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Thursday, October 03, 2019


Westminster dedicates district office in honor of Mendez family and their landmark civil rights case
In 1943, Sylvia Mendez and her two brothers were turned away from Westminster’s 17th Street School, known then as “the white school,” based on their heritage and skin color. What followed was a lengthy court battle, leading to the desegregation of California’s public schools in 1947 and setting the stage for the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision. More than 70 years later, the Westminster School District has paid tribute to this groundbreaking civil rights case and a local family that fought to ensure educational equality for future generations, officially dedicating its central office in honor of the Mendez family.


Watch it, we’re walking here! Children join in the annual Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day is an international effort encouraging healthy exercise habits among children and families, but it also serves as a reminder to drivers to be safe around schools. And, the long chain of back-pack toting young learners that stretched down the block heading toward Marian Bergeson Elementary would have been hard for passing Laguna Niguel drivers to miss on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

New health report for California shows 34% increase in teen suicide and 29% rise in childcare costs in past 3 years
A new national report focusing on women’s and children’s health has found a 34% increase in teen suicides among California youth between the ages of 15 and 19 over the past three years — significantly higher than the national increase of 25% — and a 29% surge in infant childcare costs during the same period. The report, titled America’s Health Rankings 2019, was released by the United Health Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit that aims to expand healthcare access.

La Habra man convicted of abducting, groping girl walking to school in Brea
A 24-year-old La Habra man Christian Moreno was convicted of abducting and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl as she walked to school in Brea. Moreno is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13. The teen was walking to school about 7:45 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2017, when her attacker grabbed her from behind and groped her in the 1800 block of West Skywood Street, according to Brea police.


Teens charged with manslaughter in sucker-punch attack that killed Moreno Valley student
Prosecutors have filed voluntary manslaughter charges against two 13-year-old boys who were arrested in connection with an assault at a Moreno Valley middle school that left a fellow student dead. The new counts were filed Monday, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office said. The boys already were facing charges of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. They were taken into custody hours after the attack at Landmark Middle School on the afternoon of Sept. 16. Their identities have not been released because they are minors.


Punish students for Nazi salutes? It's not always easy — or a good idea, experts say
A little more than a month ago, videos surfaced showing high school students here giving the straight-arm Nazi salute while singing a German military song. District leaders say they have already moved on. "This is a very isolated incident," said Lan Quoc Nguyen, the school board president in Garden Grove about the off-campus event involving Pacifica High School athletes.  But should they have – and were their actions correct?


Child care providers in California learn how to help children who have experienced trauma
It only takes one healthy relationship with a caring adult to help a child heal from trauma. That’s one of the main messages in a series of classes given to child care providers across California that help them work with children who have experienced abuse, violence, family separation or other trauma.

LA Unified approves spending plan despite complaint about serving high-needs students
The state’s largest school district on Tuesday approved an amended version of its 2019-20 school accountability plan, after a complaint was filed this summer about transparency and adequately serving high-needs students. The Los Angeles Unified District school board voted 6-1 to approve the district’s latest Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which must be written every three years and updated annually in consultation with parents and the community.


Bakersfield teacher uses the power of technology to read to her students every night before bed
Understanding the difficulties that her students' parents face when it comes to working multiple jobs to make ends meet and not having enough time on their hands, Wajeha Chaudhry has taken it upon herself to be there for her students outside the classroom — through the power of the internet. She's there to read to her students every night before they go to bed, all thanks to her YouTube channel.


Pasadena Unified hit with $887,000 judgment over a security guard’s role in students’ sexual encounter
A jury has ordered Pasadena Unified to pay a former student $887,416 after a sexual encounter in 2014 with another student was facilitated by a school security guard who is still employed by the district. The district still has the opportunity to appeal the judgment, but early in the court proceedings, officials admitted the district personnel’s negligent supervision caused the encounter, according to documents filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


States Are Struggling To Follow The Law On Schooling For Children In Foster Care
Under federal law, states are required to help maintain a stable educational environment for youth in foster care, even when the children’s personal lives are in tumult. But most places are struggling to follow the law, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office released Wednesday and provided early to HuffPost. The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act that governs K-12 education says that children in foster care should remain in the same school, even if their home placement changes, unless it is against their best interest.

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