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La Habra City School District announces new focuses for schools
The La Habra City School District is re-configuring its campuses for the 2018-19 school year, creating a special focus for each, and hundreds of parents have already put in requests to transfer their children to the school that interests them. The district held two rallies recently to introduce families to the changes happening in the fall when each of the district’s elementary schools will have classes for transitional kindergarten through the sixth grade – Las Positas Elementary will end at fifth grade. Previously campuses were either K-2 or 3-5.

Irvine school nurses, staff learn Stop the Bleed techniques to respond in mass-casualty situation
Irvine school nurses and athletic trainers on Tuesday, Jan. 30, learned simple techniques that could save lives in a shooting or other mass-casualty situation. Twenty-five members of the Irvine Unified School District completed the certificate program that was developed after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It focuses on teaching people ways to stop bleeding, which, according to the American College of Surgeons, is the No. 1 cause death in a trauma that can be prevented.

No books at home? Anaheim library’s ‘permanent loan’ program aims to fix that for kids
Studies have shown a connection between how many books a family has at home and the level of education the children reach, so Anaheim library officials are trying to fill local students’ bookshelves. The library’s “permanent loan” program, which began as a few individual events and became a year-round offering last July, has distributed more than 6,800 books for children to keep.

OUSD approves $3.8 million in improvement projects to campuses
A host of maintenance projects at Orange Unified School District schools were recently approved – $3.8 million total in improvements across a majority of its campuses. This summer, work will begin on flooring, painting, bell systems, fields, paving, restrooms, roofing and plumbing at district schools in Anaheim, Orange and Villa Park.


H.B. school trustee’s legal victory in effort to see city job applications stands after appellate court declines to review case
A state appellate court has declined to review a Huntington Beach school trustee’s lawsuit seeking access to city employment records, in effect upholding a lower court’s ruling granting him the records.


Federal, state visions for improving schools collide in California
During a presentation earlier this month on how to choose the roughly 300 lowest-performing schools that must get intensive help under federal law, a number struck some members of the State Board of Education like a brick from the sky: 3,003. That’s the total number of schools in the state that staff estimate would require at least some form of help based on the school selection criteria that the board was considering.


New bill to replace statewide grade 11 test with SAT or ACT
Next year’s high school juniors would be allowed to take college admissions tests instead of the current statewide assessment under a bill announced Tuesday that aims to close gaps in college enrollment and reduce testing time.

New tool shows ELs are ubiquitous and diverse
It’s well known that notices going home in some school districts in California need to be translated into more than a dozen different languages. But in Vermont? Or Maine? Or Montana? A new interactive website unveiled this week by the U.S. Department of Education provides a new window into the nation’s English learners that now comprise more than 4.8 million, or close to 10 percent of total enrollment.


Ready player one: Orange County High School Esports League to debut up this week
Thirty-seven teams from 25 local high schools have signed on to be a part of the new Orange County High School Esports League, which begins its inaugural season on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Students will compete in weekly matchups for eight weeks, leading up to the finals in April.

Educators, experts gather at OCDE summit focused on dyslexia
Magic Johnson, Gavin Newsom, Steven Spielberg and Henry Winkler all have something in common aside from their fame. They each suffer from dyslexia. About 200 educators, school administrators and experts cited these individuals at a summit Tuesday as examples of how prevalent the disability is, and how important it is to better serve students suffering from dyslexia.

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