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Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Esports guide for parents: here are 5 answers to common questions
The 2019-20 North American Scholastic Esports Federation is beginning across many Orange County high schools and a few middle schools. The league, now in its third season, brings together thousands of students by incorporating gaming into the classroom to not only helps engage more young people, but also to promote a school’s mission of preparing more students for college and careers.

Q&A: Stress management techniques can help eliminate barriers to learning
The numbers are alarming. Up to one in five U.S. children has a diagnosable mental health issue such as anxiety or depression. Yet only one-third will receive treatment. Dr. Lucy Vezzuto knows the statistics all too well. More important, she knows these disorders can be barriers to learning if they’re not addressed.


Yorba Linda High marks 10th year with check-in on campus satisfaction
Yorba Linda High School begins a second decade of serving the community this year with high marks from students, parents and staff for offering strong programs in a safe campus environment. That’s the gist of evaluations gleaned from a survey of stakeholders released in the closing days of the school’s 10th anniversary year. The survey is significant because of a high response rate from students (62%) and staff (72%), though returns from parents (21%) lagged.


Many San Diego Unified Schools Are Nowhere Near Full
State data shows 94 schools reported enrollment below 80 percent capacity, and a dozen schools were at 50 percent capacity or less. But San Diego Unified isn’t the only district grappling with declining student populations.


Spelling Their Way to Success
Four past champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on what the competition taught them about hard work, grit and luck.


New California law bars suspensions for talking back to teachers, falling asleep in class
California’s elementary and middle school students won’t be suspended for things like falling asleep in class or talking back to the teacher under a bill signed by the state’s governor. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he had signed a law banning public and charter school officials from suspending students for “willful defiance,” a broad category that includes disrupting class or willfully defying teachers.


California schools adopting propane-powered buses
In the last decade, numerous California school districts have adopted propane-based school buses in an attempt to eliminate costs and toxic emissions. Since 2013, the Elk Grove Unified School District near Sacramento has added 16 propane buses to its fleet and expects up to 12 more in the next month. Propane auto gas, as it’s called, is “a proven way to dramatically decrease oxides of nitrogen emissions in communities,” noted a recent study by West University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. The report shed light on the positive effects of propane-powered school buses replacing old, diesel-powered buses.


California’s charter schools face uncertain future under a new state law
Legislation that could determine the future of charter schools in California introduces questions that school districts have been barred from asking for three decades. How should a district measure a charter school’s fiscal impact? Or weigh its effect on a district’s academic programs? What does it mean that a new charter school should be “consistent with the interests of the community”?

California to extend ban on pushing students out of school for disruptive behavior
Beginning next July, teachers in California will no longer be allowed to suspend elementary and middle school students from school for disrupting classroom activities or defying school authorities, as the result of a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. Current law already bans out-of-school suspensions in grades K-3 as a result of a 2013 law signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.


Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Limiting California Vaccine Medical Exemptions, Despite Capitol Protests
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed two bills that seek to prevent doctors from issuing fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccines. He did so after a flurry of final votes in the Legislature and amid a day of protest and arrests. SB 276 by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) would require the state health department to review exemption forms issued by doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year, or in school districts with low immunization rates.

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