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Parents opposed to comprehensive sex education pull children out of schools, stage rallies across Southern California
Hundreds of parents opposed to California’s comprehensive sex education curriculum staged so-called “SeXXX Ed” rallies outside county education department offices across Southern California, Friday, May 17, demanding the state stop exposing their children to sexual content including conversations about homosexuality and gender fluidity. According to organizers of the statewide protest, parents in 46 out of 58 counties participated and thousands of children were kept out schools across California.

Kennedy High AD admits Orange County school should have reported Joshua Owens sex abuse allegations
Water polo coach continued to sexually abuse female players after school received allegations in 2014, 2015.


Newport class makes astronomy accessible to visually impaired
The vastness of the universe is in the palms of teenagers’ hands — all the more significantly for Lucie Courtois. Courtois, 18, is visually impaired. She and two friends with normal vision huddled this week around a laptop that, fed with code in the Quorum programming language, directs telescopes in Chile to capture images of asteroids. Quorum is simplified for blind users of screen-reader technology.

4 in 10 students would have their vaccine exemptions rejected, California estimates
California public health officials estimate four in 10 children would be denied a waiver from vaccines required to attend school under a contentious bill to tighten medical exemptions in the state. State public health officials said they expect students and their families to make 11,500 requests each year seeking an exemption from immunizations due to a medical reason, with 5,000 of those likely to be rejected under the new authority that Senate Bill 276 would grant to the agency.


Sacramento parents, students join statewide rallies against new sex education approach
More than 100 parents, students and community members marched Friday outside the Sacramento County Office of Education, protesting California’s controversial new framework for sex education adopted earlier this month. The newly mobilized group Informed Parents of California planned similar rallies at education offices in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties to oppose the State Board of Education’s approval of the revisions to the health and sex education framework.


More California kindergartners are skipping required vaccinations
As California faces its worst measles outbreak in years, some are paying attention to the rising number of children who skip required vaccinations, as permitted by state law. Since the 2016-2017 school year, children beginning their education have not been mandated to get required vaccinations — which, for kindergartners, include the vaccine for measles — if they attend an online school without classroom-based instruction or a home-based private school, because of a recent change in state law.


Your Questions about the New Adversity Score on the SAT, Answered
The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam, unveiled a new tool for admissions officers this week that measures the economic and social adversity that test takers have faced. The adversity score, which the College Board calls a measure of “disadvantage,” is meant to help schools diversify their student bodies without looking explicitly at race. Here’s how the rating works, what information it includes and leaves out, and how education experts are reacting:


Surging suicide rate among girls raises questions about role of social media
A troubling spike in the suicide rate among young girls is prompting leading researchers to question the role of social media in adolescent mental health. A study published Friday in the JAMA Open Network led by Donna Ruch, a research scientist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, analyzed suicide trends in 10- to 19-year-olds between 1975 and 2016. The rate of suicide decreased from the early 1990s until 2007, but has increased in years since for both genders. While boys die by suicide at a higher overall rate than girls, female youth suicides have surged most in recent years. In the 10- to 14-year-old age group, the rate of suicide increased 12.7 percent for girls and 7.1 percent for boys since 2007.


Majority of California voters favor tax increase on millionaires to fund schools, poll finds
As pressure builds in California to increase funding for public schools, a new poll shows that a majority of likely voters are in favor of raising taxes on wealthy corporations and individuals to boost education funding. Six in 10 California voters say they would support a possible 2020 ballot initiative that would raise at least $11 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges, according to a California School Boards Association poll released last week


Teacher prep. and experience benefits underserved kids
A new study adds to the growing evidence that children of color and low-income youth performed better when taught by fully credentialed teachers. Researchers at the Learning Policy Institute found that in California school districts that employ a high percentage of experienced teachers, African American and Latino students are performing above predicted levels–even when taking into account socio-economic status.

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