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Friday, August 17, 2018

California often leads the nation in innovation, including in our public schools. But in the key area of high school testing, several other states have progressed beyond California when it comes to making these assessments more relevant and meaningful to students and their families.

In support of college readiness, states like Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine and Michigan have received the federal government’s blessing to administer the SAT as part of their state-adopted assessment program. More and more states like these are exercising greater local control when it comes to assessing students in grade 11, and importantly, they are doing so while respecting the needs of special education students and English language learners.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

White sharks are being sighted off the California coast more than ever before. As the species interacts more and more with humans, researchers find themselves in need of more funding—and beachgoers will have to reevaluate their relationship with an animal most famous for its villainous role on the silver screen.

When writer Peter Benchley heard about a 4,550-pound shark that was caught near Montauk in 1964, he became fascinated. He jumped aboard fishing boats to hear stories of great white encounters, dove in cages to get looks up close, and eventually wrote his own fictional narrative in 1974, titled Jaws. The subsequent 1975 Steven Spielberg film—about a rogue, 25-foot-long white shark that developed a taste for human flesh and terrorized a small New England town—ignited a fear of sharks that has lasted for generations.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Assemblymember O’Donnell responds to latest development in the effort to keep Community Hospital Long Beach operational 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

California budget includes funds for CSULB Shark Lab

 

(Sacramento) –The 2018-19 budget approved by the Legislature Thursday includes Assemblymember O’Donnell’s request for funding to research the increased number of shark sightings along the California coast.

The budget includes $3.75 million for the world-renowned California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab to conduct research of the rising number of shark sightings and incidents in local waters.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Chair of Assembly Education Committee is pleased that the state is living within its means while prioritizing funding for schools