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Friday, October 22, 2021


Bike to the future: Campaign takes to the streets in support of career technical education
Dr. Brian Dozer is proving to be quite an effective spokes-person. The president of the nonprofit Vital Link has embarked on a cycling journey that’s taking him to every high school district, community college and regional occupational program in Orange County to promote career technical education — or CTE — and to raise money for local scholarships. Dozer launched the first leg of Vital Link’s Pedal-ED campaign on Oct. 15, arriving at campuses in Orange, Fullerton, Brea and Tustin. The second leg took him to OCDE’s Costa Mesa headquarters on Friday, Oct. 22, and from there he was set to venture on to the Newport Mesa Unified School District, Orange Coast College, Coastline ROP, Golden West College and Edison High School in Huntington Beach.

COVID-19 update: Vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 expected to be authorized soon
Reports suggest a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is close to winning federal approval — perhaps within the next few weeks. But unlike the drive to help school employees get vaccinated last spring, the Orange County Department of Education isn’t planning to host clinics at local schools. OCDE will instead encourage families interested in getting the vaccine to sign up through the Orange County Health Care Agency or their preferred medical providers once the shot is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Westminster High ‘football girl’ crowned homecoming queen
On Friday nights, Jordan Galvin needs a good reason to take off her football helmet – perhaps, for instance, to make room for a tiara. That’s exactly what happened Oct. 8, when the Westminster High senior was crowned homecoming queen. But first she had to get permission from her coach to miss the halftime pep talk. Galvin and four other finalists stood together on the field, anxiously awaiting the big announcement. She was the only one in shoulder pads, the equipment practically doubling her petite frame.


New book details how two O.C. families and a farm helped integrate public schools
A Japanese American family’s modest farm in Westminster once harvested much more than just asparagus, strawberries and tomatoes. Its fields were also woven into the story of Mendez, et al v. Westminster, one of Orange County’s most famous civil rights cases. Janice Munemitsu, whose father owned the farm, recounts the tale in her newly published book, “The Kindness of Color: The Story of Two Families and Mendez, et al v. Westminster, the 1947 Desegregation of California Public Schools.” 


Capo School Board Asks Gov. Newsom to Rethink Student Vaccine Mandate
In a largely symbolic gesture underscoring opposition from some in South Orange County toward state educational health policy, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to reconsider and potentially do away with an eventual COVID-19 vaccine requirement for student in-person instruction. The board voted, 4-2, on the request co-authored by Trustees Gila Jones and Martha McNicholas during a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Jones, McNicholas, Trustee Lisa Davis, and Board President Judy Bullockus voted yes. Trustees Amy Hanacek and Krista Castellanos voted no. Trustee Pamela Braunstein was not at the meeting.


South LA school thought to be first in county to reclose campus because of coronavirus
View Park Preparatory High closed its campus to students this week due to a coronavirus outbreak, and is believed to be the first school in Los Angeles County to reclose because of the pandemic since the 2021-22 school year began.


Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids
Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group. The shots could begin in early November, with the first children in line fully protected by Christmas, if regulators give the go-ahead. That would represent a major expansion of the nation’s vaccine drive, encompassing roughly 28 million elementary school-age youngsters.


Survey propels LAUSD superintendent search into ‘new phase,’ though no hiring timetable set yet
The Los Angeles Unified School District said on Thursday, Oct. 21, that its search for a permanent superintendent has entered a “new phase” with the release of a community engagement report detailing the opinions of some 30,000 students, parents, staff and community members on what they’re looking for in a new district leader.


U.S. Department of Education selects two California principals for annual award
Two California principals are among the eight recipients of this year’s Terrel H. Bell Award, awarded to school leaders nationwide whose vision and collaborative leadership style have transformed their schools. They are Christy Flores, principal of Maude B. Davis Elementary School in Newport-Mesa Unified, and Sonia Anna Flores, principal of Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy in Gilroy Unified.


Appeals court affirms decision to toss Laguna Beach USD board member’s discrimination complaint
A Laguna Beach Unified School District board member’s complaint of retaliation and discrimination by district leaders was recently thrown out of a federal appellate court. The three-judge panel with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial judge’s decision, holding the complaint filed by board member Dee Perry was properly dismissed under the Eleventh Amendment’s protection of state agencies from lawsuits in federal court.


California officials prepare to vaccinate children age 5-11
Public health departments across California are gearing up to administer coronavirus vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 in the coming weeks and officials say they are planning “family-friendly” events — including at schools — to persuade parents and guardians to get their kids vaccinated. The White House on Wednesday detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school youngsters in a matter of weeks. Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the safety and effectiveness of giving low-dose shots to the roughly 28 million children in that age group.

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