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Nine questions (and answers) about public charter schools

You may have read about charter schools in the news recently, and perhaps you’ve found yourself wondering, “What exactly are charter schools, and how do they differ from public or private schools?” Well, we’re here to help, with a list of frequently asked questions. [...]
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Five tips for a successful parent-teacher conference

It’s mid-September, and many of our schools are either in the thick of parent-teacher conferences or preparing for them. This is a great opportunity for schools and families to work together to ensure the best educational experience possible for your child. Here are five tips to help you make the most out of parent-teacher conference time. [...]
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Anaheim district is first to make OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors program available to all students (video)

Marking a first for Orange County, the Anaheim City School District is giving every one of its students the opportunity to receive quality outdoor science education through OCDE’s long-running Inside the Outdoors program. You read that right -- every student at every grade level. For Anaheim City, that means approximately 20,000 kids in transitional kindergarten through grade six will receive hands-on lessons covering science and nature. [...]
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Attendance Awareness Month launches in September

All schools in Orange County will be back in session in September, making it a great time to emphasize the importance of not missing school. It is critical that schools intervene early to identify and address the issues that contribute to chronic absenteeism. [...]
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The 20 fees public schools can legally charge

New school registration is underway throughout Orange County, and students and parents may be asked to pay some fees. In an effort to clarify what fees schools can and cannot charge and how schools can be complaint with the law, we consulted with our Orange County Department of Education legal counsel. [...]
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California Department of Education develops drought response best practices for schools

California is now in its fourth straight year of below average rainfall and this past winter was one of the warmest on record. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada has a water content of only five percent of the historic average, the lowest since 1950. This has placed California firmly in one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history. Everyone, including schools, are encouraged to do their part to conserve water. [...]