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Thursday, March 01, 2018


Parents group asking Brea Olinda school district to change campus name over questions of KKK connection
For the past six months, a group of parents has been petitioning the Brea Olinda school board to change a school name they say represents a racist past. But the grandson of former Superintendent William E. Fanning disputes the assertion his grandfather – for whom the elementary school is named – belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, and a report from the Brea Historical Society’s curator argues there’s no evidence Fanning shared the group’s bigotry or did anything discriminatory.

San Clemente High jazz band asks city to keep pier concert alive
Members of the San Clemente High School Jazz Band are pleading with the City Council to let them keep alive an 18-year tradition of spring beach concerts at the pier. City staff has decided that the concert should be held at North Beach instead of the pier, along with the city inviting smaller San Clemente High School ensembles to perform on other dates at North Beach’s midweek farmers markets.


Air-quality consultant says Estancia High science wing plagued by odors now is safe for use
After years of complaints from teachers about foul odors at Estancia High School's science wing, a consultant's air-quality report says the area is safe for use. Daniel Ginsborg, chief executive of Arcadia-based Executive Environmental, shared the main findings of the 11,525-page report Tuesday night during the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board meeting. The report, which includes a timeline of hydrogen sulfide testing, the number of repairs and before-and-after photos, will be available on the district website,, officials said.


LBUSD will urge students to stay on campus on walkout day in memory of Florida shooting victims
The Long Beach Unified School District is encouraging students to remain on campus March 14, the date of a planned national walkout in honor of the 17 people killed in the Florida school shooting. The walkout, organized by the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER group, is encouraging students, parents and teachers to take part in a school walkout at 10 a.m. March 14 for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


Forecast for California school climates remains cloudy without good data, advocates say
California has entered an era in which safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments are seen as key to unlocking better test scores, higher graduation rates, fewer suspensions and drops in chronic absenteeism. But not nearly enough is being done to assess how, or if, efforts to improve school environments are actually working, say a chorus of researchers, youth advocates and state officials.


Legislature may finally be ready to fix special ed funding
State lawmakers signaled Wednesday that they are considering making changes to the distribution method of special education dollars to address long-standing complaints that smaller districts especially are inequitably funded. A joint hearing between California’s Senate and Assembly education budget subcommittees saw lawmakers largely agreeing on flaws in the current allocation system that was adopted in 1998.

Most states slow to distribute test data to teachers
One of the key elements of the Every Student Succeeds Act is its emphasis on new technology that can speed up the assessment process so that classroom leaders can adjust instruction based on how students are doing. But new research from the Center on Education Policy shows only 17 states attempt to get any test results back to teachers before the end of the school year, and out of that pool, just 9 provide the data in the spring of the same year the tests were taken.


Seven OC schools honored for promoting civics learning
Seven Orange County schools have been recognized by the California Courts system for their efforts to engage students in civic learning. These campuses are among 70 statewide honored with state Civic Learning Awards for encouraging students through projects and other programs to learn more about drought awareness, recycling, crime and drug prevention, as well as other issues affecting Californians today.


Dolly Parton's Nonprofit Reaches Milestone With 100 Million Books Sent To Children
This week, country music legend Dolly Parton celebrated a big milestone: 100 million books. That's right, books. Parton's nonprofit, Imagination Library, mails free books to children from birth to age 5 across the country, and this week, she celebrated the program's remarkable growth in a special ceremony at the Library of Congress.


Unions prepare to lose in the courthouse and strike back in the statehouse
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on a high-profile case that could slash the power of public-employee unions. But California labor leaders are already planning to push for new state laws to blunt the impact of an unfavorable ruling.

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