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Wednesday, February 07, 2018


Capo Unified’s teacher of the year once struggled, like his students, in continuation school
Every day, David Pino negotiates the same challenge – trying to instill a new path in high school students who are facing obstacles. He tells them to take a step forward this day, not backward. They could be like him. He was once one of them, a deeply troubled student. Now he is the Capistrano Unified School District’s high school teacher of the year.

Carrillo Elementary School in Westminster donates $727 to Red Cross
Students at Carrillo Elementary School, part of the Garden Grove Unified School District, recently gave $727 to the Red Cross during a campus-wide assembly. The money came from an annual Peace Day fundraising initiative supporting disaster relief.

Public invited to hearing on Newport-Mesa trustee election
The Orange County Committee on School District Organization will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 regarding Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s request to establish trustee areas. Beginning in November, school board members will be elected by trustee area.


Search firm must give L.A. Unified a mostly free do-over in hunt for schools chief
The unexpected departure of Los Angeles schools Supt. Michelle King — after less than two years on the job — has triggered a rarely used clause in the contract of an executive search firm: its warranty. The contract the school district signed with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates stated that the firm would not charge a consulting fee for a new search if the superintendent were to leave the job within two years.


Governor wants California school districts to give more detail on use of state funds in budgets
In an effort to make it easier to see how school districts in California are spending their funds to improve education outcomes, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to require school districts to publish in their annual budgets a summary of the funds they plan to spend on low-income children, English learners and other high-needs students.


Fixing new shortage of CTE teachers
Next week, the state’s teacher training and oversight board will consider a variety of options for addressing the growing need for teachers trained in career technical education. Along with educators specializing in math and science, as well as those able to work with students with disabilities, California also has a shortage of teachers that are credentialed for work-based instruction that today covers an expansive list of activities.


OC District Pulse: La Habra City School District
Even after more than 100 years teaching children, La Habra City School District continues to evolve. The nine-campus district is reconfiguring, redesigning and revitalizing how it is educating students. The district is in the process of moving all it’s campuses from multiple grade spans to a more traditional transitional kindergarten to sixth-grade model. Each school will also have its own unique focus, which will include dual-language immersion, science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM, and visual and performing arts.

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