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OC to send two teams to the Science Olympiad National Tournament in Colorado
After earning top honors at the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament last month, teams from two Orange County campuses will get to compete at the national level. Troy High School in Fullerton and Jeffrey Trail Middle School in Irvine placed first in their respective divisions April 7 at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. By doing so, they’ve earned the right to represent Southern California at the Science Olympiad National Tournament at Colorado State University on May 18 and May 19.

U.S. News reveals 2018 Best High Schools ranking; find out which OC campuses made the list
Oxford Academy in Anaheim Union High School District ranked as the second best high school in California in the U.S. News 2018 Best High Schools ranking released today. Oxford, a magnet school in Cypress, ranked 36th overall nationally. Orange County School of the Arts, a charter school in Santa Ana, was the second highest rated county school, placing No. 46 statewide and 289th nationally.


Harbor Council PTA honors Newport-Mesa school volunteers and employees
The Harbor Council Parent Teacher Assn. honored a host of volunteers, teachers and principals Monday for their service to students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The annual Honorary Service Awards luncheon at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa recognized people who were selected by the PTAs at their schools. Newport-Mesa has 28 PTAs.

Newport Coast 6th-grader campaigns to end use of plastic straws
At 11 years old, Chloe Mei Espinosa of Newport Beach has already seen some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, including those in Hawaii, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands. So when the Newport Coast Elementary School sixth-grader recently watched a disturbing video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw lodged in its nostril, she was compelled to try to eliminate the use of plastic straws.

Newport Harbor High principal apologizes for rat problem, adding ‘We’re getting our arms around it’
Newport Harbor High School Principal Sean Boulton apologized during a school board meeting Tuesday to students, teachers, classified employees and families for a rat problem that he said has grown and jeopardized campus health and safety.


State Board of Education President Mike Kirst retires — and reflects on changes he has led
State Board of Education President Michael Kirst, whom Jerry Brown brought into state government after his election to a first term as governor 44 years ago, will go out with Brown when he retires later this year. Brown’s contemporary at age 78, Kirst has been the governor’s chief education advisor for four decades and his choice as president of the state board for Brown’s four terms in office. He ended several months of speculation Wednesday when he announced that he would not seek a fifth term under a new governor.


Bill takes another swing at promoting cultural expression
Members of California’s Senate education committee signaled strong support Wednesday for a bill vetoed last year that would allow for students to wear cultural adornments at graduation. AB 1248 by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego specifies that a student has the right to wear religious, ceremonial or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies–such as eagle feathers, which signify a transition into adulthood for certain Native American tribes.


When School Dress Codes Ban Students’ Bodies
Students can face a lot of pressure for what they wear to school. Fashions change and trendy clothes are expensive. But some of the most damaging critiques of students’ outfits come not from their peers, but from the grown-ups in schools. And teachers and principals seem to disproportionately regulate girls’ clothes.

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