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Tuesday, October 08, 2019


OCDE secures $449,000 grant for career and technical education
The Orange County Department of Education has been awarded a federal grant of $448,936 to help prepare more students in career and technical education. OCDE received the Innovation & Modernization Grant grant from the U.S Department of Education. The I&M Grant is designed to test new ideas to help prepare students for success in the workforce by identifying, supporting, and evaluating evidence-based strategies for improving CTE. Nine education agencies received I&M grants across the country, totaling about $4.3 million.


Santa Ana School Board may honor city founder after dropping his name from a campus
The name of William H. Spurgeon – Santa Ana’s founder – may have a spot on an educational building in the city after all. The Santa Ana Unified School Board is scheduled to consider on Tuesday, Oct. 8, renaming its District Central Office as the WH Spurgeon Administrative Center. The district got considerable flak from historians and other long-timers in August, when it renamed Spurgeon Intermediate the Romero-Cruz Academy.


Families endure costly legal fights trying to get the right special education services
The law says public schools must give students with disabilities the services that meet their individual needs, but parents and districts often disagree on what those services should be or whether a student needs services at all.


Californians will vote on biggest-ever school construction bond in 2020
Californians will vote next year whether to approve the largest school construction bond in state history. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB48 on Monday, placing a $15 billion bond to upgrade public school and college facilities on the March ballot.

San Francisco Alumni Group Sues Over Divisive School Mural
An alumni group has sued to challenge the San Francisco school board's decision to cover a controversial mural displayed in a public high school that some criticized as racist. The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education in August voted 4-3 to place panels over the "Life of Washington" mural.


Teachers and students push for climate change education in California
As students around the globe demand action by their government leaders to protect the environment, school boards across California have taken steps to recognize the impact of climate change on the environment and their students. Now, many students and teachers are saying it’s time to put ideas on how schools should address climate change into practice.

$15 billion California school bond headed for March ballot with Newsom’s signature
Saying he hoped voters will “get this thing passed by historic numbers,” Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that will place a $15 billion construction bond covering pre-K through higher education facilities on the March 2020 state ballot.


El Rancho Unified teacher’s union files charges against school board
The El Rancho Unified teacher’s union took the first step toward possible legal action against the district’s school board majority, alleging interference, discrimination and retaliation against union members and leadership in a filing with the state’s Public Employee Relation Board. The move comes on the heels of similar charges filed by an unaffiliated union of district principals in August. Among other accusations, they alleged the firings and reassignments earlier this year were retaliation for union-related activities.


The Things Parents Don't Talk About With Their Kids ... But Should
A majority of parents rarely if ever discuss race/ethnicity, gender, class or other categories of social identity with their kids, according to a new, nationally representative survey of more than 6,000 parents conducted by Sesame Workshop and NORC at the University of Chicago. The researchers behind Sesame Street say the fact that so many families aren't talking about these issues is a problem because children are hardwired to notice differences at a young age — and they're asking questions.

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