Weekly roundup: Laguna district explores partnership with Irvine Valley College, L.A. teachers strike continues, and more

Laguna Beach High School could become the latest campus to offer its students college credits through a partnership with Irvine Valley College.

An image of paper in a typewriter with the words "Orange County Education News"As reported in the Daily Pilot, the Laguna Beach Unified school board heard a presentation this week about a potential dual-enrollment agreement that would bring IVC instructors and courses to the high school as soon as this summer. Under the plan, students could take speech and debate, sign language, chorale performance, psychology and biotechnology classes that meet CSU and UC requirements, and the tuition would be waived.

The Daily Pilot says IVC already has similar partnerships with the Saddleback Valley, Irvine, Tustin and Capistrano Unified school districts. The board is expected to hear additional details and take action in February.

And here are some other education stories we’ve been following this week:

  • Over the next five months, Orange County students will take part in scores of local, state and national contests that will test their knowledge and sharpen their skills in just about every academic subject. The OCDE Newsroom offers this rundown of what academic events are coming up from now through June.
  • As part of an increased focus on mental health, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is posting suicide prevention posters at its middle and high school campuses. The posters advise students on how to get help if they feel anxious, depressed or inclined to harm themselves.
  • Seven months after breaking ground on a new science center at Orange High School, Orange Unified leaders marked the start of construction on a similar facility for Villa Park High School — and they’re not done.
  • The Los Angeles Unified teachers’ strike entered day five on Friday, with district leaders and union officials reportedly still distanced on issues including salary and staffing. Yet, as the Los Angeles Times reports, there are some hopeful signs a deal will be reached.
  • The Brea Olinda Unified school board is considering renaming Fanning Elementary School following questions concerning the campus’ namesake and an ongoing public debate. District officials say a new name would reflect the school’s recent focus on computer science.
  • A Los Angeles-based organization has filed suit against the Huntington Beach City School District, alleging two students weren’t allowed to hand out fliers promoting Bring Your Bible to School Day. The district contends it gave permission to distribute the fliers before and after school in accordance with its policy.
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