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Brains behind zombie apocalypse at Laguna Beach High School have learning in mind
A simulated mass casualty event involved participation from across the high school’s career technical education departments and local first responders.


Orange County Tallied 722 Total Homeless Kids Last Year, Real Number May Be 30,000
Homelessness has become a critical measure of school performance in Orange County – fueling absences, dropouts, low test scores and limited literacy. And for one Anaheim high school teacher, it’s gotten to a point where academics take the back seat. “I want to make sure that this student is eating, that the student does not show any signs of depression, or, you know, suicidal tendencies,” said Lizzette Barrios-Gracian, who taught at Gilbert High School this past school year in the Anaheim Union High School District.


The Pride flag will fly at Chula Vista Elementary School District office after board reconsiders vote
The Chula Vista Elementary School District board of directors voted 4-1 Wednesday in favor of a resolution to fly the rainbow Pride flag at district headquarters on Harvey Milk Day and during the months of June and October.


From a dirt floor in Guatemala to straight A’s: S.F. high school graduate’s stunning story
Oliser Aguilar was 17 when he left his dirt-floor hut in a small village in Guatemala, determined to make it to the United States. He had nothing but the clothes on his back and a sixth-grade education. On that day four years ago, he left his mother and grandmother behind without saying goodbye.


Amid pockets of rising student homelessness, California districts tap Covid funding to help families
An injury forced the family of five to live in a leaky 1995 RV with a malfunctioning plumbing system during one of California’s wettest seasons in decades. Ana Franquis’ husband, Oscar, was fired about two years ago after injuring his back while working as a carpenter.

Pockets of districts across California show increases in homeless students in 2022-23 school year

Should social media be regulated to protect kids?
Exhaustive studies show that adolescent rates of depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm and suicide have skyrocketed in the U.S. since social media became ubiquitous, as Scientific American reports. In fact, in the U.S., suicide is now the leading cause of death for people aged 13 to 14 and the second-leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24.


Downtown San Diego homeless encampments impacting students who walk to school
Homeless encampments on downtown San Diego sidewalks create a stressful environment for commuting Perkins Elementary School students. City leaders said a proposed camping ban could help. Every school day, twice a day, students who attend Perkins Elementary are forced to walk on the streets to get to and from school due to homeless encampments on Newton Avenue and Beardsley Street, according to school leaders and parents.


The terrible truth: Current solutions to COVID learning loss are doomed to fail
Most of the programs school districts have implemented to address COVID learning loss are doomed to fail. Despite well-intended and rapid responses, solutions such as tutoring or summer school will miss their goals. Existing policies have failed to consider the unique needs of the students these services seek to help, and thus are destined to waste vast sums of relief funding in pursuit of an impossible goal. How do we know this? Recent research from our team at the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University looked at learning patterns in 16 states to see how recovery efforts will affect students’ academic careers.

California lawmakers advance bill to cool down outside areas at schools
As California grapples with how to deal with heat waves made more intense by climate change, schools in the state may soon have to come up with plans for cooling down outside play areas by planting more trees and replacing surfaces like asphalt that swelter on hot days.

LA, OC spellers eliminated in quarterfinals of National Bee
Eighth graders from Diamond Bar and Anaheim Hills were eliminated in the fourth round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday. Aaron Lim, an eighth-grader from Anaheim Hills, competing two spellers later, misspelled ovination, a noun meaning introduction of sheep-pox virus locally into the body as formerly practiced to induce immunity or reduce the severity of the disease. He spelled it ovanation.

Tensions running high ahead of Pride event at elementary school in NoHo
Tensions continued to mount Wednesday at Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood, where opposition by some parents to a planned Pride Month assembly on Friday has escalated, and the burning of a small Pride Flag that was displayed outside a classroom has led to security concerns. The flag was burned sometime over the weekend of May 20-21 and discovered that Monday at the campus in the 7800 block of Ethel Avenue. A planter in which the flag had been placed was also broken.

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