Weekly roundup: Mendez memorial funding approved, Santa Ana Unified launches superintendent search, and more

The Westminster City Council this week approved funding of $450,000 to help build the Mendez Historic Freedom Trail and Monument.

The memorial will honor the Mendez v. Westminster case that ended segregation in California public schools. It will eventually be constructed along a 2.5-mile stretch along Hoover Avenue onto Westminster Avenue.

replica of a muralOCDE is teaming up with Westminster to create content and curriculum for the project, which will include interactive learning stations for students and other visitors.

The city is hoping to secure additional funding and state grants before it can break ground either later this year or early next year.

During the City Council meeting, Jasmine Chhabria, a ninth-grade student from Irvine’s Northwood High School, performed her symbolic re-enactment of the landmark legal case on school desegregation, a presentation she calls “Mendez vs. Westminster: Conflict and Compromise in Segregated Education,” according to an article on OrangeCountyTribune.com.

Here are some other education stories for the week ending July 12.

  • The Santa Ana Unified School District is launching a national search for a new superintendent. Stefanie Phillips announced her resignation at the board’s June 25 meeting.
  • In the first grade, Nicholas D’Sa told his teacher that one of his goals in life was to become a good speller. Years later, the Tustin student would go on to become one of the top spellers in the nation.
  • The number of California students enrolled in private schools has fallen by nearly 25 percent since 2000 – dragged down by a significant drop in the number of students attending religious schools.
  • California State University is accepting applications from students enrolled in teacher preparation programs who want to spend a year in a residency program and receive a $10,000 scholarship in exchange for promising to teach in a high-needs school for two years.

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