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Newport-Mesa adds $2 million to fund Estancia High School aquatic center, raising budget to $9 million
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board on Tuesday, Jan. 30 tacked on another $2 million to a budget for construction of an aquatic center at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa. The board’s unanimous vote increases the project’s budget from $7 million to $ 9 million, funds which will come out of the district’s general fund.

Spring STEM classes available in Fountain Valley
Enrollment is underway for the spring session of the Fountain Valley Enrichment Academy. The six-week programs at Tamura, Masuda and Talbert schools offer one-hour classes on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, beginning March 13, in STEM categories such as robotics, electronics, 3-D printing and lab science.


One desired outcome for new LAUSD superintendent: A little disruption, say board members
In the context of the search for its next superintendent, LA Unified’s school board is asking existential questions about how hard it should be pushing to disrupt the status quo in a system that serves more than 700,000 students. While none of the conversations came particularly full-circle in a special meeting of the board this week, a variety of ideas were thrown out about the future of a system that continues to grapple with achievement, equity, and operational challenges.


Pushing for more state funds, Cal State threatens tuition hike. But not until May.
Trustees of the 23-campus Cal State system postponed any vote on a possible tuition hike until May but warned that a $228 increase was likely, along with cuts in course offerings and enrollment, if the legislature doesn’t substantially increase funding.

System of positive rewards to reduce student discipline takes off in California
Ten-year-old Ja’Vonie Morris sat in her school principal’s office on a recent day — not for the misbehavior that got her in so much trouble back in 3rd grade, but to show off her accomplishments under a schoolwide strategy that used positive reinforcement to help her turn things around.


Eliminating “plate waste” requires market strategies
An estimated $1.2 billion in school meal food is thrown away each year, according to a 2013 federal study, even as the percentage of poorly nourished students continues to climb.


New video aims to support students struggling with social, emotional needs
Santa Ana Unified School District recently posted a video called “We Care: Get Help” to show support for students who may be experiencing stress and going through a difficult time. The video features the school board, Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips, staff and students telling viewers about the different resources and support systems for those struggling with social and emotional issues.

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