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Friday, February 09, 2018


First Orange County eSports League has gamers competing from 25 high schools
eSports already has professional gaming leagues signing players to six-figure contracts and has become prominent on college campuses. Now, the sport is expanding to high schools. The county’s first official league boasts 38 teams from 25 O.C. campuses – further fueling the rapid rise of this relatively new genre of competition.


California would bar organized tackle football before high school under new bill
California would become the first state to prohibit minors from playing organized tackle football before high school under a proposal made Thursday by lawmakers concerned about the health risks. Just days after the Super Bowl, Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) said they are introducing the “Safe Youth Football Act,” legislation that will be considered this year by state lawmakers.

L.A. Unified once again embarks on a tough search for a new superintendent
Less than two years after members of the L.A. school board chose a superintendent from the district's ranks, they now find themselves in search of a new one — and the task may be harder than ever. The nation's second-largest school system has a dizzying array of problems, but the board is divided on how to solve them. Meanwhile, there aren't many candidates considered qualified for such a daunting job, and those who are may be getting other offers.

Newport-Mesa trustee area map OK’d by O.C. committee and moves on to state
The Orange County Committee on School District Organization voted Wednesday to approve the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's proposed trustee area Map G, which is designed to make the zones more equal in population. The boundary adjustments are part of the district's decision to change its election system so trustees will be chosen by voters in the zones they live in instead of by voters throughout the district.


12,000 kids will leave LAUSD this year: District weighs options to fill looming financial hole
As LA Unified continues to lose 12,000 students every year, administrators will be notified of expected job losses, restrictions could be made on how to spend one-time funds coming from the state, and labor partners will be called on to be part of the solution. Next year’s projected enrollment decline was reported Tuesday by Chief Financial Officer Scott Price during a budget update to the school board, which made no decisions on how to offset what equals a loss of about $130 million a year — roughly what the district receives in per-pupil funding for 12,000 students.


California's ambitious education reforms paying off in higher graduation rates and math scores, study finds
California’s sweeping education reforms championed by Gov. Jerry Brown have resulted in higher graduation rates and especially sizable gains in math among low-income students in the 11th grade, according to a new study.


Community colleges move to improve training for entertainment, digital jobs
Los Angeles and Orange County area community colleges are starting a push to improve the training they offer for middle-skill jobs in the entertainment and digital industries. A new report commissioned by the colleges and released Friday reveals detailed wage and job growth information for Southern California middle skill jobs in entertainment and digital industries.


Bolsa Grande High School freshmen take on six-week law school experience
A group of Bolsa Grande High School freshmen are participating in a six-week law school program through a partnership between the high school and Saturday Academy of Law (SAL) at the UC Irvine. SAL is providing ninth-grade students with the opportunity to improve their reading, writing and critical thinking skills while learning more about the legal profession and higher education opportunities. Students began the program on Feb. 3.

OC High School Esports League to host a series of weekend workshops at UCI
The Orange County High School Esports League, which kicked off its inaugural season on Jan. 31, is hosting a series of weekend workshops to help players hone their skills, learn more about the league and meet their fellow gamers in person. From Feb. 17 through March 24, sessions covering such topics as building a gaming PC, lane strategy and casting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Esports Arena on the UCI campus. The workshops are free and breakfast will be provided, but participants need to register in advance.

Find out who won Parenting OC magazine’s 2018 ‘Top Teacher’ award
Two OCDE educators were individually recognized on Wednesday during Parenting OC’s 2018 Top Teachers of Orange County Awards ceremony. Allen Witten, a teacher at Sunburst Academy in Los Alamitos, won the magazine’s “Global Teacher of the Year” award, while Janet Dicker, a teacher at OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Venado Middle School in Irvine, earned the “Educator With a Heart” award.

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