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Monday, January 29, 2018


Irvine Unified picks name for new school in Portola Springs set to open in 2019
Rapidly growing Irvine’s newest elementary school now has a name. The Irvine Unified School District board has decided to name the campus Loma Ridge Elementary School – the site faces Loma Ridge (Loma means knoll or hill in Spanish). The district’s 24th elementary school, set to open in 2019, is adjacent to the Tomato Springs road in an area between the 241 toll road and Portola Parkway.


Newport-Mesa looking for ways to expand Wi-Fi beyond school sites
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is researching ways to expand Wi-Fi service beyond school sites to serve all students, including those lacking internet access at home. Some advocates for Westside Costa Mesa have said many students who live there are unable to complete online school assignments because they don't have internet access.


This school program tries to empower girls and keep them away from sex trafficking
The Shine program from nonprofit City of Refuge attempts to keep girls from becoming victims of sex trafficking. The six-week program is offered at nine Sacramento City Unified schools.


Why homework is out at this Hemet school
It’s every student’s dream: no homework. Ever. On some campuses — including at least one in the Inland area — it’s come true. At Hemet’s Cawston Elementary School, nightly take-home assignments are already a thing of the past. The school has replaced homework with family projects that focus on STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Instead of sending home weekly homework packages, Cawston students are assigned to create something with their family.


More candidates for state superintendent raise odds of runoff in November
Instead of just two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, there will be at least five, including a young education consultant with some management experience similar to Marshall Tuck’s, a college instructor who can match Assemblyman Tony Thurmond’s past nonprofit experience counseling low-income students, and an oil industry geologist turned publisher of digital science materials who wants the state to abandon the Common Core standards.

State of the State 2018: What Gov. Brown said about education
Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his eighth State of the State speech — his final one — on January 25 in Sacramento. He affirmed his belief in “local control” of K-12 schools and defended his record of expanding funding for California’s system of higher education. The following are his complete remarks on education as he delivered them:


Benefit from ‘Trump Bump’ limited for schools
After waiting more than a year for the so-called “Trump bump” to begin filling state coffers, school officials got the disappointing news last week that even if tax revenues surge further that their share will likely be limited. At issue is Proposition 98 and its vexing set of formulas used to determine the minimum funding guaranteed K-12 districts and community colleges.


Case of shackled kids revives home-school regulation debate
Just over a week after California officials found 13 siblings allegedly held captive and younger children apparently not missed by schools because they were being home-schooled, home-schooling advocates say they are bracing for calls for stricter oversight of the practice. The advocates say they were horrified by accusations that the children's parents kept them shackled in a filthy home in the Southern California city of Perris, and some said they support mandatory medical visits or regular academic assessments of home-schooled children.


Learning with Laughter
Philip Black hooks his audience with humor as soon as they enter the room. “What’s the best part of today?” Black asks. “Is it history? Is it geography? No, it’s getting out of class for two and a half hours, am I right? Maryann Thomas’s fourth-grade class cheers in agreement.


Global School Play Day seeks to spotlight the importance of unstructured playtime
Scott Bedley has a simple suggestion for kids, and it’s one to which they probably won’t object: Play more. Bedley, an Irvine elementary school teacher and a 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year, is among a half-dozen educators from California who in 2015 established Global School Play Day out of a growing concern that adults and technology were increasingly encroaching on unstructured playtime and its critical developmental benefits.

OCDE promotes music, arts education at NAMM convention
This weekend’s NAMM convention, an annual gathering for music industry professionals, featured exhibits on the latest music gear, a few celebrity sightings and some jam sessions. And it also included a campaign to help bring more music into classrooms across the country. The Orange County Department of Education on Friday helped lead a forum at the Anaheim convention on how schools and districts can better use federal funds aimed at low-income students and English learners for music and arts programs.

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