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Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Moulton Elementary Garden Center teaches students to dig their veggies
It’s unusual to see a bunch of third-graders excited about eating their vegetables, but at Laguna Niguel’s Moulton Elementary School’s Garden Center, they’re ecstatic about them. Next to a sizable garden and huddled around a picnic table on a recent morning at Moulton Elementary, some 15 third-graders have plates of raw vegetables in front of them. The lesson plan is “eating the rainbow.”

Anaheim High School’s Clayes Stadium demolished ahead of upcoming aquatics center
Devoid of cheering fans for several years, the bleachers at Anaheim High School have been removed. On Tuesday morning, a crane poked, prodded and scooped up the remains of the school’s Clayes Stadium bleachers, now nothing more than a tangled mess of steel and rubble. By Friday, the site should be cleared entirely, a construction worker said.

Placentia-Yorba Linda district makes honor roll for AP program
The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District was recently named to The College Board’s eighth annual District Honor Roll. District officials said increased participation in Advanced Placement classes and improvements in scores led to the recognition. This is the second time the district made the honor roll.

Anaheim Elementary seeking new top admin as superintendent leaves
Anaheim Elementary School District is in search of a new leader after Superintendent Linda Kimble accepted a job in San Diego County in December. Kimble, who spent five years in Anaheim, will begin as head of the Vista Unified School District this month.


Inside the fight over how to address San Francisco's 'state of emergency' for black student achievement
Black students in San Francisco would be better off almost anywhere else in California. Many attend segregated schools and the majority of black, Latino and Pacific Islander students did not reach grade-level standards on the state’s recent math or English tests.


Sharp decline in high school graduation exams is testing the education system
In this new year, we are experiencing a drastic change in the way U.S. students are assessed. A national movement led by educators, parents and legislators has greatly cut back high-stakes standardized testing in public schools. Five years ago, 25 states had standardized high school exit exams whose results affected graduation. Now, only 13 states are doing that. A report by the nonprofit FairTest: The National Center for Fair & Open Testing has revealed this shift and chronicled efforts to reduce many other kinds of testing.


California education issues to watch in 2018 — and predictions of what will happen
Fortunately, according to a projection by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2018 could be a bountiful year for Prop. 98. That could enable Brown to pay the final installment on the Local Control Funding Formula, his landmark financing law, in his last year in office — two years ahead of his original projection.


Feds pan CA’s ESSA plan, setting up new conflict
After getting a highly critical review from federal regulators of the California plan for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, state officials promised to work cooperatively on some issues but also warned other things were non-negotiable. “We will be working to address technical points of clarification while noting that there are areas of disagreement over the interpretation of federal statute,” said Mike Kirst, president of the state board of education, and Tom Torlakson, state schools chief, in a joint statement late last month.


Alarmed by fake news, schools push media literacy
Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy. The effort has been bipartisan but has received little attention despite successful legislation in Washington state, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico.

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