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Monday, April 02, 2018


California tells schools how they should protect students from immigration enforcement
As the fight over California’s immigration laws intensifies, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday released a policy guide for school officials that lays out how they can protect students from immigration enforcement on school grounds. The guide details the steps school officials should take if federal immigration agents try to detain someone on campus, or if a child’s parents have been detained or deported. It also instructs schools on how to shield the immigration status of students and their family members, and illustrates the kinds of court records federal officials must present before entering campuses.


‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion
E-cigarettes have been touted by their makers and some public health experts as devices to help adult smokers kick the habit. But school officials, struggling to control an explosion of vaping among high school and middle school students across the country, fear that the devices are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.


How Corona-Norco students can anonymously report bullying
It’s now easier for Corona-Norco students to report bullying. Before, students who wanted to report bullying had to tell a teacher or administrator, who would encourage them to fill out a harassment form, said Mike Ilic, administrative director for the Corona-Norco Unified School District. The district’s new bullying prevention campaign introduces a webpage on which students can report bullying anonymously and fill out a harassment form — without having to first tell a teacher in the classroom.


Chronic absence rates high at many California continuation schools
California’s continuation high schools are meant to give students a last chance to get back on track for graduation, but state data reveal that many of the schools struggle with a basic challenge: Getting students to attend each day. Nearly 60 percent of continuation high school students were considered chronically absent during the 2016-17 school year, according to an EdSource analysis of state data. At 59.6 percent, the average chronic absence rate at continuation high schools is 4 times higher than the average among all California high schools.

More questions surface on accuracy of California school absentee data
Problems with California’s database of school chronic absenteeism rates could be more widespread than the state Department of Education previously acknowledged. The department has recently begun adding notes to school chronic absenteeism data posted on its DataQuest website warning that the statistics may be unreliable.


Pre-K involving parent engagement boosts outcomes
Participation in a high-quality pre-K to third grade education program that also emphasizes parent involvement and services can have positive effects on low-income children up to 30 years later, research shows. Researchers tracked the progress of more than 1,500 low-income youth in Chicago who enrolled in preschool programs in the city’s Child Parent Centers in 1983 and 1984. The CPC programs include educational enrichment activities as well as family support services that include participation in school activities, support groups and workshops, and home visits, among other supports.


New case study spotlights Newport-Mesa’s process for adopting a math curriculum with support from OCDE
In August 2016, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District embarked on the process of adopting a new math curriculum with matching instructional materials. It wasn’t easy work. But that nine-month undertaking, aided by a partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, is now being hailed in a new case study for its transparent, data-driven and teacher-centered approach.


How More Meetings Might Be The Secret To Fixing High School
Out of 172 projects in a big federal innovation grant program, the BARR method, for Building Assets, Reducing Risks is the only one that progressed through randomized controlled trials to win grants at all three levels: innovation, development and scale-up. BARR doesn't require changing the teachers or the students in a school. It doesn't overhaul the curriculum or discipline. It doesn't require flashy technology. It's based on something simple, and decidedly unsexy: meetings.

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