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Friday, April 13, 2018


Teachers, police see their ability to buy homes shrink
Teachers, first responders and restaurant workers increasingly are unable to find homes they can afford in much of Southern California, an analysis by real estate website Trulia shows. In Orange County, teachers can afford just 5 percent of homes on the market. The ratio is slightly higher in Los Angeles County, where about 12 percent of listings can be bought on a teacher’s salary. That compares with 48 percent of homes for sale in Riverside/San Bernardino counties.

Tustin cheerleading booster club member suspected of inappropriate contact with underage girl
A 50-year-old member of the Tustin High School Cheer Booster Club was arrested Wednesday for allegedly engaging in inappropriate conversations with a female juvenile, authorities said. The suspect, Mike Patrick Thomas of Tustin, is suspected to have made inappropriate contact with an underage girl, including text messages and conversations, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department release said.


Investigation of Mariners Elementary award application backs some claims of inaccuracies but says some concerns were ‘embellished’
An investigation into a controversial award application from Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach concluded that while the principal at the time included inaccuracies about some school programs in the application to the California Department of Education, some concerns from teachers were unsubstantiated or even “embellished,” according to a letter released Wednesday.

California education officials finally agree on a plan to meet key federal requirements
Two years, a presidential election and many meetings after the California State Board of Education first started talking about how to satisfy a major federal education law, members finally agreed Thursday to submit a final plan. They voted in a special meeting, a month after they opted to delay. The plan, which came together after months of back-and-forth with Betsy DeVos' U.S. Department of Education, is designed to satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act.


Tired of paying for your 4-year-old's preschool? Lawmaker looking at early public kindergarten
A proposal to expand transitional kindergarten to all four-year-old children in California cleared its first hurdle this week, but opposition and a major funding problem could doom its chances in the state Legislature.

Charter school backers spend millions to support Antonio Villaraigosa for California governor
Wealthy charter school supporters are pouring millions of dollars into the battle to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown, throwing their money into an independent committee to push former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ahead in a crowded field of candidates. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Wednesday gave $7 million to the committee run by the California Charter Schools Association, an increasingly powerful player in state politics. On Thursday, Los Angeles philanthropist and developer Eli Broad contributed $1.5 million to the effort.


Most parents worry about shootings at public school, but don’t want teachers armed
While more than eight in 10 parents worry about the possibility of a mass shooting at their kids’ public schools, the majority still oppose arming teachers with guns, a new poll released Wednesday shows.


Campaign underway in California to elect a 'children's governor'
As California’s governor’s race accelerates toward the June 6 primary, a range of interest groups are trying to ensure that the candidates take up the issues they care about — and that, more importantly, whoever gets elected carries out their agenda once in office. There is now a concerted push to elect what some advocates are calling a “children’s governor” — a governor committed to implementing policies that benefit the state’s youngest children, beginning at birth.


Why LAUSD students and celebrity alumni are partnering to raise more money for the arts
LAUSD budgeted over $31 million for arts education this year to do things like pay and train arts teachers and to buy arts supplies – but that isn't enough to cover all of the district's arts related expenses like providing musical instruments to all students who want to learn music and bringing students on field trips to local studios and museums.


VIDEO: VSA Festival to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of individuals with disabilities at MainPlace Mall
The Orange County Department of Education and VSA Orange County are teaming up to celebrate the artistic achievements of individuals with disabilities at the 42nd annual VSA Festival. The event, hosted by MainPlace Mall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, will give students and adults associated with special education programs throughout the region a chance to showcase their talents in creative writing, dance, music, theater and visual arts. There will also be free activities for kids at stations throughout the mall, including kite construction, face painting, storytelling, jewelry making, bubble art, a photo booth and more.

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