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Wednesday, March 07, 2018


Teens get download on how to land a job at gaming giant Blizzard
Teenagers passionate about video games and arts got a rare glimpse at career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment and what it’s like to work for one of the most influential gaming companies in the world. About 30 students from University and Valley high schools recently visited Blizzard’s headquarters in Irvine, where the company has developed games such as “World of Warcraft” and “Overwatch,” during Irvine Job Discovery Day.


Newport-Mesa appeals to block release of summary of Mariners Elementary investigation
An attorney for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has filed an appeal in Orange County Superior Court seeking to block the release of a report summarizing an investigation into a controversial award application from Mariners Elementary School.


Sal Castro fought for justice in education. 50 years after Walkouts, LAUSD honors teachers who live his legacy
As L.A. Unified commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Walkouts, the district honored 11 educators who are continuing the legacy of Sal Castro, the social studies teacher who guided 15,000 students who left their East Los Angeles classrooms on March 1, 1968, to fight for educational justice.


At school safety forum, DA tells parents, 'It's a moral responsibility'
School shootings are preventable, because most attackers announce their intentions, District Attorney Summer Stephan told about 500 concerned parents at a school safety forum in Poway Tuesday night. “In 93 percent of school shootings, they said something, and told someone, what they planned on doing,” she said. “In 70 percent of cases, they told two people.”


Some California districts are downplaying the National School Walkout as others embrace it
Fifty years ago this week, Latino students in Los Angeles shocked their teachers, their principals — and the world — by organizing massive school walkouts to protest their unequal education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The weeks of walkouts, called “blowouts” by their organizers, introduced California’s Chicano movement to the wider world and ushered in an era of school reform that is ongoing today.


Bill would authorize medical marijuana on K-12 campuses
Parents and guardians of students authorized to receive medicinal marijuana would be allowed to provide non-smoking forms of the drug on school grounds and facilities, under legislation pending before lawmakers. SB 1127 by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would give school boards, county boards and the governing body of charter schools the ability to put policies into place that would allow the therapeutic administration of marijuana. The bill would not require such policies to be adopted.


OC education, government, law enforcement leaders offer candid discussion on school safety
Orange County’s public schools, law enforcement and other government agencies have boosted collaborative efforts in recent years aimed at preventing school shootings and other dangerous situations involving student safety. These efforts include improved training for teachers and school staff on how to react to an active shooter on campus, increased support to identify bullying and the other social and emotional issues that can lead to a student feeling isolated from peers, and better communication among different police agencies that can allow faster responses to potential threats.


Here's How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say
After Parkland, there have been many calls to make schools a "harder target" — for example, by arming teachers. But there's a decent amount of research out there on what actually makes schools safer, and most of it doesn't point to more guns. The topline message: Don't harden schools. Make them softer, by improving social and emotional health.

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