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Friday, September 16, 2022


His dad was the principal of El Toro High, now it’s his turn
At the end of his first year as principal of El Toro High School in 1989, Don Martin penned a list of rules based on what he’d learned in the new job – “guidelines,” as he called them, for rookies like him to succeed. “The Ten Commandments For First-Year Principals,” reads the title of the document saved still on his home computer. Some of the advice is clear, practical instruction: “Find a confidant, someone you can talk to professionally, that is not affiliated with your school or district.


Native Students In Valley Center Demand Action on Long-Standing Disparities
Native students within the Valley Center-Pauma School District are falling behind their peers. On a day meant to raise awareness to unsolved cases of missing and murdered Native American people, a group of Native students at Valley Center Middle School were met with ethnic slurs and harassment, underscoring what parents say are longstanding issues with discrimination, disparity and a lack of cultural competency at schools in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.


Photos: Police and students practice intruder drill at Dublin High School
Dublin High School students and staff practiced Thursday an intruder drill in partnership with the city’s police department, in an expansion of past safety exercises throughout the school district that included earthquake and fire preparation. Principal said the goal was to learn about creating the safest possible environment.


California school organizations urge veto of latest bill to remove lead in school water
A 2017 state law led schools across California to have their faucets tested for lead in a program to reduce lead in school drinking water. A new bill that proposes to remove lead from schools and state buildings, awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature, now faces opposition from school groups. Public employee unions and organizations representing school districts, school boards and school business officers are pitted against each other on legislation spelling out how to protect students and school adults from lead in water.

Pivot Learning agrees to a merger with plans to grow nationwide
Pivot Learning, an Oakland-based national nonprofit that works with over 100 California districts on improving classroom instruction in literacy and math, announced this week it is merging with UnboundEd, a national nonprofit that does complementary school improvement work. The merger, which will operate under the UnboundEd name, will become “the largest K-12 educator development organization in the country with an explicit focus on equity in teaching and learning for underserved students,” Pivot and UnboundEd said in a joint release.

Newsom vetoes Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act
Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed legislation that would have capped how much low-income families would have to pay for child care. The Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act would have prohibited family fees from exceeding 1% of the family’s monthly income and prevented a family with a monthly income below 75% of the state median from being assessed any family fee. Sponsored by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-Colton, the legislation would have waived family fees for all families through 2023.


Gov. Newsom vetoes bill to fund free transit for California students
A bill that would have created a program to let California students ride public transit for free passed the state legislature with bipartisan support but was ultimately rejected by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week.


San Dieguito students demand protection for their LGBTQ classmates
Dozens of students, parents and teachers demanded action and accountability for recent transphobic comments against youth in the San Dieguito Union High School District. They attended the board of trustees meeting, Wednesday night, to speak against alleged online bullying that happened on a social media page started by one of the district’s own board members.


This community-sourced poem is all about hope for the new school year
The poet Rumi wrote, "Let the beauty we love be what we do." With a new school year underway, many teachers are drawn to their classrooms by just that sense of love. We're thinking about it at Morning Edition, too. "I love my job, and my job, of course, is to change the world, one word at a time," says NPR's Poet-in-Residence Kwame Alexander. Morning Edition asked listeners to send us poems describing their hopes for the coming school year.


LA schools and the mystery of the missing ransom note
As the shady ransomware gang Vice Society took credit for a hack that sent Los Angeles school officials scrambling last week, cybersecurity experts noticed something peculiar. Vice Society, an “intrusion, exfiltration and extortion” group that experts believe is based in Russia, has become notorious for waging cyber warfare against K-12 schools, leveraging the theft of sensitive data to demand a ransom. Schools nationwide have shelled out millions of dollars to prevent hackers from publishing private records on dark-web outposts. So what’s a ransomware attack without a demand for money?

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