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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


AP tests for middle schoolers? At Fullerton School District, 70 take exam for the first time
Seventy middle school students from the Fullerton School District took the Advanced Placement Computer Science Exam last year, with four of them receiving high enough scores to earn college credit before they even enrolled in high school. This spring, another 48 students will be taking AP Computer Science Exams, which typically are given to high school students. Fullerton School District is the first in Orange County, and one of the first in the nation, to administer AP exams to middle school students.


Newport-Mesa school nurse receives top award from O.C. association
Newport-Mesa Unified School District nurse Natalie Gerdes has been honored by the Orange County School Nurses Organization as its 2018 School Nurse of the Year. The title is awarded to a nurse who is nominated from among the association's 150 members and ultimately chosen by its board of directors for excellence, professional growth and service to his or her school district.


Teachers shelling out nearly $500 a year on school supplies, report finds
Pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, T-shirts, snacks and, sometimes, a pair of shoes: The costs add up for public school teachers who reach into their own pockets for classroom supplies, ensuring their students have the necessities of learning. Nearly all teachers are footing the bill for classroom supplies, an Education Department report found, and teachers in high-poverty schools spend more than those in affluent schools.


Resources often don't match rhetoric for restorative justice in California schools
The rise of restorative justice has coincided with a re-imagining of school discipline in California and in many places throughout the nation. But accompanying this sea change is a growing concern among many teachers, administrators and youth advocates that districts are not devoting nearly enough resources to restorative justice and other alternatives.

More states expanding preschool programs but quality still lags
California has increased the number of 3-year-olds enrolled in state-funded preschool programs over the last 10 years, but needs to improve preschool quality, including teacher qualifications, professional development and class size. Those are among the findings in The State of Preschool 2017 report, by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.


Lawmakers call for increased spending for CTE and early learners
While early reviews gave Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision high marks, bipartisan leaders of a key fiscal panel said Tuesday they will fight for a significant increase for career technical education spending.


As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide
School officials have issued warnings to parents ahead of the second season of the Netflix drama "13 Reasons Why," which premieres this week. The first season, which centered on the suicide of a high school student, triggered cautions from the National Association of School Psychologists. The national attention comes at a time when, new research suggests, one in five teens may have considered suicide. And school leaders are starting to recognize that they have a lifesaving role to play.

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