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Thursday, March 08, 2018


His turn to shine: Ever helpful Mater Dei custodian surprised with new car
As a custodian at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Victor Bautista is usually the one lending a hand to others throughout the day – mopping up messes, moving desks from here to there and generally contributing to an orderly campus. The tables turned Wednesday, March 7, when Bautista – as though suddenly transported into a game show – found himself the recipient of a new Honda Civic.

Schools celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss’s lasting legacy
Across the nation, what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday on March 2 was observed in schools and libraries. The children’s author who made tongue-twister, nonsensical words and phrases rhyme and sing with lyrical melodies, inspired students of all ages to read, and imparted lessons on the importance of caring and believing in one’s limitless potential.

California Department of Education rules teacher’s use of anti-Muslim materials in class was discriminatory
The California Department of Education has ruled that a middle school teacher in Ventura County presented material about Islamic Sharia Law that was discriminatory and biased. In January, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Los Angeles chapter filed an appeal on behalf of a Ventura County family whose son received instructional material taken from an anti-Muslim website that berated Islam and Muslims, as part of a seventh-grade social studies class.


H.B. high school district buses get new fast-filling natural gas station
The Huntington Beach Union High School District unveiled a new compressed natural gas station that can refuel up to 30 school buses overnight and fast-fill buses that require immediate fueling.


How these Moreno Valley students are helping pioneer use of a paper microscope
Ramon Sanchez peered at the water drop through a microscope. “It looks like the moon,” the 17-year-old Rancho Verde High School senior said. But in this particular case, the scientific instrument was arguably more interesting than the magnified object. This was not the conventional steel-and-glass microscope. Ramon was looking through a microscope that he had just assembled from a kit containing parts made of thin cardboard stock and a lens.


California closes in on compromise for complying with federal education law
After a high-level, face-to-face meeting in Washington and continued negotiations, state officials are expressing confidence that the federal Department of Education will approve California’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act and avert a standoff with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over differing interpretations of the federal law.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praises California governor on local control of schools
In a speech in which she lacerated states for not being sufficiently creative in coming up with education plans required by the federal government, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has found common ground with California Gov. Jerry Brown’s emphasis on local control of K-12 education.


Finding room in crowded day for STEM instruction
The focus of the California Assembly Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education committee’s hearing was to discuss how the state could better support schools and get more students engaged in STEM education, While everyone in attendance appeared to be in agreement that boosting early math literacy in particular would benefit students, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, noted that many teachers simply don’t have enough time in the day to put into place additional practices the state may want to mandate.


One less barrier to college: LAUSD paid for 4,000 high schoolers to take the SAT
An estimated 4,000 high school juniors on 29 campuses from South Los Angeles to San Pedro got a break from their normal class schedules on Wednesday to take the SAT college prep exam. And none of those students paid a cent to take the test. This year, for the first time, the L.A. Unified School District helped picked up the tab.


Fullerton students advance in national cybersecurity competition
A group of Fullerton middle schoolers has placed second in a national competition that puts students in the role of cybersecurity experts. Now they’re headed to Maryland for the finals, where they’ll be joined by a pair of teams from nearby Troy High School. Zachary Dang, Garrett Fan, Justin Huang, Justin Hernandez and Nathaniel Hernandez of Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts in the Fullerton School District bested more than 1,100 teams to place second in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition organized by CyberPatriot, a digital education program created by the Air Force Association.


Do Police Officers In Schools Really Make Them Safer?
When the bell rings at Chicago's Sullivan High School on the city's far north side, it's a familiar scene. Hundreds of students pour into the hallway heading to their next class. What's also becoming increasingly familiar is the presence of two uniformed police officers in the hallway keeping watch. The school resource officers often chat with the students passing by and Sullivan's principal Chad Adams says the officers provide a higher level of security for the school and much more.

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