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Tuesday, September 20, 2022


Six Irvine students named top STEM scholars at Broadcom Masters
Broadcom MASTERS recently announced its top middle school students, spotlighting 300 young innovators from across the country who have made their mark in the fields of math, applied science, technology and engineering. After a multi-tiered selection process, nine Orange County students made the cut. Every year, the Broadcom Foundation partners with Society for Science to organize one of the nation’s leading science competitions for middle schoolers. The students first competed in affiliated science fairs nationwide, placing in the top 10 percent of projects in the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade divisions. From there, 1,807 students applied for the national contest, where a panel of scientists, educators and engineers chose 300 top scholars.


Orange County Board of Ed to hold special forum on charter schools
The Orange County Board of Education, tasked with supporting public schools, is hosting a forum on a specific type of institution: charters. Board members are inviting the public to an event titled “Strengthening California’s Charter Schools at a Local and State Level.” The free talk, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, will feature a panel of experts who will speak about parental choice when it comes to children’s schooling. The event is rather unique for a public school board. But the Orange County Board of Education is uniquely positioned: All five members are strong advocates of public charter schools.


S.F. school board backtracks again — this time with recent adoption of Muslim holidays
The San Francisco school board voted just over a month ago to add two Muslim holidays to the instructional calendar, but will reconsider that decision Tuesday, following significant backlash and the threat of a lawsuit.


Cities and towns across California only get the libraries they can afford
Visiting the library in the small town of Planada means visiting a bookmobile with no air conditioning in the sweltering heat of the San Joaquin Valley. But Sofia Rodriguez visits often, pulling her young children in their red wagon. The youngsters are bookworms who eagerly anticipate exchanging their library books for a stack of new ones.

An island of reading for youth in the California juvenile justice system
Through four heavy, locked doors, down a long beige hallway lit by bright artificial lighting, and past several locked rooms filled mostly with middle and high school students sits a room that feels far more inviting: a superhero-themed library with colorful furniture and enlarged, vibrant, culturally-inclusive artwork on the walls.

S.F. Unified, teachers union agree to 6% raise
Retroactive raises for teachers and paraeducators, more time for class preparation and dedicated substitutes assigned to specific schools are among the agreements reached over the weekend between San Francisco Unified and its teachers union.


Many children are regularly exposed to gun violence. Here's how to help them heal
On a spring day, a group of elementary students and their chaperones walk along a sidewalk in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood of Rochester, N.Y. A few blocks away is their destination: Cameron Community Ministries' after-school program. The mood is cheerful – some of the kids are leaping or skipping – but their path, which they routinely take, passes more than a dozen spots where murders and aggravated assaults have happened in the last decade.


Four things to know about pandemic’s detrimental effects on LAUSD test scores
L.A. Unified’s latest state test scores reveal dramatic decreases in student performance — and an even more striking decline for some ethnic groups and vulnerable students. The outcomes of the 2022 Smarter Balanced assessment showed just 28.47% of LAUSD students met state standards in math, while 41.67% met English standards in the 2021-22 school year — declines of two and five percentage points respectively from the 2018-19 school year. For Latino, low-income, Black, female, and other student groups, the declines were often greater — which was no surprise, said LAUSD superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

LBUSD kindergarten enrollment increases, snapping trend of decline
The Long Beach Unified School District got some good news to start the school year, as kindergarten enrollment has ticked up for the first time in several years. The district has been in declining enrollment for almost two decades since 2003-04, a reality that led the LBUSD Board of Education to set aside $400 million in reserves to bolster against potential future layoffs at the city’s largest employer.

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