Weekly roundup: A state spending proposal, a makeup assignment in La Habra, court news and more Ian Hanigan January 8, 2016 You want headlines? We’ve got headlines. Here’s the latest roundup of what’s happening in the world of education: Governor Jerry Brown’s spending plan for 2016-17 would provide a $5.4 billion boost to California’s K-14 public school system. It also calls for some flexibility in the allocation of early education funds. A teacher at La Habra Middle School assigns her students the complex task of building their own cosmetic companies. Anthony Rendon, the next speaker of the California Assembly, wants to use his position to focus on early childhood education. A study by a Princeton psychology and public affairs professor suggests bullying campaigns may be more effective when students, especially popular ones, are involved. The website EdSource published a forecast of major education issues to watch in 2016, along with its predictions. After years of delays, an appeals court will finally hear arguments in a pair of recession-era lawsuits that claim the state of California underfunded education. In other court news, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving four Orange County teachers who are challenging the constitutionality of mandatory union dues. A forensic/mock trial club in the Laguna Beach Unified School District is participating in a year-long investigation exercise with the help of a robot in another state.