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By MARK GLEASON | March 14, 2006
There is talk in Los Angeles of following New York City's lead and giving the mayor control over the school district. Should the city councils of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa have more say over the schools than they do now? Letting the city councils of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa have any official power over schools would be an incredibly bad idea. I don't believe that it's ever been seriously proposed and I hope that it stays that way. I'm not sure that mayoral control over schools is ever optimal, but in cities like New York and Chicago it came to pass mostly as a response to widespread failure in massive school systems.
December 19, 2008
Three Newport-Mesa schools have received the 2008-09 Title I Academic Achievement Award, State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said this week. Killybrooke, Sonora and Victoria elementary schools have won the awards, which reward academic achievement at schools with more than 40% of their students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. To make the cut for the award, a school much show that all students are making significant progress toward meeting the state’s academic standards, and disadvantaged students must improve twice as quickly as No Child Left Behind requires for two years in a row. “I hold these schools up as models for their success in ensuring that all students without regard to race, economic status, or physical or mental challenges are given the kind of education that allows them to achieve to their fullest potential,” O’Connell said in a statement released to the media.
August 26, 2008
Newport-Mesa Unified School District recently launched a series of new websites for each of its schools that district officials say will better allow parents and students to access information about each campus. The websites are redesigned, giving each school’s home page a unique feel geared toward that school’s colors and name. The website’s completion was part of the first phase of a complete overhaul of the district’s websites using School Loop, a company that has assisted the district in its overhaul.
November 15, 2003
Marisa O'Neil While five district high schools far exceed state target rates for graduation, the two alternative education programs have seen drastic drops in graduation rates, according to the latest round of test results, released by the California Department of Education on Friday. The 2003 Adequate Yearly Progress Phase II reports showed 93.6% of seniors in the district graduated from high school last year, exceeding the state's 82.8% target.
September 1, 2004
Jeff Benson Annual progress reports were released to school districts nationwide Monday, and Newport-Mesa Unified School District met nearly all expectations. The Annual Yearly Progress report, used to measure compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, showed 68% of district schools met all federal targets for progress. The report evaluates schools on performance on the Standardized Testing and Reporting test, the California High School Exit Examination, English and math proficiency and on updated statewide Academic Performance Index scores, also released Monday.
By Michael Miller | January 4, 2007
Newport-Mesa schools may acquire new career-training programs in the next year, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a budget increase Wednesday to help prepare students for technical jobs. In his 2007-08 budget, the governor allotted $52 million for career technical education in high schools and community colleges, citing a lack of courses that give students skills for the global marketplace. If the legislature approves the budget, schools and colleges may apply for assistance to launch new classes, bolster teacher training or create industry partnerships.
By Michael Miller | December 10, 2006
Kaiser Elementary School has been chosen as one of 20 schools nationwide to receive classroom equipment through the Samsung Hope for Education program, as the Costa Mesa campus beat thousands of applicants in an essay contest this fall. In late August, Assistant Principal Debra Muniz submitted an online application for the philanthropic program, which is run by Samsung in partnership with Microsoft Corp. Two months later, she found that her school that been chosen to receive $60,000 worth of technology, but she remained mum about it until Samsung officially declared the winners on Friday.
By Joseph Serna | January 25, 2008
They may not be 18 years old, but that isn’t stopping students at Newport Harbor High School from casting their vote for presidential candidates this primary season. Students there are participating in a statewide mock primary election for high schoolers too young to vote Feb. 5. Newport Harbor students in every grade voted Thursday and Friday in their English classes with statewide votes tallied Thursday. “It promotes good habits for the future and gets them into their civic responsibility,” said 17-year-old senior Rebecca Brown.
By Michael Miller | April 5, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Sheeva Lotfian finds it remarkable sometimes that she ended up living in south Orange County. The Laguna Niguel resident is the daughter of an Iranian father and an Indonesian mother who met in college in Michigan — and this summer, she’ll be visiting her mother’s home country only for the first time. “I think it’s going to be really different,” Sheeva, 17, said Saturday morning during Sage Hill School’s seventh annual Multicultural Fair.
November 29, 2007
A blue-ribbon panel is about to propose a $6.1-billion plan to overhaul public education in the state; but with a looming deficit up to $10 billion, experts think any major changes that cost money will just be shelved. Among the findings are that the state’s schools are “hobbled in red tape, riddled with inefficiencies and impossible for parents and students to understand.” Recommendations include performance-based pay for teachers and empowering elected superintendents for public instruction.
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