Weekly roundup: Trustee area changes, school start dates and more

The Tustin Unified Board of Education this week approved a new district map with five distinct trustee areas, putting that district on track to abandon at-large elections by 2018.

TypewriterAccording to the Orange County Register story, TUSD board members looked at four possible maps designed by Glendale-based National Demographics Corp. before selecting one that will be considered next month by the Orange County Committee on School District Organization. The change could potentially force two current trustees to compete for the same district seat in 2020, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is working on redrawing its trustee area boundaries to better balance their populations.

And here are some other education stories from the week ending July 14:

  • Some local students on year-round schedules returned to school earlier this week, but most OC campuses will reopen in August. (Follow the link to find the OCDE Newsroom’s list of district start dates.)
  • With the California Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal, parents at Palm Lane Elementary in Anaheim can move forward with plans to convert their school into a charter.
  • Dr. Jack Bedell was selected to serve a one-year term as president of the Orange County Board of Education and fellow trustee David Boyd was named vice president at the board’s July meeting.
  • Federal education law requires states to disclose whether disadvantaged students have a higher proportion of ineffective teachers, but there’s disagreement in California over how to define “ineffective.”
  • A recent study suggests some schools in California aren’t reporting data that would show whether they’re complying with state and federal laws designed to ensure girls have equal opportunities to participate in sports.

For more education news stories, visit news.ocde.us.