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Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Linda Brown, Kansas girl at the center of the 1954 ruling that struck down school segregation, has died at age 76
Linda Brown, who as a Kansas girl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76. Her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll the family in an all-white school in Topeka, and the case was sparked when he and several black families were turned away. The NAACP’s legal arm brought the lawsuit to challenge segregation in public schools, and Oliver Brown became lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court that ended school segregation.

Santiago Canyon College hosts Community Science Night
Whatever it is about science that interests a kid, Santiago Canyon College’s 13th annual Community Science Night probably had it covered. From horseshoe crabs to germs to robots, the attending children and their families were able experience subjects such as science, math, technology and nature hands on at activity stations. The college got help hosting the activities from the Orange Unified School District and local companies.


Challenge for protest movement is to convert youthful energy into action
Students came out in force in communities across California and the nation on Saturday on behalf of more gun regulation, but the big question now is whether they can convert their passion into tangible legislative results. A sign of the potency of this incipient movement is that protesters congregated not only in all the state’s customary hotbeds of activism — San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles — but also by the thousands in places like San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno and Modesto.

Federal help available to California schools struggling with wildfire costs
California school districts affected by the October wildfires will get $2 million from the federal government to reimburse them for staff overtime, hiring substitute teachers, mental health services, bus service for students who lost their homes and other costs related to the disasters.


Bond money finally reaching school construction jobs
The State Allocation Board awarded $191 million in state support for school facility projects at 63 school districts at a hearing last week. The action, which was approved by consent, requires districts that are set to receive the money to submit finalized paperwork to the Office of Public School Construction within 90 days. Staff of the OPSC also announced that they received 176 applications from 85 school districts for the next round of funding from bond money set aside for career technical education facilities.


Garden Grove’s Heritage Elementary to become a computer science academy in 2018-19
Garden Grove Unified has partnered with a company called Code to the Future to transform one of its elementary campuses into the district’s first-ever computer science academy. Heritage Elementary students Elizabeth Gonzalez and Carla Garcia show off their coding skills at a recent Family Technology Night event celebrating the upcoming launch of the new Computer Science Immersion Academy. Beginning in 2018-19, all students who attend Heritage Elementary School will be part of the new Computer Science Immersion Academy, where programming, robotics, coding and other skills will be a regular part of their daily instruction.

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