In the news: Marina students build a viking ship, governor nixes exit exam and more

Another Friday is upon us, and that means we’ve got a few headlines you may have missed.

  • Under the direction of their ambitious shop teacher, students at Marina High School are hand-crafting a full-scale Viking ship that they plan to launch in Huntington Harbour in the spring.
  • “Parents University,” a series of monthly classes hosted by the Huntington Beach Union High School District, covers a number of important topics for moms and dads with teenagers.
  • In the NewsPetitioners within the Orange Unified School District are seeking to overturn a provisional school board appointment and calling for a special election. Meanwhile, a similar effort is underway in the North Orange County Community College District.
  • Newport-Mesa Unified’s Davis Magnet School recently displayed its campus garden for fellow participants in the Ecology Center’s Grow Your Own! Program, which supports school gardens with mentorship, curriculum and resources.
  • As we posted here on the OCDE Newsroom, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill officially suspending the California High School Exit Exam. The law calls for school districts to grant diplomas to students who didn’t pass the test but met all other graduation requirements, dating back to the 2003-04 school year.
  • The New York Times reports that schools across the country are adding dual-language programs to give students an edge on their skills in a competitive work force.