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Tuesday, January 02, 2018


Savanna High’s Johnny Rebel mascot may get Disney makeover after Confederacy criticism
Johnny Rebel, the school mascot critics said was too reminiscent of the Confederacy, has been erased from the walls of Anaheim’s Savanna High School. And whatever replaces it as the Rebels’ new mascot may get the Disney treatment.

Huntington Beach school receives grant for new garden
Lake View Elementary in the Ocean View School District on the Huntington Beach-Fountain Valley border was named as one of 20 schools in California and Arizona, and two in Orange County, to be awarded a $1,500 grant to start a new school garden. The grant, from Western Growers, is to promote hands-on learning and interactive STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education.

Cox Communications offering more than $35,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors
Cox Communications is offering $35,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors in Orange County and Palos Verdes. The deadline to apply is 2 p.m. Feb. 1. The Cox Scholars scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and recipients must be a 2018 graduating high school senior living in the Southern California Cox service area.

Los Alamitos Education Foundation donates $45,000 to district’s six elementary schools
The Los Alamitos Education Foundation donated $45,000 to the Los Alamitos Unified School District’s six elementary schools.

New information kiosk for Fullerton Arboretum shows off construction skills of Brea Olinda High School students
The high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail are apparent. Then you discover the Fullerton Arboretum’s new three-person kiosk – with its pine-green, gable roof, off-white exterior, recessed lighting, wifi and single-hung windows – was constructed by high school students. The wow factor grows. Students in Brea Olinda High School’s Building Industry Technology Academy spent roughly 11 weeks designing and building the kiosk, which stands outside the entrance to the arboretum.


Do L.A. Unified's daily random searches keep students safe, or do they go too far?
Kevin Castillo was in his freshman year at Hamilton High School when administrators carrying hand-held metal detectors interrupted his English class to conduct a random search. The chosen students, Kevin among them, were taken to a nearby office, he said, where they were instructed to open their backpacks slowly to allow administrators to look inside. The administrators used sticks to move items around, he said. They also waved the metal-detector wands up and down the students’ bodies.

California high school football player can't be forced to stand for national anthem, court rules
An Imperial County high school football player must be allowed to kneel during the singing of the national anthem and can’t be ordered by his school to stand for the performances, a federal court has ruled. The decision temporarily strikes down rules set by the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District that prohibited “kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest” at athletic events and required students and coaches to “stand and remove hats/helmets … during the playing or singing of the National Anthem,” according to the Dec. 21 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.


Teacher training report: California earns a D+, below most states
California ranks below 31 other public-school systems and earns just a D-plus in ensuring teacher quality, according to a new report aimed at spurring states to improve teacher preparation. The Washington, D.C. based National Council on Teacher Quality’s 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook evaluated and graded states on teacher preparation, evaluation, compensation and other factors that contribute to successful teaching. Since its last survey in 2015, the nonprofit, non-partisan council found that California and most states stagnated in their progress.


Young, gay and living on the street: LGBT youth face increased odds of homelessness
Of the nation’s 1.6 million youth 18 and younger who were homeless at some point last year, 40 percent were LGBT, even though they represent only 7 percent of that youth population overall, according to True Colors Fund, a New York nonprofit that advocates on behalf of homeless LGBT youth.

Federal government finds flaws in California’s plan to improve lowest-performing schools
The U.S. Department of Education has cited substantive flaws in California’s plan detailing how it will improve low-performing schools and use billions of dollars of federal education aid under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Dec. 21 letter to state education officials could initiate lengthy negotiations between federal and state officials over clarifications and technical changes to California’s 100-page funding application.

High cost of living and low wages drive up child poverty rate in California
A recent report by the National Center for Children in Poverty says helping young children who have experienced trauma starts with strengthening the early care and education workforce with training and other support services. Nearly a quarter of California children 5 years old and younger live in poverty, according to a new report that examines the impact of the cost of living and family income on the state’s youngest residents.


Ten Boys Who Care Win Grant
Youth Service America and The Walt Disney Company awarded $500 to the 10 Boys Who Care, a group of local students who for the past five years have raised money to award good sportsmanship scholarships to high school seniors.


OCDE fair to showcase state-approved history and social science instructional materials
Local history and social science educators may want to mark their calendars: OCDE will host a History-Social Science Instructional Materials Fair, showcasing content from the state’s recently-adopted list of approved materials, on Jan. 29. The event, geared toward administrators, curriculum coordinators, coaches and teachers, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building D on OCDE’s main campus, located at 200 Kalmus Drive in Costa Mesa. Guests should register online by Jan. 25.

Season of giving can continue if you want to help teachers fund classroom projects
The holiday season might be winding down, but you still have to opportunity to give especially if you want to help out a local school or classroom. Dozens of teachers, administrators and others at schools across Orange County have set up crowdfunding projects on the popular nonprofit site.

Promoting career technical education for all students, OCDE administrator earns state and national honors
Jillian Johnson-Sharp wants to clear up any lingering misconceptions about career technical education, also known as CTE. Enrollment in these courses should not be viewed as a separate, non-college track for students eager to pick up job skills, she says. Instead, today’s CTE offerings are designed for all students.

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