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Tuesday, September 13, 2022


VIDEO: Fullerton teachers and students take field trip to Sept. 11 memorial
What happened in the U.S. on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 will always be a moment that Nancy Karcher will never forget. Every school year for the past five years, with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orangethorpe Elementary School teacher and her colleagues in the campus’ multi-age classroom program have made sure to include a field trip for their lesson plans about Sept. 11.


Meet Jorge Valdes, the new OC Board of Education trustee
Jorge Valdes, the newest trustee on the Orange County Board of Education describes his approach to his position as “very pro-parents’ rights.” Valdes was selected by the OCBE last month to fill the District 1 spot left open when Beckie Gomez stepped down in June. Gomez faced a lawsuit challenging her concurrent elected positions on the OCBE and Tustin City Council. Valdes, too, is a Tustin resident. He is a managing attorney at Louie & Stettler in Orange. As for how he views his role on the board, Valdes said his only agenda is “to serve kids and the parents first.”


Teachers and students both learned from this intensive summer English class
More than 100 students in Lodi Unified School District spent part of the summer running relays and braiding jump-ropes from plastic bags, all while learning more complex writing and reading skills in English. This summer school program was designed to strengthen English language skills for elementary and middle school students who speak another language at home and have not yet mastered English. At the same time, it aimed to give the 16 teachers who participated the skills to support these students throughout the school year.

Alison Yoshimoto-Towery joins State Board of Education
Alison Yoshimoto-Towery, until recently Los Angeles Unified’s chief academic officer, is the State Board of Education’s newest member. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Yoshimoto-Towery, 51, late last month, in time for her first board meeting this week. She fills the last opening on the 11-member board.

Federal grant program to help recruit and train California teachers
Three California teacher preparation programs will share in $25.8 million of federal funding to recruit, prepare and retain teachers, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The department announced 22 new five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grants on Monday. In California, National University received a $1.96 million grant, Alder Graduate School a $1.31 million grant and Reach University a $1.35 million grant.

San Francisco school board gets poor ratings from public, poll finds
San Francisco Unified’s school board is poorly received by the public, with 48% of San Francisco residents saying the seven-member body is doing a poor job, according to a new poll. In a San Francisco Chronicle poll, 48% of respondents said the board over the past three years has done a poor or very poor job making San Francisco a better place to live. Just 11% of respondents said the board has done a good or excellent job. The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,653 San Francisco residents, according to the Chronicle.


Group training Los Nietos Middle School runners gets $50,000 grant
Dick's Sporting Goods grant bolsters program in which STEAM students run in the L.A. Marathon.


Problems plague California school district data system, putting funding at risk
California’s education department updated its statewide data system in the spring but the rollout resulted in thousands of errors. Key information about special education students and other high-needs groups was missing or miscalculated.


California school districts can still apply for HVAC
California saw record-breaking temperatures during last week's heat wave and the stretch of high temperatures had some school districts realizing they will eventually need to install more air conditioning systems.

Elementary students in OC learn in Vietnamese, English
In 2015, the Westminster School District became the first in the state to implement a Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program. The first class of students to graduate from the kindergarten through sixth grade program at Demille Elementary School is now in middle school. One graduate said he has a lot more to learn but is excited to know as much of the Vietnamese language as he does now. A kindergartner who just started in the program said she’s excited to say two words “at the same time.”

LAUSD board set to consider emergency declaration after cyber attack
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is set to consider approving an emergency declaration during Tuesday’s board meeting in response to a cyber attack on the district’s computer systems last week. The resolution would allow Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to sign emergency contracts that would “ensure the continuation of public education, and the safety and security of its data, networks and servers” without advertising or inviting bids for any dollar amount necessary, for a period of one year.

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