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Friday, March 09, 2018


Knott’s Berry Farm’s Physics Day offers students an educational rollercoaster ride
Knott’s Berry Farm hadn’t even opened yet, but the theme park was already crowded. The reason? Physics. It was Physics Day at the Buena Park theme park, and 60 high schools from Southern California, as well as one from Mexico, brought students to learn and have a little fun.

Authorities deem threat affecting north OC schools not credible
Parents of students from different north Orange County schools received emails and telephone alerts on Thursday night warning them about threatening images posted on social media – but authorities have determined that no credible threat was made to a campus. Anaheim, La Habra and Placentia police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had received calls regarding the images threatening violence.


Local students to participate in National School Walkout to protest gun violence
Students at Corona del Mar High School plan to walk out of their classrooms March 14 to protest gun violence and urge Congress to take action following the recent high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. They will join the nationwide movement championed by the Women's March organization in which students, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to leave their schools at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to remember the 17 victims who died in the shooting.

Future guide dogs of O.C. train at Huntington Beach elementary school campus
Hope View Elementary School went to the dogs on Thursday. These dogs, however, were on their best behavior — or at least trying to be. Five service-dogs-in-training and their handlers from the Guide Dogs of America Orange County chapter strolled around the Huntington Beach campus as part of an exercise socializing them to noisy environments and children.

Torlakson and top California teachers tell Trump: 'We do not need guns in the classroom'
California’s top education official and more than 60 of the state’s top teachers have sent a message to President Trump: Guns do not belong in schools. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the large group of California Teachers of the Year wrote an open letter to Trump on Thursday, telling him that arming teachers is not the answer to school violence.


There are many benefits to starting science education early — very early
Science education for most children in California begins in elementary school, but it should start much sooner — in infancy, even — for children to achieve their full potential as young scientists, according to a new report by the Center for Childhood Creativity.

Special education funding is a morass; straightening it out may not be cheap or easy
California legislators have confirmed what several high-profile reports and nearly anyone involved with students with disabilities have been saying for years about the state’s system of paying for special education: It’s insufficient, inefficient and inequitable.


For 129 years and counting, OCDE has been committed to supporting students and schools
Sunday will quietly mark an important anniversary for Orange County — and the Orange County Department of Education. One hundred twenty-nine years ago, on March 11, 1889, the California Legislature divided Los Angeles County and created the County of Orange as a separate political entity. The change took effect the following August. Though it would be decades before OCDE would emerge as its own independent agency, the nascent county government was staffed with personnel dedicated to supporting local schools and students.


Reinventing Community College To Reach Millions Of Workers — Online
The workforce is changing dramatically and there's a widespread recognition that new skills — and new ways of teaching adults those skills — are needed and needed fast. In California, the state's 114 community colleges are facing the challenge of offering the credentials, classes and training that will help workers choose a career or adapt to a new one.

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