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Wednesday, April 04, 2018


43 Orange County schools named 2018 California Distinguished Schools
Orange County has 43 campuses among the state’s 2018 California Distinguished Schools. It is the state’s top honor for public schools; overall achievement or significant improvement in scores are used in determining the designation. Statewide, 287 schools received the honor, which had been on a hiatus while a new accountability system was established.

Students battle over their book reading
Despite the siren call of texting and social media, the enjoyment of reading books is alive in local schools. Students at St. John’s Lutheran School, Anaheim Hills Elementary and Canyon Rim Elementary recently – excitedly – participated in two separate Battle of the Books competitions.


California districts to take part in groundbreaking school safety study
What are all the things that make a school safe and the people inside it feel connected with each other and the surrounding community? This question is most often answered with some variation on the following: a school is safe if it is a secure facility in good physical condition. Students, teachers and parents feel connected if class sizes are reasonable and it has a full menu of extra-curricular activities.

Student activist from Oakland appointed to California’s Board of Education
Gema Quetzal Cardenas, an Oakland student leader, will represent California’s 6.2 million students as the student representative on the state Board of Education. Cardenas, a junior at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in the Oakland Unified School District, said she is most concerned about the threat of mass deportation of undocumented students.


Thirty-seven ESSA plans OK’d, CA & Florida waiting
California and Florida are still waiting for U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to approve their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Late last week her office announced approving the plans submitted by Idaho, Mississippi and Rhode Island. The Texas plan was also approved last week. That leaves just 13 states without a federally-recognized ESSA plan.


LAUSD board to play more direct role in setting rules for charter schools — and charter leaders are thrilled
Tuesday's vote changed who gets control over the boilerplate language in charter schools' petitions. Instead of district staff, members of the L.A. Unified school board will now vote annually to approve a uniform "district-required language" document that every charter will have to follow. Board members also approved a specific list of policies to which charters would be subject, and will also vote annually on whether to update that list.


OCDE to host summit aimed at providing teachers with skills to improve technology in classrooms
Educators hoping to learn how to better incorporate technology into daily lessons while also improving their skills can attend Orange County Department of Education’s EdTechTeam Summit later this month. The two-day event on April 28 and 29, held at the OCDE campus at 200 Kalmus Drive in Costa Mesa, will include sessions titled “Learning to Drive: A Beginners Guide to the G Suite for Education,” “Google Classroom Introduction and Best Practices,” “Personalize your YouTube Channel for Personalized Learning,” and “Google Apps and the iPad – Workflow and Creativity.”


Hunger And Homelessness Are Widespread Among College Students, Study Finds
As college students grapple with the rising costs of classes and books, mortgaging their futures with student loans in exchange for a diploma that they're gambling will someday pay off, it turns out many of them are in great financial peril in the present, too. More than a third of college students don't always have enough to eat and they lack stable housing, according to a survey published Tuesday by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

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