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Wednesday, October 09, 2019


Aide at Cerritos Elementary School in Anaheim arrested on suspicion of inappropriate touching
An instructional aide at Cerritos Elementary School in Anaheim was arrested last week on suspicion of inappropriately touching a child, authorities said. Jason Pineda, 20, was taken into custody on Oct. 2 following an allegation from a student about being touched. Anaheim police would not give more details about the student or alleged touching, saying only that it occurred on that day and was quickly reported. Savanna School District officials said the aide resigned shortly after the arrest.


Health benefit and proposed school start date fuel pushback from Newport-Mesa teachers
Teachers in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District haven’t yet agreed to a new employment contract, but if they accept the latest offer, it will include lower district contributions for healthcare than newly ratified contracts for support staff and top administrators. That key difference, along with an unpopular proposal to move up the start of the school year to before Labor Day, were two sticking points the local teachers union brought to the board of trustees’ meeting Monday night.


Newsom signs law protecting special needs students at nonpublic California schools
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that would protect students with special needs at nonpublic California schools, in response to the November 2018 death of a student who was restrained at his El Dorado Hills school. Assembly Bill 1172 allows the state Department of Education to immediately suspend or revoke the certification of a nonpublic school if a student’s health or safety is being compromised. Nonpublic schools are generally private, nonreligious schools that contract with local school districts or the county office of education to serve students with special needs.

Twin Rivers Unified looks at closing schools as enrollment drops, superintendent says
Twin Rivers Unified School District has begun discussing the closure of several schools due to declining enrollment, a lingering $3.8 million budget deficit and an inefficient structure that has resulted in too many campuses for the number of students served, according to officials. Superintendent Steve Martinez said in a letter to parents Oct. 3 that the northern Sacramento-area district has made $16.9 million in budget cuts over the past two years, “but that’s not enough.”


ACT test changes could mean higher scores, especially for wealthy students
Trying to get a high score on a college entrance exam? It might have just gotten easier.   The ACT announced the changes on Tuesday, saying they're meant to better serve students. But the modifications may give even more advantages to rich students, close observers say. Starting in fall 2020, students will be able to retake specific subject areas of the ACT where they did poorly, for a fee. In the past, students had to retake the whole test if they wanted to improve their score.


LA Unified moves away from plan to assign schools a single rating
California’s largest school district signaled Tuesday that it would reject a proposal to rank its schools on a 1 to 5 scale. The Los Angeles Unified school board’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee approved a resolution introduced by board member Jackie Goldberg that calls for the district to suspend implementation of “any use of stars, scores, or any other rating system” for its schools.


Why L.A. Rams players are reading to young students in Hawthorne
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Mitchell partnered to read to students at Peter Burnett Elementary School Tuesday, Oct. 8, coinciding with National Read to a Child Day. More than 500 students listened on as the former University of Georgia teammates read aloud Mitchell's children's book, "The Magician's Hat," with a magic show coinciding with the story.


Pasadena Unified security guard accused of arranging sexual tryst placed on leave
District officials have placed a Pasadena Unified security guard on administrative leave following reports from this news group that he was still employed by the district, despite his alleged role in facilitating a 2015 sexual encounter between two students. Billy Coleman, who was a security guard at Pasadena High School at the time, pulled a 14-year-old female freshman from her class. He unlocked the school’s auditorium and escorted her inside where a 17-year-old male student was waiting, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the girl.


School meals: a reflection of growing poverty in LA 
LAUSD has the largest distribution of free or reduced-price meals in California — and it’s increasing. About 80% of students are served the breakfasts or lunches. Last year, the district provided 120 million meals, or 720,000 per day.

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