In The News

The following collection of education related articles gleaned from local and national newspapers is provided to educators as a service of the Riverside County Office of Education.

STATE: Teachers could get a bigger deduction–or lose it…

Right now, teachers can deduct up to $250 of classroom related expenses paid out of pocket, but the future of that deduction – called the Educator Expense Deduction – is in flux. There are two versions of the proposed tax… Read full article at KPCC

STATE: Bounty of Promise Programs in California

California’s Legislature and governor may have officially signed off on covering tuition costs for the first year of community college last month, but many of the state’s colleges have already been offering some type of tuition-free program on their own.… Read full article at Inside Higher Ed

NATIONAL: To Be ‘Proficient’ in Illinois, You Have to…

Illinois has decided that in order to be considered “proficient” on its statewide high school test, students will have to earn a higher score on the SAT than the one that’s correlated with college readiness. The decision has touched a… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: For Many Puerto Ricans, College Plans Washed Away…

Yerianne Roldán wants to be a graphic designer, or maybe a writer, or maybe both. Her good friend and classmate, Zuleyka Avila, has already made up her mind. She's going to be a pediatrician. Those plans hit a bump in… Read full article at NPR

Inland schools win 10 Golden Bell awards

Ten Inland education programs took home Golden Bell awards from the California School Boards Association. For the past 38 years, the Golden Bell awards have recognized successful programs at individual schools, school boards, districts and county offices. More than 50… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Inland educators excited – but wary – about…

The White House’s pledge to spend $200 million on science, math and computer education could potentially transform U.S. classrooms, but educators are waiting to celebrate until they know how the money will be spent. “I think it’s positive that the… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

group applauds student receiving award

These 32 Riverside students are ready to become…

They’re still in high school, but these students are now graduates of a Latino leadership program. The 32 junior and senior Riverside high school students completed the Latino Network’s 11th Annual Leadership Institute. They were recognized at a Thursday, Nov.… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

STATE: Songs about computer coding? It’s what happens when…

When Zane D’Amico enrolled at Renaissance Arts Academy in 2011, he expected the Los Angeles charter school to help him enhance his skills as a cellist. What he didn’t expect was that two years later the school would adopt a… Read full article at EdSource

NATIONAL: Testing required at private schools in Nevada choice…

Standardized tests are a given in public school, and they're mandatory for Nevada private schools participating in the state's budding school-choice program. "We're not one of those schools that find testing expectations to be onerous or unacceptable," said Sue Blakeley,… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

NATIONAL: In High School Darkrooms, Shedding Light on a…

Sudani Ausby, a junior at the High School of Fashion Industries in Chelsea, squinted as she emerged from the darkroom holding a freshly printed 8-by-10 photograph. She had used a decades-old Pentax film camera with a 35-millimeter lens to shoot… Read full article at The New York Times

California Desert Chorale ‘Friends in Song’

Now in their 25th season, California Desert Chorale presented their annual "Friends in Song" Fall Fundraiser which helps support their scholarship and intern programs. This vibrant afternoon of song was held at Kirkjan Family Hall of St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Perris High teen killed in collision with sheriff’s…

A 15-year-old Perris High school student killed Thursday night, Nov. 16, after a collision with a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department patrol car in Perris was one of three collisions between patrol cars and pedestrians in Southern California that night. On… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise