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New Anaheim Elementary School District superintendent comes from LAUSD ranks
The Anaheim Elementary School District has tapped a former Los Angeles schools leader as its superintendent. The hiring of Christopher Downing got the full support of the school board this week; he will take over July 1. Downing has been serving as a local district superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He started with the L.A. district in 1989 as a teacher and rose through the ranks of principals and district administrators.


Newport’s Ensign Intermediate School wins robot battle in countywide competition
A team from Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach came away the champion of Battle Bots, a competition this week in which students from across Orange County designed and built fighting robots at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tuesday's event was coordinated by Think Together, a statewide nonprofit that encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Judge denies school board member's request for a restraining order against Huntington blogger
An Orange County Superior Court judge denied a local school board member's petition seeking a permanent restraining order against a Huntington Beach blogger during a hearing Wednesday. Attorney Jeffrey W. Shields filed the petition on behalf of Ocean View School District trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin, 46, who alleged in court documents that Charles Keeler Johnson, 56, has threatened her on social media and at school board meetings, causing her to "fear for my own safety and for that of my immediate family members."


How Predatory Teachers Stay on the Job
Settlements that forbid victims from speaking out. Poor record-keeping. Inconsistent policies. Union protections, costly litigation, disbelief. Records from districts across San Diego – as well as powerful accounts from students, parents and educators – shed light on some of the factors that help public school employees accused of sexual harassment and misconduct evade accountability, even when administrators or investigators decide that student complaints are credible.


On California campaign trail, a push to strip school funding for undocumented students
Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, a GOP candidate for governor, is making a similar argument to former Gov. Pete Wilson’s, which could only make the GOP’s prospects of winning a statewide race even more elusive.


Gov. Brown to release California budget amid growing revenue
California Gov. Jerry Brown releases his last state budget proposal Friday, kicking off a month of negotiations with the Legislature about how to spend a growing budget surplus. The Democratic governor last pegged the surplus at $6.1 billion in January and proposed spending almost none of it, preferring to direct all but $300 million to reserves. Since then revenue during the busy April tax-filing season came in even higher than expected.


LBHS Students Receive National Merit Honors
Laguna Beach High School students Charlotte T. Hoffs, Joseph Ravenna and Benjamin R. Sharp were selected for $2,500 National Merit scholarships, the organization announced this week.

School District Honors Their Own
Laura Silver, an eight-grade language arts teacher, and Kristine Landrum, a special education assistant, were selected as the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s top employees of the year. They were to be recognized at the school board meeting this past Tuesday, May 8.

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