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Two-day conference seeks to enhance interpretation and translation services in schools
More than 350 people from 14 states gathered in Irvine Friday for an OCDE-led conference aimed at enhancing interpretation and translation services in schools. Hosted by the department’s Educational Services division, the two-day Interpreters and Translators Conference drew teachers, administrators, interpreters, translators, parent advocates, community liaisons and others seeking to expand access and opportunities for students and families whose primary language is not English.

Trabuco Hills High marching band seeks donations for 2020 Macy’s Parade performance
In March, the Thundering Mustangs of Trabuco Hills High School were ecstatic to learn they’ll be performing in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now, with about 14 months to go before they’re scheduled to take their place in the iconic parade, more than 100 students from the award-winning marching band program are in full-fundraising mode to make sure their dream trip becomes a reality. To that end, the schools’ instrumental music boosters have set up an online crowdsourcing site at


Seventh-grader hospitalized after fight at Corona del Mar High; ninth-grader arrested
A seventh-grader was hospitalized and a ninth-grader was arrested following a fight on the campus of Corona del Mar High School, officials said Friday. The fight happened after school Thursday, said Annette Franco, spokeswoman for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. “One student was taken to a hospital and we remain in contact with the parents,” Franco said. “The other student was arrested. The district is working with site administrators to determine disciplinary action.”

Student vaping epidemic has California schools frantically mobilizing
The recent surge of lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, an increasingly entrenched habit among many youths, largely caught school authorities flat-footed, and educators are urgently mobilizing anti-vaping efforts against what they see as a dangerous teen epidemic.


Californians strongly back vaccine law in new statewide poll
Californians strongly support a state law creating new oversight of vaccine medical exemptions for schoolchildren in a statewide poll released Monday, with backing across a spectrum of political affiliations, income and education levels, and geography. The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times, found that 90% of Democrats, 82% of those with no party preference and 73% of Republicans supported the effort to increase immunization rates at schools and daycare facilities by allowing the California Department of Public Health to review and possibly reject a doctor's determination that a child should skip all or some of their shots.

No more ‘cowboys and Indians’: Newsom wants Californians to learn Native American history
Gov. Gavin Newsom at an annual celebration of Native American culture said he wanted greater “truth telling” of California’s indigenous history and a stronger acknowledgment of the state’s genocide of native people. The governor opened his remarks at the 52nd annual Native American Day in Sacramento by describing California’s first governor, Peter Hardeman Burnett, authorizing a “war of extermination” against the state’s indigenous population. Newsom said that history largely goes untold.


Oceanside school bus program had little oversight from district, city
When their neighborhood school closed down more than a decade ago, parents from Oceanside’s Crown Heights neighborhood were desperate to maintain a bus route that kept their children from walking miles on streets marked by gang violence and dangerous traffic. So they agreed to pay a monthly fee to help fund the service. What they didn’t expect was a demand that they also sweep streets, attend mandatory community meetings and clean offices and bathrooms to earn discounts on those fees.


The Local Schools and Doctors Likeliest to Be Impacted by the New Vaccine Law
The state’s new medical vaccine exemption law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021. If the law were in effect today, 19 schools and six doctors in San Diego would come under review. Dozens of medical exemptions would likely be revoked.


More California community college students entering, passing transfer-level math and English as result of landmark law
More students, especially black and Latino students, are benefiting from the elimination of remedial classes in California’s community colleges, according to a new report. An analysis released by the RP Group, a nonpartisan organization that provides research on behalf of the California Community Colleges system, found more students enrolling in courses that offer credits eligible for transfer to a four-year college and more African-American and Latino students passing those classes.

California’s new online community college to open after months of planning
California’s newest two-year institution — the online-only Calbright College — opens on Tuesday and for the first time, and students will be able to register and enroll in programs that are intended to serve an entirely new adult and underemployed population. The new college was created to enroll so-called “stranded” Californians who are underemployed, working multiple part-time jobs or stuck in jobs that don’t pay living wages.


Chicago Teachers Are Ready To Strike
The Chicago Teachers Union voted in overwhelming numbers to authorize a strike, union officials announced late Thursday. The union is planning to set a strike date next Wednesday. Teachers likely will walk out in mid-October if no deal is reached by then. CTU leaders said 94% of members had voted in favor of a strike, surpassing the 75% threshold required by law. The union emphasized it will continue to bargain in hopes of reaching a deal.

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