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Tuesday, August 06, 2019


Thousands of kids now ready for school after backpack, school supply giveaway in Anaheim
Thousands of children and their parents packed the parking lot at Angel Stadium, Sunday morning, Aug. 4 — not in advance of an Angels game, but rather to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies from Karina’s Backpack Project by the Joy of Sharing. Karina’s Backpack Project, the brainchild of 15-year-old Karina Tarsadia, was created to provide low-income families with supplies for elementary- and middle-school students.


Poll shows widespread frustration among teachers over pay and respect
Half of teachers say they have seriously considered leaving the profession, and most said they would strike if given the opportunity, according to a survey released Monday. The poll found widespread teacher complaints about low pay and poor funding for their schools, and nearly half said they felt unvalued by their communities. The annual survey was conducted by PDK International, an association of teachers, administrators and other education professionals.


Following Oakland teacher strike, 20 principals step down
After a tumultuous 2018-19 school year, during which teachers went on strike for seven days, Oakland Unified agreed to make more than $20 million in budget cuts and the Alameda County civil grand jury released a scathing report alleging district-wide administrative dysfunction, 20 principals — around a quarter of the district’s total — left their schools.

Meet the East Bay girls taking on tech’s gender gap
As Silicon Valley’s gender gap and toxic “bro culture” continue to make headlines, two East Bay teens took it upon themselves to do something about it, and created a coding boot camp to help middle school girls become the next programming all-stars. Head Royce senior Chloe Beittel and Quarry Lane senior Lucinda Quintal came up with the idea for the “Girls Get Coding” camp after Quintal noticed fewer and fewer girls in her computer science classes as they got more advanced, she said.


Rialto Unified kicks off new school year with lesson in gardening
A few months after receiving the 2019 U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award, Rialto Unified christened another year of learning by having children at Kelley Elementary School sow eggplant, tomato and cucumber plants in the school district’s flagship wellness garden.


Superintendent OK’d active shooter drill that left students crying. Board takes action
The superintendent of a Fresno County school district will be formally reprimanded for his part in an active shooter drill at an elementary school. The Raisin City Schools board voted 4-1 Monday to reprimand Juan Sandoval instead of suspending or terminating him after he approved the drill that terrified unprepared teachers and students in June. The drill involved an employee wearing a mask, holding a fake rifle and banging on classroom doors.


California’s new Calbright College faces questions weeks before opening
California’s new online community college officially starts in eight weeks but it has yet to have a formal application for students or identify employers that will host its three new industry-certified programs. But Calbright College’s new president, Heather Hiles, said the institution is on track to meet those goals by its Oct. 1 start date.

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