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Newport-Mesa will review school safety procedures and policies as concerns grow
Amid heightened school safety concerns, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District said this week that it will conduct an in-depth review of its safety procedures and policies. Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Russell Lee-Sung will lead the study.

Appeals court rejects Newport-Mesa effort to block release of investigation summary on school award
An appellate judge dismissed the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's request to block an Orange County Superior Court ruling ordering that the district release a report summarizing an investigation into a controversial award application from Mariners Elementary School. Presiding Justice Kathleen O'Leary of the state 4th District Court of Appeal dismissed the motion Thursday, ruling that an order or judgment under the Public Records Act is not appealable.


New app keeps Granada Hills Charter High School on the same page – with one swipe
For the Alonzos, of Granada Hills, having report cards, attendance records and teacher contact information at their fingers is vital. Since Granada Hills Charter High School launched its new app earlier this year, the Alonzos have one place to get all the information instead of clicking here and there, link after link, tab after tab on the school’s website, Facebook page or Twitter and Instagram accounts.


This Arizona teacher doubled his salary by getting a teaching job in California
After going six years in the Yuma Union High School District without a pay raise and only minor salary increases in other years, Rene Castillo, 34, began to look elsewhere. He found that with a one-hour commute he could double his pay, to nearly $80,000. So each morning Castillo's 12-year-old Honda, with 195,000 miles and shaky brakes, rolls across the Arizona state line, past vegetable and alfalfa crops, through the tiny communities of Felicity and Holtville, to El Centro, Calif., where he teaches history at Southwest High School.


Here’s how Riverside County police, schools, hospitals and others are preparing for possible school attacks
With threats against schools on the upswing nationwide, a number of Riverside County agencies have updated a plan on how to respond to threats and violent acts involving campuses. The Riverside County Probation Department worked with the District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Public Social Services, Riverside University Health System, school districts and juvenile court judges to modify the School Threat Assessment and Response Protocol.


To compromise or not: State education board to vote on California’s amended plan for meeting federal law
How far to push the federal government? Members of the State Board of Education will give the answer at a special meeting on Thursday, when they consider proposed compromises to the state’s plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will likely approve — if board members agree to the changes.

More California teenagers are pre-registering to vote after March gun violence protests
After hundreds of thousands of students nationwide walked out of their classrooms on March 14 to protest a mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, an open question hung over their discontent: Will the students channel this energy into political activism? In California, there’s new evidence that the answer could be yes. In the three weeks since the March walkouts, there’s been a surge in potential new voters with the pre-registration of 7,090 16- and 17-year-olds between March 14 and April 2.


California state senator wants stricter vetting for teachers investigated for sexual abuse
To prevent teachers who have been investigated for sexual abuse from quietly resigning and moving to another school, a state senator representing parts of Riverside County is working to implement more rigorous background checks for California teachers. With the introduction of Senate Bill 1456, Republican Mike Morrell hopes California will join a handful of other states with these stricter teacher hiring policies. The California Sexual Abuse-Free Education Act, or SAFE, would require the California Department of Education to create a form for applicants to list the "allegations, investigations, or findings of child abuse or sexual misconduct with a child" from his or her employment history.


Working Wardrobes teams with OCDE to help prep students for jobs
A crisp suit and tie, or neatly pressed slacks and blouse can go a long way in giving one job candidate the advantage during an interview. Thanks to the nonprofit Working Wardrobes, a group of students from OCDE’s alternative education program recently got a chance to pick out some outfits they can use for job applications. These students from OCDE’s Alternative, Community, and Correctional Education Schools and Services program, also known as ACCESS, were part of the program’s Career Success Week from March 26-30.


Without Warning System, Schools Often 'Pass The Trash' — And Expose Kids To Danger
When Jason Fennes applied for a job at Cedar Hill Prep School in New Jersey in 2010, the school district where he had formerly taught did not disclose its knowledge of allegations of past sexual abuse. School administrators at Montville Township Public Schools made no mention of the four female first-grade students who said he abused them while they were in Fennes' class between 2005 and 2008. Nor did the district disclose his suspension or eventual resignation.

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