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Monday, January 08, 2018


Westminster School District names administrators of the year
The Westminster Education Leadership Association recently named its administrators of the year. Reagan Lopez, executive director of student services is the Westminster School District’s Central Office Administrator of the Year; Kim Breckenridge, principal of Anderson Elementary, is Site Administrator of the Year.

Man sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, raping Anaheim girl on way to school, attempting to kidnap 3 others
A 26-year-old Anaheim man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday for kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old as she walked to school and attempting to kidnap three other girls ages 11 to 16. In March 2011, Omar Xicotencatl kidnapped the 15-year-old as she walked to Loara High School and drove her to an unknown location, where he blindfolded her, tied her hands and feet and raped her, authorities said.


Parents need school report cards they can actually read, new study says
All states in the country are required to issue education report cards about students’ performance in public schools. The problem is, parents have a hard time finding and reading them — and in many cases, they’re not even available in a language they understand, a new report finds. “Getting people the data they need is essential because when families and communities have the right information to make decisions, students excel,” it states.


LA Unified schools chief to remain on medical leave and retire by June
Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent Michelle King, who has been on a medical leave for undisclosed reasons since September, announced on Friday that she has cancer, and will not be returning to the district. She will officially retire by June.

Despite legalization, California colleges stick to their marijuana bans
Students at UC San Diego don’t need to go far if they want to take part in California’s new recreational marijuana market: Torrey Holistics, a dispensary that sells cannabis to anyone over 21, is the next exit up Interstate 5 from the university. But those students shouldn’t plan to bring their purchases back to their dorm rooms, or anywhere else on campus.


Refusal: A large number of kids just say no to school
Jonathan Dalton, a Maryland-based psychologist specializes in treating anxiety and behavioral disorders, with a particular interest school in refusal and Social Anxiety Disorder. The student who coined the term had, at one point, not stepped foot in a school building in three years. Now he’s on track to graduate high school.

Overlap plagues services to early learners with disabilities
Multiple agencies and programs are charged with serving California’s estimated 41,000 infants and toddlers with special needs, which causes administrative overlap and confusion for families, according to a new review from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst. To simplify the system, save money and improve services, the LAO has suggested that lawmakers unify delivery under an existing network of non-profit regional centers that already coordinate intervention to the lion’s share of those children.


LAUSD loses its leader as Michelle King steps down to fight cancer
Michelle King, who has been on medical leave from her job as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District since mid-September, announced Friday she will not return to the office. King informed members of the L.A. Unified School Board she will remain on leave until June 30, at which point she will retire, according to a statement sent by the district. Long-time administrator Vivian Ekchian, who has been serving as acting superintendent since October, will remain in that role, according to a separate joint statement from L.A. Unified school board members.


Students in OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program advance in Gallaudet University’s ‘Battle of the Books’
Two teams from OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Venado Middle School in Irvine recently made it to the playoffs in the national Battle of the Books reading competition hosted by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. And one of them has earned a bid to the national finals in March.

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