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More schools get solar power through $6 million Anaheim utility program
Nine Anaheim schools will get shade, cash and a hands-on science lesson, while the city’s utility moves closer to its goal of getting half its power from renewable energy, thanks to a new partnership. In mid-2018, the Solar for Schools pilot program will build shade structures over schools’ parking spaces and picnic tables and cover them with solar panels that generate energy for the utility. The schools will receive a lease fee for use of their campuses.

Buena Park seeks student artwork to display at City Hall
The city is accepting submissions through Feb. 16 of artwork by local high school students to be displayed in an art show at City Hall. Submissions must come from the student’s school and must be painting, drawing or photographic works that are ready to hang.


Iron fences will go up at 3 Newport-Mesa elementary schools to help boost security
Black rod iron fences are scheduled to replace chain-link fences at three Newport-Mesa Unified elementary schools this summer to help control visitor access and enhance security.


New Year, New Cuts Contemplated at San Diego Unified
Officials at San Diego Unified School District are once again facing a budget shortfall. They've asked parents to identify which potential cuts they can live with as part of this year's attempt to balance the budget.


Griffin, Clippers help LA schoolchildren with vision issues
Every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District who needs an eye exam and glasses will be getting them in a partnership with the L.A. Clippers Foundation. The team, along with owner Steve Ballmer and star Blake Griffin, announced Tuesday that over the next two years LAUSD students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be provided free exams and glasses.


Laws call for no oversight of private schools like Perris home where 13 were shackled
The Perris home where 12 people — including children — were found chained and padlocked to their beds Sunday, Jan. 14, is listed in state records as Sandcastle Day School, a private school with just six students. But no law appears to require inspections or oversight of such schools, education officials said. “When they become a private school, they’re out of the school realm,” said David Long, a former state education secretary and Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.


California to explain but not change school improvement plan federal officials criticized
Despite significant criticisms last month by the U.S. Department of Education, California will likely make clarifications but no substantial changes to the state’s plan for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal law that requires states to improve low-achieving schools. At its meeting on Thursday, the State Board of Education is expected to adopt wording changes and elaborations while keeping most of the 100-plus page document intact.


LAO: Brown likely under estimates tax revenue this year
The governor’s January budget plan offers $6.3 billion in new Proposition 98 spending over three years, according to a new review from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst. The additional funds come from an upward revision of taxes that will be collected this fiscal year and an ongoing surge next year and in 2018-19 probably driven by corporations and big investors adjusting to the new national tax law, the LAO said.


86 O.C. students nominated for Disneyland Resort’s ‘Dreamers & Doers’ award for community service work
Eighty-six Orange County students were selected by their high schools for their efforts to strengthen their communities, think creatively, conserve nature and live healthier as part of the Disneyland Resort’s “Dreamers & Doers” awards. The community service program was created by the resort with the goal of encouraging and spotlighting high schoolers who give back to their communities through volunteering and other work.

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