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shelly April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am
Dawn, "Under the terms of the finance system, known as the Local Control Funding Formula,Read More districts can receive additional funds for every high-needs student enrolled – as much as $3,000 per student once the formula is fully funded over the next eight years. High-needs students are defined as students who are low-income, English learners or foster youth, with low-income being the dominant category of need."
shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Dawn, "Provides a supplemental grant equal to 20 percent of the adjusted base grant forRead More targeted disadvantaged students. Targeted students are those classified as English learners (EL), eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal (FRPM), foster youth, or any combination of these factors (unduplicated count)."
shelly April 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Dawn, Dawn, And what you do not know is there are many people who volunteer and give to schools thatRead More are in need even though their kids go to a different schools, or they do not have kids in school. It is called a community.
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
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shelly March 22, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Mike T. Most students at UCI are US citizens. Almost all U.S.A. citizens are descendants ofRead More immigrants except for Native Americans.
Nancy March 22, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Mike T, are those "White Americans" possibly German Americans, Irish Americans, or ??Read More Would you venture to guess how many of the Asian American students don't speak a word of Chinese? Perhaps half or more? Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese (to name a few) don't speak Chinese. Please tell me you knew this already. Just like we might not speak Spanish, Portuguese, or French even though we're from the "Americas"-- yet those other languages dominate in eastern Canada, Latin America, and Brazil. There are large numbers of UCI students with Asian heritage (NOT nationality) in other southeast Asian countries who are not Chinese.
Shripathi Kamath March 22, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Nancy, shelly, Y'all need to speak Bircherese. 'Americans' does not include Asian Americans.Read More Because, LOOK AT THEM.
Garden Grove Unified, which operates Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, exited the list of districts in financial jeopardy. Patch file photo.
cheryl March 11, 2014 at 05:32 pm
If this is really the case why is just about every school in SVUSD still sending out donationRead More request letters stating "due to severe budget cuts" there is no money for this program?? They will never tell you the money is not going to the classroom it is going to pay pensions and salaries. I know, I know .....it is for the kids. Sure it is.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook March 11, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Saddleback & Capo School Districts homes pay a large percentage of taxes for much of OrangeRead More County.
UCI wants Pres. Obama to give this year's commencement address. Patch file photo.
GreenInOC February 19, 2014 at 11:22 am
@Donna Fleming, I hope you aren't saying that researching, reading and understanding history beyondRead More our own personal experiences is invalid. Jobs WERE plentiful. Manufacturing started moving overseas and continued to do so. In the late '90's and the early 00's is when white collar jobs started following suit. While your desire to blame President Obama for that is well communicated it is not a possibility.
fact checker February 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
In fact, President Obama has advocated strongly for investing in infrastructure (which is what theRead More CCC and other programs set up after the depression did). The economic crisis caused your sons, difficulty. The private sector (mostly large corporations( have not done their job to help the recovery. They worship profits for the few over better opportunities for the rest of us.
Nancy February 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Donna, I am surprised that you believe the job-finding problems are a result of our most-immediateRead More president. Surely you must know that previous presidents (and congress) were instrumental in creating the legislation and lack of oversight that allowed jobs to be shipped abroad. And regarding the CCC: well now, you're sounding like a liberal...watch out! I think it would be fabulous to have a similar job force to work on our crumbling infrastructure. But you CAN'T do that if you cut government! The CCC didn't just spring up from volunteers; it was a government program. For the record, Obama has actually done a similar program. Have you noticed the freeway signs from the Obama administrations recovery act? This is both a job creator and a public safety win/win. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/summaryinfo.cfm
Six school districts in Orange County have been placed on the College Board's "AP Honor Roll."
keyplayer February 13, 2014 at 08:32 am
Wow, Joker. I think your petticoat is showing. Teachers have nothing to do with grading the APRead More tests. But then, you wouldn't have a clue about that, would you?
Shripathi Kamath February 13, 2014 at 08:40 am
ldana92 February 13, 2014 at 09:22 AM I thought the AP tests are given in May??? It is only Feb.Read More ___________________________________________________ They are being done proactively for 2013.
Don Schultz February 15, 2014 at 07:37 am
"The distinction means the districts are increasing access to AP classes while simultaneouslyRead More increasing the percentage of students earning passing scores of 3 or higher on the AP test" While this may be the "ideal scenario" as you call it, never ending improvement is hardly sustainable unless the rules of the game change which they will. The problem with your article is that its misleading, it leads the uninitiated reader to conclude that CUSD and LB some how came up short compared to the districts on the list. This is not true. Neither CUSD nor LB would trade their scores with ANY of those other districts because CUSD's and LB's record is better, just not improving as much as the others because they have less to improve upon. CUSD is among the top large districts in the state and LB is among the elite small districts. Both are constantly and consistently improving.
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Brian February 12, 2014 at 09:21 am
What are the other school districts that have bans in place?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 10:50 am
They didn't say. However, Capistrano Unified is not one of them.
Homer February 12, 2014 at 03:22 pm
According to the OCRegister, Capo did amend district policy last year to ban e-cigs. I have notRead More found a direct citation from CVUSD to confirm that position. SVUSD, Irvine and Laguna Beach are three of the districts in South-OC that have banned e-cigs.
Should teachers have a dress code? Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Sonny Morper January 19, 2014 at 09:40 am
As a principal, retired, for 28 years, "dress for success" is a good motto and the styleRead More should fit the classroom. Expect teachers on their feet all day to dress in comfortable shoes, tennis shoes, for P.E., for sure. The more business type look is more appealing but dressing like you are going to church is not necessary. Women's styles usually get the most attention over time. High heels, nylons and dress or skirts were the norm when I taught. Shorter skirts and pant suits soon became the style, men wore sport coats and always a tie. School administrators, including women, have generally maintained a more conservative business look,though suits have gone the way of cotton slacks particularly with middle and high school educators modeling spirit shirts and other school labeled clothing. Today, any teacher is general accepted when wearing less formal school clothes, in fact they seem to add to student school spirit when they do wear the school emblemed items. The sexy look of provocative clothes has no place in the school business, but the look is in the eye of the beholder and many times in the negotiated contract. Where today's cleavage look was out when I started teaching, today a sensible approach is to ask whether it detracts from ones ability to teach or administer with the greatest positive effect or is the " look" detracting from a great educator becoming exceptionally great. Tongues will wag among our adolescent youth with little provocation and certainly among their parents. Better to portray the competent, highly thought of professional educator who is working to make the school distinguished than known for unnecessary, unfortunate, and derisive behind the back comments that only bring contempt to the profession. The chances are better for success and higher performing schools when everyone dresses for success including students, parents who come to the school, and most important those who are there to educate. P.S. Leave the flip flops at home, everyone.
CHK January 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Perhaps the teacher need to wear school uniforms too?
nobody January 23, 2014 at 01:02 pm
lol CHK! The "former playboy bunny" middle school teacher will be happy with your idea!
Gov. Brown discussed his proposed state budget today. Patch file photo.
Bob Holtzclaw January 10, 2014 at 06:58 pm
Do we really need more money for schools or a different approach. Among 57 industrial countries theRead More United States placed 16th in science and 23rd in math. Finland was the number one country. Maybe we should study their educational system instead of spending more on a system that doesn't work.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Kevin McManus November 15, 2013 at 06:34 am
1. California is one of 7 states that is working to keep cursive. 2. The U.S. came in 24th in theRead More 2010 PISA tests. We can do better.
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Homer November 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm
Yes, there is more to CCSS than is being openly discussed. The local school districts are bracingRead More for the changes. Many believe that education funds will be withheld by the federal level if states do not fully adopt the standard. Yet, there are hidden costs that the states may ultimately be financially responsible. Some people are of the opinion that this measure serves only to globalize policies. That is, to break the ice in the process of lifting standards to the federal level and melding all national policies, with other countries, through the United Nations.
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MFriedrich November 1, 2013 at 01:58 pm
Congratulations are in order, I guess. We're officially East Germany. Good job Mom and Dad.
Homer November 1, 2013 at 04:36 pm
Punish juveniles for "behaving badly" and posting it on social media... What exactly is itRead More to "behave badly"? The digital media is often used to "behave" in a myriad of ways. Should teens be punished for what they post? No - not unless it is a direct threat of bodily harm, or continued harassment (bullying). Then again, what right does a private agency have to be snooping on the accounts of teenagers? We have law enforcement personnel who are assigned to that job.
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LasRocas October 3, 2013 at 09:52 am
Teachers are under pressure from their principals to make gains in standardized test scores, so theyRead More assign more homework. Principals are under pressure from the school boards, and the school boards are under pressure from the state. Yes, it's all about these scores. This pressure may soon lessen however, as the current STAR testing will be suspended, and ultimately replaced with a new battery of exams.
mOmO123 October 3, 2013 at 01:23 pm
i feel like my son isnt getting enough homework and some of the classes at his school didnt evenRead More have homework assigned until after a month into the school year. i dont understand it. im a young parent, relatively (under 30) but i make practice tests for my child and extra spelling and math worksheets because after 1 page he wants to rush off and isn't absorbing in anything id prefer my child learn than be lazy... am i missing something here?
M October 31, 2013 at 06:39 am
So people complain that our schools are below average. Meanwhile they also complain that theirRead More child has too much homework?? I guess it's a no win situation, heaven forbid that kids should actually extend their learning and develop a good work ethic. Instead too many kids are playing not one, not two but sport after sport after sport. Who's pushing harder - parents or schools? And to what end? How many kids go pro in sports? Or get a scholarship? Most end up dealing with injury after injury....and the long term effect on their health
PI scores are down a bit in Saddleback Valley Unified. Photo credit: Getty..
Penny Arévalo (Editor) August 29, 2013 at 03:28 pm
They get a base score (in the spring I believe) that's often very similar but not exact to the scoreRead More earned last year. It's complicated, but a point or two difference doesn't add up to much, especially in the higher end. The whole system is weighted so that there's more fluctuation at the higher end moves below 900 being more meaningful. Watching trends over years is even more meaningful.
Andy O'Connor August 31, 2013 at 06:22 am
Tip of the Iceberg. Scores will continue to go down, down, down. CSR Class sign reduction in theRead More primary grades 20:1 was abolished. Now you have 35+ students. When these students come thru in about 6 years, the API scores will be below 800. This can be attributed to CSR which began in 2010.
victoria d. schwartz September 1, 2013 at 01:55 pm
My opinion as an elementary school teacher is that the increase in class size, especially inRead More kindergarten and first grade, has begun to take its toll. While these children do not take the CST tests, as a third grade teacher, I have noticed a decline in the skills many students come in with in third grade. The staff at my school has not changed over the years in these grades. Additionally, SVUSD last year piloted its own Common Core Writing Program and after teachers voiced their concerns about the amount of instructional time it was taking to implement it in their classrooms (away from the standards of Language Arts, primarily), District employees providing in-services and school site administrators communicated that we were not to worry about CST scores this past school year.