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Friday, October 06, 2017


Ex-La Habra High teacher Charles Ritz will not face sex charges in Orange County
No charges will be filed in Orange County against a retired La Habra High School teacher who pleaded guilty in August to one public indecency charge in Illinois. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges against retiree Charles T. Ritz III for an alleged 1987 incident involving two 15-year-old juveniles in a tent at San Onofre beach. Michelle Van Der Linden, district spokeswoman, said the six-year statute of limitations had long ago passed.


Sacramento teachers are considering a strike. District calls it an ‘intimidation tactic.’
Sacramento City Unified School District teachers are voting on whether to strike for the first time since 1989. The Sacramento City Teachers Association and the district have been in negotiations for about a year and remain in disagreement over compensation, both sides say. A decision about whether to strike won’t be made until at least Nov. 3, union officials say.


New online tool to track and encourage college aid applications statewide
California high schools and school districts will have a new tool starting this week to help them track how many students complete and submit their federal application for college financial aid and to compare those statistics around the state. The “Race to Submit” dashboard was piloted successfully last year in Riverside County and is now being expanded statewide by the California Student Aid Commission.

LA area community colleges need to do more to prepare future workers, report says
Los Angeles and Orange County community colleges are preparing too few workers for the jobs the region needs, says a new report. The recently published analysis offers a detailed look at how community colleges respond to the local economy’s workforce demands and challenges them to educate more students to fill the tens of thousands of jobs that’ll be created in the next five years.


Academic achievement celebrated at Los Alamitos Unified’s State of the District event
Los Alamitos Unified School District Superintendent Sherry Kropp told more than 200 parents, educators, and community members that there’s plenty to celebrate when it comes to education. Over the years, every school in the district has received a California Distinguished School and a Gold Ribbon School. Los Alamitos is one of four districts in the nation earning a spot on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll for seven straight years. The district currently ranks among the top 10 percent in the state in state test scores in English language Arts and math. And just days earlier, Jack L. Weaver Elementary won a National Blue Ribbon.


For Traumatized Children, An Offer Of Help From The Muppets
Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fingers, count them (of course), and blow on each one in turn as if he were blowing out a birthday candle. Afterward, Cookie declares, in his familiar growly voice, that he feels much better. "Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed." You won't be catching this scene on HBO or PBS. It's part of a special initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. Free materials, including videos, books and games, will be released today to help parents and caregivers, in turn, help young children cope with traumatic experiences.

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