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Monday, August 12, 2019


‘A pretty untenable plan’: As LAUSD moves to combine 5 student support programs into one, advocates fear ‘dilution’ of foster youth services
The five-year-old Foster Youth Achievement Program, which focuses on foster youth school attendance, educational achievement and social-emotional well-being, is being restructured, despite vigorous opposition from foster youth advocates. The district is combining five specialized student programs together — including the Foster Youth Achievement Program and the Homeless Education Program — which officials say will streamline counseling services for L.A. Unified’s highest-need pupilss.


Bricks, death threats and fury: A last-ditch fight against California’s vaccine crackdown
California’s debate over a proposed law to tighten kids’ exemptions for mandatory vaccines was never subtle. Lawmakers sponsoring the bill say they’ve been receiving death threats for months. Someone in June mailed Assembly members dozens of bricks etched with appeals to kill the measure. On Twitter, celebrities heckle vaccine proponents and each side warns of deadly consequences.


Sweetwater’s Own Calculations Showed District Could Go Bust Long Before Fiscal Crisis
Sweetwater Union High School District officials have long maintained that their current fiscal crisis emerged swiftly, almost out of nowhere, last September. But new emails and documents show high-level administrators actually became aware of an impending crisis months earlier and failed to prevent it.


Parents block California’s effort to investigate ‘fake’ vaccine exemptions
California medical regulators have been flooded with complaints about doctors accused of writing improper vaccine exemptions for children, with at least 186 accusations filed in the last four years. But a large number of those complaints— more than 40% so far — have been closed. Only one doctor has been disciplined. The Medical Board of California and advocates of tighter vaccine rules say that’s because one group has stymied many investigations: uncooperative parents.


‘Separate programs for separate communities’: California school district agrees to desegregate
A California school district outside of San Francisco agreed to desegregate its schools on Friday, after a two-year state investigation found that the district had “knowingly and intentionally maintained and exacerbated” racial segregation and even established an intentionally segregated school. Students in the district, Sausalito Marin City, are divided into two starkly different schools, according to the state Justice Department, which conducted the investigation.


Nationwide project provides free science materials to meet California’s new standards
While California students began taking a new statewide science test this past spring, school districts were still struggling to get teaching materials aligned to the state’s new science standards into classrooms. A new nationwide effort is trying to speed up that process by offering free, open source science materials to teachers and schools.


Want to check in at a Modesto school campus? Be ready to have your photo ID scanned.
The days of visitors signing a guestbook to enter Modesto City Schools campuses are over. Beginning Aug. 19, they’ll have to provide a valid photo ID to office staff, which will scan names against registries of sex offenders nationwide.

Stanislaus County schools add suicide hotline numbers to student IDs. Here’s why
Suicide is the second-leading cause of deaths among youth ages 10 to 24. All area school districts are doing something about it. In accordance with a new California law, beginning this year, schools that give out identification cards to students in seventh grade and higher will have the numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line. Schools can also choose to add local crisis hotline numbers.


Behind UC’s ‘admission by exception’ side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy
The Varsity Blues college scandal has drawn attention to UC "admissions by exception." Some are athletes, some homeschoolers, some out-of-staters — and at most campuses, they're cloaked in secrecy.

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