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Monthly Archives: February 2014

County schools success highlighted at State of Education Address

drgarythomasCalifornia’s educational system is undergoing tremendous change as it transitions to new state standards, as well as new ways public schools receive funding and have to account to their communities. Those were highlights of San Bernardino County Superintendent Gary Thomas’ annual State of Education Address on Tuesday.

Thomas delivered his address at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts before a crowd of hundreds of educators, as well as elected officials and dignitaries.

“We are not strangers to change in education,” Thomas said. “For years, even decades, we’ve responded to educational trends, special legislation and the latest in school reform.”

Among the big changes in California are adoption of the new Common Core State Standards that will be implemented statewide for the 2014-15 academic year, as well as a new funding model from the state called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Along with the funding model, schools and districts have to be more accountable for how they are spending their money through the adoption of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP).

“For the first time in California’s history, we have a funding model that provides supplemental funds for our most disenfranchised students, and it allows local control so districts can assure the needs of their student populations are met,” Thomas said.

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New medical manufacturing lab opens at Indian Springs High in San Bernardino

manufacturingThe San Bernardino Sun newspaper reported that Indian Springs High School opened a new medical manufacturing lab on February 5 for students to learn crucial skills they can apply at new high-paying jobs when they graduate.

To read more about the high-tech manufacturing curriculum in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, read the story here: http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20140216/indian-springs-high-school-students-learn-high-tech-manufacturing

Cradle to career roadmap adopted, translated into Spanish

your careerThe San Bernardino County Board of Education adopted a roadmap on Monday for achieving a regional goal of the Countywide Vision  – to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career. The roadmap identifies key milestones in a child’s personal, social, academic and career readiness. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools will assist with the implementation of the strategies in each of the county’s 33 school districts and post-secondary educational institutions.

Here is a copy of the Cradle to Career Roadmap in English and Spanish.

 

The Victorville Daily Press provided coverage of the Cradle to Career Roadmap here.

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