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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Irvine Unified to vote on boundary adjustment, aimed to alleviate overcrowded schools
The Irvine Unified School District board on Tuesday, Nov. 12, will vote on a proposed middle and high school boundary adjustment, which is aimed at dealing with the city’s rapidly growing population but has angered many parents. District staff recommends sending students from Stonegate Elementary School to Sierra Vista Middle School, instead of Jeffrey Trail, and Northwood High School, instead of Portola.


Newport-Mesa committee to design new school calendar with earlier start date
The committee will meet to design a new calendar, which will then move to the district and teachers union for negotiations, according to the district. The survey asked parents, students, teachers, staff members and others to select their preferred option for the start date.


Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to teach every Chicago public school student to code
Tech giant Apple is setting its eyes on teaching coding to every public school student in one of the biggest and most racially diverse school districts in the nation. Apple CEO Tim Cook told USA TODAY that the company — which like many top tech firms has faced calls from politicians and activists to take steps to diversify its workforce — in the New Year will partner with Chicago school system officials to teach the coding language Swift in city classrooms and through after-school coding clubs in a school district.


How a former White House photographer helped these D.C. kids learn
In this elementary school, there are things a visitor might notice, little touches that become obvious walking through the door. Children’s artwork is hung carefully, showing that it is valued. And there is this: It often is not super quiet around here.


How one California district narrowed its Latino achievement gap
Last year, a girl in Melody Gonzalez’s class at Las Palmas Middle School, in the San Gabriel Valley, started sobbing in class one day. Gonzales asked her what was wrong. The girl said her father had just been deported.


State report cards vastly improve, still can use work
State report cards have improved since last year as policymakers have begun including more timely and relevant information, but more can be done to make school report cards easier to understand, a new study shows. According to the non-profit Data Quality Campaign, nearly every state now includes student test results no older than the 2015-16 school year in their report cards, as well as information related to school climate, community engagement, and attendance and disciplinary rates, among other factors.


La Habra middle schoolers earn national recognition in environmental challenge
Seven middle schoolers from La Habra have earned honors in a national contest that challenged teams of students to tackle environmental issues — and develop practical solutions. Cyana Arce, Jessica Emerson, Tannya Gallegos, Yuko Jackson, Janelle Martinez, Emmanuel Ruiz and Kendra Wise from Washington Middle School in the La Habra City School District were recognized along with seven other middle school teams in this year’s Lexus Eco Challenge. The STEM contest, which emphasizes critical thinking and research, is annually open to students in grades six through 12.


Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes
In 2001, not long after Oklahoma had adopted one of the nation's first universal pre-K programs, researchers from Georgetown University began tracking kids who came out of the program in Tulsa, documenting their academic progress over time. In a new report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management today, researchers were able to show that Tulsa's pre-K program has significant, positive effects on students' outcomes and well-being through middle school.

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