Weekly roundup: Santa Ana High teacher receives Grammy nod, suspension rates falling and more

At Santa Ana High School, Victor de los Santos not only serves as a music instructor, he’s also a mentor, and often, a father figure to many of his students.

Since he began working at the school, the teacher has grown the music conservatory, and added a mariachi program.

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All this has garnered him one of the greatest honors for music teachers in the nation. Santos was recently recently named among 24 semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

The winner will be named in January, and flown to New York to attend the 60th annual Grammy Awards show.

The Daily Pilot chronicled in an article this week Santos’ impact on his students at Santa Ana High.

“I told the kids what brings me more pride is not that my name is there but that it’s associated with Santa Ana High School,” Santos told the Daily Pilot. “The school gets a bad rap and it’s sad — there’s so many great things happening here.”

Check out some of the other school news stories from across Orange County for the week ending Nov. 3.

  • Gerald “Jerry” Arriola, a passionate educator who opened Century High School in 1987 and was the first Mexican-American principal of Santa Ana High School, has died at the age of 74.
  • Overhauled instructional standards for English learners have brought new assessments, which are now being evaluated by a diverse group of educators, test experts and policymakers.

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