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Orange County Board of Education to hold 2 forums on ‘terrible,’ ‘concerning’ ethnic studies curriculum
The Orange County Board of Education set the dates for two summer town halls on the controversial subjects of ethnic studies and critical race theory – forums expected to side heavily against what board president Ken Williams this week called a “terrible curriculum that’s going to divide America.” Board members plan to pay up to $7,500 to fly in experts of their choosing and rent Rush Park auditorium in Rossmoor for forums on July 27 and Aug. 24. If there was any doubt on where the right-wing majority stands on the issue, Williams made it clear during a board meeting Wednesday night: “This forum is going to show and give proof by experts about why this is bad.”

Photos: Orange County valedictorians, top scholars for Class of 2021
We asked high schools across Orange County to invite their valedictorians and top scholars to submit their photo and a little bit about themselves to celebrate their achievements as this senior year comes to a close. The following are the high school students who submitted their information, including their high school activities, after graduation plans, and their career goals.


‘It’s been almost overwhelming’: Edison High assistant principal gratified by response to his kidney search
Kevin Fairman, an assistant principal at Edison High School, announced in late March he was searching for a kidney donor. Fairman said he can’t recall the exact date he was diagnosed, but that at the time he was at stage 3, meaning that his kidneys were still functioning at 45 to 59%. He’s currently at stage 5, with his kidneys functioning less than 15%.


Majority of San Diego High Schoolers Staying in Full-Time Distance Learning
Age, across the board, plays a big role in whether students and their families are choosing to return to campus, according to a Voice of San Diego analysis of reopening data. In the massive return to schools underway across San Diego, one group is noticeably hanging back: high schoolers.


Covid-19 cases are falling, but experts say kids should still get a vaccine when they can. Here’s why
Experts say vaccinating young people is an integral part of protecting the broader community from Covid-19, although serious disease among children is rare.


California's K-12 funding formula likely to change, but disagreement over how
For the first time since its adoption eight years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change the formula that determines more than 70% of California school districts’ annual spending. But his plan to direct more money only to districts with the greatest concentration of low-income children is proving to be a tough sell so far to the Legislature.

Perhaps no obligation to pay K-14 schools an extra $8 billion after all
Don’t count on an extra $8 billion that Gov. Gavin Newsom promised last month in his May revised state budget proposal would go to community colleges and K-12 districts. The unexpected gift to education would be the price that state government pays to comply with a Proposition 13-era initiative designed to limit the growth of government. But Assembly and Senate budget leaders deftly calculated an end-run around the 1979 Gann Limit and expunged the state’s obligation from their joint budget proposal that they announced this week. There’s a good chance it may not surface in the final state budget that they negotiate with Newsom later this month.

Legislation would protect right to wear Native American cultural items at graduation
California Assembly members passed legislation today that would strengthen a current law that allows Native American students to wear cultural items at their high school graduations. “Despite existing protections in state law, local school officials continue to object when students wish to wear items such as eagle feathers, sashes with basket designs, basket caps or beaded medallions during graduation ceremonies,” said Assemblyman James Ramos, D-Highland, the author of Assembly Bill 945.


California parents wonder if masks will be required for students this fall
California parents wonder if masks will be required for students this fall As California prepares to drop its mask mandate June 15, many parents are questioning if their kids will be required to wear a mask when they return to school this fall. Right now, it's still unclear. However, it will depend on guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

California high school yearbook appears to bash Trump, praise Biden
A California high school is facing criticism after publishing a spread in its student yearbook that appears to bash former President Trump while praising current commander-in-chief Joe Biden. Fox News obtained an image of the section in the yearbook that is being distributed by Northwood High School in Irvine. In a statement to Fox News, the Irvine Unified School District said the yearbook "is a student publication that is reviewed by staff advisors," but noted that the section containing the American presidents was "unbalanced."

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