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Videos: OCDE announces the 2019 Orange County Teachers of the Year
The 2019 Orange County Teachers of the Year were revealed during surprise visits to their respective campuses on Tuesday, May 1. All six Orange County Teachers of the Year received a special award from Dr. Mijares, and each received a tote bag with prizes from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the program’s premier sponsor. In the fall, the finalists will be formally honored at a dinner gala at the Disneyland Hotel, where they’ll receive cash awards from SchoolsFirst and the Dr. James Hines Foundation, established by Orange County residents Bill and Sue Gross.

Local Friday Night Live leaders thank police for efforts to thwart impaired drivers
Students involved in the Friday Night Live club at El Modena High School recently took an after-hours field trip to the headquarters of the Orange Police Department. Their mission? To thank local officers for their efforts to reduce impaired driving in the city. “It’s nice to say ‘thank-you’ and that we appreciate everything they do, especially keeping our streets safe from impaired drivers,” said FNL president Angie Sustaeta, a senior at El Modena.


Here’s how Orange County’s teachers of the year reacted when surprised with awards
In a county with 600 schools serving 500,000 students, they were the chosen ones: the Orange County Department of Education’s 2019 teachers of the year. The department recognized the work of six teachers on Tuesday, May 1, surprising them in front of students with shiny apple-shaped trophies, balloons, and in one case, a marching band.

Digital map of Anaheim High School would give law enforcement a quick guide to the campus in case of an active shooter or emergency
In the midst of the debate over access to firearms following a mass shooting at a Florida high school, Anaheim High School is the first school in the nation, officials said, to be mapped digitally to help first responders cut response times in an emergency and, hopefully, save lives. In the event of an active shooter or barricaded suspect on school grounds, law enforcement can access the software for a panoramic virtual tour of every corner of the campus, said David Sobel, founder of The Sobel Group, the San Diego-based firm that developed the system.


2 Huntington Beach teachers get Orange County's top honor
Two Huntington Beach educators were among six who were surprised Tuesday with awards as 2019 Orange County Teachers of the Year. They will now compete for the state title. Huntington Beach High School English teacher Jodi Young and Ethel Dwyer Middle School science teacher Laura Zellmer are among the county winners who will now compete for the state title.


Fights among students more common in middle school years
Large swaths of middle school students report feeling unsafe at school due to violence, bullying and harassment among their peers, according to the latest YouthTruth survey on school safety. The findings among pre-teens contrasts with the perception of a more secure environment among high school students. Among middle school respondents, 43 percent reported that fights occur at least somewhat often, compared to 35 percent of high school students. And 40 percent of middle school students said that they must be prepared to defend themselves at least somewhat often, compared to just 28 percent of high school students.


Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds
More than 9 in 10 teachers say they joined the profession for idealistic reasons — "I wanted to do good" — but most are struggling to some extent economically. While the story in each state is a little different, calls for better compensation and more school funding are common, as is the mood — fed up.

LAUSD board names Austin Beutner as next superintendent
Austin Beutner — a former investment banker who, having already made his millions, has immersed himself in the civic life of Los Angeles in recent years — will be the next superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District.

New LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner isn't an educator. Here's what we know about how he thinks about schools.
Austin Beutner is a former investment banker with no history working as an educator. But the newly appointed superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District does have a history with the school system – one that gives clues about how he might direct the education of the more than half a million students the district serves.

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