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Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Orange County to be represented at the National History Day finals in Maryland
Next month, 62 award-winning history projects from California will compete in Maryland against other top National History Day submissions from throughout the country. Among them will be eight entries from Orange County — including seven from the Irvine Unified School District and three alone from Irvine’s Sierra Vista Middle School.


Nearly 4,500 students to celebrate 25th annual Kids Ocean Day
This year on May 24, will mark the 25th annual Kids Ocean Day, involving more than 4,500 Los Angeles students, teachers, and volunteers at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles CA.


Why charter school backers are spending big in California's governor's race
California teacher unions are convinced that if Antonio Villaraigosa is elected governor this year, education funding for traditional public schools will erode, leaving them worse off as they compete with charter schools for enrollment. But charter schools advocates, including at least six billionaires, see it differently. They think Villaraigosa will be a champion for their cause to protect and expand charter schools across the state, creating more choice for parents and improving educational outcomes for students.


California school spending grows at fastest pace in the U.S.
Few monetary issues draw more emotion or scrutiny than the ups and downs of government’s educational expenses. This year, the heated “invest in our kids” debate has rattled state capitols across the nation as teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona walked out of classrooms and headed to picket lines and rallies to protest low wages. All this labor turmoil comes as California schools have been enjoying nation-leading increases in “elementary/secondary” educational spending, according to new Census Bureau data.


Push underway to increase California school funding by billions
By the time he leaves office early next year, Gov. Jerry Brown will have achieved his goal of “full funding” for his signature school financing law, the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula. But rather than hang a banner and declare victory, legislators and education advocates who support Brown’s funding formula are ready to set the next target: an aspirational goal of committing more than $35 billion in new K-12 dollars to the funding formula — enough to raise California’s current per-student spending of $11,149 by about $6,500. That would potentially place California among the top 10 states in the nation.


Ruling upholds parent’s civil right to visit schools
Efforts by school district officials to restrict parental access to their child’s classroom after a disagreement over educational services, violated the parent’s civil rights, a federal judge ruled late last week. Unlike many other public spaces–such as a park or street sidewalk—a public school is not considered a “public forum” under the law, and provides discretion to a school principal to regulate disruptive conduct.

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