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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Students’ gun walkout sends message to adults: Do something
While they may not agree on specific solutions, thousands of students who plan to walk out of schools around Southern California on Wednesday are hoping their activism will spur adults and lawmakers to do something – anything – to stem gun violence. “I wasn’t even alive when Columbine happened,” said Annie Davis, 18, who is helping organize a walkout at Riverside’s Poly High School, noting that the Columbine massacre, which claimed 15 lives, took place in 1999.

More than 550 students in Irvine participate in Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament
More than 550 students participated in the 15th annual Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament over the weekend, battling for the pride of their schools. The event, taking place March 9 and 11 at SoCal Elite Sports, featured fifth- through eighth-graders from 31 schools in Irvine. Proceeds benefit the Irvine Public School Foundation, a nonprofit group that raises money for Irvine Unified School District.


Teacher shortage, lack of supplies hinder rollout of new science standards, report finds
Most teachers are embracing California’s new science standards, but the rollout has been hampered by teacher shortages, lackluster elementary science education, lack of supplies and other obstacles, according to a new report. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California surveyed 204 school districts across California at the end of the 2016-17 school year about their progress in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted in 2013 and which schools are currently introducing.

Those who walk out on Wednesday will join a rich history of student protest
Since the Civil Rights era, some of the most impactful youth protests have taken place in high schools and even junior high schools. Acts of civil disobedience by students barely into their teens have marked seminal points in historic battles over bedrock issues like segregation and gay rights, and led to landmark Supreme Court decisions.


Schools must not exclude SWDs from workplace training
Throughout the U.S. schools are failing to prepare students with disabilities to enter the workforce after high school, often by funneling them into work readiness programs that emphasize manual labor or menial tasks, research shows.


Young historians await results of National History Day-Orange County competition
Showcasing original websites, papers, documentaries, performances and exhibits, more than 450 young historians took part in Saturday’s National History Day-Orange County competition hosted by the Orange County Department of Education. Every year, more than half a million students in grades four through 12 compete in National History Day contests at the local, state and national levels. Participants, working in groups or as individuals, conduct extensive research on a historical topic before submitting in-depth projects related to the year’s theme. This year it’s “Conflict and Compromise in History.”


How School Walkouts Test Student Rights And School Responsibilities
Wednesday morning, at 10 o'clock, students at schools across the country will walk out of their classrooms. The plan is for them to leave school — or at least gather in the hallway — for 17 minutes. That's one minute for each of the victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The walkout has galvanized teens nationwide and raised big questions for schools about how to handle protests.

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