In the news: 140 OC schools awarded Gold Ribbon, Newport Harbor HS cooking team set for nationals Staff reports April 15, 2016 Ready the roundup, it’s Friday! Take a look at the top stories in education news this week: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the list of the Gold Ribbon Schools for 2016, and nearly 20 percent of them are from Orange County. A team of students from Newport Harbor High School will represent California in a national competition, where 350 students will test their skills in cooking or restaurant management. OCDE has become the nation’s first K-12 educational entity to upgrade to a 100-gigabit connection. A state appeals court rejected a lawsuit brought by a non-profit organization, which claimed California laws protecting teacher tenure robbed students of their right to a quality education. The 31st annual Imagination Celebration kicks off April 16, showcasing performing arts events and art exhibits that emphasize the value of artistic expression and imagination. And finally, Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares is encouraging students, educators and community members to help OCDE reach its ambitious goal of registering one billion acts of kindness.