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Metro board expands program to help the homeless

via NBC 4 Los Angeles

In a nutshell: The Metro Board of Directors unanimously voted to explore the feasibility of expanding a pilot program that has deployed two outreach teams along the Red Line to help the homeless.

Quote of note: "Over the last 10 months, the teams — composed of a nurse, a substance abuse counselor, a mental health clinician, an outreach worker, and a formerly homeless person — have engaged 1,539 individuals and linked 208 of them to interim housing resources, with another 237 individuals linked to permanent housing resources and 19 linked to permanent housing.”

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New ways of teaching math to California’s English learners are getting results, report says

via L.A. School Report

In a nutshell: As California struggles to close a stubborn achievement gap for its English learners, integrating math education with English language development can be a key to unlocking their potential, a new study says.

Quote of note: “Math is a gateway for college. Students need to achieve a high level of math to get to college, and when we are not providing that opportunity for rigorous math instruction, even in elementary school, they’re not going to be in a position to take those classes in high school, and they aren’t going to be on a path to realize their goals.”

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So who could be the next Los Angeles schools superintendent?

via Curbed Los Angeles

In a nutshell: The search for the next superintendent to lead Los Angeles' public schools moves into high gear this week as the school board starts to interview and discuss candidates.

Quote of note: “The decision will hinge in large measure on what the board views as the most pressing challenge for the nation's second-largest school system: lagging student achievement or looming financial pressures.”