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Friday, April 06, 2018


Placentia-Yorba Linda school district addresses expelled students, drone rules and salaries
Expelled students, drone use and employee salaries and benefits are among the topics tackled recently by the five elected trustees of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. State law requires school districts to provide educational alternatives to expelled students and mandates districts work with the county schools offices to develop plans to work with students under expulsion orders.

Riley McCoy, the girl who can’t go out in the sun, faces a crisis during her senior year
They had to learn to fear the light, and all that implies – open windows, cracked doors, daytime car rides, certain fluorescent bulbs, mirrors. Sunsets became something not to admire, but to avoid. The fears didn’t end there. With Riley McCoy’s rare disease, which threatened to ravage her skin and her brain, her parents worried about her becoming increasingly confused, her eroding coordination and hearing loss.

1 in 10 Cal State students say they’ve been homeless; at community colleges in L.A., it’s 1 in 5
The dream was always the same, Arthur Chavez says. He was following a bumblebee through a forest, stumbling over puddles and branches. When he caught the bee, he’d find himself onstage, wearing a suit, in front of an applauding crowd. After the third time, Chavez decided the dream was a sign. He quit his job at a Fullerton gas station and enrolled in community college, on his way to a bachelor’s degree.


Homework Therapists’ Job: Help Solve Math Problems, and Emotional Ones
Dr. Bari Hillman, 30, who works during the week as a clinical psychologist at a New York mental health clinic, represents a new niche in the $100 billion tutoring industry. Neither a traditional tutor nor a straight-up therapist, she is an amalgam of the two. “Homework therapists,” as they are now sometimes called, administer academic help and emotional support as needed. Via Skype, email and text, and during pricey one-on-one sessions, they soothe cranky students, hoping to steer them back to the path of achievement.


Unlike California, many states have umbrella agency for early childhood programs
There is growing recognition that California in effect has three systems of education — one for children before they enter kindergarten, another serving children in the K-12 grades and one for higher education. But in the eyes of many experts, policymakers and elected officials, the system serving the state’s youngest children is the most important in building a foundation for a student’s future success. It is also the most fragmented and least coordinated one.

How a tiny Native American community's trauma might impact education law
A lawsuit brought on behalf of schoolchildren in the most remote Native American community in the United States is addressing an emerging question in public education — namely, are school districts required to provide disability services to children who’ve suffered trauma related to poverty and discrimination.


Schools Consider Earlier Start
Schools officials will again consider changes to the school calendar that include starting classes in August, extending the Thanksgiving break to a full week and ending the first semester prior to the winter break. The recommendations about possible restructuring of the school year will be presented at a 5:30 p.m. school board study session that is open to the public Thursday, April 12.

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