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Tuesday, March 06, 2018


Parks Junior High School student detained by Fullerton police after threatening to “shoot up” the school
Police responded to Parks Junior High School on Monday morning and detained a student who police say was overheard threatening to “shoot up” the school the next day. Fullerton Police Department officers arrived at the school at about 11:30 a.m. Monday and detained the 14-year-old student after several students reported hearing him say he had access to a handgun and heard him threatening violence. During a search of the student’s home in Anaheim, officers recovered a loaded handgun and ammunition that the student would have easy access to, Fullerton Police Sgt. Jon Radus said.


L.A. officials push for new focus on school safety after Parkland
Political leaders in Los Angeles want the city to join the nation in focusing hard on how to prevent violence on campuses in the wake of one of America’s deadliest school shootings.


Is it child abuse? California schools should report to cops, experts say, even if they’re not sure
It might have seemed harmless enough. Some San Jose middle school parents didn’t like the way a physical education teacher and coach was photographing their girls at events. The principal had told the coach to stop after a similar complaint a year earlier. But after a second complaint, the principal seized the coach’s school-issued computer, confronted him and alerted police, who investigated and last month arrested the former coach on child molestation and pornography charges.


California college aid applications for undocumented students surge by deadline
A last-minute push of publicity and counseling helped increase the number of undocumented students in California who applied for special state-financed college aid slightly above last year’s level despite fears of deportation, officials announced Monday.

Whites dominate California college faculties while students are more diverse, study shows
The faculty and senior leadership at many of California’s public colleges and universities are so overwhelmingly white — and frequently male — that the increasingly ethnically diverse student bodies lack enough role models for success, a new report contends.


Some districts excelling in stakeholder engagement efforts
Meaningful stakeholder engagement has proven a difficult process for many districts, but a recent report from the Policy Analysis for California Education highlights three districts that should serve as a positive example of how to actively include families and community members in school decision-making. As a condition of receiving funding under the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, districts are required to consult with stakeholders over how to best allocate resources. Districts are required to develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan with meaningful local community engagement of parents, community members, students and educators.


Inside the Outdoors secures funding for waste education program impacting more than 900,000 students
Inside the Outdoors, OCDE’s popular environmental education program, has netted a sizable grant to present standards-based lessons on the science of solid waste to nearly a million Orange County students. At last week’s county Board of Supervisors meeting, OC Waste & Recycling formally presented $946,558 to representatives from the Inside the Outdoors Foundation to support the service-learning program known as Project Zero Waste.


Making Elementary School A Lot More Fun: Like Preschool!
In Kelly Stevens' kindergarten classroom, each day begins with circle time for what sounds like a menu of lesson options. Students — or "friends" as Stevens calls them — can read at the green table, they can build boats or make things out of clay, among other options. Play-based activities like this one at Curtis Guild School are part of a new curriculum that Boston has been rolling out over the last five years.

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