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OCDE in 30 Seconds: Information Technology team keeps district data safe with backup servers
OCDE’s Information Technology division doesn’t just serve the department and its 1,300 employees. The team also supports 27 school districts in Orange County with high-speed internet access and critical business applications. For these services, IT manages a server infrastructure that includes backup servers that are maintained off-site to keep important data safe. James Nguyen tells us more in our latest edition of OCDE in 30.


Student dies after crashing golf cart at El Modena High School
An El Modena High School student died this week after apparently crashing a school golf cart on campus into a pole, Orange police said on Wednesday. Officers were called to the campus on East Spring Street at around 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, after the crash, Sgt. Phil McMullin said. “He was on some sort of campus golf cart … and he ended up crashing,” McMullin said. The student apparently wasn’t supposed to be using the golf cart, which was for staff.


Vaccine bill critics want California voters to block new limits on exemptions
Three women who stood on chairs to interrupt a state Capitol hearing on vaccine legislation are trying another route to stop newly enacted school immunization laws: California’s statewide election next November.


Concerned about LAUSD sites for homeless students, west Valley neighbors want a face-to-face with local leaders
A West San Fernando Valley homeowners group is calling on local officials to discuss the future of five Los Angeles Unified School District properties that the neighbors believe might be used to house homeless students. The Save Our School Sites Coalition, overseen by the Woodland Hills Homeowners’ Organization, has launched an effort to convince LAUSD board members Scott Schmerelson and Nick Melvoin, Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield and newly elected Councilman John Lee to rebuild or preserve the school sites and to guarantee that the five sites “remain reserved for neighborhood school needs only,” according to the group’s recent newsletter.


East Bay school district seeks federal grant to combat vaping
The Acalanes Union High School District, which has the highest e-cigarette rates in Contra Costa County according to a survey of students, is applying for a $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant to install sensors and possibly hire a nurse and counselor to help students addicted to nicotine. The Lafayette City Council decided at its Monday meeting to send a letter supporting the district’s efforts in getting the grant.


World Trade Center beam highlights 9/11 history lesson for Jurupa Valley high school students
U.S. history students at Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley saw a piece of history Wednesday, Sept. 11, as the nation marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. After learning about the attacks and researching stories of some of the 343 firefighters who died rescuing people from the burning World Trade Center, students went out on campus to view a beam from the wreckage of the New York City towers.


Gov. Newsom, lawmakers strike deal on $15 billion education construction bond
After intensive down-to-the-wire negotiations, legislative leaders and staff from the governor’s office have agreed on legislation to place a $15 billion preschool, K-12 and higher education construction bond before voters in March 2020. The $9 billion that will go to K-12 will be slightly less than Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, had proposed with Assembly Bill 48, but the distribution of the money will be significantly different.


Your Guide To The Biggest Changes To California Charter School Laws Since 1992
California school boards will soon have enhanced powers to block new charter schools from opening in their districts — if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a sweeping piece of charter school legislation now on his desk. But "high-performing" charter schools could also soon have an easier time securing the permissions they need to remain open.

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