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Thursday, August 08, 2019


Summer vacation over for many OC students
Tens of thousands of Orange County students are returning to school this week, being welcomed at campuses by balloons, high-fives and hugs from their teachers, principals and other staff. August has now become the official start of the new year for most of the county’s 27 school districts. Los Alamitos Unified, Anaheim Elementary, Centralia, Cypress, Savanna and Anaheim Union High school districts all began classes this week. Students from the other districts will begin flowing into schools through early September.


Sales of bulletproof backpacks surged 200% – 300% in the wake of last week’s mass shootings, companies say
With every mass shooting in the United States comes renewed fear of another. It’s a fear particularly potent among parents of young children and especially now, days away from the start of the school year. It’s not unwarranted — CNN examined 10 years of shootings on K-12 campuses and found two sobering truths: School shootings are increasing, and no type of community is spared. Instead of letting their children choose a plastic backpack covered in Hello Kitty or Spider-Man, some parents are purchasing bags that double as shields in case kids get caught in gunfire.


Bay Area school first in California to offer free housing to students
Twenty-four students at Life Learning Academy, located on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, will receive free housing — making the school the first in California to offer no-cost housing for students. With the new dormitory now completed, the public charter school aims to provide a stable environment for the students, many of whom would be homeless or living in unsafe conditions otherwise. Life Learning Academy, which currently has about 60 students altogether, specializes in educating at-risk children.


School year starts in Redlands without hero crossing guard
It felt pretty normal as the corner of Orange Street and Pennsylvania Avenue once again filled up with students clutching skateboards, parents holding small pastel backpacks and little hands, and cars inching along, but something was missing. Redlands area students went back to school Wednesday, Aug. 7, the first start of classes in a decade without crossing guard Leonard “Bam Bam” Ortiz‘s greetings and friendly waves.


BCSD wellness centers provide free services for students as they head back to school
The first day of school is just a few days away and school supplies are not the only items parents need to cross off their back-to-school checklist. Bakersfield City School District's four wellness centers are encouraging parents to stop by to make sure their children have all their required immunizations before the first day of school and are ready for the upcoming school year. The first day of school is Aug. 14. The district has recently opened school wellness centers to promote physical, mental and emotional health.


Cal State Is Offering Freshmen Who Didn't Pass Remedial Math A Second Chance
In the summer of 2017, 2,752 freshmen were dropped from the rolls in the 23-campus California State University system because they hadn't passed their remedial math and English classes their first year. The classes were supposed to lift students up to do college-level work after testing determined they couldn't. Very few of the students who were disenrolled completed their remedial classes at a community college campus in order to return to the CSU and earn a degree, according to administrators, who say the policy was more of a gate than a bridge for students.


Needy school districts are getting more money — but what about needy kids?
Financially, at least, California's 5-year-old school finance overhaul is working for disadvantaged students. But a PPIC study still finds that high-need schools are still too reliant on novice teachers. And in better-off districts, not enough is being done for poorer kids.

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