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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Many schools in 2 districts will not hold classes on Tuesday because of the fire
The Canyon Fire 2 has prompted the Tustin Unified School District to close all of its campuses and childcare facilities and not hold school-related activities on Tuesday. Check the district’s website for updates. Meanwhile, the Orange Unified School District has announced that classes will not be held Tuesday at these schools: El Modena High School, Running Springs Elementary, Anaheim Hills Elementary, Santiago Middle School, Canyon Rim Elementary, Chapman Hills Elementary, El Modena High School, Linda Vista Elementary and Panorama Elementary.


Sage Hill School sisters create tutoring tool to match ‘gurus’ with ‘newbies’
Twin sisters from Sage Hill School are creating a free website and app to help fellow students connect with peers for academic tutoring. Hana and Miya Stauss call their product Peer Genius. When complete, Peer Genius will connect “gurus,” or kids proficient in particular school subjects, with “newbies,” or students seeking tutoring. The pilot version will connect Sage Hill students with kids in Santa Ana.


Virtual charter academies in California must refund nearly $2 million to state
As a result of a just released state audit, a network of virtual charter schools must refund nearly $2 million in improperly used state funds that were intended for implementation of the Common Core standards in English and math. In addition, the California Department of Education will require the network to conduct a new audit of its average daily attendance records and a number of other actions.

On medical leave, LA Unified school chief replaced by acting superintendent
Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King has temporarily relinquished her duties after undergoing a medical procedure, and Vivian Ekchian, the associate superintendent of support services, will be acting superintendent during her absence, according to district officials.


Study calls on states to relax teacher credential reciprocity
Just last week after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that gives the Commission on Teacher Credentialing seven days to consider applications of spouses of active United States military service members if they hold a teaching credential from another state.


Canyon Fire 2 Update: Tustin Unified closes all campuses, Orange Unified closes 9
The brush fire that has consumed more than 7,500 acres forced the closure Tuesday of dozens of schools across northern and eastern Orange County. Officials in Tustin Unified School District have canceled classes and all other school-related activities at all campuses. Meanwhile, Orange Unified School District officials have closed nine schools. They are Anaheim Hills Elementary, Running Springs Elementary, Canyon Rim Elementary, Chapman Hills Elementary, Linda Vista Elementary, Panorama Elementary, Santiago Charter School, El Rancho Charter School and El Modena High School (closed to students and staff to serve as an evacuation center).


How Social Studies Educators Approach The Holiday Named For Columbus
Robert Siegel speaks with Lawrence Paska, executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies, on the changing currents around the teaching of Christopher Columbus.

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