The California economy is growing faster than projected, and tax revenues are increasing. There's new money to fight over, and if Gov. Jerry Brown has his way some to salt away in a "rainy day" fund and to draw down the teacher pension debt.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and school superintendent John Deasy officially launched an innovative summer program including digital badges.
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Gov. Jerry Brown has opened a window of opportunity for teachers to define and organize around teaching quality. It's an open question how California' teachers and their unions will respond.
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The digital badges that will be used in the Los Angeles summer learning program have revolutionary potential to extend learning, and what counts as learning.
Can your city make you smart? This summer Los Angeles will; it plans a innovative summer program that uses Digital Badges to link schools, kids, and community in four neighborhoods.