Our must-read story of the week is a powerful feature about an Orange County high school student who achieved perfection on the ACT college readiness exam just months after an accident that left him paralyzed.
Austin Brotman, whose neck was injured during a family trip to Florida, completed the test with the help of an assistant who transcribed his responses. “Because of his injury, he had to figure out the math problems in his head,” writes Keith Sharon of the Orange County Register. The full story is here.
And these are some of the other education news stories we’ve been tracking this week:
- About 20 students from OCDE’s alternative education program took part in a pickup basketball game that included college standouts and former pros.
- Twenty-nine middle and high schools from Orange County have been honored by the state as 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools.
- Teachers and classified staff from the Santa Ana Unified School District rallied before Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting to protest proposed layoffs.
- Eleven teams of area high schoolers recently participated in a home construction contest organized by the North Orange County ROP.
- OCDE is looking for student-artists to submit design ideas for the cover of its next public schools directory.
- Mentored by peers from Dana Hills High, about 185 students with special needs from the Capistrano district competed in a number of track-and-field events during the district’s Special Olympics at Dana’s Spencer Stadium.
- A student from Sunny Hills High founded the school’s first table tennis club, which is preparing for its inaugural spring tournament finals this month.
And for more education news stories, visit news.ocde.us.