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State's new funding formula designed to direct additional dollars to students in need

California’s budget for 2013-14 has brought major changes to the way school funding is allocated, with the goal of channeling greater resources to the students who need them most. At this week’s Board of Education meeting, Alan Schlichting, IUSD’s director of student support services, offered an overview of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula and what it means for Irvine.

It's official: IUSD's Stonegate Elementary School has earned a national Blue Ribbon

IUSD’s newest elementary school is also its newest National Blue Ribbon School.

Stonegate Elementary learned on Tuesday morning that it was among 286 campuses from across the U.S. to have earned what is widely considered the nation’s high level of recognition for public and private schools. Only 15 schools in California were named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and just two were recognized from Orange County.

Board Briefs: School board weighs in on use of Common Core implementation funds

The Board of Education on Tuesday discussed how best to use $5.8 million in available state funding for the implementation of the California Common Core instructional standards. The Common Core standards are part of a national movement aimed at promoting learning on a much deeper level, with a shift toward critical thinking, creativity, articulating positions and collaboration.

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