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Monday, September 09, 2019


Huntington Beach student ranks among top middle school scientists
At 14, Ishan Ghosh already boasts an impressive scientific resumé. He ranks among the nation’s top 300 middle school scientists for a study he conducted as an eighth-grader at Samuel E. Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, according to Broadcom Masters, a science, technology, engineering and math competition. Now a freshman at Edison High School, the teen was selected from among 2,348 applicants by a panel of scientists, engineers and educators.

CSU may up their college admissions requirements. But will that hurt low-income students?
As a high school freshman, Jennifer Velasquez worked every day after classes helping her mom sell elotes, raspados and tacos from a street cart in East Los Angeles. With rent to pay and siblings to support, they would often work late into the night, sometimes until 2 a.m. — and she would get only a few hours of sleep. It’s why, in part, she failed Algebra I.

How did four smiling teachers end up posing with a noose? Here’s what they told investigators
Four elementary school teachers who were placed on leave after a photo of them smiling and holding a noose circulated on social media were not motivated by racism and were unaware of the pain and hurt it would cause the Palmdale School District community, an investigator concluded in a new report. But the actions of the Summerwind Elementary School teachers in May were “ignorant, lacked judgment, and exhibited a gross disregard for professional decorum in a school setting,” according to the report released Friday.


Lawsuit alleges discrimination against disabled, black students at Sacramento City Unified
A coalition of nonprofit advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against the Sacramento City Unified School District, alleging that the district discriminates against students with disabilities, especially black students. Equal Justice Society, Disability Rights California, National Center for Youth Law and Western Center on Law and Poverty filed the suit in the Sacramento-based U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of the Black Parallel School Board advocacy group and three students in the district.


Morning Report: Quality of Teacher Misconduct Investigations Varies Wildly
Local school districts are required to conduct their own investigations into sexual misconduct. But the quality of those investigations can differ wildly from school to school and district to district, found VOSD’s Kayla Jimenez.  In some cases, private investigators conduct the investigation. In others, principals or administrators try to get to the bottom of what happened. Sometimes, those administrators have been trained to handle such an investigation. But in many cases they haven’t.


Bay Area parents, schools mobilize against teen vaping: ‘We have quite a fight ahead of us’
His high school friends would inhale the sweet or minty vapor from their Juul and joke about how close society came to convincing kids to stay away from cigarettes, said one San Francisco teenager. No one smoked regular cigarettes anymore, said the now college student, who asked not to use his real name because using e-cigarettes is illegal for someone his age. But then they discovered Juul, a vaping device filled with a nicotine-based liquid. He tried it a couple of times, he said, but it caused headaches.


This new high school in Michigan was designed to thwart active shooters
Curved hallways, protective "wing walls," impact-resistant windows, doors that lock with a touch of a smartphone. These are some of the design elements Fruitport High School in western Michigan's Muskegon County will implement in its new building, set to open summer 2021. Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak said the measures, which were supplemented by a $404,707 grant from Michigan State Police, can potentially save lives in an active shooter situation.


Gov. Newsom to decide whether to expand ban on student suspensions for 'willful defiance'
For state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, the issue is clear-cut: no student should be pushed out of school for relatively minor misbehavior. If students aren’t in school, she says, they can’t learn — and are more likely to end up in deeper trouble, or even ending up in the “school to prison pipeline.”

New California vaccine legislation gains Gov. Newsom’s approval after deal reached
California Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers hammered out an agreement Friday that will keep alive legislation that tightens restrictions on medical exemptions that allow students to attend school without having all the required vaccinations. In exchange for his signature on Senate Bill 276, the governor asked for a slate of revisions in the form of a second bill that would loosen some restrictions and tighten others.

Teachers could get paid maternity leave if governor agrees
California teachers and other school employees may soon be able to take at least six weeks of fully paid maternity leave. After the Assembly approved Assembly Bill 500, it was approved by the Senate Wednesday and is on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, awaiting his approval. Currently, teachers can take unpaid maternity leave, but most use vacation and sick leave in order to get paid.


Newsom and Lawmaker Reach Deal on Vaccine Bill
The author of a hot-button state bill limiting medical exemptions for vaccinations on Friday accepted Gov. Gavin Newsom's last-minute demand for additional changes, setting up a final series of votes before lawmakers adjourn for the year next week. Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento amended a companion bill to reflect the governor's wishes, days after lawmakers sent Newsom a bill cracking down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions.


How SoCal Refugees Led The Movement to Teach More Kids About Laotian History
Last summer, Bobbie Oudinarath got some startling news. State lawmakers had voted to expand what's taught about Southeast Asia in public schools. That's great, she thought, except that the bill made no mention of Laos, the war-torn country her family fled decades ago before making it to Southern California. Oudinarath, who lives in the San Diego area, and other Laotian Americans were so perturbed they started working on how to correct the "oversight." Now, they're about to get their wish.

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