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Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Students across US stage school walkouts to protest gun violence
Young people in the U.S. walked out of school to demand action on gun violence Wednesday in what activists hoped would be the biggest demonstration of student activism yet in response to last month’s massacre in Florida. More than 3,000 walkouts were planned across the U.S. and around the world, organizers said. Students were urged to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


L.A. Unified renames first all-girls school after retiring Supt. Michelle King
Los Angeles Unified's first all-girls school has been renamed in honor of one of the women who pushed for its founding. The Girls Academic Leadership Academy, which eventually will serve grades six through 12, used to be known as GALA but will now have a much longer name. Officially, it will be the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Dr. Michelle King School for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


LAUSD students to ‘stand together’ for Parkland shooting victims with protests, on-campus activities
As a matter of safety and order, the Los Angeles Unified School District – along with Los Angeles police – are urging students to remain on campus to commemorate the Parkland victims at administrator-sanctioned events. Yet some impassioned students are opting to walk off campus anyway for a short time to make their point.


Linking a school massacre to Obama-era school discipline policies
Instead of following through on promises to support historic gun regulations eschewed by the National Rifle Association, Trump has established a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be headed by his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, to come up with proposals for school violence prevention that includes “repeal of the Obama administration’s ‘Rethink School Discipline’ policies.” This could open up another zone of conflict with California, which has made reducing suspensions and expulsions — and related policies very similar to those now being targeted by the Trump administration — an integral part of the state’s new school accountability system.

Gov. Brown’s plan to change community college funding to promote student success faces scrutiny
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to link over $3 billion in funding for California’s community colleges to the number of low-income students they enroll and to student outcomes in general is coming under increasing scrutiny — and is likely to face more in the coming months.


Spending demands from early learner advocates
Advocates for early learners have inundated the Legislature over the past two weeks, lobbying lawmakers to enhance services for infants and toddlers—especially those living in low-income neighborhoods. The suggestions include adding 100,000 new vouchered child care slots for working families; reinstating supplemental subsidies for child care meals and increasing the reimbursement; increasing funding for after school program staff to meet the state’s new minimum wage; and appropriating enough money to cover a three-year pilot program to teach coding.


Kids in child care are losing access to a healthy food program
On any given day in California, more than 200,000 children receive a free or reduced price meal in all kinds of child care settings, including Head Start and state preschool. The goal of this entitlement program is to make sure kids are eating healthy meals instead of sugary cereals and salty chips and to pave the way for healthy eating as they grow up.


New dashboard gives parents, community members a view of K-12 STEM courses across OC
A new website created by OC STEM in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education lets you quickly browse the science, technology, engineering and math courses offered at K-12 schools throughout the county. Introduced earlier this year, the OC STEM Dashboard enables users to explore STEM offerings by city or by subject. The idea is to give parents — including those considering moving to Orange County — and industry leaders a snapshot of the courses available at local campuses.


How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love (And That You Will, Too)
"Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status." That's one of the many quotes that's made Sir Ken Robinson's 2006 lecture on rethinking the nation's schools become one of the most popular TED talks — with more than 50 million views.

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