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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


New vibe on Concordia Elementary campus: ‘Dude, be nice!’
Rosie Eckert, 10, can attest that it pays to think big and it pays to be nice. Her school, Concordia Elementary in San Clemente, gets it. The school and its 600 students united for a weeklong celebration of kindness, gratitude and inclusiveness, inspired by a Whittier apparel company called “Dude. Be Nice.”


L.A. school board approves three-year benefit package with some cost containment
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a three-year benefits package that contains some costs but falls well short of the savings that district officials say is needed to keep the school system solvent.


More families are applying for LAUSD’s choice programs, but some are frustrated with new unified enrollment system
A record number of parents this year are trying to get into LA Unified’s magnet and dual-language programs, and for the first time, they were able to use a new unified enrollment system that simplifies the application process. District officials said most parents who used the online system gave positive feedback. But some parents encountered errors while others needed outside support to navigate it.


How Medicaid became a go-to funder for schools
Medicaid, created in 1965 to provide health insurance to the poor, now functions as a lifeline for millions of American students as well as hundreds of school districts across the country. The public insurance program has evolved so that it now finances myriad education-related services, including transportation for kids with disabilities, school clinics and counseling for children from turbulent backgrounds.


Science education funding still in Trump’s crosshairs, despite being saved by Congress
Days after Congress passed a budget that mostly preserves funding for science education, President Donald Trump released a new budget proposal for 2019 that would eliminate many of those same programs. Much of the new proposal mirrors his 2018 budget request, calling for the elimination of programs that provide science curriculum and teacher training to K-12 schools nationwide.

Understanding California’s charter schools division: A quick guide
What are the primary functions of the California Department of Education’s charter schools division? The division, which reports to the state superintendent of public instruction, provides research, administrative support and recommendations on charter school issues for the State Board of Education.

Shirley Ford, a California school choice champion, dies
Shirley Ford, a Los Angeles mother who co-founded Parent Revolution, the organization that helped pass California’s landmark “parent trigger” law — legislation that gives parents of students at low-performing schools the right to replace a school’s leadership or switch it to charter status — died Sunday at the age of 69.


New effort to bring pre-K to all students
Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, has renewed his effort to bring high-quality pre-kindergarten services to early learners statewide. Currently, the state provides free pre-K educational services to families earning up to $50,000 per year. That covers about 170,000 children, but McCarty estimated that there are another 40,000 low-income children who don’t have access to the same services.


Middle schoolers from La Habra earn top honors — again — in national environmental challenge
Remember when we told you about seven middle schoolers from La Habra who earned national honors in a STEM competition that tasked them with developing a practical solution to an environmental challenge? Well, they’ve done it again.

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