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Niguel Hills Middle School students raise $3,000 to provide goats to needy families overseas
Teaming with the nonprofit We Organization, the students fundraised via donations and an in-class coin drive in an effort they named GoatFundMe.


LAUSD’s board broke the law when picking superintendent, complaint alleges
County prosecutors are reviewing a complaint alleging that the Los Angeles Board of Education may have violated a state open-meetings law during its selection of a new superintendent – which the school district denies. Former investment banker and philanthropist Austin Beutner started his post last week as leader of the nation’s second largest school district. The board announced their pick on May 1 after a months-long process of searching and narrowing the list of contenders.


Transgender student Gavin Grimm shouldn't have been forced to use separate bathroom at school, judge rules
A federal judge said Tuesday that a transgender student at odds with a Virginia high school since 2015 should not have been forced to use a bathroom separate from the boys' restrooms, which he wanted to use. In 2014, the Gloucester County School Board told Gavin Grimm he could not use the boys' restrooms at the school and would have to use a separate bathroom.


San Jose principal becomes a U.S. citizen in front of her students
Gloria Marchant has walked through the double doors of San Jose High School countless times in her four years as principal, but Tuesday was different. The 44-year-old educator walked in as an immigrant and strolled out a newly minted American citizen after a ceremony before dozens of her students, many of them undocumented immigrants treading their own laborious paths to legalization.


Latino, African-Americans have less access to math, science classes, new data show
Latino and African-American students were less likely to pass algebra 1 and less likely to attend high schools that offer advanced math or science classes than their white and Asian peers, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Ryan Smith, executive director of Education Trust-West, an Oakland-based education policy nonprofit, said the new federal data “is maddening.”


Bill aims to expand childhood lead exposure reporting
More children who have been exposed to lead in California may be identified and receive support services under a bill pending before a key Senate panel. SB 1097, authored by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would impose greater reporting requirements on the California Department of Public Health regarding the number of children tested for lead exposure, and those found to have high levels of lead in their blood, and how continuous and adequate levels of case management are provided.


Students Missing Class Is A Red Alert — But Researchers Say They Have A New Tool To Address The School-Absence Problem
Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert — a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk. But schools and parents now have a new tool to investigate the problem, in the form of open-source data collected by UC Davis and research partners Attendance Works and Children Now. Together, they produced “Seize the Data Opportunity in California: Using Chronic Absence to Improve Educational Outcomes.”

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