In the news: Education community mourns loss of influential leader, OC schools granted career pathways funding and more Staff reports May 29, 2015 It’s Friday, May 29, and here are some local education stories from this past week. The education community mourns the loss of former Orange County Superintendent John F. Dean, who died last week at age 89. California has awarded millions of dollars through the California Career Pathways Trust to the second round of winners, including $12.6 million to three OC school districts. Located within the confines of Orange County Juvenile Hall, OCDE’s Otto A. Fischer School seeks to be path to graduation, redemption and a better life for the 265 students enrolled, including Erik, 18. Although Sarika Rau, a 13-year-old from Sierra Vista Middle School in Irvine, was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee this past week, she is already focused on competing again next year. Former San Clemente High Principal Michael Halt tells the Orange County Register he can’t discuss his dismissal. Meanwhile, one board member has called for an independent review. In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, here’s an article highlighting the work of three exceptional teachers.