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Orange Unified School District teacher wins top honor from continuation schools group
Orange Unified School District career technical education teacher Susan Damon was named as one of four 2018 Teacher of the Year by the California Continuation Educators Association. Damon, a teacher at Richland Continuation High School, was chosen as the top teacher for the association’s Region 1, which includes the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Imperial, Riverside and San Diego.


For new LAUSD chief Austin Beutner, the first day of school is Tuesday. First up, the budget
Austin Beutner’s first day on the job as LA Unified’s superintendent is going to be a long day of listening and learning. He starts before dawn Tuesday at a bus yard and ends with an evening parent meeting. But he’s also intent on helping parents and the greater Los Angeles community learn about the behemoth that is LA Unified. And he’s starting with maybe the biggest nut of all: the budget.


A South LA high school's journey back from the brink
Claudia Rojas had a regular routine she followed most days during the 2012-13 school year, the year she took a job as one of three principals at the newly opened Augustus F. Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles. She would get up in the morning, have breakfast and then cry her way to work. The school has made restorative justice the foundation of its discipline policy.


Analysis: opportunity to fight funding adequacy slips away
For perhaps the first time in 30 years, the state’s education lobby could seriously challenge the Legislature’s traditional view of the Proposition 98 funding guarantee as a floor and not a ceiling. But there doesn’t appear to be much interest in taking on that fight despite California’s well-known tumble from one the best funded school systems in the nation during the 1970s, to one of the worst today. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised May budget that included $8 billion in unanticipated funding with only a small fraction of that money to be shared with K-12 schools and community colleges.


Why Teenagers Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should Too!)
A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: Social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period. Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood — but in the last two decades, researchers have confirmed that the brain continues to develop during adolescence — a period of time that can stretch from the middle-school years into early adulthood.

We asked about your experiences with ethnic studies. Here's what you told us
The California Department of Education is in the process of developing a model ethnic studies curriculum for schools around the state. Meanwhile, a bill has been introduced in the state assembly that, if passed, would require ethnic studies instruction. It all comes after years of advocacy from educators, community members and youth who believe students should be learning more about the history and culture of various racial and ethnic groups.

How Austin Beutner plans to help LAUSD's struggling schools
Austin Beutner, who starts work Tuesday as the chief executive of the Los Angeles Unified School District, faces several daunting challenges in his new job: falling enrollment, tightening budgets, labor difficulties. But the most intractable challenge L.A. Unified faces are not financial; at their heart, they're academic.

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