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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Dozens turn out to celebrate 50th anniversary of Laguna Beach’s Top of the World Elementary
Dozens of alumni, teachers and staff members turned out to celebrate Top of the World Elementary School’s 50-year anniversary. The Oct. 6 celebration included the school’s first principal Al Haven, teacher Terry Hustwick and longtime school receptionist and classroom aide Claudia Redfern. The event included a ceremonial birthday cake-cutting and music. Returning students wore name tags so teachers could recognize them from years past.


Newport-Mesa hears last public input on redrawing trustee zones; decision next week
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board hosted its third and final public hearing Monday to gather input on changing the district’s trustee zone boundaries before the board decides next week. One of two proposed maps, titled Map B, was created this year under the guidance of a committee with members chosen by Supt. Fred Navarro from areas throughout Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. The second option, Map G, was created based on community input and board direction after the release of Map B.


LAUSD superintendent has been on medical leave for 3 weeks. Here’s who’s running things
Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King has been out of the office for nearly a month, and another district administrator has told parents and students that she is now running the school district. Associated Superintendent Vivian Ekchian contacted LAUSD families Monday evening via the district’s oft-used robo-call system to say she will be managing the district as acting superintendent while King, 56, is out due to illness and subsequent surgery.


California permanently eliminates high school exit exam requirement
California has permanently scrapped its high school exit exam under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. The California High School Exit Examination was a requirement to receive a diploma in the state, but the legislature voted in 2015 to drop it for the high school classes of 2015 to 2018. Diplomas were retroactively awarded to anyone who met all other graduation requirements after the test became a mandatory must-pass exam in 2004.


20,000 DACA teachers at risk — and your kids could feel the fallout, too
Nationwide, an estimated 20,000 DACA-eligible teachers — many of them possessing key Spanish-language skills that are in high demand — could be plucked from the classroom if the law is phased out.


Californians favor more college aid for both low- and middle-income students, poll finds
California voters strongly support increasing state-funded financial aid for both low-income and middle-income students at public colleges and universities, according to a Berkeley IGS/EdSource poll. However, that support is uneven depending on party affiliation and geographic region.


The latest on Canyon Fire 2 school closures
The Canyon Fire 2 was 40 percent contained as of Tuesday evening, according to the Orange County Register, which was also reporting that most evacuations had been lifted. Meanwhile, here’s the latest on school closures:

Foundation created by SchoolsFirst, OCDE offers classroom grants to OC teachers
Are you an Orange County teacher looking for a way to purchase materials or equipment for a classroom project? You might want to consider applying this month for a grant offered by the Education Foundation for Orange County Schools.

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