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Irvine school earns national Blue Ribbon honors
An Orange County campus has earned the nation’s highest level of distinction as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Friday. Woodbridge High School in the Irvine Unified School District joined 28 other California secondary schools in receiving the recognition after being nominated by the state’s top education officials.


Irvine school receives National Blue Ribbon award
Woodbridge High School in Irvine has been acknowledged as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School. With 1,931 students, Woodbridge High was recognized in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools. Woodbridge High also received the National Blue Ribbon honor in 1986. And overall, this is the 20th Blue Ribbon School in the Irvine Unified School District since the program began in 1983.


San Diego Unified asks voters to approve its fourth school bond measure since 2008
San Diego Unified School District is asking voters to approve a $3.2 billion bond measure that would be the district’s fourth in 14 years. The bond, on the November ballot as Measure U, would pay for many of the same kinds of facilities projects being funded by three existing bonds.


Yeast volcanoes and ‘equitable access’ at jam-packed kids science fair in Oakland
More than 1,600 elementary school-aged kids, plus hundreds of walk-ins, came to a hands-on science fair in Oakland designed to spur their curiosity about technology.


Facing Budget Shortfalls, These Schools Are Turning to the Sun
Public schools are increasingly using savings from solar energy to upgrade facilities, help their communities, and give teachers raises — often with no cost to taxpayers.


California schools would be encouraged to buy American-made food under bill on Newsom’s desk
A bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk could require California public institutions — including schools — to purchase food produced in the United States, as long as it doesn’t cost 25% more than imported products.


LAUSD Lifts Suspension Of Journalism Teacher At Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
The Los Angeles high school journalism teacher suspended without pay for refusing to censor her students' reporting says she has been vindicated. Adriana Chavira, who teaches at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, says a school district administrator rescinded her suspension in a hearing on Friday. "I think this hopefully has raised awareness throughout the state and also the country about the importance of student journalism and then, you know, they also have First Amendment rights," Chavira told LAist.


California poll finds parents leaving traditional public for charter schools
Scorned by the bureaucracy of Los Angeles Unified School District and the tumultuous politics of reopening schools in the spring of 2021, Carrie Kangro moved her oldest son to a charter school in the midst of the pandemic. Kangro, unsure if LAUSD would reopen schools, made the move despite having a particular love for the local LA Unified schools in her quaint Mar Vista neighborhood.

US public schools get a D+ for poor conditions, and experts say problems are getting worse. Here’s what kids are facing
When it gets too hot in Denver and Baltimore classrooms, students are sent home because their schools don’t have air conditioning. In Massachusetts, checking for rusty water leaking from a ceiling has become a “morning ritual.” In California, a school’s cockroach infestation has gotten so bad that some students fear eating lunch. While school infrastructure problems are a perennial challenge, national data and dismal stories from teachers suggest the crises are reaching an apex. “We’re getting to a critical stage now,” said Mike Pickens, executive director of the National Council on School Facilities. “The average age of a school building now is from 49 to 50 years” – the highest in memory.

Private group provides free books through reading program
If it sounds unusual for a math teacher to get excited about reading, then you probably haven’t met Ms. Zatchell Fortin. She’s a first grade teacher at St. Aloysius School in South Los Angeles. It’s the first time she’s taught math concepts through storytelling without the traditional textbooks. She’s able to do this thanks to Gordon Philanthropies. The private foundation says it has donated over 50,000 books in the past year to some of the most underserved schools in Los Angeles through its “Communities That Read Together, Grow Together” Program.

A Long Beach teacher used her savings to build a teaching garden
Using her savings, Sheila Grantham started a program called Adventures to Dreams, an outdoor garden and safe learning space where kids can practice art and science with sun on their faces and fresh air in their lungs. "I used my own funds because I believed what I was doing was good for the kids and a positive for youth today. Kids need to learn outside. It's more exciting. It's more beneficial, and I think they take in more, so I did. I used my own money for almost three years."

Meet the candidates: California Superintendent of Public Instruction
As the November election draws closer, California voters will soon decide who they want as the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Tony Thurmond or challenger Lance Christensen. Thurmond, a former Assembly member, was in charge of leading California’s public schools through the pandemic during his first term as superintendent. While Thurmond is proud of his efforts through the pandemic, Christensen, who pushes a family-first approach to education, feels California has been lagging behind for years, and the pandemic only highlighted the issues.

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