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Arts festival celebrating Orange County artists with disabilities return with a new look
VSA Orange County, which has existed since 1976, has a new name. This week, the program now known as Orange County Arts and Disability unveiled its new name and logo ahead of the 47th annual arts festival, which in April will celebrate the artistic achievements of individuals with disabilities.


S.F. school board progressive majority regains control after split vote
Despite pleas from many parents to keep the status quo in the top leadership role, a new president will now run the board after a close vote Tuesday night, although the board split the ticket, giving the second seat to one of the more moderate members.


Iowa Legislature passes bill to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for families' private school costs
The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each year to pay families' private school costs, handing Gov. Kim Reynolds a huge win on a top legislative priority that has eluded her for years. After more than five hours of debate Monday evening, House lawmakers voted 55-45 to pass the bill, with nine Republicans defecting to join every Democrat in opposition.


Clovis schools begin search for new superintendent but is the deadline ‘too fast?’
Within the next couple of months, Fresno County’s second-largest school district will find its newest superintendent through a subcommittee of three board members rather than hiring a consultant or search firm.


State launches $100 million campaign to destigmatize youth behavioral health
The California Department of Public Health is offering $100 million in grants to raise public awareness of youth mental, emotional and behavioral health issues, the agency announced Tuesday. Organizations can submit proposals aimed at youth that will improve behavioral health literacy for children, youth, caregivers and their communities in California. The proposals, which are intended to appeal to diverse audiences, can by multilingual and multicultural.


Ojai families turn out to protest school district in turmoil
Dozens of Ojai Unified School District teachers, parents and children crowded an Ojai Street corner to protest the district’s handling of its budget.


Florida's AP African American studies ban should raise alarm elsewhere, lawmaker says
Florida's education department has blocked a proposed Advanced Placement course focused on African American studies, calling it a form of political indoctrination and a violation of state law. Critics, including the Florida branches of the NAACP and ACLU, have argued that the course ban is detrimental not only to Black Floridians but to all children seeking a comprehensive education in the state. And it should raise alarm bells even beyond Florida's borders, says state Sen. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat who represents part of Miami-Dade County. He told Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep that Florida is "just the testing ground."


Pageant of the Arts celebrating 40 years at McGaugh Elementary
Pageant of the Arts at J.H. McGaugh Elementary school is marking a major milestone. Pageant, which uses interactive lessons and experiences to educate students about fine art and famous artists, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and will hold its annual performances at the public school’s auditorium on Feb. 3 and 4.

Bakersfield teachers crowd BCSD school board meeting to ask for better pay and working conditions
On Tuesday, January 24, members with the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association came out in numbers to ask for an increase in wages and better working conditions.

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