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Thursday, February 08, 2018


San Juan Capistrano student spells ‘formaldehyde’ to win spelling bee
With the winning word “formaldehyde,” fifth-grader Jack Bullock of Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano won a spelling bee Jan. 31 at JSerra Catholic High School. His prize was $5,000 per year toward JSerra tuition, which works out to a $20,000 value over four years. The spelling bee, in honor of Catholic Schools Week, featured 36 fifth- and sixth-graders from seven Catholic schools, cheered on by some 400 classmates.

Anaheim library’s bookmobile – the only one in Orange County – is celebrating 60 years
When the Anaheim Public Library bookmobile pulled up to the curb at Anna Drive on a recent afternoon, the street was nearly deserted, hardly a soul in sight. It was just the calm before the storm. Within 10 minutes, two school buses arrived, disgorging a swarm of chatty children onto the sidewalk where their mothers and siblings had gathered to meet them.


Geographic disparity: States with the best (and worst) schools
Many U.S. students perform as well or better than students in countries with top schools, but such achievements are limited to few states. To highlight this geographic disparity, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed education data for each state in the 2018 edition of the Quality Counts report, provided by Education Week.

Anti-union challengers are on the verge of victory at Supreme Court
Dianne Knox describes herself as "a child of the '60s." Pam Harris grew up a butcher's daughter in a proud union household. Rebecca Friedrichs was secretary of her local teachers' union. Mark Janus supports the rights of workers to organize. But as the lead plaintiffs in four successive Supreme Court cases challenging the power of public employee unions, Knox, Harris, Friedrichs and Janus take pride in helping conservative groups reach a tipping point in their decade-long, anti-union campaign.


California's largest districts address chronic absenteeism with focus on why students miss school
As the school day ends at Peyton Elementary School in Stockton, Christina Del Prato calls a mother whose daughter was absent 62 times last year. The girl has missed 21 days through the first half of this year, including the past two days. Del Prato, an attendance case manager, is a key player in an effort being waged across the state to focus not just on students with unexcused absences but also on those who are chronically absent.

California asks nearly 250 schools to check absentee records over fears of 'bad data'
It’s often said that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. That’s why the California Department of Education sent letters to nearly 250 schools last month — including more than half of the schools in San Francisco Unified — asking them to re-check their attendance records after they submitted data to the state showing every one of their students had perfect attendance during the 2016-17 school year.

Trump's proposed cuts to science education would be 'devastating,' educators say
President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to science education — which Congress is debating this week along with other aspects of the federal budget — would devastate K-12 science classrooms as schools are rolling out ambitious new curriculum standards and trying to prepare students for science and technology jobs of the future, leading educators said.


LAO: Governor’s school intervention plan needs work
Recognizing the critical stage of California’s nascent school accountability system, Gov. Jerry Brown offered close to $76 million in his January budget to help with the work of improving struggling school districts. In a report released Wednesday, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst agreed that the intervention system deserves attention from the administration and the Legislature—they nonetheless have deep concerns over the details of the plan, as well as the overall cost.

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