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From the Desk of Al Mijares


County superintendent on the recent settlement agreement with the OC Board of Ed (Mar. 18, 2021​)
County superintendent on elementary school waiver approval process (Aug. 7, 2020)
County superintendent on OC Board of Ed’s decision to sue governor (July 29, 2020)
County superintendent addresses OC Board’s reopening recommendations (July 13, 2020)
County superintendent recommends remote learning this school year (April 1, 2020)
County superintendent supports extending student dismissals (March 20, 2020)​
County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares addresses the state of OCDE’s budget​ (Dec. 5, 2019)​

Published commentary 

The truth about the OCDE settl​ement: Al Mijares (Orange County Register, April 3, 2021)
During coronavirus epidemic, let’s reimagine what’s possible for our students (EdSource, April 6, 2020)
Positive outcomes in Orange County education (Orange County Register, Feb. 28, 2020)
Orange County schools deserve better than costly legal fights (Orange County Register, Jan. 29, 2020) 
Later school start times is no solution for teenagers (CalMatters, Oct. 4, 2019)
Here's what's actually going on with th​​​​​​e OCDE budget (Orange County Register, Aug. 12, 2019)
A Transformative Experience: Students and Nature (Ten Strands, July 2, 2018)
New system of support contributes to student success (EdSource, Sept. 13, 2017)
CSU's less demanding algebra policy sends wrong message to all students (Orange County Register, Aug. 25, 2017)​​

OCDE Newsroom columns​​

OCDE's College and Career Preparatory Academy offers a fresh start for young adults (April 5, 2022)
New website, The 101, created to help families unpack complex education issues (December 22, 2021)​
Orange County's classified employees go above and beyond to support student success ​(May 16, 2021)
A year of distress and disruption also highlighted our resilience ​(Dec. 28, 2020)​
Public space honoring Mendez v. Westminster will bring communities together (Oct. 11, 2020)
We must unite and create the change we want to see (June 3, 2020)
OC teachers are modeling the traits we hope to instill in students (May 4, 2020)
New science standards empower students to investigate their world (Feb. 18, 2020)
Participating in the 2020 census is easy, confidential and critically important (Dec. 17, 2019)
Healthy students are better learners — and more likely to become healthy adults (Oct. 21, 2019)
Thousands attend conference in pursuit of equitable and inclusive learning environments (Aug. 29, 2019)
Educators must be change-agents, advocates for vulnerable student populations (June 26, 2019)
Classified school employees lay the foundation for teaching and learning (May 19, 2019)
Orange County well-positioned to combat human trafficking and exploitation (Feb. 24, 2019)
Career pathways merge technology with creativity to meet human needs (Dec. 18, 2018)
Orange County students are making a difference through kindness (Oct. 18, 2019)
Classified School Employee Week honors those who make learning possible (May 21, 2018)