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Monday, January 13, 2020


Anaheim Elementary School District targets e-cigarette manufacturer Juul in lawsuit
Anaheim Elementary School District has joined the Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District with a lawsuit against Juul Labs, Inc., the leading e-cigarette manufacturer. The lawsuit alleges that Juul is negligently damaging the health of each district’s students and causing public nuisance. Additionally, the lawsuit claims that through targeted and deceptive marketing, Juul Labs has been capturing children’s interest in e-cigarette products as early as elementary school, not only exposing students to the harmful products, but also influencing their predisposition to engage in this unhealthy behavior once they leave elementary school, creating a youth vaping epidemic.


Gov. Newsom proposes $20,000 stipends for high school teachers in California budget
California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed Friday to provide $20,000 stipends for teachers who teach at a high needs school for four years, eating up $100 million of the state’s budget for the next fiscal year. When it comes to encouraging more teachers, “It’s not that complicated. Train your teachers, make them the best, the brightest, incentivize,” the Democratic governor said.

Fullerton JV basketball coach arrested on suspicion of inappropriate contact with girl, 14
Elijah Kim, 30, of Fullerton, was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 15-years-old. Kim is a basketball coach at Sunny Hills High School and a substitute teacher with the Fullerton Joint Union High School District.


Newsom’s budget includes $900 million to address California teacher shortage
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget includes $900 million to recruit and retain teachers, part of a plan to attack a critical statewide shortage of instructors, especially in math, sciences and for students with disabilities. The plan, included in his $222.2-billion budget unveiled Friday in Sacramento, was among a range of education measures that also includes the creation of an early childhood development department, significantly more money to cover the costs of teaching students with disabilities and a funding boost to the school lunch program, a hedge against possible reductions at the federal level.


Colleges are using high school grades, not just standardized tests, to determine if students need remedial courses
For advocates, change hardly happens fast enough. But over a five-year period, a key barrier to the success of many college students has eroded considerably, opening up the door for thousands of new students to progress through college at higher rates. The share of community colleges and four-year public universities that have started to use alternatives to standardized tests to determine whether students are ready for college-level math courses more than doubled between 2011 and 2016, to 57 percent for community colleges and 63 percent for four-year public institutions — up from 27 percent.


American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.
The textbooks cover the same sweeping story, from the brutality of slavery to the struggle for civil rights. The self-evident truths of the founding documents to the waves of immigration that reshaped the nation. The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides. Hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — emerged in a New York Times analysis of eight commonly used American history textbooks in California and Texas, two of the nation’s largest markets.


California governor proposes nearly $1 billion to tackle teacher preparation, shortages
Anticipating nearly $4 billion more in revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges in the next state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed to continue massive investments for teacher recruitment and training and for transforming special education. He also proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to improve performance in the lowest-performing districts and to expand community schools, which address the physical and mental health of students through partnerships with community services.

Newsom proposes funding boost for colleges and universities but education leaders wanted more
California’s public colleges and universities would receive more state funds to help improve graduation rates, expand online education for older students and lower textbook costs under Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget plan for 2020-21 unveiled Friday. However, Newsom offered higher education significantly less than its leaders sought and notably did not propose any large financial aid increases to help pay students’ housing and food costs. As a result, months of lobbying for more money and legislative negotiations are ahead.

California governor wants to expand preschool and create new early child development department
Gov. Gavin Newsom is moving forward on his promise to offer subsidized preschool to all low-income 4-year-olds and is proposing to consolidate most other subsidized child care programs in California in a new Department of Early Childhood Development. The new department will be housed in the California Health and Human Services Agency, according to the proposed budget Newsom unveiled on Friday. Early childhood advocates said they hoped consolidating the wide array of early childhood programs would help families more easily enroll and move from one program to another, in addition to helping them get all the services they might need.

African-American suspension rate drops in California, after years of reform efforts
After nearly a decade of school discipline reform in California, the suspension rate for African American students continued to decline last year, according to recently released state data. The statewide suspension rate was 3.5 percent in 2018-19, the same as the year before, but the suspension rate among black students fell from 9.4 percent to 9.1 percent, a drop of more than 3,500 suspensions, according to the California Department of Education. Among Latino students the rate remained the same, 3.6 percent.


Orange County School Of The Arts Is Trying To Get Its Charter Renewed — But There's Drama
The Orange County School of the Arts in downtown Santa Ana has existed in a state of mostly peaceful coexistence with the Santa Ana Unified School District for almost 20 years — but now, things are getting tense. OCSA's current charter runs out in July. With the clock ticking, the school is turning to the Orange County Department of Education to see if its board will authorize OCSA's charter for the next five years instead.

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