Weekly roundup: Anonymous donation provides aid for local homeless high school youth; California’s ‘Cradle-to-Career’ program; and more

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Thanks to an anonymous donation, a local high school school will soon be able to provide increased help to families and youth who do not have permanent homes.

Under a new partnership with Project Hope Alliance, Huntington Beach High School will receive $600,000 in funding to provide support to the school’s homeless youth population. Issued in annual allocations over the next three years, the money will be used to hire and house three Project Hope Alliance case managers on the school’s campus. The case managers — who can work with up to 30 students at a time — will provide resources and services to families experiencing homelessness.

But why Huntington Beach?

While the high school may be known for educating students in some of the county’s most affluent neighborhoods, according to a recent article in the Orange County Register, around 3,000 Huntington Beach High students live at motels, in trailers parked in a relative’s driveway, or RV’s in Walmart parking lots.

The school has identified about 30 students who qualify for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reports the Register, and new funding will directly aid this student population.

And here are some of the other education stories we are following this week:

  • A new COVID-19 variant that goes by the name Omicron has a number of mutations that could impact how contagious it is and the ability of immune systems to protect from infection, according to the California Department of Public Health.
  • For the second time in recent months, the Orange County Board of Education is mounting a legal challenge to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related state of emergency declaration, the Daily Pilot reports.
  • And finally, some of California’s largest school districts are trying an unconventional tactic to help students re-engage in school after distance learning and boost their chances of acceptance into the state’s public colleges by dropping D and F grades.

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