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Q&A: OCDE works to remove barriers and align resources for families experiencing homelessness
Jeanne Awrey says people are often shocked to learn that Orange County is home to approximately 28,000 homeless students. “That’s about 5.5 percent of our overall student population that has been consistently homeless,” she says. “We really haven’t dipped below 5.5 percent.” As the coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education’s homeless education program, Awrey oversees the HOPES Collaborative, which stands for Homeless Outreach Promoting Educational Success.


Huntington Beach woman removed from 2 school district panels over alleged ‘colored people’ comment denies racism claims
A Huntington Beach woman who was removed from two school district committees after she was alleged to have referred to minorities as “colored people” addressed the City Council on Monday night to deny allegations in the community that she is racist.


Political veteran vs. political outsiders in race for California schools superintendent
The race for the state’s top schools job has long followed a familiar pattern: A state legislator, anointed by the Democratic establishment and the teachers unions, faces off against political outsiders who want to bust up the Sacramento status quo. This year’s election for state superintendent of public instruction sticks to that trend with Assemblyman Tony Thurmond facing three challengers, including main contender, Marshall Tuck.


No debate over special ed teacher shortage, just remedy
The governor’s plan to provide $100 million in one-time money to support the preparation and retention of special education teachers probably won’t solve California’s long-standing shortages, a representative of the non-partisan Legislative Analyst said Tuesday. Last year the state issued about 12,000 emergency teaching permits for all classrooms and is on track to issue about the same number this year. Along with technical subjects—like math and science–the greatest shortage statewide is in special education.


Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight
Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety. But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge.

30,000 LAUSD workers call off May 15 strike after reaching tentative contract deal
Los Angeles Unified School District bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, classroom aides and other non-teaching employees called off a one-day strike planned for May 15 after leaders of their union reached a tentative contract agreement with district officials late Tuesday. The surprise announcement came just days after L.A. Unified officials said no further progress could be made in contract talks with the classified employees union, SEIU Local 99.

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