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Anaheim police collecting flutes to aid investigation into possible contamination
Police officials are collecting hand-made flutes from local schoolchildren in connection with a federal investigation into whether some distributed instruments may have been contaminated with bodily fluids. A performer with Flutes Across the World, a nonprofit program that has visited schools around Southern California, handed out the flutes during music programs, officials have said.


Retired UFC fighter leads high school assembly against bullying
Students at the Back Bay/Monte Vista High School campus listened to an anti-bullying seminar Tuesday featuring former UFC fighter Mark Munoz. Munoz — a retired middleweight Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor once nicknamed the “Filipino Wrecking Machine” — spread a message that the students at the Costa Mesa campus are in charge of their destinies and can triumph in the face of adversity.

Newly emboldened, L.A. charter schools push to rewrite local rules
A small Hebrew-immersion charter school found out on Tuesday that there were limits to how far it could push a new school board majority that is widely regarded as pro-charter. But Lashon Academy Charter School’s challenge to the rules set by the Los Angeles Unified School District is widely seen as a sign of things to come.


LA County Office admits it shouldn't have approved Long Beach's LCAP
The Los Angeles County Office of Education has issued a mea culpa in a ruling with potentially far-reaching implications. It acknowledged that it mistakenly approved Long Beach Unified’s accountability plan last year that shortchanged low-income children, foster and homeless youth, and English learners $24 million under the state’s funding formula.


Gov. signs bills to reduce child poverty and suspension rates
State lawmakers are poised to establish a new taskforce that will work to develop strategies to reduce the high rate of child poverty in the state under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. And under a separate set of bills signed by Brown Tuesday, school districts will need to inform students who are suspended of any previous attempts at behavior correction prior to the suspension referral; and the process to receive a California teaching credential will be expedited for military spouses with teaching credentials in other states.


LAUSD's 'pro-charter' school board isn't ticking off charter wish list items just yet
Pro-charter school groups hoped a new-look school board might push back against L.A. Unified's charter oversight policies. On Tuesday, board members did not.


Want Change In Education? Look Beyond The Usual Suspects (Like Finland)
In a tiny hamlet in Tanzania, children who have never been to school, and can't recognize a single letter in any language, are about to start learning basic math and reading. They'll do this with the help of a cutting-edge, artificially intelligent "tutor" who can hear what they are saying in Swahili and respond meaningfully. In the slums of Bogota, Colombia, children play with special board games, dominoes and dice games that can teach them math and reading in a matter of months.

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