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Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Orange students are learning the farm-to-table chain behind their meals
Through the new Youth Food Literacy Program, Orange high school students are getting to sink their teeth into a world of food production, of which many of them were completely unaware. Thirteen juniors and seniors from El Modena and Orange high schools are participating in the program – a collaboration between Orange Home Grown, the city of Orange and the Orange Unified School District, with funding from the Picerne Family Foundation.

Obituary: Barbara Lawrence Hill, Orange County’s first black teacher, was an educator on campus and off
Barbara Lawrence Hill’s epitaph will always highlight her pioneering role as Orange County’s first black teacher, hired by Santa Ana Unified in 1962 as a substitute grade school instructor in the midst of the civil rights movement and then full time the following year. She got past the racial slights, threats and violence that came with breaking the color line to continue teaching for more than 30 years in Santa Ana and kept her focus on education for another decade in semi-retirement — substitute teaching, tutoring and volunteering.

Man charged with harassing high school cheerleader in Santa Ana
A 21-year-old man already facing charges on suspicion of molesting three children was charged Friday with suspicion of harassing a 17-year-old cheerleader at Century High School in Santa Ana. The other girls on the cheerleading squad complained to a teacher about Nava’s harassment of the alleged victim, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.


Newport’s Environmental Nature Center breaks ground for new preschool
City leaders and other community members celebrated the groundbreaking for the Environmental Nature Center's 8,000-square-foot, three-classroom preschool Thursday evening in Newport Beach. The preschool will be built next to the nature center's redwoods.

State Supreme Court declines to review case granting schools trustee access to Huntington Beach employee applications
The California Supreme Court has denied Huntington Beach's request that it review a school district trustee's lawsuit over the right to see city employee job applications. The complaint by John Briscoe, a Huntington Beach resident and Ocean View School District trustee, had primarily sought the job applications of employees working in trash disposal.


Why active shooter drills didn’t help in the Florida high school shooting
A 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office found that 40 states, including Florida, require individual schools to perform exercises or drills to test their emergency plans. Does the Parkland attack indicate those are wasted efforts?

Too soon to talk about guns? Here's a time, school shooting survivors say: March 24
Student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting rampage have set a date to talk about guns: March 24. The nationwide group March For Our Lives announced Sunday the march on the nation's capital and other cities to press their demands for safer schools and for legislation "to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant" across the nation.


‘Big data’ classes a big hit in California high schools
Data science — the study of computer-generated “big data” — is the hottest career in the U.S., according to Glassdoor. And now it’s the hottest math class at a growing number of California high schools.


Human trafficking prevention ed poised for CA classrooms
Schools can now begin including human trafficking among the comprehensive sexual health education taught to students in middle and high school–lessons policymakers and children’s rights activists say will save lives. Under AB 1227, which was signed into law late last year and goes into effect in June, students and teachers will learn the prevalence of the issue and strategies to reduce the risk of human trafficking and how to identify those being exploited, as well as techniques to set healthy boundaries and safely seek assistance.


College aid a game changer for foster youth, but many don’t apply
Advocates are trying to reach as many high school seniors in foster care as possible before a key financial aid deadline next month.

New bill would require fire inspections at home schools
The case of the Riverside County couple accused of torturing their 13 children has sparked legislation to increase oversight of home schools. Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) has proposed a bill that would require local fire departments to conduct annual inspections of all registered home schools.


Nearly 75 years after his death, WWII hero’s story to be told by OC student, teacher
On a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, the Normandy American Cemetery holds the graves of 9,387 Americans, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day invasion and ensuing operations. Nearly 75 years later, a project coordinated by the non-profit National History Day organization seeks to tell the stories of these silent heroes by empowering a handful of student-and-teacher teams to conduct extensive research. One such pairing is from Orange County, and they’re about to embark on a months-long journey of investigation and discovery, culminating with a trip to Normandy, France.

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