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Friday, September 06, 2019


Student profile: Sunburst Youth Academy helps Hannah create her own path
Our latest OCDE Student Profile shares the story of Hannah, who recently graduated from the Sunburst Youth Academy. Operated by the California National Guard in partnership with OCDE, Sunburst is a community high school for at-risk youth. Enrolled cadets spend more than five months in a military-style environment that helps them develop leadership, pride and confidence as they earn high school credits. “I’ve accomplished way more than I thought I would,” says Hannah, who hopes to become a police officer and make her community a safer place.


Huntington Beach charter school welcomes students to its inaugural year
With summer vacation behind them, Wednesday brought the beginning of a new school year for students in the Ocean View School District. For children attending Sycamore Creek Community Charter School in Huntington Beach, it was the beginning of something more. The school marked its first official day of operation.

California vaccine bill supporters and critics are baffled by Newsom’s sudden changes
Newsom’s demand for additional changes, after saying he supported the bill earlier this summer, surprised many involved in the vaccine debate.


At Arm’s Length: CUSD Maintains its Distance from Nonprofit Organization
CUSD maintains its distance from the nonprofit organization that formerly shared its name and whose former director faces charges of embezzlement. For about the past year, the Capistrano Unified School District has been working to distance itself from a nonprofit group whose former director has been accused of embezzling funds that were raised to benefit local students and schools. Up until last year, the nonprofit, which was established in 1992, shared its name with the district, operating as the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation. However, other than the names, the entities are totally separate, officials from both camps have stressed.


Downey middle school students visit 1999 in opening time capsule
They partied like it was 1999 in Deanne Davis’ sixth-grade classroom at Griffiths Middle School in Downey on Thursday, Sept. 5. Students opened a time capsule from the sixth-grade class of 1999, then wrote down the information on each item they pulled out. Things such as identifying the item, who left it and how it has changed or stayed the same over 20 years.


Gov. Newsom, lawmakers still negotiating K-14 construction bond
Negotiations over the next few days between the Newsom administration, the Department of Finance and legislative leaders will determine whether there will be a California state bond for K-12 and community college construction on the March 2020 ballot, as well as the size of the bond and how the money will be distributed.

Oakland Unified to hire investigator to probe grade-fixing allegations
The Oakland Unified School District Thursday announced plans to hire an investigator to look into allegations by two former teachers that grades were changed for courses, including those taught online, to allow students to graduate. The allegations focus on Castlemont High in East Oakland and its use of a district online credit recovery program that allows students to make up credits for failed courses.

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