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Friday, October 13, 2017


Two dogs and a ring-necked dove help Orange County high schoolers de-stress after test
Scarlett Lirocchi, 14, walked outside after taking her Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and any stress that had built up during the three-hour exam evaporated when she gazed at Zoe, Cloud and Blue. Zoe is a long-haired Chihuahua, Blue an American Staffordshire Terrier. Cloud is a ring-necked dove. All three are trained, licensed therapy animals. Lirocchi, a ninth-grader at Saddleback Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano, stood in line with other students to pet and interact with Blue. Then she went prancing across the blacktop with joy.

California bosses can no longer ask you about your previous salary
A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation’s most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants’ previous salaries and benefits. The salary privacy bill, was enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, Oct. 12, at a celebratory signing ceremony at Women’s Empowerment, a nonprofit for homeless women.


Newport-Mesa to inspect all sewer lines at Estancia High School after complaints about odor
All sewer lines at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa will be inspected in coming weeks to make sure they are properly capped, according to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. That is in addition to more air-quality testing in the science wing that was approved last month by the board of trustees. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are continuing to inspect and verify that all sewer lines at Estancia High School that were affected by the modernization project are properly capped,” district spokeswoman Annette Franco said in an email Thursday.


These LA students hit the ‘Hamilton’ stage to perform their own work
Some glorified Alexander Hamilton in freestyle rap verses and some performed folk songs about the American Revolution. Others, still, dramatized critical moments from the Founding Era – and all of it happened on a stage set for “Hamilton.” About 2,600 public school juniors and their teachers from 38 schools filed into the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 12 for L.A.’s first #EduHam program. This first of three all-student experiences, which includes a showcase of original American history-inspired works, “Hamilton” cast Q&A, and a matinee performance of the show, is an extension of the innovative educational program that launched in New York last year.


San Marcos pairs up with Tesla to bring solar power to schools
Tesla Motors Inc., known for building high-end electric cars, will be powering San Marcos schools, as well. Last December, the district inked a deal with the Silicon Valley energy company to introduce solar arrays at most of its campuses. Construction on that project starts today at Paloma Elementary School, and will be rolled out in phases to San Marcos campuses.


Poor students will get free tampons and pads at California schools
In an effort to keep poor students attending class during their periods, California schools will provide free tampons and pads. Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed Assembly Bill 10, requiring middle and high schools where at least 40 percent of students meet the federal poverty threshold to stock half their campus restrooms with free menstrual products.


California joins trend among states to abandon high school exit exam
This week Gov. Jerry Brown made official what has been state policy for several years: he signed a bill abolishing the California High School Exit Exam. Known by its initials as CAHSEE — and pronounced KAYSEE by educators and students — it had been in place as a graduation requirement for about a decade, until administration of the exam was abruptly suspended as a result of bureaucratic snafu in the summer of 2015.


What’s Working: Let’s Turn School-Level Success into State-Level Progress
The school year is underway. Parents have gotten through the “first day” milestone and gone to the Back-to-School nights. Teachers and students have their routines down and are settled into the work they’ll carry on throughout the year. At the state policy level, we’ve also hit another milestone in education. Last month, states across the country submitted their plans to the U.S. Department of Education laying out their vision for education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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