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Congresswoman honors Lincoln Middle School students’ efforts 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee honored Alameda middle school for its ongoing contribution to improving the environment. Through the Ocean Guardian program, which is run by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lincoln Middle School students are replacing invasive plants along the San Leandro Bay shoreline with native ones, as well as picking up trash. 

On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous landmark ruling in the Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley case raising the standards of progress for students in special education. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that students only need to make minimal progress and found that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) “requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” 

The Alameda Sun received reports last week from parents and teachers about a pair of incidents that involved the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The first involved a memorandum sent to teachers on the heels of the Feb. 11 gas leak at Encinal High School (EHS). The second concerned the behavior of a substitute teacher at Lincoln Middle School two days later.