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Tuesday, September 03, 2019


VIDEO: What is the California health education framework? Here’s your two-minute primer — also available in Spanish
In May, the California Board of Education approved a new Health Education Framework for public schools, providing optional guidance for K-12 teachers based on the state’s health education standards. So what exactly is a framework, how does it differ from the standards, and how does the California Healthy Youth Act fit into the equation? Check out the brief video above, or keep reading below.


Entry-level teachers will spend 85% of pay on median rental in LA-OC, report says
Entry-level teachers in the Los Angeles-Orange counties area will spend 85.1% of their salary to afford a median-priced apartment or home rental this school year, according to a new Zillow analysis. That’s well beyond the 30% the industry has long recommend should go toward housing. That 85.1%, which pays for a rental priced at $2,836, far outpaces the nationwide average where 46.8% of a starting teacher’s pay will go toward a median rent of $1,483.


Building projects keep Newport-Mesa busy as new school year draws near
For campus administrators, teachers and students, school officially goes back in session Tuesday as classes begin in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. But there was no summer break for maintenance crews and construction teams that continued to work through the off-season on several major projects and completed some long-awaited updates to campuses throughout Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

California lawmakers OK medical marijuana in K-12 schools. Will Newsom approve?
California moved a step closer Friday to allowing parents to bring some medical marijuana products to their children on school campuses, and now Gov. Gavin Newsom will be the final arbiter on an idea rejected by his predecessor. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to a controversial bill that would authorize school districts to let parents bring nonsmoking medical cannabis products — including pills, creams and oils — onto school campuses to administer them to their children. They could only do so for children that had received a doctor’s recommendation for the medical marijuana.


Anti-vaccine protesters disrupt California Assembly committee hearing with loud chants
Anti-vaccine activists disrupted the California Assembly’s Appropriations Committee Friday in another late attempt to derail a proposed law that would restrict children’s medical exemptions for vaccines that are mandatory in schools. The proposal, Senate Bill 276, cleared the committee, setting up a vote on the Assembly floor before moving to Gov. Gavin Newsom. Several vaccine activists began standing on chairs in the committee room Friday morning, chanting, “You have not represented California for all.”


Committee member alleges Riverside school bond money is being spent illegally
A member of the board charged with overseeing the school bond that Riverside Unified voters approved in 2016 is alleging that several major projects planned for the funds aren’t legal uses of the money. Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee member Jason Hunter said voters never approved spending Measure O proceeds to build new schools as the Riverside Unified School District plans. The measure’s language sought voters’ permission to repair and renovate current schools, Hunter said. Riverside school officials and their legal consultants disagree, saying new schools are a proper way to spend Measure O dollars.


Why California is close to banning schools from suspending disruptive kids
California schools are suspending fewer students for unruly behavior, and advocates are hoping to bring that number down even lower with a proposed law now on the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 419, authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would prohibit schools from suspending students for disruptive behavior from kindergarten through eighth grade. It builds on previous law that banned willful defiance suspensions for schoolchildren up to third grade.


Homeless California families get help finding child care
For almost two years, Eva Morales moved from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. Sometimes she stayed with friends. On the worst nights, she slept in a friend’s car. It was hard for Morales, but harder for her two small children, who had to adapt with each move, only to be uprooted again soon after. Her son, who is now 4, angered easily. He didn’t want to play with his 2-year-old sister and he refused to eat most of the food at the shelter.

Oakland superintendent: closing campuses will lead to improved schools
Oakland Unified School District took one more step this week toward a very contentious plan of closing campuses to save funds that can be redirected to improve all schools. The district’s superintendent called on the school board to show courage by closing two schools and revamping two others to improve the district’s education program “because our kids don’t have time to wait.”

No seniors took advanced math at 40 percent of California high schools
About 75 percent of all California high school seniors enrolled in a math class in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but only 47 percent of those students were enrolled in advanced math courses above Algebra 2, a study from Policy Analysis for California Education shows. White, Asian and high-income students were much more likely to take advanced math in their senior year, compared with African American, Latino and low-income students.

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