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Imaginology kicks off, bringing 3 days of STEAM to Costa Mesa
Students let off some STEAM on Friday on opening day of Imaginology — a three-day festival at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa celebrating and promoting interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The annual event features educational workshops, exhibits, hands-on activities and competitions in fields including ceramics, woodworking, 4-H, photography and poetry.


Tax guns instead of arming teachers, California lawmaker proposes
Assembly Bill 2497, unveiled last month by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, would create a tax on firearm and ammunition sales to fund grants for high schools that want to hire police to provide campus security. The money would also pay for a counselor at every middle school, whose primary responsibility would be to detect and report potential threats of violence.


California's plan for Every Student Succeeds Act heads to Betsy DeVos for approval
Cross off one area of conflict with the Trump administration. Accepting compromises negotiated with the federal government, members of the State Board of Education on Thursday passed a state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act with the expectation that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will approve it. They did so after concluding that the changes they agreed to would not significantly alter the state’s approach to improving schools and districts based on local control.

From public housing to college: new national pilot helps low-income students in LA make that journey
The distance from the Avalon Gardens public housing development in South Central Los Angeles to elite Smith College in western Massachusetts should be measured in more than the 2,900 miles separating them. The housing project near Watts is a cluster of nearly identical pale orange one- and two-story buildings surrounded by a high metal gate installed to keep gangs out. It is home to about 440 low-income, mainly Latino and black, residents whose scramble for economic survival is eased by subsidized rents.


Linking chronic disease to adverse childhood experiences
In another part of his community, Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula is known as Dr. Armabula, and before he decided to run for the Legislature he was an emergency room physician at the Adventist Hospital in Selma. It is from this perspective that the Fresno Democrat is looking for support for a for a novel wellness program aimed at reducing childhood exposure to adverse experiences as a means of preventing chronic disease later in life.


Garden Grove Unified to open a second Spanish dual-language program in 2018-19
The Garden Grove Unified School District is gearing up for the launch of its second Spanish dual-language program. Coming out of summer break, Russell Elementary School at 600 S. Jackson St. in Santa Ana will reopen as the Russell Elementary Language Academy, presenting academic content in science, social studies, literacy and math in both English and Spanish.


California’s poor students rank next to last on national test
California’s poor students performed worse on a national exam than needy kids from all but one other state, according to results released this week by the National Center for Education Statistics. Congratulations, folks. We beat Alaska. These students’ lackluster scores on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress come despite the state’s $31.2 billion investment in their learning under a new school funding method championed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013.

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