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Tuesday, October 03, 2017


Shelters, cars and crowded rooms
As California’s housing costs continue to soar, more and more children are suffering the severest of consequences: No place to call home. Since 2014, the number of homeless children in California has jumped 20 percent. In the most recently released data, 202,329 young people are living in cars, motels, shelters, on the street or in crowded homes shared with other families. That’s just over 3 percent of the enrolled K-12 students, more than twice the national rate, but the actual numbers are almost certainly higher.

California map shows hot spots of homeless students
Explore our map showing the percentage of homeless students as reported by California's more than 10,000 schools.


Advocacy group questions teacher shortage
The number of K-12 public school teachers in the U.S. jumped 13 percent since the end of the recession increasing the total to more than 3.8 million, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality. The upswing in new teachers joining the ranks, the NCTQ said, is expected to continue in the short term and more than keep up with the growth rate of students nationally.


Local school districts to review policies after allegedly contaminated PVC flute incident
It's common for outside arts groups to go into schools and work with students. Now, local school districts – including LAUSD and Saugus Union in Santa Clarita – are reviewing policies for non-district employees who interact with school children. That comes after a music specialist allegedly contaminated PVC flutes that were given to school children with semen. The specialist visited multiple schools in multiple school districts across Southern California.


Broadcasting Positivity at Thurston
Even when she’s off campus, Jenny Salberg has Thurston Middle School on her mind. Now in her seventh year as principal, Salberg says school-related ideas often hit her at unexpected times. This summer, Salberg found herself suddenly struck by the phrase, “Be Thurston”. She shared the phrase with her staff and the theme grew from there. Salberg says “Be Thurston” is meant to challenge middle schoolers to be their best, as students and as community members. Giant sidewalk stickers and wall hangings throughout the school serve as visual reminders of this goal.


In the news: Orange County is home to both of California’s Vietnamese dual immersion programs
The Westminster School District became the first in the state to offer Vietnamese dual immersion, opening an academy at DeMille Elementary School in 2015. Two years later, Garden Grove celebrated the launch of its own program for transitional kindergarten students at Murdy Elementary School.

Five tips to help children cope with a national tragedy
Whenever there’s a national tragedy, whether it’s a hurricane or an act of terrorism, it’s important to remember that kids may be experiencing increased levels of stress or anxiety. Even if they’re not personally affected, exposure to traumatic events through the media or in conversations can affect a child’s emotional well-being. In the aftermath of Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas, we’re sharing this list of things to keep in mind when helping children cope with tragedy, provided by Jim Perez, OCDE’s administrator for Safe Schools and Support Services.

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