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Monday, February 26, 2018


Students build bridges to potential careers at Anaheim’s Girls Engineering Day
More than 120 middle and high school students showed up Saturday for Girls Engineering Day, put on by Anaheim Union High School District and WTS, a professional organization for women in transportation careers. The setting was Anaheim’s South Junior High School. The purpose was to give students an idea what engineers do – in case they’d like to become one.

Students celebrate Chinese New Year at Marian Bergeson Elementary School in Laguna Niguel
About 700 students at Marian Bergeson Elementary School ushered in the Year of the Dog, Friday, Feb. 23, at their annual Chinese New Year celebration. The Laguna Niguel school has a five-year-old Mandarin Immersion Program in which students learn to read, write and communicate in two languages: English and Mandarin.


Court case could ‘financially cripple’ California unions
The Supreme Court on Monday is scheduled to hear a lawsuit that could weaken the state’s public employee unions by forbidding them from collecting fees from workers who don’t want to join them. Those charges are known as agency fees, and California is one of the states that allow unions to collect them so workers who benefit from union representation don’t get a “free ride.” Critics say they undermine the First Amendment rights of workers who don’t want their money to support causes they oppose.


California officials urge undocumented immigrant students to apply for state financial aid
State officials are worried that the uncertain U.S. immigration climate could discourage undocumented students from applying for financial aid to pay college tuition. The deadline to apply for the California Dream Act — which allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid and grants — is Friday, March 2, about a week away.

Bill to ban youth tackle football is government overreach, some coaches say
Southern California youth football coaches are teaming up to battle what they say is a threat to their sport: a state bill that would ban tackling until players are in high school. The Safe Youth Football Act, which California legislators are expected to take up this spring, aims to protect kids from concussions and brain injuries by setting a minimum age for organized tackle football programs.


Push to arm teachers in California would face major hurdles
Were California to try to implement anything remotely along the lines of what President Trump has proposed for arming teachers to prevent firearm massacres in schools, the state would have a massive and expensive undertaking on its hands. It would also almost certainly require significant legislative changes, because if anything California has been moving in just the opposite direction in its attempts to keep dangerous firearms off school campuses and out of the hands of school personnel.


Lawmakers consider school bus seat belt mandate
After closing a loophole in a highway safety law that allowed bus passengers to ignore seat belts if available, lawmakers are set to consider a bill this spring that would require all school buses to be equipped with seat restraints by 2028. AB 1798 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, covers any school transportation vehicle that serves students attending a public or private school, including both primary and secondary sites.


Supreme Court declines to take up 'Dreamers' case for now
President Donald Trump had set March 5 as the end date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The court order says applications must be accepted indefinitely.

No downturn in obesity among US kids, report finds
Hopes were dashed this week that the United States was finally making progress in the fight against childhood obesity. Contrary to previous reports, the epidemic of fat has not abated. In fact, there's been a big jump in obesity among the nation's youngest children, according to the latest analysis of federal data, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.


#kindness1billion: Good deeds add up for kindergarteners at Fullerton’s Fisler School
A kindergarten teacher from Fisler School in Fullerton found a clever way to tie kindness to California’s math standards. At the beginning of the school year, Stephanie Burcombe handed out packets of paper with 100 squares to each child in her class. Noting that one of the state’s kindergarten standards is to count to 100, she asked every one of her students to perform and log 100 acts of kindness by the 100th day of school.


Teachers Respond To Trump's Push To Arm School Staff
President Trump repeated his suggestion to arm teachers on school campuses as a solution to protecting students from gun violence. Many teachers unions and organizations have spoken out against this proposed solution. Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said, "parents and educators overwhelming reject the idea of arming school staff."

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