be evaluated with a variety of student data including school-wide, grade-level and departmental test data. Factors such as attendance, enrollment and graduation rates will be included.

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No agreement yet for LAUSD and its unions on teacher evals

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District and union officials have not yet reached an agreement on a teacher evaluation process that includes student test scores as of the first implementation deadline in a judge's ruling on Doe vs. Deasy. (Sept. 4, 2012)

Months after a judge ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District to include student test scores in teacher evaluations, union and district officials have not yet reached an agreement, according to court filings Tuesday on the first of two implementation deadlines.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled in July that the district must abide by the more than 40-year-old Stull Act by Dec. 4. The district was required to submit a brief to the court updating it on its progress by Sept. 4.

The update shows that the United Teachers Los Angeles has met with the district 11 times since July 11  — including a handful of meetings prior to the July 24 ruling, and will meet again Thursday. The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles have met with the district nine times since June 29 and will have another meeting Friday.

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Judge: LA Unified must include student performance data in teacher evaluations

Doe v. deasy

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Attorney Scott Witlin, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and EdVoice president Bill Lucia (left to right) talk to the media about the decision in the case of Doe v. Deasy on June 12, 2012. The judge ruled LAUSD must include student performance data as part of its evaluation of teachers and school administrators.

L.A. Unified must include student progress as a measure in teacher evaluations in order to abide by state law, a judge ruled at a hearing Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant affirmed his 25-page tentative ruling (with minor modifications) that was issued Monday in a more than hour-long court hearing today after a bevy of attorneys representing the district, United Teachers Los Angeles, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, and others, made their final arguments in Doe vs. Deasy.

Chalfant left the details of how the district must comply with the "pupil progress requirement" primarily to its discretion. He said details such as the system of measurement, how that plays into a teacher's evaluation and how much it is weighted, may all require collective bargaining.

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