News Releases from the Ventura County Office of Education

Here are the latest news releases issued by the Ventura County Office of Education. See older items using the buttons at the bottom of the page. Or search by keyword using the search box below.

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Archive by author: Dave SchermerReturn
She Escaped a World of Gang Violence to Build a Better Life
By the time she was sixteen, Destiny Sausedo had lived through the death of her brother in a drive-by shooting and the loss of her mother to a drug overdose. Before she died, her mom was often incapacitated by drugs and Destiny was her primary caregiver. “I was a little girl taking care of my mom w...
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First Generation College Student is Building His American Dream
Jesus Martinez remembers taking trips to Malibu with his mom when he was younger – not to enjoy the beach or the restaurants, but to help with her job cleaning houses and hotel rooms. “I grew up fast and I lost a lot of my childhood because I had to work at a really young age,” he says.
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After a Loved One's Death, She's Using Her Talents for Good
When Jamie Gregory was 11, her beloved uncle Jimmy died of a heroin overdose at the young age of 31. "I was super close to my uncle," she says. "It was really hard for my whole family because he was battling drug addiction for years. He would get better and then he would relapse so ma...
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New Car Graduation Protocol Issued by Ventura County Public Health
Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) today released a revised protocol regarding vehicle celebrations for graduations and other special observances. The protocol has been modified to allow graduates to briefly exit their vehicles on a timed schedule to receive their diplomas. Diplomas may be distribu...
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Somis District Names Dr. Jesus Vaca as New Superintendent
After an extensive search, the Somis Union School District Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Jesus Vaca as their new district Superintendent/Principal.   Dr. Vaca has 29 years of experience in education. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal at the Elementary, Middle ...
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VCOE Statement on Potential Early Reopening of School Campuses
On April 29, 2020, the California Department of Education announced it is studying options for reopening school campuses after Governor Newsom suggested they could open as early as July or August. Many questions remain about the safety, fiscal and labor implications of reopening campuses before...
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$10,500 in Grants Available to Ventura County Teachers
Teachers in Ventura County are invited to apply for a share of $10,500 in grants that reward innovative teaching methods. The IMPACT II grant program is accepting applications through April 2, 2020. Successful applicants will receive $500 for individual entries and $750 for team entries. Winning tea...
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St. Bonaventure Wins 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial
St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura is the winner of the 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial. St. Bonaventure emerged victorious after four days of competition that included teams from 26 high school throughout Ventura County. The Mock Trial results were announced this evening at an awards ceremony at...
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Four Remaining Teams to Face Off in Mock Trial Finals Tonight
Four local high school teams emerged victorious from Wednesday night’s semifinals of the 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial competition. The final four teams that will face off in tonight’s last round are: Oak Park Black St. Bonaventure High School Santa Susana Lincoln Westlake High SchoolT...
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Ventura County Mock Trial Semifinalists Announced
The eight high school teams that will advance to the semifinals of the 2020 Ventura County Mock Trial were announced today by the Ventura County Office of Education. The semifinalists received the eight highest scores of the teams participating in this year’s Mock Trial. Listed in order of the...
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