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Monday, March 26, 2018


School districts across Southern California consider safety changes in wake of Florida shooting
When a shooter killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, schools across the country beefed up security and safety measures. Santa Ana Unified, one of the state’s few school districts with its own police department, sent officers to a debriefing in Connecticut to learn from the tragedy.

5,000-plus gather in Santa Ana urging gun restrictions
More than 5,000 people gathered in Santa Ana on Saturday, March 24, to add their voices to the national March for Our Lives rallies for gun control. The Orange County event, which began a few hours later than most other marches around California, started with the sign-toting participants gradually trickling into Centennial Regional Park at noon.

Marines, firefighters, police, lifeguards help motivate Laguna Beach students in benefit jogathon
Api Weinert, a division chief with the Laguna Beach Fire Department, was dressed in turnouts and full gear running laps with students at El Morro Elementary School on Friday, March 23. “We had jogathons when I went here,” said Weinert, who graduated from El Morro in 1979. “I’m here to motivate the kids. I love seeing the smiles on their faces. These kids are passing me!”


Marchers in Huntington Beach join call for action on gun violence and school safety
At 10 a.m., an estimated 2,000 people congregated at Huntington's Lake Park for a march to City Hall to voice demands for congressional action to stem gun violence and improve school safety. The Huntington Beach rally was organized by students from Marina High School who reached out to members of the Associated Student Bodies from three other schools in the Huntington Beach Union High School District — Huntington Beach, Ocean View and Edison.


El Camino Real Charter High School wins 2018 California Academic Decathlon
El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills won the 2018 California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento Sunday, March 25, today for the first time since it won both the state and national title in 2014. Mirroring its win in the Los Angeles Unified School District contest in February, El Camino Real bested reigning national champion Granada Hills Charter High School, which had won six of the previous seven contests. Finishing third was South Pasadena High School, which in February won its fourth consecutive Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, a competition open to all public high schools outside the LAUSD.


Sex ed: Many parents wouldn't recognize it today — and #metoo may change it even more
Sex may be as old as time, but sex education looks remarkably different than it did a few decades ago. Girls and boys used to sit in separate rooms to learn how bodies worked and babies were made. Now, many sex ed programs venture beyond basic anatomy and biology to help young people understand healthy sexuality, from gender identity to bodily autonomy. Backed by the momentum of #MeToo — which exposed the prevalence of sexual violence — many sex educators say programs should begin earlier and cover more emotional, intellectual and social elements of sexual health.


Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on
American students are bombing math. In 2015, a mere 25 percent of high school seniors were proficient or higher in the subject, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which produces the most reliable data on academic competency. But Michael Gallin, a 34-year-old math teacher at KAPPA International High School in the Bronx, is part of a growing band of educators who believe that to help struggling students get ahead, teachers must also attack the emotional barriers holding them back.


Measures to fund child care reach the ballot in two California counties
Voters in Alameda and San Francisco counties will have a chance on June 5 to approve tax measures funding ambitious childcare programs that organizers say would provide enough subsidies for all low- and middle-income families who need them.


Lawmakers look to harden school security
Lawmakers are calling for expanded police presence in schools, district-wide safety plans and facility security updates in the wake of yet another school shooting and increasing threats of violence against students. Both AB 1747 and AB 2067 passed the Assembly Education committee last week. The first requires schools to develop safety plans in order to prepare and respond to violent incidents on or near school sites, and the second calls for districts to place at least one armed school resource officer in every school.


Local high school senior wins California’s Poetry Out Loud competition
An Orange County student has won a state competition that connects young people to poetry through memorization and performance. Alexis Rangell-Onwuegbuzia, a senior at Mater Dei High School, placed first at California’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento on March 19. Along with a $200 prize, she’s earned a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in next month’s national Poetry Out Loud finals.

OC teams battle it out at the California Academic Decathlon
El Camino Real Charter High School has won the 2018 California Academic Decathlon. The Woodland Hills campus in the Los Angeles Unified School District finished first with 61,612.40 total points this weekend and is now headed to the U.S. Academic Decathlon, where it last won in 2014. Woodbridge High School in Irvine, fielding a team dubbed “The Magnificent Seven” because it featured seven members instead of the traditional nine, finished 13th overall at the state-level contest after winning its second straight Orange County championship in February.

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