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FCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be accessible because of newspapers' subscription policies.

Mar 27, 2020

The Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees voted during an emergency meeting Thursday to use a distance learning model for nearly the remainder of the academic year.

Mar 27, 2020

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District intends to dismiss up to 46 educators, part of a series of cost-reducing measures to combat declining student enrollment and a potential $10.8 million deficit going into the 2020-21 school year.

Mar 27, 2020

With a basket full of seashells and a poem on hand, Stacie Anne Williams walked around a Rancho Santa Margarita neighborhood Wednesday, March 25, to visit her 27 kindergarten students from Trabuco Mesa Elementary.

Mar 27, 2020

East County school districts that were set to come back from spring back on Monday are instead now getting in gear for developing learning opportunities for their students.

Mar 27, 2020

The $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved late Wednesday will include $31 billion nationwide in assistance for K-12 and higher education and more than $4 billion for child care and Head Start.

Mar 27, 2020

The long-term closure of schools during the coronavirus outbreak has teachers scrambling to adapt as they shift to a remote model of learning that many districts are unprepared to put in place.

Mar 27, 2020

Citing the coronavirus emergency, the L.A. teachers union on Thursday called for a moratorium on new charter school approvals and a halt to new campus-sharing arrangements with charters.

Mar 26, 2020

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Mary C. Barlow announced Wednesday she is recommending Kern County’s 47 school districts extend public school closures through at least May 1 to help contain the spread of COVID-19, according to a news release.

Mar 26, 2020

Threats and expletives derailed plans for a Conejo Valley Unified School District board meeting on Tuesday when a virtual meeting system was taken over by online trolls. Minutes before the school board meeting was set to begin on Zoom, a virtual events platform, the screen and microphone were taken over by images of Adolf Hitler and racial slurs. There were also threats made to board members and their children in this so-called "Zoombombing."

Mar 26, 2020

Students in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties will wait a bit longer before classes resume. Superintendents for both districts said Wednesday that the closures will continue.

Mar 26, 2020

Alisal Union School District named acting superintendent and former U.S. Army officer Jim Koenig superintendent amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 26, 2020

Marin schools have extended the countywide school closure to May 1 to slow the spread of the new coronavirus “to the maximum extent,” county officials announced Wednesday.

Mar 26, 2020

Tamalpais Union High School District officials reported a smooth transition to remote learning this week in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Mar 26, 2020

Lodi Unified School District announced Wednesday afternoon that schools will remain closed through April 17. The district originally planned to reopen on April 6.

Mar 26, 2024

With a recession on the way, states and localities could be making severe cuts to public education over the next year — and many leaders don’t seem to realize it yet.

Mar 26, 2020

Eureka, Arcata, and McKinleyville schools are talking with students weekly and using Google Classroom to stay connected.

Mar 26, 2020

Not every student has received their tablet and parents and advocates fear those students will be left behind as schools scramble to move classrooms online amid the coronavirus virus outbreak that has shuttered nearly every school in California.

Mar 26, 2020

A small public school near Visalia remained open Tuesday despite the state Department of Education saying all California schools should “be closed to students at this time” as officials try to stem the spreading coronavirus.

Mar 26, 2020

With the strong possibility that schools will not open for the remainder of the school year, Sacramento-area districts are adjusting their plans and setting up distance learning programs. But many parents across the region are feeling angst over how late their schools are distributing work to students.

Mar 26, 2020

Life has changed in the uncharted territory of K-12 education as Inland Empire school districts scramble to find ways to continue teaching tens of thousands of students who are home-bound at least through the end of April — and as students adjust to new ways of learning.

Mar 26, 2020

The coordinated decision aligns the closure schedule for hundreds of schools and nearly 1 million students in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Mar 26, 2020

L.A. Unified Supt. Austin Beutner sent a message to employees Tuesday announcing that “the first known diagnosis of an LA Unified employee having COVID-19 was reported” to the district late Monday.

Mar 26, 2020

Overnight, the intense hands-on assistance required for their children’s education and physical needs was no longer available, and in many cases not suitable for online learning.

Mar 25, 2020

Those who contact the help line will have access to speak directly or leave a message for district nurses, elementary and high school counselors, mental health clinicians and Child Welfare and Attendance staff. Messages will be returned as soon as possible.

Mar 25, 2020

A plan to distribute laptops to parents of Capistrano Unified School District students to aid in virtual learning turned chaotic Tuesday, March 24, as people and their cars formed block-long lines at seven schools in the district’s south Orange County cities.

Mar 25, 2020

San Diego Unified will officially start conducting school online beginning on April 27. It is one of the first large area districts to announce a plan to return to grading and formal instruction.

Mar 25, 2020

Less than a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, one small rural school district in California remains open.

Mar 25, 2020

Some districts are still afraid of lawsuits if they are unable to appropriately educate special education students amid the coronavirus crisis.

Mar 25, 2020

Teachers and administrators tasked with delivering on the pledge to keep up instruction are bumping up against logistical hurdles, murky guidance and uneven resources.

Mar 24, 2020

Even as schools throughout California and the Central Coast remain closed by the COVID-19 pandemic, food programs continue to operate, feeding millions of children statewide.

Mar 24, 2020

As Marin schools work to provide remote learning for students amid the coronavirus pandemic, at least two school districts are scaling back online classes to give teachers more time for “learning and innovating,” officials said.

Mar 24, 2020

The mental toll of the coronavirus pandemic is unfolding inside homes throughout California, as students, parents and teachers learn to deal with a new normal of social distancing and remote learning.

Mar 24, 2020

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday, March 23 that schools will remain closed through May 1 as he charted a plan to ramp up the district’s capacity to deliver online learning for nearly 600,000 students.

Mar 24, 2020

San Ramon Valley teachers have ratified a three-year contract that gives them a 2.56 percent salary raise in the next year, the teachers’ union has announced. In an electronic vote held because of the coronavirus pandemic, 98.8 percent of the San Ramon Valley Education Association’s 1,451 voters approved the contract.

Mar 24, 2020

California’s two largest school districts are asking the state to give all public schools emergency funding to pay for “extraordinary costs” they are incurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, including at least $500 per student to fund distance learning.

Mar 24, 2020

The plan has been dashed by the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which experts say is pushing the U.S. into a recession. With the economy in flux, it’s difficult to know how big a hit California will take.

Mar 23, 2020

Ventura Unified School District did not serve lunch at its six school sites on Friday following Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders for Californians to shelter in place. All other school districts that had been serving lunch earlier in the week continued doing so.

Mar 23, 2020

Tucked inside the U.S. Senate’s coronavirus aid package is a provision that advocates say could upend special education for millions of students with disabilities.

Mar 23, 2020

Gov. Newsom’s March 19 stay at home order ensures that the last remaining schools that were open last week will be closed as of Monday affecting all of the state’s more than 6 million students.

Mar 23, 2020

The mental toll of the coronavirus pandemic is unfolding inside homes throughout California, as students, parents and teachers learn to deal with a new normal of social distancing and remote learning.

Mar 23, 2020

In California’s central San Joaquin Valley, the school choice movement is swelling, with more parents exploring charter, private, home and online schools.

Mar 23, 2020

Encore High School for the Arts, which was on the brink of closing amid severe financial and academic problems, can operate for another five years — as long as it meets certain conditions.

Mar 23, 2020

With almost all of California’s schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, nobody knows for sure when they’ll re-open. Here are ways some San Diego area parents and children are adapting.

Mar 23, 2020

The Sacramento Bee spoke with educators and homeschool managers who had advice for parents embarking on their new “teaching jobs.” Here’s what they had to say.

Mar 23, 2020

Fremont’s schools superintendent Kim Wallace on Friday announced her resignation, after nearly three years at the helm, according to a statement from the district and a letter sent to employees.

Mar 23, 2020

The Trump administration announced Friday that states will be allowed to cancel federally mandated standardized tests in K-12 schools for the current year, as part of an ongoing disruption of familiar student performance measures caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 23, 2020

The pot of invested money used to pay for hundreds of thousands of California public employee pensions has shrunk by $69 billion as coronavirus has squeezed global markets.

Mar 23, 2020

Even though campuses are closed, learning must continue. But the reality is complicated. As teachers scramble to adjust to an entirely new world of education, they are coming up against significant barriers.

Mar 20, 2020

When the clock struck 11 a.m. Thursday, Leslie Torres, along with her children and nieces, took a stroll through her west Bakersfield neighborhood. Her stroll with six of the nine children took them to West High School, one of several schools in the county offering free meals during the temporary closure.

Mar 20, 2020

Online tools are providing ways for teachers and parents in Tuolumne County to continue the education of their students while the coronavirus pandemic keeps them stuck at home.

Mar 20, 2020

All 20 school districts in Merced County ended classes to students on Thursday, to take special precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. With the closures, however, that did not mean work had come to an end for campus workers and others. At schools throughout Merced County, food service staff distributed walk up and drive up meals to students, many of whom depend on school meals to get daily nutrition.

Mar 20, 2020

Officials with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District are preparing distance learning plans to be ready for March 30, when students end their school break but will not be allowed to return to their classrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 20, 2020

The Planning Commission approved plans for the new project at its Thursday, March 19, meeting. About 100 of the housing units will be reserved exclusively for teachers who work for the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College or Cal State Long Beach.

Mar 20, 2020

Due to the shelter in place orders from Humboldt County Public Health today and the continued risk to community health posed by the coronavirus, all school districts in Humboldt County will continue to be closed at least through April 10.

Mar 20, 2020

As California K-12 schools closed this week to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, one group of students is particularly impacted by the loss of routine and specialized instruction: the nearly 800,000 public school students in special education programs.

Mar 20, 2020

With Gov. Gavin Newsom saying Tuesday that he thought it was unlikely that school will resume before summer, many students and parents questioned if their events — sports, dances, competitions — will be rescheduled at all.

Mar 20, 2020

With more than half a million L.A. Unified students at home for potentially the rest of the school year, availability of computers, internet access and tech-savvy leadership have become a determinant factor in whether students can continue effective learning.

Mar 20, 2020

Since L.A. Unified closed schools in an effort to hamper the spread of the spread of the new coronavirus, teachers acknowledge the transition to distance learning has been a mixed bag as the district scrambles to establish online coursework and coordinate student to-go meals.

Mar 19, 2020

All K-12 public school districts have extended their closure through May 1. The Ventura County Office of Education made the announcement on the extension for all 20 school districts on Wednesday. The hope is that school could be back in session May 4.

Mar 19, 2020

Already in deep transition following this week’s “shelter in place” order, Marin’s education community suffered another wake-up call Tuesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom said schools could be closed until the fall.

Mar 19, 2020

Even without a statewide mandate, nearly every district in California is closing its doors this week to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Now, the few mostly rural districts that remain open are figuring out how to move in that direction.

Mar 19, 2020

It’s the question parents across California want to know: How long will schools be closed because of coronavirus? Here is what we know.

Mar 19, 2020

In a webcast to more than 7,500 school district officials and educators across California on Wednesday, the message was clear: Campuses are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but school — and learning — are still in session.

Mar 19, 2020

San Ramon Valley teachers will get a 2.5 percent salary boost under a tentative agreement their union reached with the school district.

Mar 19, 2020

In remarks on Tuesday and in a lengthy guidance document issued Tuesday night, state education officials said they understand the challenges that districts will face and will work with them.

Mar 19, 2020

Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district, has been training volunteers and ramping up food services to care for more than half a million students, and even their families, affected by the closures.

Mar 19, 2020

Patience is in short supply in school districts across California as officials struggled to get clarity from the state on what kind of instruction was required or even legal during the shutdown of schools.

Mar 18, 2020

A 64-year-old retired school clerk pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzling more than $709,000 from the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District while working in a billing office.

Mar 18, 2020

All across Marin, kids walked to school this week — but it was a walk of just a few steps from bedroom to digital-enabled “classroom space” on the kitchen table or in the living room.

Mar 18, 2020

The coronavirus is having an impact on schools and colleges across California and nationally. See below for the latest developments compiled by EdSource staff. Scroll down for more in-depth EdSource reports, including a list of closed schools and a Coronavirus Q & A on “What California parents and students should know.”

Mar 18, 2020

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow, EdSource is tracking how California K-12 schools are responding. There are 472 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in California as of March 17, and 11 deaths caused by the virus.

Mar 18, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that most school districts should expect to remain closed for the rest of the school year and not reopen in a few weeks, as many parents are anticipating, because of escalating coronavirus infections.

Mar 18, 2020

With schools closed for weeks to stem the spread of coronavirus, North County school officials are developing plans for learning at home, but the options vary from district to district.

Mar 18, 2020

Many districts across California were getting used to a new normal this week of closed schools and delivering lunch and breakfast to students who are normally fed in their schools.

Mar 17, 2020

Kern County educational leaders joined forces Monday morning, announcing plans to provide schoolwork, meals and childcare services to students as public schools prepare for temporary closures this week.

Mar 17, 2020

Last Friday, the San Joaquin County Office of Education, after consulting superintendents, public health officials and studying guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Governor’s Office, recommended all San Joaquin County schools dismiss students from March 16 to April 6.

Mar 17, 2020

The Glenn County Board of Education has voted to close its schools beginning Tuesday, as multiple school districts adjusted their official response to concerns about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 over the weekend.

Mar 17, 2020

Santa Ana teacher Tina Andres showed up for work on Monday to a classroom that was empty because students had been told to stay home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.

Mar 17, 2020

On the first day without school for hundreds of thousands of students in San Diego County, school staff around the county handed out thousands of free lunches and breakfasts to children.

Mar 17, 2020

South Bay school districts on Monday, March 16, scrambled to adjust to closures and how they’d provide some essentials, including free lunches and virtual classrooms.

Mar 17, 2020

The school planned to close schools under “dismissal status” — meaning campuses were closed to students but open to teachers ad staff — last Friday but changed the status Sunday to closed to all. The district is not disclosing the subject or grades the instructor teaches.

Mar 17, 2020

The Legislature hurriedly approved emergency financial relief to help school districts cope with the costs of the coronavirus on Monday before adjourning for a month to comply with state and federal orders limiting gatherings to stem the spread of the contagion.

Mar 17, 2020

As the coronavirus crisis deepens in California, the state’s rural districts are joining their urban and suburban counterparts at a quickening pace in moving to close as well.

Mar 17, 2020

A temporary volunteer and substitute teacher who worked at Sutterville Elementary School in February and tested positive for coronavirus died on Sunday, according to a statement released by the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Mar 17, 2020

The district’s 85 public schools began a temporary hiatus Monday, closing — like every other public school in Los Angeles County and the state — as public health officials try to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus.

Mar 17, 2020

Children who normally rely on their school to provide meals gathered in small groups or drove to pick-up sites to get them Monday, March 16, on the first day of a closure meant to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Mar 16, 2020

Although there have been no confirmed cases in Kern County, all Kern County K-12 schools, preschools and charter schools are to close temporarily, no later than the close of school on Wednesday, March 18. Schools should not reopen earlier than Tuesday, April 14.

Mar 16, 2020

Several Siskiyou County schools on Friday announced they’ll be closing their doors between March 18 and March 30 to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Mar 16, 2020

Tuolumne County and Calaveras County schools will be closed beginning Monday due to the threat of coronavirus.

Mar 16, 2020

West Covina Unified School District officials ordered the closure of all campuses effective Sunday, March 15, after an individual at West Covina High School tested positive for COVID-19.

Mar 16, 2020

Monterey County school districts moved unilaterally Friday to shutter all public schools through March due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 16, 2020

The Long Beach Unified School District will close schools starting Monday, March 16 and will resume classes April 20, officials have announced.

Mar 16, 2020

School districts in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties announced on Friday that campuses will be closed until next month due to coronavirus concerns.

Mar 16, 2020

Northern Humboldt Union High School District announced Saturday night that schools will be closed March 16-March 20 as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 16, 2020

The cancellation of all in-person instruction was decided after consultation with school leaders around the county and with the Butte County Public Health Department, according to a statement from Superintendent Mary Sakuma published on Butte County Office of Education’s website.

Mar 16, 2020

Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent Tim Ritter plans to retire effective July 31, a news release states. And the school board has picked his assistant, Deputy Superintendent Jodi McClay, to succeed him.

Mar 16, 2020

All public schools in Stanislaus County’s 25 districts will close starting Thursday, the county Office of Education announced Sunday afternoon. Tuolumne County also is closing all public schools.

Mar 16, 2020

This Q&A is being updated to reflect latest developments. It was last updated March 14 at 2:40 pm

Mar 16, 2020

The teachers’ union in West Contra Costa Unified voted this week to approve an agreement with the school district that will save 185 jobs, as the district seeks to make millions of dollars in cuts to its annual budget.

Mar 16, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom explained why he has not mandated the closure of all schools in California to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus during a press briefing in Sacramento on March 15.

Mar 16, 2020

Schools across California and the U.S. announced widespread closures Friday, but the federal government’s top health officials say it likely won’t make much difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Mar 16, 2020

Nearly 1.5 million students have been told to stay home for up to four weeks as public and private schools across California shut down to combat the coronavirus.

Mar 16, 2020

California schools that close their doors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak will continue to receive funding under an executive order issued on Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Mar 16, 2020

Newsom said many school districts, especially those in rural areas, are not in a position to provide the meals and other services children will need during the closure, and he expressed concern some districts are closing without plans in place to meet those vital needs.

Mar 16, 2020

Many school districts last week sent home thick work packets and registered students for online programs to ensure children benefit academically as they spend much of their day at home.

Mar 16, 2020

Some districts are approaching the shutdown very differently than others, with a vast range in the programming that will be available for students — from full online classes to a daily check-in with teachers to almost nothing.

Mar 16, 2020

Los Angeles school officials were racing Sunday to organize the complex logistics of opening 20 meal pickup sites and 40 family resource centers to serve students who will be displaced from campuses beginning on Monday in an unprecedented shutdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Mar 13, 2020

Fears over the continued spread of the coronavirus has now extended into the spring sports season for local high schools. According to Stan Greene, director of school support services for the Kern High School District, all non-essential high school activities and athletic events have been suspended until at least April 14.

Mar 13, 2020

Parents of at least eight school districts in Ventura County were notified on Thursday night that campuses will be closed for at least one week due to the fears of coronavirus spreading. Other local districts could make announcements on Friday.

Mar 13, 2020

Four staff members in the Pasadena Unified School District have been tested for the new coronavirus, but officials from the Pasadena Public Health Department said they were unaware of the tests until alerted by the media.

Mar 13, 2020

Sausalito Marin City School District officials have unveiled a draft integration plan for a “world-class” school that would “serve as a model of educational equity, excellence and integration,” according to Superintendent Itoco Garcia.

Mar 13, 2020

Malibu students will be dismissed from class Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, "in an abundance of caution," the school district announced Thursday, after a parent with children attending school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was found to have been exposed to coronavirus.

Mar 13, 2020

In an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ontario-Montclair School District has canceled all non-classroom events, including field trips, sports games and parent-teacher conferences, the district announced on Thursday, March 12.

Mar 13, 2020

Local school districts are already feeling the effects of concern about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Several anticipated state competitions have been canceled, affecting Oroville’s high school students and thousands of dollars spent by the schools on trips to these events.

Mar 13, 2020

The San Diego Unified School District teachers union is calling for all district schools to close immediately for health and safety reasons, even though county health officials have not directed schools to do so.

Mar 13, 2020

School District Superintendents and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education will close all public schools in Santa Cruz County for the week of March 16-20, it was announced Thursday.

Mar 13, 2020

Los Angeles school officials have called an emergency 7 a.m. closed-door meeting Friday, increasing speculation that a district-wide shutdown is imminent.

Mar 13, 2020

This week, the California Department of Education received a special waiver to continue federal and state-funded food service programs that provide meals to children throughout school closures.

Mar 13, 2020

The school district that serves Santa Monica and Malibu is closing Friday and Monday for deep cleaning and staff meetings after “a community member with children in our schools” was exposed to the coronavirus, Supt. Ben Drati said.

Mar 13, 2020

San Francisco’s 113 public schools — serving 54,000 students — will shut down for three weeks starting Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the city struggles to prevent a surge in cases, the district announced Thursday.

Mar 13, 2020

The Sacramento City Unified School District is closing all of its schools starting Monday through Wednesday, district officials announced Thursday night.

Mar 12, 2020

Despite pleas from students and parents, Tamalpais Union High School District officials agreed this week to issue provisional layoff notices and schedule reductions for 11 teachers at three schools, cutting several popular programs for the 2020-21 school year.

Mar 12, 2020

If the waiver is approved, the district will not have to add an additional week of classes at the end of the school year to make up for the school closures.

Mar 12, 2020

Dozens of parents and teachers packed the San Diego Unified School Board auditorium on Tuesday night, many voicing concerns about proposed changes they say may compromise special education for preschool-age children.

Mar 12, 2020

EdSource is tracking how California K-12 schools are responding to the coronavirus. There are 157 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in California as of March 10, and two deaths caused by the virus.

Mar 12, 2020

Proposition 13, the $15 billion school construction bond that went before voters last week, will be defeated, barring an unlikely surge of support in late vote counts.

Mar 12, 2020

All large student and staff gatherings in Los Angeles Unified schools are canceled as of Wednesday night due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, L.A. Unified Supt. Austin Beutner told parents in a letter and robocall.

Mar 12, 2020

Cases of the coronavirus will inevitably hit students and staff in San Francisco classrooms, but for now, all public schools will remain open across the city, officials said Wednesday.

Mar 11, 2020

Paso Robles school officials must cut millions of dollars from the district’s budget amid declining enrollment and attendance — which includes laying off teachers, cutting classes and potentially closing an elementary campus.

Mar 11, 2020

The San Diego Unified School District is considering changes and cuts to special education services that some parents and teachers say will hurt children and push more work onto the plates of special education case managers.

Mar 11, 2020

The school district announced Tuesday evening that Parlier High and Brletic Elementary will be closed until Monday after the Fresno County Department of Health identified that a Parlier Unified student recently traveled to an area of risk for the coronavirus COVID-19.

Mar 11, 2020

Below are the most recent updates on how coronavirus is affecting California’s schools and colleges. Scroll down for more in-depth reports, including a detailed Q&A.

Mar 11, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads throughout California, county school superintendents told Gov. Gavin Newsom that they are most concerned about the impact of possible school closures on low-income students.

Mar 11, 2020

Have any school children in California been diagnosed with the coronavirus ? What is the state recommending schools should do in response to the virus? As a parent, to what extent should I be concerned?

Mar 11, 2020

ANorthern California school district that requested that California suspend its statewide standardized testing in response to growing concerns about coronavirus quickly heard back from the state: Not so fast.

Mar 11, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday, March 10, to declare a state of emergency that grants Superintendent Austin Beutner additional powers to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak without board approval.

Mar 10, 2020

After six years in the top spot of the K-8 district, James Moore is retiring from the world of public education to spend more time with his family. His last day will be June 30, he said.

Mar 10, 2020

But the threat of teacher layoffs in the West Contra Costa Unified School District could threaten the reforms planned for Stege Elementary. Parents, community members and teachers learned last week that the district is considering eliminating 230 teachers starting July 1 to save $22 million.

Mar 10, 2020

On the heels of uncharacteristic ballot box losses last week, leaders of several local school districts are eyeing the November election for a second shot to pass a school bond.

Mar 10, 2020

A young student in the Elk Grove Unified School District has tested positive for coronavirus, Sacramento County Health Department chief Dr. Peter Beilenson told The Sacramento Bee on Monday.

Mar 10, 2020

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday is expected to give Supt. Austin Beutner “emergency powers” to take actions that might otherwise require board approval up to and including shutting down the entire school system in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 10, 2020

Milpitas school officials may consider Tuesday firing David Carter, the teacher who wore blackface to school on Halloween last year while impersonating rapper and activist Common, the teacher said.

Mar 10, 2020

A former math teacher in the California State Assembly launched a new effort to restrict Teach for America, the national nonprofit organization that helps staff public schools with entry-level educators on short-term contracts.

Mar 10, 2020

The California Department of Public Health has released guidance for schools and colleges to help determine whether and when to shut campus doors.

Mar 10, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom met with county superintendents across the state Monday afternoon to discuss measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, including one option that hits especially close to home: school closures.

Mar 09, 2020

The Shoreline Unified School District has paid $700,000 to settle a lawsuit by an administrator it demoted following a contentious election.

Mar 09, 2020

The Oxnard Union High School District issued an apology Thursday, saying a Rio Mesa High School teacher used a racial slur while teaching, the video statement on Facebook said.

Mar 09, 2020

Did Elk Grove school officials overreact in deciding to close all their schools this week after discovering a student’s family has come into contact with the coronavirus?

Mar 09, 2020

Riverside Unified knows that racist behavior is a problem on its campuses and is addressing it. Administrators outlined a plan to respond to incidents there and at nearby King High School.

Mar 09, 2020

Statewide, more than 80 adults had tested positive for the virus as of Saturday. Elk Grove Unified closed all schools March 7-13 after a family was put on quarantine for the virus.

Mar 09, 2020

With the coronavirus spreading in California, schools are beginning to feel the effects of the virus that has sickened dozens of people across the state and killed at least one person.

Mar 09, 2020

The largest school district in Northern California, the Elk Grove Unified School District, canceled classes and sports games through Friday after a family associated with the Elk Grove Unified School District was exposed to the new coronavirus and placed on quarantine to see if they were infected with coronavirus and would get sick.

Mar 09, 2020

California districts have been building their budgets for next year under the assumption they’ll get a 3 percent cost of living adjustment. Instead, Gov. Gavin Newsom has included an adjustment of only 2.29 percent for K-12 schools in 2020-21.

Mar 09, 2020

The San Francisco Unified School District announced that it will cease all nonessential public events for the next two weeks. This is in line with a directive issued Friday by the city’s Department of Public Health.

Mar 06, 2021

Two 4S Ranch residents are suing the Poway Unified School District over $27.7 million in Prop. 51 state grant money the district received last year as a partial reimbursement for the cost of building the K-8 Design 39 Campus, which opened in 2014.

Mar 06, 2020

Industries across the state are scrambling to understand how they will be affected by AB 5, the new state law limiting the use of independent contractors. Add to that list public school districts.

Mar 06, 2020

The Oakland School District is prepared to cut its workforce by up to 100 workers starting July 1 and may consider eliminating its police force in the future.

Mar 06, 2020

Why didn’t Proposition 13 get more support from voters on Tuesday?That’s a good question — even if the $15 billion state construction bond manages a remarkable turnaround and squeaks by to win after the remaining votes are counted.

Mar 06, 2020

For 20 years, Californians have routinely supported school bonds. This time, up and down the ballot, the early returns aren't looking so positive.

Mar 05, 2020

Voters in King City narrowly approved two bond measures totaling $35 million to renovate and upgrade their schools, including school security, Super Tuesday.

Mar 05, 2020

Facing $900,000 in deficit spending, the Ross Valley School District board approved a package of budget cuts this week, but it’s still unclear whether any teachers will be laid off.

Mar 05, 2020

The Orange County Department of Education trustees approved the charter school renewal with no conditions, despite its own staff's recommendations.

Mar 05, 2020

Despite 14 negotiating sessions over the past year, the Brentwood Union School District declared an impasse Monday with the teachers’ union.

Mar 05, 2020

How California schools prepare for the potential impact of the virus, which might lead to quarantines that affect student learning and well-being, is top of mind among parents and district officials across the state.

Mar 05, 2020

A suite of school bond measures in San Diego County were failing, according to unofficial election results that showed voters ambivalent about raising taxes to fix aging school sites.

Mar 04, 2020

A fatal stabbing near Foothill High School, use of pepper spray on a student at West High School and alleged daily violence at Arvin High School — these are just some of the instances that have taken place in the Kern High School District this year. Parents don't know what to do to keep their children safe, but one thing is for certain: they have had enough.

Mar 04, 2020

Only one of the five public school bond measures totaling $84 million was pulling ahead Tuesday night; the remaining four bonds and a school parcel tax expected to raise $1.8 million annually were too close to call.

Mar 04, 2020

Early results on Tuesday showed strong support for a pair of measures that would allow the San Ysidro School District to issue bonds for school construction and upgrades.

Mar 04, 2020

Early results from Tuesday’s election show that voters in the Cajon Valley Union School District were voting against Proposition L, a $220 million bond measure that would have upgraded safety and security systems, replaced aging classrooms and allowed the district to seek state matching funds.

Mar 04, 2020

Riverside County voters appeared to be saying no to almost every request Tuesday, March 3, to increase property taxes to pay for new and more modern buildings and other school infrastructure in four parts of the county.

Mar 04, 2020

Proposition 13, which aims to raise $15 billion in bonds for improvements to facilities serving students throughout California, was floundering in early results Tuesday night, March 3.

Mar 04, 2020

Voters appeared to have limited interest in adding to their property taxes to fund the requests of nine Orange County school districts that asked on the March 3 ballot to finance millions of dollars in campus upgrades and new construction through the sale of school bonds.

Mar 04, 2020

All six bonds measures for Stanislaus County school districts trailed in returns on Wednesday morning.

Mar 04, 2020

As Tuesday night election results poured in late into the evening, Fresno Unified’s school bond was passing and picking up momentum, while bonds for Clovis and Central Unified lagged below the needed 55% threshold required to pass.

Mar 04, 2020

Several East Bay school districts are anxiously awaiting final tallies on parcel tax and bond measures that would pay for everything from teachers’ raises to new facilities. Although all measures were picking up at least a majority of the votes in early primary election results Tuesday night, they were falling short of the 55% and 66% thresholds needed to pass.

Mar 04, 2020

Voters appeared to have limited interest in adding to their property taxes to fund the requests of nine Orange County school districts that asked on the March 3 ballot to finance millions of dollars in campus upgrades and new construction through the sale of school bonds.

Mar 04, 2020

Oakland school officials, in something of a game of musical chairs, have uprooted the students from one high school so the already dislocated students from another temporarily shuttered high school could move in.

Mar 04, 2020

Votes in favor of Novato Unified School District’s Measure A parcel tax staged a late rally Tuesday, but it was not enough to pass the measure.

Mar 04, 2020

Tamalpais Union High School District’s Measure B parcel tax won a majority of votes but failed to reach the two-thirds super-majority needed for passage in final vote totals Tuesday.

Mar 04, 2020

Board members voted 4-1, with Bill Fournell dissenting, to issue pink slips for roughly 40 positions, including counselors, elementary P.E. teachers and subject specialists for the 2020-2021 school year.

Mar 04, 2020

Proposition 13, which aims to raise $15 billion in bonds for improvements to facilities serving students throughout California, was floundering in early results Tuesday night, March 3.

Mar 03, 2020

The elementary school district is legally allowed to educate only students in grades K-6. Therefore leaders are looking to potentially expand into middle school through a workaround— expanding their charter schools.

Mar 03, 2020

San Diego County schools are expected to prepare now for a potential coronavirus outbreak even though no case of the disease has been confirmed in the county yet.

Mar 03, 2020

School districts are waiting to learn the outcome of Proposition 13 in today’s election. The measure aims to raise $15 billion in bonds for improvements to facilities serving students throughout California.

Mar 03, 2020

As California leaders push for more math and science education through new K-12 standards, the state’s largest district wants to ensure high-quality instruction by expanding a seal of approval process for schools that specialize in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Mar 02, 2020

The alleged embezzlement from the Corona-Norco Unified School District that prosecutors initially said was carried out between January 2011 and May 2017 actually started more than eight years earlier, a new complaint against former Assistant Superintendent Ted Rozzi asserts.

Mar 02, 2020

The Los Angeles County Office of Education wants to scrutinize Bassett Unified’s financial practices, calling for an audit centered on its construction projects. In response, a state agency has begun what’s called an “extraordinary audit,” an extensive analysis by forensic accountants who specialize in school finances and who are trained to look for mismanagement of public funds.

Mar 02, 2020

The most pressing question in education has always been whether schools can supercharge the learning process enough to compensate for class inequities. At Edison Elementary in City Heights, unlike so many other schools across the city, the answer is yes.

Mar 02, 2020

In a region with the largest disparity between teacher pay and housing costs in California, a Bay Area school district is the first in the nation to build affordable employee housing funded exclusively through a bond passed by local taxpayers.

Mar 02, 2020

Their anxiety may be grounded in speculation and hyperbole. All the same, it is very real. Parents throughout Southern California worry that “the new kid in school” could unwittingly harbor an invisible danger: the coronavirus.

Mar 02, 2020

California’s physical fitness test, a fixture in schools for 25 years, is set to be eliminated because it measures students’ body fat, too often inciting shame and anxiety among students, under a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Feb 28, 2020

An estimated 200 teachers packed a school board meeting Tuesday, calling on the district to provide better wages in an area hit hard by the lack of any affordable housing.

Feb 28, 2020

A Southern California high school canceled an active-shooter drill after a complaint that having police officers firing blank cartridges could be too traumatic for students.

Feb 28, 2020

Four former La Jolla High students who say they experienced unwanted touching in the classroom have sued San Diego Unified and former teacher Martin Teachworth. In addition to damages, they’re seeking changes to the procedures guiding the district’s handling of harassment complaints.

Feb 28, 2020

A lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of four La Jolla High School graduates who said a former physics teacher sexually abused them at school from 2003 and 2015, and that the school district was aware of accusations against him and did nothing.

Feb 28, 2020

Superintendent David Miyashiro will now be paid a $313,600 salary after the Cajon Valley school board approved a multitude of raises on Tuesday. Miyashiro’s raise represents an 8 percent salary increase from the last version of his contract.

Feb 28, 2020

A framework was developed by state education officials last year to improve classroom inclusivity. Some conservative families protest it as overly explicit and age inappropriate.

Feb 28, 2020

Oakland’s McClymonds High School — which has been closed since Feb. 20 — will likely remain closed until at least the week of March 9 so authorities can get an official ruling that there is no trichloroethylene — or TCE — in the air on campus before letting students back in.

Feb 28, 2020

Health risk from the coronavirus remains low at this time, according to the California Department of Public Health. However, the California Department of Education is urging districts to prepare for the possible spread of the virus.

Feb 28, 2020

As fears escalate across California about a potential outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), school districts and college campuses this week moved to quell fears from parents and staff about the growing threat.

Feb 27, 2020

Paso Robles schools will cut nearly all bus routes due to a driver shortage and the district’s ongoing financial problems.

Feb 27, 2020

After two more weeks of excruciating deliberations, Kentfield School District officials agreed unanimously to provisional layoffs for the 2020-21 school year.

Feb 27, 2020

In much of California’s Central Valley, where roughly 1 in 5 people live in poverty, two school districts are working with two nonprofits, the Advanced Center for Eyecare and OneSight, to provide vision care to Kern County’s underserved and uninsured children.

Feb 27, 2020

Top Poway Unified School District leaders have not been shy about their support for the $448 million bond measure on the March ballot. Some of their communications may push the state’s legal limits prohibiting the use of public funds to campaign for or against ballot measures.

Feb 27, 2020

Last week, the school became one of the first in San Diego to install devices called HALO sensors in student bathrooms, sensors that can detect vaping but do not have any camera or recording device.

Feb 27, 2022

Several provisions in Proposition 13 (which has no relation to the 1978 measure that capped property tax increases) are of concern, including reductions in developer fees to the district and how the state would prioritize distributing the money if it passes.

Feb 27, 2020

Facing a deficit of $47.8 million over the next two years, the West Contra Costa Unified school board on Wednesday voted 4-1 to eliminate 300 positions next year to save $22 million.

Feb 27, 2020

Education officials across California are reviewing and updating emergency plans and preparing for the potential closure of schools if the new coronavirus spreads widely.

Feb 26, 2020

On Tuesday, voters across California will be asked to make a weighty decision about the way the state gets money for the things it needs. The question on their ballots will be labeled “Proposition 13.”

Feb 26, 2020

Assembly Bill 2646, introduced on Thursday, would eliminate the 40-plus-year-old California practice of using average daily attendance — known as ADA — instead of total student enrollment to calculate how much each district receives in per-student state funding.

Feb 26, 2020

State audits found that Modesto City Schools is out of compliance with the expectations and rules for millions of dollars of federal program funding the district receives.

Feb 26, 2020

The management of the California Lottery was sharply criticized Tuesday by state officials, who released a scathing audit alleging that the agency shortchanged schools by millions of dollars over the last four years, and recommended that most of the money be repaid.

Feb 26, 2020

You cannot see it, smell, or taste it. But lead in drinking water can be toxic, especially to children. The San Diego Unified School District has a new way to deal with this growing concern with its clean water program.

Feb 26, 2020

A pair of hotly debated new California laws limiting which schoolchildren can skip vaccines appears stuck in bureaucratic limbo, the result of uncertainty over how to interpret last-minute changes made before the legislation was signed last year by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Feb 25, 2020

The law firm hired to keep the peace at El Rancho Unified’s board meetings has resigned after just two partial sessions, the last of which ended abruptly when two board members walked off the dais in protest.

Feb 25, 2020

During the 2018-19 school year, more than 6,000 students experienced homelessness in Ventura County. They slept in motels, outside, in cars or in shared small spaces with multiple families.

Feb 25, 2020

A million-dollar attack campaign is underway portraying Los Angeles school board member Scott Schmerelson as greedy, corrupt and determined to score fast cash by exposing children to deadly vaping and McDonald’s French fries.

Feb 25, 2020

To help those of you for whom a candidate’s positions on education are important — as they are to us — EdSource has summarized key education positions of all eight Democratic candidates on the ballot. For more detailed explanations, we encourage you to make use of the links provided below.

Feb 25, 2020

Students at McClymonds High School in Oakland will head back to class Tuesday, but at other district sites while county officials continue to test the air quality for evidence of a cancer-causing vapor on their campus.

Feb 25, 2020

A new bill would prohibit California home-school charters from providing “financial incentives” to families for enrichment activities and would require the state to approve vendors that provide enrichment to these charter schools.

Feb 25, 2020

After chanting and boos from a standing-room-only crowd, the Sweetwater Union High School District School Board Monday night voted to close a dozen learning centers at its high schools and possibly lay off 237 employees.

Feb 24, 2020

An increasing number of Willow Creek Academy families are leaving the Sausalito charter school, saying uncertainty about future financing for staff and programs is causing them to look elsewhere for their children’s education.

Feb 24, 2020

The decision not to build is part of a budget recovery plan designed to fill the district's $2.8 million-and-growing budget hole in two years.

Feb 24, 2020

Dozens of school districts and colleges will recruit teachers for all grades and subjects during a job fair set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 29, at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

Feb 24, 2020

Tucked into a $15 billion school bond measure is a break to encourage developers building apartments around transit. Some fear it could hurt certain school districts.

Feb 24, 2020

Although the largest of these in the capital region is Measure E — a bond which aims to upgrade Los Rios community college campuses in and around Sacramento — eight similar measures in Placer, Yolo and El Dorado counties are being put before voters to seeking repairs in the classroom.

Feb 24, 2020

The learning centers serve as an alternative education program offering students a personalized learning experience, including one-on-one assistance and independent learning at home.

Feb 24, 2020

Native American elders and author Alice Walker called on San Francisco school officials Friday to rethink their decision to cover up a controversial mural featuring white settlers stepping over a dead American Indian, saying the art is important testimony to historic atrocities.

Feb 24, 2020

The Sacramento City Unified School District approved a motion for layoffs Thursday night as the district continues to grapple with a budget deficit.

Feb 24, 2020

Superintendent Vincent Matthews notified staff this week that the district’s budget has reached a breaking point, requiring $26 million in cuts next school year, including $10 million at school sites, and that staff cuts at this point appear inevitable.

Feb 24, 2020

In an election season dominated by a fiercely contested Democratic presidential race, this single ballot measure has received little attention.

Feb 24, 2020

The chemical trichloroethylene was found under the campus of McClymonds High School and was not in the drinking water, said spokesman John Sasaki.

Feb 21, 2020

Settlement of a major lawsuit against the state of California seeking to protect students’ right of access to literacy was announced Thursday and specifically singles out the Stockton Unified School District for extra support from the state.

Feb 21, 2020

Nationwide, homelessness among students is the highest it has ever been, according to a national report released last month. But advocates say that a big part of the reason that the numbers are growing is that teachers and other school officials are more aware and better prepared to identify homeless kids.

Sep 21, 2020

The school board Wednesday voted 4-0-1, with board President Marisol Madrigal Uribe abstaining, to approve new requirements which mostly will be tied to the existing entry requirements by University of California and California State University schools.

Feb 21, 2020

Measure L, which will be on the primary ballot March 3, would require two-thirds of voters’ support to pass, and would raise about $18.3 million annually for the Fremont Unified School District, officials said.

Feb 21, 2020

Prosecutors leading the A3 charter school criminal case want to take back potentially millions of dollars of charter school oversight fees that were paid to small school districts that were supposed to hold the A3 schools accountable.

Feb 21, 2020

Under an agreement reached with plaintiffs in the complaint, Ella T. v. State of California, the state will provide $50 million specifically to improve literacy in the 75 California elementary schools with the highest concentration of third-graders scoring in the bottom tier of the state’s standardized reading exam.

Feb 20, 2020

Special education in California should be overhauled to focus on the individual needs of students, with better training for teachers, more streamlined services and improved screening for the youngest children, according to a compilation of reports released today.

Feb 20, 2020

El Rancho Unified school board members Teresa Merino and Carolyn Castillo walked out of Tuesday night’s meeting in protest after a heated exchange about civility led President Gabriel Orosco to recess the meeting.

Feb 20, 2020

Instead of heading for their fourth-period classes on Wednesday morning, about 150 Healdsburg High School students headed for the exits to support their teachers’ calls for better wages and benefits.

Feb 19, 2020

Just a few months ago construction crews were working on drywall, light fixtures and plumbing at the Kern High School District Regional Occupational Center's newest educational centers. Now students are in the "classroom" gaining hands-on skills

Feb 19, 2020

Two pending rule changes meant to reduce what the Trump administration calls abuse of federal benefit programs could also mean hundreds of thousands of children lose access to free school meals.

Feb 19, 2020

The Redlands school board is again discussing a stadium for Redlands East Valley High School, after parents and student athletes called for athletic field upgrades. The high school, the only one in the district without such a venue, has a grass field, some bleachers and a dirt track.

Feb 19, 2020

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board of trustees appointed Veronica Miramontes, the programs and events manager at Restorative Justice Partners Inc. and a mother of an MPUSD student, to fill its open seat last week at a special meeting by a unanimous vote.

Feb 19, 2020

Voters in Lafayette and Moraga are being asked to support the acclaimed elementary and middle schools in each city with separate parcel taxes on the March 3 ballot.

Feb 19, 2020

In a late afternoon press release, board chairman Jim Riggs announced Miller and the board had “agreed to part ways.”

Feb 19, 2020

Special education in California should be overhauled to focus on the individual needs of students, with better training for teachers, more streamlined services and improved screening for the youngest children, according to a compilation of reports released today.

Feb 18, 2001

When the Paradise Unified School District meets on Tuesday night it will discuss a proposal to terminate 72 full-time equivalent certificated positions at the end of the school year. However, the proposal also notes that 56.2 positions are vacant and or will be vacated.

Feb 18, 2020

Several Orange County school districts are asking their voters to approve financing repairs and upgrades to facilities as well as new construction on campuses through the sale of bonds.

Feb 18, 2020

Chula Vista Elementary School District is asking voters to approve a bond measure that would build 100 units of affordable housing for its teachers and staff. The measure’s proposed $65 million teacher housing project would be the first in San Diego County and one of a growing number in California.

Feb 18, 2020

Voters in three Riverside County public school districts will be asked to vote on school bonds in the Tuesday, March 3, election. If all three are approved, $492 million in money for local school districts could be raised.

Feb 18, 2020

Many parents line up before 1 a.m. and brave 45-degree weather hoping for a chance to register their children in the Extended Day Child Care Center for after-school care at one of Dublin Unified School District’s eight schools.

Feb 18, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to entice thousands of new teachers into the classroom, concentrate school improvement in the most impoverished neighborhoods and use competitive grants to challenge districts to form partnerships and develop best practices to raise achievement.

Feb 14, 2020

School employees, parents and others demanded Wednesday night that a Santa Paula school board reject, at least reconsider, proposals to cut $2.8 million in jobs and close two elementary schools.

Feb 14, 2020

The parents at a meeting this week for the Lincoln High cluster came to make one message clear to school officials: You are failing our children. A common complaint among families is that they try to make their voices heard; and the district doesn’t listen.

Feb 14, 2020

The district is asking voters on March 3 to support Measure T, a bond that would pump $259 million into schools over a decade to refurbish existing classrooms, build new ones, replace aging roofs and equipment and upgrade inefficient heating and ventilation systems.

Feb 13, 2020

Amid much criticism and complaint, the Kentfield School District toughed out five and a half hours of debate this week to identify just over $1 million in cuts to the 2020-21 budget.

Feb 13, 2020

For the first time in a decade, Folsom Cordova Unified School District is building a new school. Mangini Ranch Elementary School will open for the 2021-22 school year, in time to welcome students moving into the new housing developments in Folsom.

Feb 13, 2020

Hundreds of teachers in the Sacramento region are new to the profession. And a significant number of those new teachers are working in schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students.

Feb 13, 2020

Parents from San Luis Rey Elementary School in Oceanside are petitioning the school district to fix decaying facilities at the campus, saying the school isn’t safe for students or staff.

Feb 13, 2020

A San Diego County Superior Court judge on Monday blocked payments of more than $1.5 million to several businesses that had billed the now-defunct A3 charter schools.

Feb 13, 2020

Across the state, 29.9% of students met or exceeded the new science standards on this first test, with fluctuations according to grade level. High school students must take the test once between 10th and 12th grade.

Feb 13, 2020

A new plan by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who struggled with dyslexia as a child, would pay for more screenings and services for the thousands of California students with dyslexia — a condition that advocates say has not received enough attention in schools.

Feb 13, 2020

The West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to rename Wilson Elementary School after former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to a news release from the school district.

Feb 13, 2020

Three students from Pioneer High School in Whittier have filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines after one of its planes dumped jet fuel over their campus and other suburbs of Los Angeles County.

Feb 12, 2020

A student of Asian descent in California claims he was sent to his school nurse's office just for coughing amid the coronavirus pandemic. When he returned to class, he asked why the teacher was not sending other students out every time they coughed.

Feb 12, 2020

A California high school is taking action after a photo that circulated on social media showing several of its students posing with a swastika and Confederate flag sparked fear on campus.

Feb 12, 2020

Although most of the nearly $1 billion proposed in the budget would extend existing grant programs to recruit and train teachers, more than $300 million would create entirely new programs.

Feb 11, 2020

The advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety is joining with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — the nation's largest education unions, with several million members — in calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills.

Feb 11, 2020

Between an effort to place a ballot measure before voters in November and an ongoing lawsuit, 2020 could be the year San Diego decides once and for all whether to change the way its school board elections are carried out.

Feb 11, 2020

Supporters of changing the way San Diego Unified school board elections are carried out worry a potential measure to change the process might include more controversial provisions that could muddy the waters. A lawsuit addressing the issue is also moving forward.

Feb 11, 2020

After trying unsuccessfully in 2012 and 2016 to pass tax measures to pay for school upgrades, Brea Olinda Unified School District leaders are hoping to convince residents to say yes to Measure G on the March 3 ballot.

Feb 11, 2020

All but one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County are expecting to spend more than they take in, either this year or in the next two school years. Most are projecting to do so for all three years.

Feb 11, 2019

The San Ysidro School District will ask voters to authorize as much as $108.5 million in spending for school construction and upgrades under a pair of bond measures that will appear on the ballot in March.

Feb 11, 2020

After the September death of a middle school student assaulted by two other students, Moreno Valley school leaders went looking for new approaches to curb bullying on its campuses, where it teaches 32,763 students.

Feb 11, 2020

The largest school bond in state history, at $15 billion, is going to voters in March as supporters try to put a dent in a $100 billion backlog of failing boiler rooms, leaky roofs and new construction projects needed at K-12 schools and universities.

Feb 11, 2020

Talk of a San Ramon Valley Unified School District teachers strike took an ominous turn Monday after the school district delivered its final salary contract offer following a third, unsuccessful mediation session between the two sides.

Feb 11, 2020

Reducing gun violence, making college more affordable and addressing the teacher shortage again are on the minds of California voters, who also said they would support raising teachers’ pay and spending more for schools, according to a new PACE/USC Rossier poll.

Feb 11, 2020

Almost half of Fresno Unified students take part in career and technical programs. The training helps students as well as local industries that area struggling to find skilled workers.

Feb 11, 2020

For many districts, the investment has paid off with higher graduation rates, a drop in absenteeism and more students submitting financial aid forms and completing the A-G courses required for admission to UC and CSU.

Feb 11, 2020

At least 1 in 8 California high school seniors take community college courses while still in high school, an increasingly popular strategy that gives students a head start on their college careers, and has been shown to boost both high school and college graduation rates.

Feb 11, 2020

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District agreed to pay the parents of a 15-year-old Danville boy who drowned during his high school swim class $8 million in a settlement, the attorney for the student’s parents said Monday.

Feb 07, 2020

The district unveiled its aquatics complex — the first pool to be opened in more than 100 years — at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with administrators, trustees and other community members.

Feb 07, 2020

The Bakersfield City School District trustees filled an empty seat on the board Thursday night, but it came as another board member was rushed to the hospital first.

Feb 07, 2020

In March, Californians will vote on Proposition 13 during the 2020 primary election. The initiative is a $15 billion state bond measure to fund facilities projects at public schools, community colleges and universities.

Feb 07, 2020

A California school district says it’s the first in the nation to use bonds to build affordable housing for its employees. The Jefferson Union High School District broke ground Wednesday on the new housing units, the district said.

Feb 07, 2020

Parents and teachers on Tuesday aired their frustrations about the dilapidated condition of San Luis Rey Elementary School at a public meeting on the fate of two aging campuses in the Oceanside Unified School District.

Feb 07, 2020

Faced with declining enrollment, mounting pension liability and insufficient state funds, eight school districts serving San Jose students are asking residents for a total of more than $600 million to help keep them afloat.

Feb 07, 2020

Statewide, 32 percent of 5th-graders, 31 percent of 8th-graders and 28 percent of high school students met or exceeded standards on the California science test aligned to the new standards.

Feb 07, 2020

The district, which serves about 4,200 predominately low-income students, anticipates that it will need to cut between $2.5 million and $3 million for the 2020-21 school year. In December, the district projected between $1.5 million and $2 million in budget cuts.

Feb 07, 2020

The Walt Disney Company has not only waived a $250 fee it previously demanded for a Lion King screening at Emerson Elementary, but the conglomerate’s CEO has pledged to personally donate to the Berkeley school.

Feb 06, 2020

An employee of South Monterey County Joint Union High School District was arrested Tuesday in connection with an embezzlement case, according to detectives from the South County Major Crimes Investigations Unit.

Feb 06, 2020

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is seeking feedback from the community it serves on the potential issuance of a housing bond on the November ballot that would fund the creation of housing for teachers.

Feb 06, 2020

While pitching to voters a new $448 million school bond measure on the March 2020 ballot, Poway Unified School District officials have called out state funding trends, arguing Poway Unified gets less per pupil than other K-12 districts in the region.

Feb 06, 2020

California’s governor appointed San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten to California’s teacher credentialing commission, which has the power to issue and revoke credentials and other teaching permits.

Feb 06, 2020

The Fair Political Practices Commission concluded that the board member failed to disclose the acquisition date of personal investments into tobacco corporation Altria Group but issued a warning without administrative repercussions.

Feb 06, 2020

This fall, Pittsburg High School will put to the test an auto class like no other when it launches its first advanced, hands-on course on repairing and maintaining self-driving electric vehicles.

Feb 06, 2020

President Trump is trying once again to put the almost dormant issue of school choice, which had been a prominent issue in his election campaign, into circulation again — without any chance that it, or any variation of it, will emerge from Congress.

Feb 06, 2020

The California Department of Education is siding with ethnic studies advocates who argue that courses should focus on four ethnic and racial groups whose histories have been largely overlooked in the high school curriculum.

Feb 05, 2020

As Pasadena confronts its affordable housing problem and Pasadena Unified closes schools to address declining enrollment, officials from both governmental bodies see an opportunity to help one another.

Feb 05, 2020

About 81% of the approximately 330 students at Chapman Elementary are socioeconomically disadvantaged, according to the California Dashboard. Of these, there are about 23 families currently experiencing a form of homelessness.

Feb 05, 2020

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Los Angeles Unified School District board member Scott Schmerelson for a potential violation of economic disclosure regulations, as the West San Fernando Valley board member campaigns for reelection.

Feb 05, 2020

Oakland Unified Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell proposes has proposed to lay off more than 68 staffers to come up with more than half of the $21.5 million that the district says it needs to cut from next year’s budget.

Feb 05, 2020

Parents are playing a more hands-on role in California’s ongoing quest to grow the number of students who pursue technology professions — and tech-savvy workers in all kinds of fields.

Feb 05, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled and non-binary students.

Feb 05, 2020

As fear about the novel coronavirus has gripped communities throughout the country, the Alhambra Unified School District has grappled with how to inform students and parents about the realities of the illness while combating misinformation and fear-based rumors.

Feb 04, 2020

As fear about novel coronavirus spreads — much faster than the disease itself — nearly 14,000 people have signed an online petition, urging Alhambra Unified to cancel all classes until the outbreak ends. However, Toby Gilbert, a spokeswoman for the district, said there are no plans to cancel classes. She also dispelled a student-spread rumor that the district bans face masks.

Feb 04, 2020

Poway is asking voters this year for $448 million to renovate schools, which will cost an estimated $650 million to repay over 28 to 30 years, or $1.45 for every $1 borrowed.

Feb 04, 2020

Measure Q would repair roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, improve campus safety, replace old buildings and portable classrooms with permanent structures, and add science and technology labs at schools in the Escondido Union School District,

Feb 04, 2020

A California father’s decision to put on a DVD of “The Lion King” to entertain kids at a parents’-night-out fundraiser may end up costing an elementary school $250, Berkeleyside reports.

Feb 03, 2020

A U.S. Supreme Court case is underway that could open public school funding to religious schools in more states, but it’s unclear how it will impact California, where private schools — religious or not — are forbidden from receiving public money.

Feb 03, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan includes money for professional development, competitive grants and $20,000 bonuses for educators who commit to high-needs schools.

Feb 03, 2020

Vista school officials identified $5.55 million in cuts they said would help balance the budget for this school year, without taking resources or services out of classrooms.

Feb 03, 2020

The Dehesa School District says a corporation that has been managing the Inspire charter schools across California appears to have been skirting transparency and conflict of interest laws.

Feb 03, 2020

Proposition 13, the only statewide measure on the March 3 ballot, would create a $15 billion bond to build, repair and modernize schools, from kindergarten through public colleges and universities.

Jan 31, 2020

The fight over ethnic and racial disparities in the way schools mete out discipline to students has been ongoing for more than a decade, and a lawsuit filed against the Kern High School District in 2014 compelled the district to hold several public forums to address the issue. On Thursday night, district officials held their sixth and final community forum focused on student behavior, district discipline and school climate.

Jan 31, 2020

The Paradise Unified School District will announce staff member layoffs next week, according to Superintendent Tom Taylor. Since the Camp Fire, the district has lost about 130 staff members, starting the year with 280 employees and now having 260.

Jan 31, 2020

This year, 12 traditional schools in San Diego Unified School District will automatically qualify for the state’s list of worst-performing schools. Seven of those schools are located in District E.

Jan 31, 2020

Teachers union members will hold an after-school walkout at Chula Vista Elementary schools Wednesday to protest a district proposal that would eliminate a class size cap for certain grades.

Jan 31, 2020

With Oakland Technical High School as the backdrop, a group of parents and teachers announced Thursday they are suing the Oakland Unified School District for injuries they say they suffered by police officers at an Oct. 23 school board meeting.

Jan 31, 2020

If your child attends public school or eats school lunch, it won’t hurt your application for permanent residency. That’s the message school officials across California are trying to send to immigrant parents.

Jan 31, 2020

For the first time in more than two decades, teachers have the opportunity to use the political drama of the impeachment trial to liven their lessons and teach history as it unfolds.

Jan 31, 2020

The March 3 California ballot includes a $15 billion state bond issue to help schools, community colleges and universities with construction costs for their facilities.

Jan 31, 2020

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, introduced Assembly Bill 221 in 2019 to ban Teach for America educators from working in charter and traditional public schools if at least 40 percent of the students were from low-income families.