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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Teen suicide can be reduced if parents, educators change social media culture
A counselor at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano faces a gathering of somber students and asks if they knew any of the teens who recently took their lives. A half-dozen hands immediately rise. After a pause, more hands poke up.

A report of gunshots heard near Anaheim High, but after police search area campus is re-opened
A lockdown was lifted at Anaheim High School before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, after police didn’t turn up evidence that reported gunshots fired near the campus had actually occurred.


How Trump repeal of Obama-era school discipline guidelines could affect California
If U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos decides to repeal Obama-era school discipline reform guidance — which she’s often hinted at, most recently during a 60 Minutes interview — the action could hamper discipline reform efforts in districts throughout California, especially in those where the pace of reform has been slow, say civil rights and youth advocates. However, any effort to roll back the federal guidelines would have no real effect on California’s statewide discipline policies or its newly established accountability measures, according to state officials.

Candidates for California's top school chief post call for more transparency in spending of state funds
In a forum in Los Angeles marked by subtle distinctions rather than large differences, three candidates for California’s next state superintendent of public instruction called Monday for more transparency in school spending of state funds, while making guarded endorsements of the state’s five-year-old school funding formula targeting funds at high-needs students.

Cal State admission closer to home getting easier for next year
The Cal State University system took steps Tuesday to provide more access to students who try to attend crowded campuses close to their homes as well as to those who can accept spots elsewhere around the state.


Teacher credentialing totals in an upswing
The number of new teaching credentials issued in California reached a five-year high in 2016-17 with just over 16,500 issued—surpassing the 15,224 issued in 2012-13. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing reported that last year there were also almost 7,600 teaching permits issued and 4,350 intern credentials.

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