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Poet Laureate to speak in OC as part of Creative Edge Lecture series
Author and performer Joy Harjo, who was recently named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, has been announced as the featured speaker at next month’s Lecture. Harjo’s presentation will be held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. The event is free and open to all audiences, but reservations are required at Hosted by Arts Orange County in association with OCDE and Fourth District PTA, the Creative Edge Lecture series was established in 2010 to give local artists, educators, business leaders and community members an opportunity to hear from distinguished thought-leaders and innovators whose work is served by creativity.


Inglewood charter school with history of alleged wrongdoing denied renewal by county
The Los Angeles County Board of Education voted Tuesday to close an Inglewood charter school with a lengthy history of financial problems and mixed academic performance that illustrated flaws in California’s oversight system.


‘No flavored tobacco products, no exceptions.’ California lawmaker unveils new ban effort
A California lawmaker has announced a renewed effort to ban flavored tobacco products in the state, and he’s gotten the lieutenant governor and nearly 30 other legislators to sign on to the bill. Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, announced Senate Bill 793, which would prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarette products such as Juul pods.


An Overlooked Danger: School Shootings After Hours
Since mid-August, gunfire has erupted more than 20 times at or near school sporting events around the country, more shootings than took place during school hours.


East Bay schools hit with cyber attack during break
A ransomware attack left schools in the Pittsburg Unified School District without email or internet servers when educators returned to work from the winter break Monday.


California’s effort to turn school staff into teachers starts to pay off
A state program that recruits classroom aides, food service workers and bus drivers — who are already on campus and invested in local schools — and trains them to become teachers is one innovative way California is trying to combat its teacher shortage. The California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program has helped transform 299 school employees into teachers, with thousands more in the pipeline, according to a new report from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

California governor keeps higher education pledges but need for financial aid reform remains
With investments in financial aid, more money for California’s university systems and the creation of a postsecondary education council, Gov. Gavin Newsom fulfilled his first-year campaign pledges on higher education, experts and advocates say. On the campaign trail in 2018, Newsom said he would expand financial aid by growing the number of Cal Grants available to older students — known as competitive Cal Grants — and providing two years of tuition-free community college.


Manhattan Beach Unified is using aluminum water bottle manufacturer to cap plastic bottle use
Manhattan Beach Unified School District is getting greener. The district is halfway through its first academic year using aluminum canned water and aluminum water bottles in some of its schools to replace plastic ones. The switch is the result of a partnership with Open Water — a Chicago company that packages purified, electrolyte flat and sparkling water in aluminum bottles and cans — to reduce its consumption of less-sustainable plastic waste.


Video: How Your LAUSD School Got Its 'Growth' Score — And What That Means
How should we judge whether a public school is succeeding or struggling academically? We could look at its standardized test results — but those scores arguably track poverty levels in a school just as well as they reflect the amount of learning happening. But the Los Angeles Unified School District just unveiled a new metric that claims to offer a new perspective on school performance with the effects of poverty and other societal stressors filtered out. It's called an "Academic Growth" score.

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