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Monday, November 18, 2019


Santa Ana school’s partnership with UCI gives students a preview of medical careers
It’s a Friday afternoon with a three-day weekend on deck, and about a dozen UCI medical students are gathered in a crowded classroom at Santa Ana’s Middle College High School. Dressed in bright white lab coats, they take turns outlining introductory medical concepts for more than 30 high schoolers. They break down X-ray images on a flat-screen, analyze the mechanics of the heart, and discuss abdominal anatomy and reproductive systems.


Santa Clarita shooting: Some fear active shooter training at schools can bring its own form of trauma
The trainings sometimes contain graphic and realistic enactments — one in Indiana recently involved shooting teachers “execution-style” with a pellet gun — and may cause distress. 


At Long Beach schools’ first Green Summit, students step up for sustainability.
The event came together in the months after a group of green-minded students attended the LBUSD board meeting on March 27, and urged the board's members to create a sustainability plan for Long Beach schools.


Supporters of student who died after being restrained call for awareness and changes
More than 70 people attended a vigil in front of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office to remember 13-year-old Max Benson, who died after being restrained at his El Dorado Hills school last year. Several attendees lit candles, shared memories of the autistic boy who was called energetic and caring, and who loved rocks, numbers and animals.


Dozens of special education jobs need to be filled in San Diego Unified
More than two months into the school year, San Diego Unified still doesn’t have enough special education teachers and aides to serve its students with disabilities, leading some teachers to worry that some students’ safety and learning may be at risk.


San Diego Schools With More Poverty Tend to Have Less Experienced Teachers
Teachers in the most high-need schools in the district tend to have less experience than teachers in more affluent schools, according to a data analysis by VOSD and the UC San Diego Extension Center for Research. Instead of narrowing the achievement gap, this pattern exacerbates it.


Temecula parents demand schools get aggressive with bullying
Alarmed by the deadly campus assault of a 13-year-old Moreno Valley boy in September and the suicide of a 10-year-old Santa Ana girl in October, parents Dave and Alicia Vialpando are demanding that Temecula schools boldly confront bullying. “Heaven forbid, we don’t want the tragic circumstances that happened in Moreno Valley … a couple months ago to happen here,” Dave Vialpando said at a recent meeting.


Students use their hands to learn about Native American cultures in Yucaipa
Students from Redlands, Banning, Yucaipa and Calimesa participated in the Waa’t Celebration named for the Serrano Indian word for the juniper trees found on the nearby hills. The annual celebration marks both National Native American Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Day. Tribal members from San Manuel, Morongo and Cahuilla reservations participated in the event, offering lessons in the Serrano language, ecology, basketry, music and history.


Students talk through math in this California school. Now test scores are rising.
California school districts have long struggled with a persistent gap in math test scores between racial and ethnic groups. But at one small rural school district, the gap between Latino and white students has narrowed more than it has at most districts in the state. At Winship-Robbins Elementary School District, a single-school district in south Sutter County, the percentage of Latino students meeting or exceeding standards on the Smarter Balanced math test more than doubled over the last five years.


Report: Exploding pension costs fuel opposition to Marin school parcel taxes
The elephant in the Marin taxpayers’ living room — burgeoning teacher pension costs at local public schools — is the subject of a new report by a Stanford-based policy group. The 20-page report, “The Canary in the Gold Mine: The Implications of Marin’s Rising Pension Costs and Tax Revolt for Increasing Education Funding,” identifies higher pension costs as the reason why school parcel taxes are becoming an increasingly tougher sell. In Marin, that trend, the report says, first surfaced in 2016, when a parcel tax in upscale Kentfield School District failed, and one in similarly affluent Mill Valley School District passed by only 23 votes.

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