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Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Westminster City Council approves plans for a park and monument to honor landmark Mendez school desegregation case
The city of Westminster moved one step closer to honoring its place in the history of school desegregation when the city council voted recently to approve the start of work on creating a small park to serve as the location for a monument to the landmark Mendez et al v. Westminster court case. That 1947 case led to the end of segregating Mexican American children in California schools, and preceded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. the Board of Education that ordered the end to school segregation nationwide.

School district art show is always a great draw
We’ve come a long way as far as art education is concerned. There may be no better proof than the work of local elementary students that can be seen at the Fountain Valley School District’s 16th annual District Art Show. This is a celebration of the visual and performing arts that will be held Tuesday, April 17. The show is set for 4-7 p.m. at the district offices, 10055 Slater Ave.


Miracle duck teaches a lesson to special-needs students
A fuzzy yellow duckling waddles around a classroom at Poplar Grove Middle School in Franklin. It's Sheldon the Miracle Duck. Sheldon was born March 4 as part of a new project to give special-needs students hands-on experience in learning about an egg's life cycle and caring for a baby animal.


Illuminating science for blind students, with help from latest tech devices
As high school student in Los Angeles, Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, who is visually impaired, remembers what it was like when her classmates did a science project. They mixed chemicals and watched them change color, checked liquid temperatures using a thermometer and measured speed and velocity by racing toy cars down a ramp. Kwong couldn’t do much besides sit quietly and “robotically copy data from my non-disabled peers. … I definitely did not feel included. I felt like a second-class citizen.”


Grant proposal aimed at school climate, parent engagement
Concerns that a linchpin in Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark Local Control Funding Formula is languishing has spurred support for a new block grant aimed specifically at community engagement and improving school climate. AB 2820 from Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, could provide $100 million to help local educational agencies better connect with parents and community stakeholders in meaningful dialogue over local spending decisions and promote a safe and functional environment for kids.


LAUSD just decided to use shooting, asthma rates to help decide which schools get more money
Starting next year, Los Angeles Unified School District officials will consider asthma rates and injuries from gun violence in neighborhoods near its campuses to help decide which district schools are most in need of extra funding. And those are among nearly a dozen new factors L.A. Unified officials will use to rank schools by their level of student need. Among the new metrics: graduation rates, test scores, how many fights a school sees and even how well incoming students fared academically in their old schools.

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