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New state test show OC students continue steady growth
Orange County’s public school students continued to make steady progress in English language arts and mathematics in the latest round of state tests, according to figures released today. For the fifth consecutive year, local students continued to outpace their peers statewide with a higher percentages of Orange County students meeting or exceeded standards at every grade level in English and math on the 2019 Smarter Balanced Assessments.


Medical marijuana OK at K-12 schools in California after Gov. Newsom signs new law
Under a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California parents may administer medical cannabis to their children at school if the school board approves.


State will audit Inspire charter school network for alleged fraud
The superintendents say they have reason to believe Inspire engaged in fiscal malfeasance, conflicts of interest, manipulation of enrollment and revenue and other improper activity.


Moreno Valley superintendent outlines plans to fight bullying, violence after middle-school assaults
A video from Sunnymead Middle School and the assault and later death of a Landmark Middle School boy have sparked an action plan. Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora, echoing comments he made last week at a community meeting to seek solutions to bullying and campus violence, said the fight and the September assault of a 13-year-old Landmark Middle School student who later died aren’t representative of the district and its schools. Kedziora promised that administrators are taking the issues “very seriously” and are crafting a plan. On Tuesday, he outlined several steps being taken:

Red shirts and pickets signal stalled Redlands Unified labor negotiations
A couple hundred teachers and classified employees picketed at the Redlands Unified school board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, to protest stalled labor negotiations. They have been negotiating since December and without a contract for more than a year.


For California schools, 2020 could prove historic
California public schools will be getting a big infusion of cash — a very, very big infusion —  if voters approve an unprecedented trifecta of  multibillion-dollar measures aimed at next year’s statewide ballots. First, there’s a $15 billion plan, financed by bond borrowing, for construction projects for K-12 and higher education. Gov. Newsom signed the bill and placed it on the March ballot. Second, the California School Boards Association is pushing its “Full and Fair Funding Measure,” which would generate $15 billion annually for public schools.


Slow growth, big disparities after 5 years of Smarter Balanced tests
California’s students’ Smarter Balanced test scores rose marginally in 2018-19, the fifth year of the tests, while showing little to no progress in closing wide disparities among ethnic, racial and other student groups, the California Department of Education reported on Wednesday. The notable exception is Hispanic students, whose 5-year proficiency rate in both English language arts and math rose faster than those of white and Asian students.


School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources
Schools across the country are so fed up with students vaping on campus that they're suing the e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs. Multiple districts filed lawsuits on Monday, including school systems in Olathe, Kan.; St. Charles, Mo.; Long Island, N.Y.; and La Conner, Wash. Three of those suits charge that Juul has hooked a generation of young smokers with its sweet flavors, placing a burden on schools.


California kids’ test scores again rise by inches as achievement gap yawns
In a steady-but-painstakingly-slow pattern that has come to define California’s push for equity in education, statewide test scores inched up incrementally this year, though about half of the state’s students are behind in reading and only 4 in 10 students are proficient in math. The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, administered to some 3.1 million students in grades 3-8 and grade 11, were released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

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