In the news: Earlier start dates in OC, Newsweek’s top high schools, Summer at the Center, ideal sleep times and more Ian Hanigan August 12, 2016 The first week of school is in the books for a handful of local districts, but that’s not the only education news this week. Here are a few stories you might have missed: A number of Orange County school districts have shifted to earlier start dates in recent years, citing benefits including more time for students to study for their Advanced Placement exams. Newsweek magazine has released its latest rundown of America’s Top Public High Schools, and a dozen schools from Orange County made the list. Cal State Fullerton and the Anaheim Union High School District have teamed up to offer the Summer Language Academy, aimed at teaching and supporting English learners in grades nine and 10. Some medical experts are predicting disease rates will drop in California as a result of the new vaccination law limiting personal belief exemptions. What’s the ideal amount of sleep for kids heading back to school? The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed a set of sleep guidelines for children from four months to 18 years. Summer at the Center, which gives at-risk youth an opportunity to participate in theater under the direction of arts professionals, capped its 25th year with impressive student performances. After years of planning and development, the Fullerton School District launched its first dual-immersion program at Raymond Elementary School.