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    NEWSLETTERS

    The kids are heading back to school and all this week NBC4 is dedicated to helping parents and their children get ready. Getting ready means shopping for back to school clothes. Retailers are raising prices an average of ten percent. But NBC4's Jennifer Bjorklund shows us how cash strapped customers can score some great deals. In fact, the clothes these kids are wearing are all under $20. (Published Friday, Aug. 19, 2011)

    Start the School Day

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    How to Keep School Lunches Safe

    [LA] How to Keep School Lunches Safe
    Jennifer Bjorklund looks into how to keep packed lunches at a safe temperature. (Published Friday, Aug. 19, 2011)

    Traffic: Traffic Page | Follow @SeanNBCLA

    Issues Facing California's Schools

    Affordable School Tech Needs

    [LA] Affordable School Tech Needs
    It's back to school time. Yes, older kids need tech stuff. No, it doesn't have to bankrupt you. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011)

    Superintendent Defends Teacher Evaluations: Superintendent John Deasy said only a portion of the evaluation would be student performance. Blog Post

    California's Parent Trigger: One hot topic in education policy here in California is the so-called "parent trigger," which allows parents to demand changes in failing schools if a majority of them sign petitions. Blog Post

    Back to School: Savings Online

    [LA] Back to School: Savings Online
    Mommy Blogger Jessica Gottlieb lends a few tips on where to go online to buy back to school supplies. (Published Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011)

    LAUSD Budget Crunch Could Cost School Days: John Deasy hasn’t even worked a full year as the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Superintendent and he’s already facing a tough test. Full Story

    California Schools Shaken And Stressed: This has to do with a last-minute budget bill one prominent lobbyist describes as "ugly stuff." Blog Post

    LAUSD Rehires Some Teachers: Some 450 elementary school teachers will be rehired "in time for the 2011-2012" school year, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced Aug. 5. Full Story

    Schedule Experiment for 3 High Schools: Three San Fernando Valley high schools experiment with "balanced traditional" schedule. Full Story

    Link: State Education Department Blueprint for Great Schools

    Shopping and Saving

    Search Engine Designed to Help Busy Moms: Rita Mauceri from DotComs For Moms discusses back to school savings. Full Story

    Bargain Hunting Strategies: This back-to-school shopping trip landed two moms at a 99 Cent Only store. Full Story

    Back-to-School Trends: You've put it off as long as you could. Time to check some items off that shopping list. Video

    Student Health

    LAUSD Offers Free Whooping Cough Vaccines: New vaccine rules come on the heels of a brutal bout of whooping cough in 2010, which saw the highest number of cases since 1947. Full Story, Full Story

    New Vaccine Regulations: Dr. Bruce Hensel looks at the new state requirements for student vaccinations. Video

    How to keep school lunches safe: Video

    Link: CDC Vaccines for Children Program | Vaccination Schedule

    Link: LAUSD Tdap Booster Shots

    Link: Bullying and Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention

    Schools and Technology

    Find Deals on Back-to-School Tech Needs: Back-to-school tech needs don't have to cost a fortune, says a local expert. Full Story

    Should Teachers "Friend" Students on Facebook?: That's a question facing many school districts, including LAUSD. Full Story

    $1,000 iMac for Schools, Bulk Buys: Apple is releasing a sub-$1000 iMac for schools and those purchasing more than a few of the desktops. Blog Post

    Walnut: One of the best small cities in the country and a great place for schools. Full Story

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