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Monday, August 05, 2019


How to help children cope with national tragedies
Whenever there’s a national tragedy, whether it’s a hurricane or an act of terrorism, it’s important to remember that kids may be experiencing increased levels of stress or anxiety. Even if they’re not personally affected, exposure to traumatic events through the media or overheard conversations can affect a child’s emotional well-being. In the aftermath of this weekend’s devastating shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, we’re re-sharing this list of things to keep in mind when helping children cope with tragedy, courtesy of OCDE.


Huntington Beach City School District revises religious expression policies to end lawsuit
Resolving litigation over alleged violation of students’ constitutional rights, the Huntington Beach City School District has agreed to revise its policies regarding dissemination of religious materials on campus. On Tuesday, July 30, the school board voted unanimously to specify religious activities in its policy section covering freedom of expression. Additionally, the edited rules now permit distribution of religious readings during lunch and recess. The district also agreed to pay $15,000 to the students’ attorneys.

Chargers surprise Magnolia High with $10,000 donation to replace equipment lost in fire
Football players from Magnolia High gathered on the field Sunday for what they thought was merely the obligatory team photo when away from campus. The players waited and had no idea why. Everyone was present, including head coach Desmond Hernandez and former Chargers running back Hank Bauer, an alumni of the Anaheim public school.


Sac City Unified proposes new teachers union contract, earlier school year start
The Sacramento City Unified School District, facing a host of budget issues and a fraught relationship with its teachers union, submitted a contract proposal to the Sacramento City Teachers Association Friday, hoping to reach an agreement before the school year begins. The district’s proposal, sent to SCTA president David Fisher, called on limiting the district’s contributions to health care insurance premiums, set ground rules for negotiations and called for an earlier school year starting date, moving it up from its current late August date to August 12 and 11 for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 years respectively.


Racism has devastating effects on children’s health, pediatricians warn
The nation’s largest group of pediatricians warned this week that racism can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health. A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is the first it has issued to its members on the dangers of racism. Doctors involved in the report said the current political and cultural atmosphere makes the work more urgent.


Riverside student accused of hacking school computer, changing grades
A 15-year-old high school student could face a felony charge after he tricked teachers into providing their computer login information and then changed grades — his for the better and others’ for the worse — according to Riverside police. The ruse, known as “spearphishing,” is increasingly common, said the investigator on the case, Riverside police economic crimes Detective Brian Money. Computer users need to have their guard up to avoid being victimized, he said.


Donations help teachers’ dreams come true in Oakland, across the country
Ashley Wallace is one of nearly 145,000 teachers nationwide whose students will start the school year with new classroom and learning supplies thanks in large part to the generosity of strangers. The help arrived through a national nonprofit web site,, that connects what teachers need to donors.


Coming To America: Our Best Student Podcasts About Immigration
When Fahmo Abdi and her family immigrated to the United States from Kenya, they lost contact with all of their loved ones. While living in a refugee camp, Abdi's mother decided to move her family to the United States in search of a better life. "She knew she had to work hard to provide for us and [for] her family back home," Abdi recalls.

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