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1,500 march in San Clemente to push for gun control; efforts to continue at CUSD board meeting
An effort at San Clemente High School to bring awareness to gun control is gathering momentum. On Saturday, March 24, about 1,500 people — including students, teachers and local residents — marched along Avenida Del Mar showing support for gun control. The local march was one of several throughout Orange County and coincided with the national effort, “March For Our Lives.”


Parents and teachers voice safety concerns after student’s drawing at Costa Mesa school depicts teacher being harmed
Newport-Mesa Unified staff assured parents and teachers of the school district's safety procedures amid concerns over an incident in which a student at California Elementary School in Costa Mesa drew a picture of the student harming a teacher.

Newport-Mesa considers new rules for student board members to make their roles ‘more meaningful’
Students interested in serving as their high school representative during Newport-Mesa Unified School District board meetings may face new rules and requirements when applying for the post. During a study session Tuesday afternoon, the board discussed ways to make student board members' roles more worthwhile. The student board members, plus an alternate, are chosen by the schools' activities directors and serve one year. The students do not vote on agenda items, but board members can call on them to offer input during discussions.


Los Angeles moms are honored for their ‘parent power’
Six Los Angeles moms who started out as classroom and field trip volunteers — then helped elect a school board member — were honored Tuesday with the 2018 Hart Vision Volunteers of the Year Award by the California Charter Schools Association.

How a mom helped her son with ADHD shine by getting the most out of his Individualized Education Plan
Lia Martin’s 10-year-old son, Taylor, used to be two years behind grade level and didn’t want to go to school. Now he’s a year ahead in both math and English language arts — plus his teachers helped him discover his artistic talent and he is representing his classroom in an LA Unified art contest. To help Taylor, who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Martin said she followed her “mother’s instinct” but also learned how to get the most out of her son’s Individualized Education Plan, or IEP.


Bay Area school district wants voters to decide whether to drop at-large elections
In response to a legal challenge charging that its at-large trustee elections are “racially polarized,” the West Contra Costa school board says it wants to let voters decide whether to change from at-large elections to those in which school board members represent specific districts.


Anaheim Union superintendent earns statewide honor for expanding civic education
The California Council for the Social Studies has recognized Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda for his work promoting civic education. Matsuda accepted the Diane L. Brooks Award Administrative Award on Friday, March 23 at the council’s two-day annual conference, which brought together secondary history and social studies teachers from throughout the state.

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