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Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Ready to learn, Tustin students head back to school
Thousands of Tustin Unified School District students faced the reality this week that summer vacation is over and it is time to get back to their books. Schools started classes on Tuesday, Aug. 13, for some 23,400 students.

Dana Hills High School welcomes a new principal
Principal Brad Baker will be among the new faces at Dana Hills High School when school starts on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Baker, who for the past three years has been principal at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente, was appointed to the position by Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees on July 1. He replaces Josh Porter, who is now an assistant superintendent in the Temple City Unified School District in Los Angeles County.

Ethnic studies proposal for high schoolers called leftist, anti-Semitic
Inaccurate. Misleading. Anti-Jewish. That’s what the California Legislative Jewish Caucus thinks of an ethnic studies curriculum plan that was drafted for high school students in California and is under consideration in Sacramento. The public can still weigh in on the proposed curriculum (deadline is Thursday, Aug. 15), but the initial version has drawn so much backlash that it’s already being sent back for further review.


L.A. Unified may issue ratings to its schools and charters to help parents choose
Los Angeles Unified is considering its first-ever plan to provide a rating scale for public schools and privately run charters. Los Angeles schools would be rated 1 to 5 under a plan being studied by Supt. Austin Beutner.


Carlsbad schools converting to solar power
Carlsbad Unified School District plans to invest $6.5 million to add solar arrays and battery storage at its campuses. The money is generated from Measure HH, a $265 million school bond measure.

Sweetwater school district rejects county loan, complains about county officials
The Sweetwater Union High School Board rejected a $12 million loan offer from the county, and district leaders complained the county has unfairly criticized their financial management.


SF school board reverses course, decides to save controversial mural
Facing an international outcry, thousands of emails and celebrity opposition to the June decision to destroy a historic school mural, the San Francisco school board reversed course Tuesday, voting to obscure the art with panels or similar materials rather than painting over it. The decision, in a 4-3 vote, means the mural depicting George Washington’s life would survive, but be obscured, at least semi-permanently, from public view.


Lawsuit: 12-year-old California boy suffered brain damage in bullying incident
A lawsuit claims a 12-year-old boy suffered permanent brain damage after being bullied at a Los Angeles charter school.


High school starts early for California freshmen in ‘summer bridge’
As thousands of incoming high school freshmen fret about the start of a new chapter, some California schools are relying on summer bridge programs to help students adjust to the new academic environment. Researchers have found that freshman year can be one of the most critical in a student’s academic journey.

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