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Buena Park school unveils book vending machine to foster love of reading
There are no candy bars and drinks inside the new vending machine at Pendleton Elementary School. Instead, students will be able to fuel their imagination and boost their literacy with popular books from series such as “Goosebumps,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” Students can earn free book tokens by accomplishing self-made academic goals to further their education.

OCDE students reflect on the nation’s heroes and their own in Memorial Day essay contest
Keon Ferber remembers being at a loss for words when his family visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Standing in front of the wall, he watched as strangers placed white sheets of paper over the names of their loved ones and shaded them with pencils, creating tokens of remembrance they could take back home.


Election 2022: Superintendent Al Mijares and challenger Stefan Bean offer different visions for O.C. Department of Education
Mijares promotes his 10-year record. Bean offers a conservative vision.


Mariners Elementary raises nearly $6,000 for school for young Ukrainian refugees
When news of the crisis in Ukraine and images of refugees fleeing the country to Poland became prominent on local news stations, Mariners Elementary Student Government Advisors Jan Stark, a fifth-grade teacher and Jeff Qualey, a sixth-grade teacher, discussed what was occurring with the student government. After realizing the seriousness of the displacement of children around their age, students expressed a desire to do something to help the refugee children. The campaign took place over three weeks.

Student Wellspaces bring tranquility in Ocean View School District
The district is debuting Student WellSpaces at each of its four middle schools.


California can’t force San Diego to pay for lead-testing of water at local schools, court rules
San Diego has won a key victory in its battle with the state over who should pay for the lead-testing of water that city officials conducted at hundreds of local schools beginning in 2017. The ruling means the city will get back the $500,000 it spent on lead tests.


Fresno Unified schools promise big changes following student-led anti-racism protests
Fresno Unified officials on Friday made a number of commitments to hundreds of students who marched from Edison High School to downtown Fresno to protest racism in schools.


Challenged by Covid, the Class of 2022 looks ahead to better days
The Class of 2022 didn’t have a typical high school experience. Covid shut down their schools midway through their sophomore year. California’s seniors spent the rest of that year and most, if not all, of their junior year at home on the computer taking remote classes. They weren’t allowed to play school sports or attend games. They couldn’t perform in the school band or in plays. There were no school dances, club meetings or academic competitions. They studied alone.

New policy makes it easier for children to access Head Start programs
As inflation and the expiration of federal child tax credit payments put the squeeze on family budgets and the child poverty rate rises, some relief has arrived for American families struggling to make ends meet. In California, families receiving CalFresh benefits are now automatically eligible for Head Start early learning programs.


More California students eligible for expanded transitional kindergarten
School districts across San Diego County are preparing for the arrival in fall of hundreds of preschool students who will be part of California’s first universal transitional kindergarten class. Since 2012, the state has funded transitional kindergarten, better known as TK, for children who turn 5 years old between early September and early December. Beginning this fall, the age cutoff date will extend to February.

Help desperately wanted: Bilingual teachers in San Diego County schools
California has an unsettling past when it comes to bilingual education, especially for Spanish-speaking immigrant students. The California Department of Education plans to address this by establishing more than 1,600 dual language immersion programs in schools across the state by 2030.


Pacific Grove Unified prepares to reinstate mask mandate in schools
Pacific Grove Unified School District is preparing to reinstate its mask mandate in schools if COVID-19 cases and test positivity continue to increase.

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