In the news: Exit Exam requirement eliminated, educational funding restored and more

NewspaperIt’s Friday, Aug. 28, and we bring you some headlines of interest from the past week.

  • The Santa Ana Unified School District is the first Orange County district to try out TutorMate, an online literacy-tutoring program that connects volunteers through Skype during the school day.
  • An elementary school in Westminster has opened registration for their Vietnamese dual-immersion program to kindergarten students both within and outside district boundaries.
  • Unity Middle College High charter school in Orange will partner with Santiago Canyon College to provide college courses to high school students.
  • More educational funding in California means schools are able to restore programs lost during the recession.
  • Research showing that teens who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to use tobacco has public health officials working to develop effective counter-campaigns against a product often viewed as a safe, socially acceptable alternative to smoking.
  • Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill this week eliminating the California High School Exit Exam requirement for seniors in the class of 2015.