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Thursday, January 09, 2020


Santa Ana Unified teacher again a finalist for Grammy educator award
A music teacher from the Santa Ana Unified School District, Victor de los Santos, director of bands for Santa Ana High School, was named one of 10 finalists nationwide for the 2020 Grammy Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. This marks the the third year in a row that de los Santos has made it to the final round of competition.

Forum on preventing hate incidents in schools spurs conversations about tolerance
Incidents of bullying, violence, discrimination and other hate-related cases have spread across schools nationally, including those in Orange County. So it’s become increasingly important for educators to work with community groups and law enforcement to address the root causes of hate in order to better promote tolerance. That was a theme of the forum “Building A Stronger, United Community By Addressing Hate-Motivated Incidents in Schools” held Tuesday night at the Orange County Department of Education.


Former Santa Ana College instructor arrested in Hemet, charged with lewd acts on minor
A former welding instructor at Santa Ana College has been arrested and charged with molesting a 15-year-old who was taking his class, authorities said Wednesday. George Moreno, 59, of Cherry Valley was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Alessandro High School in Hemet where he was employed again as a welding instructor, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office said Moreno was an instructor at Santa Ana College from 2007 to 2018. Some of the students enrolled in his class were from Santa Ana Middle College High School, which is also part of the Santa Ana Unified School District, authorities said.


California schools sue Juul Labs for vaping-related absences. They’re not the first
San Diego public schools have sued Juul Labs, claiming that their products led to student absences because of vaping-related lung illnesses and diverted school resources to preventing vaping on school grounds. The suit was filed on Jan. 7 in San Diego Superior Court and says that Juul’s product “disrupts the learning environment” of the San Diego Unified School District. The lawsuit says San Diego teachers had to deal with “the prevention and detection of student vaping and modify school property and school operations in response to the problem.” San Diego joins other school districts in Kansas, Missouri and New York in filing lawsuits against the e-cigarette giant, according to USA Today. Five million youth reported having used e-cigarettes within the past month and almost one million said they used them daily, according to a 2019 report by the Food and Drug Administration.


More San Diego Unified Schools Will Be Listed Among State’s Worst-Performing
Last year, nine traditional public schools performed poorly enough to make the state’s list. This year, 12 traditional schools will automatically be added to the list, according to the new data reviewed by Voice of San Diego. The schools that qualify for the list are, in theory, targeted for extra support. They also receive a small amount of extra funding. If they show no improvement over a long period of time, state officials can step in.


New efforts to make school spending in California more transparent 
Though barely a week old, 2020 is shaping up to be the year that policy makers and legislators force school districts to be more accountable for how they spend money they receive from the state’s funding formula. It could produce the first significant tightening of rules under the Local Control Funding Formula since former Gov. Jerry Brown persuaded the Legislature to pass the landmark legislation in 2013.

How Supreme Court DACA case could affect U.S. citizen children
When 15-year-old Guadalupe Garcia thinks about what could happen if the Supreme Court decides to end protections for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, she feels terrified that her mother could be deported. Guadalupe is one of an estimated 250,000 U.S.-born children nationwide who have parents in the country under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the federal program that provides temporary protection from deportation and permission to work for people who came to the U.S. as children.


Amid Vaping Controversy, California Schools And Health Officials Want To Teach Kids How To Quit
Across California, posters and billboards from the state health department warn young people about the dangers of vaping. State lawmakers introduced a bill this week to end all store sales of flavored tobacco, and the federal government recently moved to ban some e-cigarettes. But experts say bans and information campaigns don’t get at one crucial problem: how to help young people who are already addicted to nicotine. Experts say there’s been little guidance on how to help the more than 6 million U.S. teens who used tobacco products in 2019. E-cigarettes, or vapes, are the most common way for both high schoolers and middle schoolers to use tobacco, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

San Diego Schools Sue Juul Labs Over Youth Vaping Epidemic
San Diego's public school schools have filed suit against Juul Labs, Inc., the largest U.S. producer of e-cigarettes, accusing the company of deliberately marketing its vaping products to young people, effectively rolling back years of progress made by anti-smoking campaigns. "Across the United States, schools have had to divert resources and administrators have had to go to extreme lengths to respond to the ever-growing number of students using Juuls on school grounds," the complaint said.


Follow the money: Are changes coming for California’s school funding law?
Galvanized by a state audit that criticized California’s lax oversight of school spending, legislators are ringing in the new decade with proposals that would require the state to follow the money that districts get to educate disadvantaged kids. Assembly Bills 1834 and 1835, introduced this week, mark the latest effort by lawmakers to bolster transparency under the so-called Local Control Funding Formula, the landmark 2013 law that overhauled how the state funds public schools.

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