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Laguna Beach students develop investigative skills working a simulated murder scene in Dana Point Harbor
Presley Cortez sat alongside the ship waiting for divers from the Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol to bring up a fake dead body. “It’s pretty cool how some on the team search the area around the body and another part of the team goes down to get the body,” the 13-year-old student from Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach said. “We’re just enacting our crime scene, it’s not 100 percent real. But, seeing them do it makes it more real.”


Runners get school spirit in Newport Beach races
Elite runners, recreational joggers, children and some very energetic dogs converged on the loop around Fashion Island in Newport Beach on Sunday for the 35th annual Spirit Run to benefit the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?
The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%.


Women’s history neglected in state standards and textbooks
When students learn about women’s contributions to U.S. history, domestic roles are often over emphasized and only a minority of individuals are addressed, and according to new research, the issue begins at the state-level. The nonprofit National Women's History Museum found that as recently as 2016, women and minorities were vastly underrepresented in U.S. history textbooks, including illustrations and sidebars, and when they are included, texts often fail to address the breadth and depth of women's history.


In Memoriam
Ron Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of School Services of California, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 17. Ron was an icon in the school governance and finance community. His passing is a deep loss to the California education community..


Latest report on California arts education shows progress, if slow
There's been a push to expand arts education in California in recent years. New numbers out today from Create CA, one of the groups behind that effort, paint a mixed picture: while some headway has been made, it's been slow. Overall, the number of students who participate in the arts increased from 38 to 39 percent.


Magnet elementary school in Brea partners with Discovery Cube Orange County
Brea Olinda Unified’s first and only magnet school has entered into a new partnership with Discovery Cube Orange County that’s already providing unique opportunities for students and educators. District officials say teachers and other staff members at Laurel Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration recently received 10 hours of professional training on the state’s Next Generation Science Standards as part of the collaboration, which began in January.


Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists
A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, finds that in 99 percent of neighborhoods in the United States, black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys who come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. This undermines the widely-held belief that class, not race, is the most fundamental predictor of economic outcomes for children in the U.S. The study looked at racial disparities in income over generations by looking at de-identified data from 20 million U.S. children and their parents. It tracked outcomes for Hispanic, white, Asian, black and Native Americans.

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