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Monday, May 07, 2018


This bill could relieve burden on mental health counselors at CSU campuses
A new bill slowly winding its way through the state senate may help ease the burden on counselors: SB 968 would require all California State University and community college campuses to have a ratio of one mental health professional for every 1,500 students.


O.C. grand jury: ‘Some schools are not as safe as they could be’
The Orange County grand jury told area school districts Thursday to report within 90 days on how they have studied and improved safety at their campuses. Jurors specifically recommended that all school districts require their schools to conduct site safety assessments, identify security deficiencies, determine what is needed and recommend improvements to control potential risks.

Youngsters finish ‘marathon’ feat during Kids Run the OC
The day before the starting gun sounds for the 14th annual OC Marathon, almost 10,000 children toed the line Saturday in Costa Mesa to wrap up a multiweek "marathon" of their own. The young runners trotted around the OC Fair & Event Center as part of Kids Run the OC, a 10- to 12-week health and fitness program during which participants run the 26.2-mile length of a marathon.


How teacher strikes in other states help California unions make their case
The states where teachers are striking are almost all “right-to-work” states, where workers don’t have to join or contribute to a union in their workplace. As a result, teachers in these places generally have less bargaining power and lower wages and benefits. With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to render a decision next month that could significantly weaken public employee unions, labor unrest in other states is resonating in California.


Grant money awarded to help LEAs deal with teacher shortage
The first of some $9 million in state grants aimed at reducing California’s stubborn teacher shortage has been awarded to 26 local educational agencies—including almost $1 million to the Alameda County Office of Education, where conditions have become even worse in the past year. Despite an investment of close to $70 million by the Legislature during the past two years in teacher recruitment and retention programs, 80 percent of districts statewide said they continue to struggle to find candidates for empty positions, according to a February report from the Learning Policy Institute.

Automation disrupts international education goals
Even as career education gains momentum at the state and federal levels, the U.S. still ranks ninth in the world in ensuring schools are adequately preparing students for careers less likely to be replaced by automation, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of The Economist magazine.


30,000 LAUSD employees plan one-day strike for May 15
If you're one of the 41,000 students who relies on a Los Angeles Unified School District bus to get to class, start making a backup plan to get to school next week — and even if you're not, plan to pack a lunch. The union representing more than 30,000 L.A. Unified classified employees — including bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and teachers aides — announced Sunday that members plan to hold a one-day strike on May 15.

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