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Thursday, October 05, 2017


Santa Ana’s Fremont Elementary celebrates International Walk to School Day
The annual International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, Oct. 4, provided an opportunity to promote safety at Fremont Elementary School in Santa Ana. Colorful characters — such as the neon-clad Cone Guys from the city’s traffic engineering department, top dog Officer McGruff from the police department, and the Mariachi Santos band form Santa Ana High School — blended together during a neighborhood walk to the school in the cool early-morning air.


Costa Mesa kids parade to class for Walk to School Day
It was a parade of children unlike anything crossing guard Gary Croan had ever seen. Standing at the corner of Santa Ana Avenue and East 22nd Street in Costa Mesa’s Eastside, Croan held traffic at bay as uncharacteristically large numbers of children strolled through his zone toward Kaiser Elementary School as part of Walk to School Day.


New poll: Safe and positive school environment more important than higher test scores
In evaluating school performance, registered voters in California say creating a safe and positive school environment is far more important than higher scores on standardized tests, according to a Berkeley IGS/EdSource poll. Voters also express considerable concerns about bullying, school fights and other forms of intimidation or violence on school campuses, along with harassment that students experience through social media.

Most California voters polled back private school vouchers for low-income kids
Most California voters agree that low-income families have few choices about where to send their children, and a large majority favor providing government support, through tax credits or vouchers, to send low-income kids to the public or parochial school of their choice, a new poll by BerkeleyIGS/EdSource found. Voters are much more divided, however, over whether the same tax subsidies should be available to all parents, regardless of income.


Teachers unions call on Brown to sign paid maternity leave bill
Teacher union officials took to the Capitol steps on Wednesday, urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that could guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave for all K-12 and community college teachers and classified staff. The news conference held yesterday comes just a couple weeks after CBS Sacramento reported a coalition of districts, charter schools and community colleges appealed to Brown to veto Assembly Bill 568, arguing that the cost involved would cut into already strained education budgets.


Santa Ana high school senior wounded in Vegas recounts the terror
Tiffany Huizar, 18, a Segerstrom High School senior could only run from the bullets landing around her. "It just seemed like they were getting closer and closer," Huizar told KPCC as she sat in a chair inside her room at University Medical Center Wednesday in Las Vegas. She still wore her Route 91 Harvest Festival wristband from Sunday night's concert where a sole gunman killed 58, many from California.


More OC 11th-graders ready for college-level coursework, test scores show
The number of Orange County 11th-graders considered ready for college-level math and English coursework grew slightly, according to last week’s state test scores. The Smarter Balanced Assessments were created with the goal of determining how prepared high school juniors are for college, specifically in math and English.


How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens
Fred Rogers, the beloved children's television host, used to tell a story about when he would see scary things in the news as a child. His mother would reassure him by saying: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

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