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16 years after her daughter’s murder, Erin Runnion continues advocating for child safety by launching a 5K run
The Joyful Child Foundation, founded in memory of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, who was abducted, molested and murdered in 2002, will host its first 5K in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, Jan. 20 to raise funds for education on child abuse. Working with credentialed teachers and prevention specialists, Runnion has created a 10-lesson elementary school program that allows teachers flexibility in helping children understand safety at home, at school, in public and more.

CalSTRS urges Apple to help curb device addiction in kids
Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS, said Monday in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.


L.A. school board keeps interim leader, prepares for superintendent search
Meeting for the first time since Supt. Michelle King announced her retirement, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to name Vivian Ekchian — who has been filling in for King since October — as interim superintendent.


UCLA initiative promotes school collaboration to improve math performance
In bringing together principals of charter schools and regular public schools, a new university-based initiative is attempting to salve wounds inflicted by the rawest conflict in the nation’s second-largest district. There are more charter schools in Los Angeles Unified than anywhere else in the nation, and the battles over them continue to roil the district.

'Teachers have better work stories' says an ad campaign to stem California's teacher shortage
Public service video ads are part of a new campaign to attract more students and others to teaching careers as California grapples with a teaching shortage. There are two ads – with more on the way — featuring teachers talking about their jobs and why they enjoy teaching.


GOP tax measure could spur ‘split roll’ backlash in CA
Leaders of the state’s progressive movement have waited decades for a serious opportunity to get voter approval for splitting the property tax rules for homeowners from those of big commercial holdings. To do so will require a big change to state laws that were ushered in by Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 tax property. But with the passage of the nation’s new tax law—that both benefits corporate interests and inflicts penalties on homeowners in high-cost, high-tax states like California—supporters say voters might be ready by the November election. If so, schools are likely to get a big boost from the estimated $9 billion in additional state revenue the rule change would bring.


At this nature-based preschool, a rainy day is a chance for muddy play
The first big rainstorm of 2018 didn't keep the kids at the Child Educational Center indoors. The programming at the La Cañada early learning center is based in nature and play, so children usually spend more than half their days outside. And a rainy day is no different.

With superintendent's departure, more turnover at the top of LAUSD
In 2006, Roy Romer retired after more than six years as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District — a tenure widely credited with jump-starting a decade-long, city-wide school construction boom. In the decade that's followed, the L.A. Unified superintendency has changed hands five times — most recently, on Friday, when Michelle King announced she would not return from medical leave and retire in June, leaving acting superintendent Vivian Ekchian at the helm. King has been receiving cancer treatment.

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