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Monday, May 14, 2018


Anaheim Elementary School District announces its new superintendent
The Anaheim Elementary School District has found its next superintendent. Christopher Downing, who currently serves as a local district superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s southern region, has been selected to take the reigns of Anaheim Elementary starting July 1. His appointment was confirmed by the Board of Education with a 5-0 vote on May 9.


High school and college graduation times for Orange County
The 2018 high school graduation season is upon us. If you accidentally lost your invitation to your niece’s big day or if you’re wondering when to expect traffic at the high school down the road, we’ve got your back. Here’s everything you need to know about each high school graduation ceremony in Orange County.

If child abuse is so rampant, why are prosecutions so rare for those who fail to report it?
If you work with children in your job, California law requires you to report suspected child abuse. But few people are ever prosecuted for failing to alert authorities about their suspicions. From 2012 to 2017, fewer than a dozen workers in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties were charged by county prosecutors with violating the so-called mandated reporter law. And because violations are only a misdemeanor, those who are prosecuted and convicted virtually always receive light sentences instead of jail time.


San Diego fighting alone for $400,000 to cover water testing for lead at schools
San Diego is the only city in California seeking state reimbursement for testing the toxic lead levels in water at local schools, which has cost the city’s water agency more than $400,000. The city has done tests at 256 schools since early 2017, but must test another 45 schools over the next six weeks. State legislation requires water agencies to test every public school, regardless of whether the agency gets a request, by July 1.


Is knowledge scarcity to blame for kids' substandard reading comprehension levels?
In 2016, Education Week published an opinion piece saying kids reading comprehension skills are struggling not because of teachers but because kids lack a well-rounded base of knowledge to begin with. It's nearly half way through 2018, and based on the most recent assessments of American kids' reading skills, it seems the problem of reading comprehension still exists.


California K-12 schools get slightly more in Gov. Brown's revised state budget
Since the beginning of the year, state revenues have continued to flow, raising Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget for 2018-19 by $3 billion more than he projected in January, according to the revised budget Brown released on Friday. But little of the additional revenue will go to K-12 schools and community colleges because of quirks in the formula that determines K-14 spending.

The rise of restorative justice in California schools brings promise, controversy
The two 9th-grade girls heard the laughing the minute they walked into their third-period class that December morning at Oakland’s Fremont High School. And they knew why: a video of one of the girls being slapped by a classmate had gone viral among students on social media. Both girls (whose names are being withheld to protect their privacy) acknowledged later that their first instinct was to lash out at their snickering classmates. But they didn’t do that. Instead, they left the classroom and walked down the hall to Tatiana Chaterji’s room.


Brown’s budget adds new reporting mandate on LEAs
Faced with growing pressure from advocates of low-income families to improve educational services for at-risk students, the Brown administration proposed late last week new transparency requirements on district spending. As part of the revised May budget, the governor also wants to spend $13.3 million to give local educational agencies more support and guidance in how to bring parents and other community stakeholders into the process of building the Local Control Accountability Plans.


LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez resigns from state teachers commission
Embattled Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez has resigned from California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Rodriguez is currently facing felony and misdemeanor charges related to an alleged money-laundering scheme. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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