South Coast Educators Getting Educated About New State Science Standards

Class is in session for science teacher Roger Newell. The 8th grade teacher at Oak Park’s Medea Creek Middle School has been an educator for more than three decades, but today he’s one of the students, so to speak, learning about a new approach to teaching science being implemented in California. Hundreds of educators are at a Ventura County Office of Education conference in Camarillo looking at California’s new science standards, and how to implement them in classrooms.

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An environmental group says it’s reached a settlement with an oil company over concern that stormwater runoff from a South Coast oil field was running into nearby watershed.

The Environmental Defense Center filed a lawsuit saying that runoff from the 5700 acre South Mountain oil field near Santa Paula was violating state law. The deal calls for the California Resources Corporation to put pollution controls in place on drilling pads, roads, and other pollution sources.

The company also agreed to develop a monitoring program, to insure clean water standards are being met.

The search for a missing Southern California boy has moved to Santa Barbara County.

Five year old Aramazd Andressian Junior of South Pasadena was last seen on April 15th, when his father picked him up at the Baldwin Park Police Department in a custody exchange.

Aramazd Andressian failed to return the child, leading to the start of a big search over the weekend. Officials say the man has been uncooperative with authorities. Investigators discovered that the father was at Lake Cachuma last Friday.

A financially troubled South Coast based classical music organization has decided to temporarily suspend plans for a new season, as leaders try to sort out its future.

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is exploring options ranging from going ahead with the 2017-18 season as planned, paring down the number of performances, or shuttering the organization permanently.

Class is in session for science teacher Roger Newell.

The 8th grade teacher at Oak Park’s Medea Creek Middle School has been an educator for more than three decades, but today he’s one of the students, so to speak, learning about a new approach to teaching science being implemented in California.

Hundreds of educators are at a Ventura County Office of Education conference in Camarillo looking at California’s new science standards, and how to implement them in classrooms.

A Ventura County man convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter for a traffic collision which left one person dead, and two seriously injured has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.

Prosecutors say David Andrade-Ruiz was driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding when he lost control of his car on Highway 33 near Matilija Canyon Road. The vehicle smashed into the side of the road.

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Class is in session for science teacher Roger Newell.

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Hundreds of educators are at a Ventura County Office of Education conference in Camarillo looking at California’s new science standards, and how to implement them in classrooms.

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Donald Trump won the presidency back in November, but for many liberal organizations, the battle continues. A loose network of lawyers and watchdogs has dug in to scrutinize issues involving the Trump administration's ethics and transparency.

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