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IUSD in the News: Timing and cost considerations are part of fifth high school discussion

The Irvine World News had a nice piece on Tuesday about IUSD's plans for a fifth comprehensive high school, the two locations currently being considered and some of the timing and cost considerations. The story, written by reporter Jordan Graham, is also on the Orange County Register's website and can be accessed here with a subscription.

IUSD in the News: Venado Middle School teacher helps students connect with music

A Venado Middle School teacher is the subject of a nice feature story on the Orange County Register’s website. Reporter Lauren Jow penned the profile on Brendan McBrien, who has taught music for more than 25 years and composed hundreds of original songs. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Sometimes Brendan McBrien, 52, wakes in the middle of the night, struck by the ghost of a melody floating fleetingly through his head.

County educators express optimism about the new Common Core instructional standards

IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker was among a handful of local education leaders to take part in a three-hour county presentation on the new Common Core instructional standards Thursday. The public forum, held in Newport Beach and titled "Transformational Change in Education,” sought to demystify the new standards, which will place more of an emphasis on thinking critically and creatively, articulating positions, taking intellectual risks and collaborating effectively.

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