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OC Pathways initiative among four outstanding Orange County programs to earn Golden Bell Awards
The California School Boards Association presented prestigious Golden Bell Awards to four educational programs in Orange County that supported the growth of career technical education, empowered students to be biliterate problem solvers, and promoted civic learning and leadership. OCDE’s OC Pathways initiative, which connects educators and industry leaders to equip students for college and career success, was among the 39 statewide programs to receive an award during a special ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 2 in San Diego.


Student suspected of threats against Buena Park High School arrested
A Buena Park High School student was arrested on suspicion of posting a threat against the school Monday, Dec. 6. The student found a photo online of someone holding a gun and posted it to the TikTok social media app with the threat, “Don’t come to school tomorrow if you (want to) live,” Buena Park police Sgt. Chad Weaver said. Police tracked down the suspect after the threat was posted about 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Weaver said. The student was taken to juvenile hall to be booked.


Orange County charter seeks hall pass from county education board to bypass local approvals
Orange County Classical Academy barely gained approval from Orange Unified in 2019 to open a charter school. Now, leaders are seeking to become a countywide charter, able to bypass local oversight.


Trust in teachers declines during the pandemic, poll finds
Americans’ trust in teachers has dropped 6 percentage points since 2019, according to a survey by Ipsos, a global research firm. The survey, summarized in K-12 Dive, found that trust in teachers dropped from 63% in 2019 to 57% in 2021. Democrats were more likely to trust teachers, but even that number dropped from 77% to 71%. Among Republicans, trust in teachers slipped from 59% to 56%.

New poll offers insights for LAUSD’s next superintendent
A new poll provides insight into the issues that a new Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent may face. Lower-income and Black families of students attending L.A. Unified schools feel less supported by the state’s largest school district, according to the poll, while a majority of the families, regardless of income or race, support a public annual evaluation of the new superintendent.


LA families want schools reimagined post-pandemic, report says
A new report out Tuesday, Dec. 7, suggests that most Los Angeles families want school leaders to reimagine public education and to not simply return to the old ways of doing things post-pandemic.


Exclusive data: Experts hailed holding kids back as an emergency response to pandemic learning loss. Despite wave of new state retention bills, most parents balked
Charlotte Collins was a kindergartner in name only last year — enrolled in a San Antonio charter school, but not “super participating” in remote learning, her mother said. “Having a kindergartner sit at a computer to do online school was not a thing I was willing to make her do,” said Alison Collins. But she didn’t want her daughter, who is still behind in reading, to repeat the grade either. With a November birthday, Charlotte is already one of the oldest students in her first grade class.

Marin study links COVID decline to school reopenings
The research, published in the national medical journal Cureus, tracked attendance at 77 schools in the county.

California’s governor writes children’s book about dyslexia
California Gov. Gavin Newsom still can’t spell the word “dress.” He can’t read aloud from a piece of paper in public. That’s why his speeches are long, mostly from memory and sprinkled with some awkward moments when his words bump into each other. Newsom accepts these challenges as part of his dyslexia — a common learning disability that makes it harder for him to read and do many things related to reading. He’s had dyslexia for most of his life, but it came into sharper focus for him recently after watching some of his own children fall behind in reading. That prompted him to search for picture books about dyslexia to use with his kids. But he was surprised when he did not find many. So he wrote one.

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