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Thursday, February 22, 2018


School threat reports pour in and are being taken seriously, Southern California experts say
In the week since police say Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at a Florida high school, reports of threats of violence against schools in Southern California and around the nation have poured in to police departments and schools. Such threats are not new, police say, and whether the actual number has increased in Southern California since the Feb. 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High is debatable, experts say.


California research project timed to elevate education in fall elections, inform next governor
A compendium of three dozen new studies on California education, involving dozens of researchers, will be released in June, in time to help shape the debate in state elections in November and the next governor’s approach to education. At least that’s the organizers’ intent.

Former Oakland school superintendent forced to resign after one year as head of DC schools
Almost exactly a year ago, former Oakland Unified School Superintendent Antwan Wilson resigned from his post after 2-1/2 years on the job, plunging the district into yet another tough leadership transition. Last February Wilson, who had come to Oakland from the Denver Public Schools, left to become chancellor of the Washington D.C. Public Schools, a high-profile position in the national education reform landscape.


Advocates: popular CTE model will need money to thrive
A new bill aims to adopt a career training model in California based on a program implemented in Brooklyn in 2011 that may successfully increase the number of students earning degrees in various fields of technology. The P-TECH model–which was also adopted last year in Maryland and Texas–calls for partnerships between K-12 schools, colleges and industry professionals that provide students with mentorship opportunities, as well as access to college level technology courses and college degree credits while in high school.

New strategies for improving service to early learners
To help provide a seamless transition from preschool to kindergarten, schools should provide opportunities for teachers and families to meet over the summer at the children’s new classroom. Some districts have also used home visits by kindergarten teachers to give an orientation in a comfortable setting for the students. There’s also some evidence to suggest schoolwide events for incoming families helps reduce transitional stress. New guidance from the Education Commission of the States released this month, takes a detailed look at new ideas nationally to improve the critical educational services delivered to students from pre-K to the 3rd grade.


Overheard threat helps foil Whittier school shooting plot
An alert security guard overheard a student threatening to open fire at his Southern California high school days after a massacre in Florida, and a swift investigation uncovered two assault rifles and nearly 100 high-capacity magazines at his home, authorities said Wednesday. School security officer Marino Chavez heard the teen say Friday at El Camino High School near the city of Whittier that he was "going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks" and reported the comment to authorities, McDonnell said.


South Whittier school shooting threat leads deputies to cache of guns, ammo in student’s home, officials say
A student who got into an argument with a teacher at El Camino High School allegedly threatened to “shoot up the campus,” leading to a search of the student’s home, authorities said Wednesday.


Could free, in-school SAT option level the playing field?
The SAT may be an important hurdle in the college admissions process, but until recently it was one that many students in the Long Beach Unified School District weren’t clearing. Fewer than half of 11th graders in the working-class district were even attempting the test.

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