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October 5, 2012
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  From the District 
  • SD Unified enrollment meets projections
    Official enrollment of the San Diego Unified School District -- set by the State of California as the fourth Friday of the school year -- met projections of a slight decline for the 2012-13 school year. The fourth-Friday enrollment of 115,499 was within 497 students of district budget projections. By meeting projections, the district will avoid layoffs of classified staff, although some teaching and non-teaching employees may have to change schools due to enrollment fluctuations. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Proposition Z projects proposed per school site
    Prop Z, the "San Diego Neighborhood Schools Classroom Safety and Repair Measure of 2012" will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. If passed by San Diego voters, it will address critical facilities and technology needs at existing schools and in neighborhoods, fund ongoing school maintenance to ensure student health and safety, increase energy efficiency in campus buildings, and provide charter schools with adequate and efficient facilities. For more information and a list of proposed Prop Z projects per individual school, go to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  For Parents 
  • Cal-SOAP hosts College Fair 2012 on Oct. 24
    Nearly 100 college representatives will be in attendance to speak with students and parents, and seven workshops will be offered, at College Fair 2012 on Oct. 24 at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley. Admission is free. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Students 
  • Show your school's "character" in YMCA poster, essay contests
    In honor of Character Development Month, the YMCA of San Diego County is asking students in grades 3-12 to submit essays and posters focusing on one of the YMCA's core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Schools are asked to submit one entry per grade level for the countywide contest. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Educational News 
  • Should the arts be included in STEM curricula?
    John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, advocates in this blog post for the addition of the letter "A" -- for art -- to STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. To meet national goals for the improvement of a STEM workforce, Maeda writes that integrating arts into the STEM curriculum will help bolster innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Maeda's blog (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Duncan sees traditional textbooks becoming obsolete
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared Tuesday that traditional textbooks should become obsolete in the "next few years" and that schools should shift to digital textbooks. Advocates say that digital textbooks are less costly and give students better access to up-to-date resources. Douglas Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, says Common Core State Standards could make the process easier for states to collaborate to make the transition without individually having to "reinvent the wheel." Associated Press (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A book list for the latest in public education
    The writer of this article has compiled a list of 15 must-read books about public education today. Among them are "Ed Speak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzz Words, and Jargon," in which education historian Diane Ravitch breaks down education-policy debates for non-academics. Also making the list is "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization," by Yong Zhao, who cautions the U.S. against adopting the Chinese model for education. The Christian Science Monitor (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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