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Thursday, January 04, 2018

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

El Modena High students studying biomedical sciences, diagnosing illnesses
At El Modena High School, students interested in medical or biotech careers have the opportunity to explore options and gain a foundation in the study of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students may enroll in a Project Lead the Way biomedical science course. It is not your typical lecture-homework-test class. The class provides case-based scenarios and real-world, hands-on student learning, including all of the necessary supplies.
https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/03/el-modena-high-students-studying-biomedical-sciences-diagnosing-illnesses/

Find out more about La Habra City School District’s plans for campuses
The La Habra City School District has posted on its website, lahabraschools.org, information on special programs and magnets planned at campuses for the 2018-19 school year. The district is reorganizing its schools – gone will be the K-2 and 3-5 divisions – to be up through fifth or sixth grade and to have specialties.
https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/03/find-out-more-about-la-habra-city-school-districts-plans-for-campuses/

EDSOURCE

Despite cutbacks, auto shops play a role in math and science education in California schools
Thirty years ago, auto shop was as much a part of California high schools as frog dissection, typing classes and Friday night football. But due to budget cuts, teacher shortages and a push for more academic course offerings, fewer than half those auto shops remain in California — even though they have the potential to complement hands-on math and science curriculum, education experts say.
https://edsource.org/2018/despite-cutbacks-auto-shops-play-a-role-in-math-and-science-education-in-california-schools/592035

KQED

After Abrupt Budget Cuts, Oakland Schools Financial Officer Resigns
A top financial official criticized for his handling of the Oakland Unified School District’s budget is resigning. Senior business officer Vernon Hal leaves amid a deep deficit that led to $9 million in abrupt midyear cuts.
https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2018/01/03/oakland-unified-school-district-business-officer-resigns/

SI&A CABINET REPORT

Schools can boost attendance by improving mental health
Without treatment, Australian students with mental disorders such as depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have poorer academic outcomes than their peers–largely due to the amount of school days they miss, according to a new report. As early as third grade, students with mental disorders were, on average, seven to 11 months behind students with no mental disorder. By grade nine they were an average 1.5 to 2.8 years behind.
https://www.cabinetreport.com/human-resources/schools-can-boost-attendance-by-improving-mental-health

KPCC

There's more arts education in LA than you might expect, but not for everyone
More arts education is being offered to more students than previously assumed – 89.6 percent of elementary schools–and 92.7 percent of secondary schools–offer at least some arts instruction during the school day to students. That's according to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's arts education arm's recently-released county-wide survey of schools and districts' arts education offerings.
https://www.scpr.org/news/2018/01/03/78790/there-s-more-arts-education-in-la-than-you-might-e/

OCDE NEWSROOM

New 2018 education laws include ending ‘meal shaming’
It’s the start of a new calendar year, and with that comes a batch of state laws affecting Orange County’s public schools and community colleges. The slew of new laws for 2018 aims to address students’ health, social and emotional issues, along with targeting more tuition relief, and other issues. Here is a list of the more prominent legislation taking effect.
http://newsroom.ocde.us/new-2018-education-laws-include-ending-meal-shaming/

NPR

Why Foster Care Students In Seattle Are Beating The Odds
They set an ambitious goal: Raise the high school graduation rate for foster youth to be on par with the rest of the city's kids. Starting in 2012, they gave themselves five years to do it.
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/12/27/562341427/why-foster-care-students-in-seattle-are-beating-the-odds


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