One San Diego Mother’s Battle For Her Dyslexic Son

“Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability.

Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son.

Ten year-old Zachary White is in the fifth grade. He sits in his tutor’s classroom and reads aloud from “Charlotte’s Web.”

“One of the pigs is a runt. It’s very small and weak and will never amount to anything,” he reads.

Today, Zachary can read at his grade level, but that took years of work. Zachary is dyslexic.”

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San Ysidro School District Teacher Strike Enters Third Day

 

“Teachers were on the picket lines for the third straight day Friday after talks broke down this week between the San Ysidro School District and the union.

Teachers gathered Friday morning outside the district headquarters across from San Ysidro Middle School. Later in the morning, parents and students walked the mile and a half from San Ysidro’s Willow Elementary School to the district offices to show support for the striking teachers.”

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San Ysidro School District Teachers Strike

“Teachers in the San Ysidro School District went on strike Wednesday after last-minute negotiations with the school district failed to produce a new contract.

“Teachers are being forced to pay for the mistakes that our school board has been making all this time,” said Ray Lozada who was one of 44 teachers striking at Willow Elementary, the largest school in the San Ysidro district. Lozada is a seventh grade history teacher.”

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San Ysidro Teachers Strike Possible; Contract Talks Resume Tuesday

“Students in the San Ysidro School District went back to school Tuesday after a mid-session break, but their teachers are on the verge of a strike.

The school district and the teachers union are at odds over pay, the length of the school year and class sizes. They resumed contract negotiations at 9 a.m. Tuesday, but both sides are preparing for a strike.”

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New Law Lets Community Colleges Offer 4-Year Bachelor Degrees

“One of the many laws Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend makes it possible for some community colleges to offer bachelor degrees. California Senate Bill 850 is being called a higher education game changer.

On the bill’s long journey into law, not one person voted “no” in any of its committees or on either floor of the state Senate or Assembly.

The new law allows the California chancellor of community colleges to choose 15 community colleges to be the first California community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree.”

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San Diego Unified Sees Large Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

“About 1,500 children were cared for at St. Vincent de Paul Village last year, and about 40 percent were younger than 5, a spokesman for the charity announced Wednesday.

In San Diego, the Unified School District said about 3,000 students classified as homeless attended school last year. This year that number has grown to 5,448.

The figures were released in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Education report on homeless children in public schools that found 1.3 million youths living on the streets, “couch surfing” or part of multiple families sharing a home or motel room, up from 8 percent in 2011-12 — the most recent year for which data is available.”

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Educators at STEM Symposium Work to Bridge Achievement Gaps

“More than 3,000 educators have come to San Diego for the second annual STEM Symposium. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation is hosting the event for its second year.

This year’s theme is closing the gender achievement gap in STEM studies and professions. According to Education Week, boys and men still far outnumber girls and women in STEM studies and professions.”

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