Noon Hour Update: Common Core education standards; Sierra’s Emergency Fund; Labor Day law enforcement and ARD race

What’s happening and what we’re working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for our Sunday and online editions.

What we’re working on: More critical thinking and better preparation for postsecondary education for students are just a few of the objectives of the Common Core program, which is being instituted not in only in California, but throughout the country. Reporter Amber Marra will have a story on this program and how it is making teachers develop a new approach to how they work in the classroom.

Amber will also be highlighting Sierra College’s Emergency Fund. This program is working to raise $250,000 for students who have sudden financial emergencies.

With the Labor Day weekend comes a heightened law enforcement presence making sure everyone on the road is safe. Reporter Gus Thomson and photographer Michael Kirby will be riding with officers who are on the lookout for people driving under the influence. Gus will have a report on what law enforcement is seeing this weekend.

Four faces are vying for three seats on the Auburn Recreation District board in the November election and Gus has a story on who’s running.

In Lifestyle Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili will have a profile on the Junior Livestock Auction that will take place during the Gold Country Fair.

Online this weekend Auburn Journal Newsmakers sits down with Gold Country Fair CEO Laurie Johnson to talk about the fair and its impact on the city and what it has to offer this year.

Polling your Labor Day plans: What are you doing this upcoming holiday weekend? Take our poll and let us know on the lower half of our homepage next to sports. Get your vote in now because this poll is heading out for the weekend at 5 p.m. Friday.

What you’re talking about: Our story about three Placer High School Hall of Fame inductees has readers wishing them the best so far today, and in the Letters to the Editor section, one of our most read letters so far today is “Mediocrity in the classroom.” Read these and more and share your thoughts.

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