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Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Garden Grove students awarded Thanksgiving meals for accomplishing goals
Turkey? Check. Stuffing? Check. Mashed potatoes and yams? Check and check. A group of students from Clinton Elementary and Doig Intermediate schools in Garden Grove Unified took home all the key ingredients for robust Thanksgiving meals last week as a reward for accomplishing individual academic and personal goals. About 30 kids were presented with their full bags of groceries during a special ceremony at Clinton Elementary on Nov. 21.


It’s Board vs. Superintendent in new budget lawsuit at Orange County Department of Education
Education officials throughout California have their eyes on Orange County, where a power struggle between members of the Board of Education and the organization’s superintendent, Al Mijares, has shifted to court. On Nov. 18, the board filed a lawsuit against Mijares over a simple question: Should the board or the superintendent have final say over the county’s education budget? Tony Thurmond, California’s superintendent of state public instruction, also is named in the suit because he won’t sign off on the county’s budget until the two sides can reach an agreement.

LA Charger Casey Hayward brings an early Thanksgiving meal to families at a Santa Ana school
Thanksgiving came a few days early for dozens of families in Santa Ana, courtesy of an NFL football player and an Orange County nonprofit. Armed with serving spoons, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Casey Hayward Jr. and some teammates stood behind a buffet line on Monday, Nov. 25, and dished out turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and the rest of the trimmings to students and families at Washington Elementary School.


ACLU, Madera County school district reach settlement in LGBTQ students’ free speech suit
A Madera County school district must develop new policies designed to protect LGBTQ students under a settlement agreement reached this week with the ACLU Foundation of Northern California. The ACLU in March filed a lawsuit on behalf of two now former students, Steven Madrid and Mikayla Garaffa, who were seniors at Minarets High. As part of the settlement, the district agreed to train teachers as required by state laws calling for an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students. Plus, the district agreed to develop an anonymous online system, where students can submit bullying and harassment complaints.


Parents, other experts named to guide California’s early education reforms
Parents and family child care providers will help guide California’s revamp of early childhood education, a signature issue of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration. Newsom announced appointments Friday to two groups that will help expand access to early childhood education. The first is a group of nine organizations that will select representatives to develop a Master Plan for Early Learning and Care by next year.

University of California under pressure from within to abandon SAT and ACT for admission
Pressures are mounting on the University of California to end its 50-year-old practice of requiring freshman applicants to take the SAT or ACT — this time from some of its most senior leaders. While the university awaits the recommendations of a special faculty task force on the controversial issue, UC Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ has come out strongly in favor of ending the testing requirement.

Protesters file excessive force claim against Oakland Unified
Nine Oakland Unified parents and staff members have filed a claim against the district alleging “use of excessive force” by police during a school board meeting last month. According to the claim, district police “used aggressive take-down maneuvers and baton strikes to cause injuries” and other members of the police and security force “failed to intervene in the use of excessive force and false arrests.” The claim stems from an Oct. 23 school board meeting where police and security guards stood behind temporary metal barricades that were about 3-feet high to keep the public away from the stage where the board sits after two previous meetings had been disrupted.


LAUSD Tried To Make A New Middle School For WeHo. They Made A Mess Instead
It's a well-known phenomenon: many parents perfectly happy to send their kids to a Los Angeles Unified elementary school are often hesitant to enroll them in an LAUSD middle school. Take for example West Hollywood, where in 2018, nearly 20 percent of the area's elementary students left LAUSD for a charter or private middle school — a "leak" in the student pipeline that adds to a chronic enrollment drain and costs the district money.

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