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Students to showcase more than 200 STEM-themed exhibits at ocMaker Challenge
Students from across Orange County will exhibit more than 200 STEM-based designs that promote creativity and innovation at the ocMaker Challenge held this Friday and Saturday. The event will feature teams from middle schools, high schools and community colleges that built projects aimed at solving real-world problems or needs. Exhibits will be showcased and judged at the free public event Friday at Chapman University’s Hutton Sports Center


Anaheim 6th-graders donate all-terrain wheelchair to San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School
At 6,500 feet up in the San Bernardino Mountains, San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is nature's classroom, where hiking along rugged terrain and snow-covered trails is part of the curriculum. When a group of sixth-graders from Lord Baden-Powell Elementary School in Anaheim attended the camp last year, many were disheartened when one of their classmates, who uses a wheelchair, was unable to enjoy the entire experience the way they could.


Eighth-graders taking Advanced Placement language classes? Sí.
The College Board says U.S. students not yet in ninth grade took 7,437 AP exams in Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian and Japanese in descending order of frequency. This year there will be more.


Charters cost Oakland schools $57.3 million annually, report says
Oakland Unified lost $57.3 million to charter schools during the 2016-17 school year, a new report suggests. The report, published Tuesday by think tank In The Public Interest, compared Oakland Unified’s budget during the 2016-17 school year with a hypothetical alternative in which the 15,487 local students enrolled in charters were enrolled in traditional public schools. Money is allocated to school districts from the state based on attendance numbers.


Limit proposed for collecting K-12 student debts
School administrators are watching with some concern the advance of legislation that would greatly diminish their ability to collect debts owed by students. AB 1974 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego, would prohibit local educational agencies from withholding grades, transcripts or a diploma because of an overdue bill. The measure would also prohibit schools from denying students from participating in after-school programs and sports because of money owed. Use of a debt collection agency by schools would also be outlawed.


More Than Just A Job: Stories Of Teachers Who Deserve An A+
Teachers across the country are pushing for better pay and increased school funding. They consistently make less than other college graduates with comparable experience — even though, for many teachers, working with students is more than a full-time job. There are long days in the classroom, clubs and activities, planning and grading, and the many after-school hours spent with students. Earlier this spring, we asked NPR Ed readers to send in stories of teachers going to great lengths to help students succeed in and out of school.

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