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Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, June 7, 2011

One-third of students dodging PE classes

Source: California Watch

Students at playgroundIn spite of a CA state law that requires schools to provide 400 minutes of physical education every 10 days for middle- and high-school students, more than a third of CA teens do not participate in physical education at school.

That's according to a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, which found that about 1.3 million California teenagers - or 38 percent of students ages 12 to 17 - avoid their school PE classes. The report also found that the percentage of teens participating in physical education decreases with age. According to one of the study's co-authors, this is a real concern because by the time students are in their junior and senior years, they are beginning to develop behaviors that they will carry into their adult lives.


New high-tech school can't afford to hire teachers

Source: HuffPost Los Angeles

Students in a computer labThe sprawling $105-million Hillcrest High School campus in Riverside is expected to be complete this fall, and will include such high-tech items as an academic hub with wireless Internet, a robotics lab, and digital smart boards in every classroom.

But the school's doors will remain closed for the 2011-2012 school year, since the Alvord Unified School District doesn't have enough money to pay for the high school's teachers.

In 2007, voters in the district overwhelmingly approved a $196-million bond measure to construct and equip the high school. At the time, the economy seemed stable.

However, once the recession hit the following year, state education funding was slashed dramatically. While the school district made an effort to reduce expenses, including laying off teachers and expanding class sizes, it wasn't enough to fund teachers for the new high school.


California charter schools expect a battle

Source: Los Angeles Times

Charter schools contend they've recently come under siege, based on a number of restrictive bills that have recently gone through the Legislature, as well as the loss of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen. Gloria Romero - two of its strongest proponents.

What's more, there's great uncertainty of how charter schools will be viewed before the new majority at the California State Board of Education. A year ago, the panel was dominated by charter supporters and charter operators who represented Schwarzenegger. But now under Gov. Jerry Brown, the board looks quite different.

All of these factors have led the California Charter Schools Association to increase its advocacy efforts in the state house while closely watching political developments statewide.


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Save the frogs! Dissections go virtual

Source: FoxNews

FrogRancho Verde High School is the first U.S. school to stop using scalpels to dissect frogs in biology class and instead "dissect" them virtually.

Assistant principal Kevin Stipp told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that it agreed to forgo dissections in an agreement with the Animal Welfare Institute and Save the Frogs to save money. The Animal Welfare Institute is offering the first 25 schools free anatomy software if the schools promise to give up dissections for five years.

Proponents of virtual dissection programs say they are more humane and safer for students than touching animals preserved with formaldehyde. Opponents contend that simulations are inferior to holding a real animal organ.



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