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Video contest empowers OC students to start conversations on mental health
A dozen mental health videos produced by students from Canyon, Foothill and Katella high schools in Orange County have earned regional honors in the Directing Change Program & Film Contest, and four have advanced to a statewide round of judging. Sponsored by Each Mind Matters and the California Mental Health Services Authority, the sixth annual contest was created to empower young people to start important conversations in their communities by creating 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health.

Mijares: Classified School Employee Week honors those who make teaching and learning possible
In every school district and at every community college, you’ll find employees who quietly lay the foundation for teaching and learning while nurturing a culture of kindness. I’m referring to the women and men who keep our campuses clean, who maintain our educational technologies, who answer phone calls and are usually the first to greet students and their parents. I’m talking about those who feed our students, drive our school buses, run school and district offices, and provide vital instructional support.


After reviving Pacifica High’s ROTC, beloved instructor sends seniors off to rosy futures
This time last year, Pacifica High’s ROTC was on probation, with too few participants to qualify for the military-sponsored program. One year later, the Garden Grove school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps has been named a Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors.

Riverside Poly holds on to Solar Cup boating title
Riverside Poly High School won first place in the veteran’s division of the 16th annual Solar Cup Competition Sunday for the third consecutive year. The final round of the competition, where students from 38 Southern California high schools rely on the sun’s rays to power boats, was held at Lake Skinner in Winchester. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California event featured teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.


Innovative high school for new immigrant students a model in California
For 11 years, students from all over the world have gathered at Oakland International High to learn English and math, as they also learn to navigate new lives far from where they were born.


LEAs scramble to switch at-large elections to district-based
Facing civil rights litigation over the election of council members, more than a dozen municipalities in Northern California since the beginning of the year have opted to embrace district representation. During the same period 30 local educational agencies have sought and received waivers from the California State Board of Education to make the same change, also under threat of lawsuits.


Charter school backers have outspent teachers in 2 major races
Charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for California governor and state schools chief. Wealthy donors who support charter schools and education reform have poured more than $22 million into independent committees to support former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor and former schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools chief.

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