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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.

Jun 15, 2021

An Insider investigation has found that some of California's highest-ranking education officials and leading public universities worked closely with a swaggering entrepreneur who launched a private boarding school for elite families in China.

Jun 15, 2021

Rhonda Taylor on Monday was named the next superintendent of the Lakeside Union School District, besting two other finalists and nearly two dozen original applicants for the job.

Jun 15, 2021

The two music-industry moguls settled on Audubon as the place to start a new public high school, which will mirror the format of a USC academy that launched in 2013, catalyzed with their $70 million donation.

Jun 15, 2021

The Legislature passed a state budget Monday that is a placeholder to satisfy a June 15 constitutional deadline and enables lawmakers to keep getting paid. The Senate passed it 30-8 and the Assembly 57-15 after about an hour of discussion in each chamber.

Jun 15, 2021

Petitions to recall each of the five board trustees are now being circulated in the district. If enough voters sign the petitions, the board members will automatically be placed in a special recall election this November.

Jun 14, 2021

On this page, EdSource presents the findings of the second survey of the California Teacher Consultant Response Network, a project of the nonprofit Inverness Institute.

Jun 14, 2021

After Fresno school board members rejected a proposal to name its newest campus after a local Armenian icon, another local Armenian leader wants the board to rename an elementary school after him instead.

Jun 14, 2021

During her freshman year at Clovis High School, Annie Nguyen said she began to notice the district’s dress code seemed to target certain students more than others.

Jun 14, 2021

Don’t expect a tossing of masks and tearing down of plexiglass partitions across Stanislaus County schools and other district facilities come Tuesday, when California is set for a big economic reopening.

Jun 14, 2021

Rap icon Dr. Dre and music industry mogul Jimmy Iovine hated school — really hated school — which makes them an unlikely force behind a new public high school project in Los Angeles.

Jun 14, 2021

After months of distance learning, literacy assessments at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year showed faltering reading levels among Los Angeles Unified’s youngest students. But a new program aims to change that.

Jun 14, 2021

In a study published Thursday, researchers cited new evidence from looking at how staff from San Francisco’s learning hubs kept kids ages 5 to 12 safe inside makeshift classrooms when the city had high rates of COVID-19.

Jun 14, 2021

Many parents weren’t alone in their displeasure with how school campuses reopened this spring across California. So were most teachers, according to a new survey.

Jun 11, 2021

Finals just wrapped up in the Kern High School District this week, but it won’t be a long break for many. Summer school kicks off on Monday, and there will be more students and teachers than in recent memory.

Jun 11, 2021

LAUSD and the teachers union have struck a tentative deal on safety protocols and staffing for the 2021-22 academic year, which will see campuses reopen for full in-person learning five days week for the first time since the coronavirus began last year.

Jun 11, 2021

The Central Unified School District school board made the decision Tuesday. During public comment, one community member said Superintendent Andrew Alvarado should resign, and if he refuses, the board should call for his removal.

Jun 11, 2021

Sacramento City Unified School District teachers and classified staff overwhelmingly voted no confidence in Superintendent Jorge Aguilar, claiming fiscal mismanagement and failure to provide services.

Jun 11, 2021

An East San Jose school district long plagued by accusations of financial mismanagement is suing four former board members for allegedly refusing to return the “excessive and wasteful compensation” the district mistakenly paid them.

Jun 11, 2021

In EdSource’s final installment of “Education During Covid: California Families Struggle to Learn,” we asked parents and students to reflect on distance learning and the impacts of Covid-19 on their education and personal lives.

Jun 11, 2021

After months of distance learning, literacy assessments at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year showed faltering reading levels among Los Angeles Unified’s youngest students. But a new program aims to change that.

Jun 11, 2021

Not reopening fully for all students is not an option, said Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County health officer, citing increases in anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidality and alcohol and drug use among youth during distance learning.

Jun 11, 2021

Masks will remain on for students and staff at Los Angeles schools this fall, and coronavirus testing will continue for all, under a tentative agreement announced Thursday between district officials and the teachers union.

Jun 10, 2021

The guidelines mostly match the recommendations already put forth by the CDC. Still, there will be several situations where masks will still be required, even for people who are fully vaccinated.

Jun 10, 2021

The end of another school year means the start of summer break for some, but for others, it means summer school. This year, certain school districts are making changes to their summer programs after an unprecedented year due to the pandemic.

Jun 10, 2021

Officials for the Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Wednesday, June 9, an initiative to provide 2,000 affordable housing units so employees can live in the communities where they work.

Jun 10, 2021

In EdSource’s final installment of “Education During Covid: California Families Struggle to Learn,” we asked parents and students to reflect on distance learning and the impacts of Covid-19 on their education and personal lives.

Jun 10, 2021

School districts and charter schools will soon begin to spend record state funding along with more than $50 billion in state and federal Covid relief funding they are receiving this year. But a website to track spending won't be up.

Jun 09, 2021

Community advocates rallied on Tuesday in front of Roosevelt High School to demand Fresno Unified remove police officers from schools and reinvest the $3.2 million from the contracts into social-emotional services, student resources such as laptops, and afterschool programs.

Jun 09, 2021

The superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child molestation. Robert Patrick Raines, 67, was booked into Marin County Jail on a count of lewd and lascivious acts against a child younger than 14.

Jun 09, 2021

Some parents of Black Los Angeles school students opted to keep their children in distance learning after schools reopened in April because they wanted to shield them from inequitable and sometimes harsh treatment on campus.

Jun 08, 2021

On July 1, the Sausalito Marin City School District will cease its former two-school model and become one unified school on two campuses. Theoretically, that will move the troubled district onto a path toward compliance with a historic August 2019 order from the state attorney general to desegregate within five years.

Jun 08, 2021

Legislators want to spend $650 million a year to continue a pandemic program for free meals for all California public school students. The proposal will be decided in budget talks this week.

Jun 08, 2021

In San Diego Unified dozens of elementary schools get a counselor only one day a week. And it’s rare for a school to have a nurse five days a week; many nurses and counselors are assigned to three schools or more.

Jun 08, 2021

Assembly Education Committee Chair Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, asked that his charter school reform bill, AB 1316, be moved to the inactive file on Thursday. The action means it’s unlikely the bill will be voted on during this legislative session.

Jun 08, 2021

A proposal to build affordable housing for teachers and other district workers as a way to attract and retain employees will be presented to the Los Angeles Unified school board this week.

Jun 08, 2021

Faced with rates of adolescent suicide and self-harm that have been among the fastest-rising in the country, schools in Orange County have teamed up with a local hospital to boost mental health services on campuses.

Jun 08, 2021

The masks, the social distancing, the stick-up-the-nose testing: Those unpleasant coronavirus-controlling measures are far from over for K-12 kids returning to in-school learning after summer vacation ends.

Jun 07, 2021

Of the thousands of students who receive their high school diplomas in Kern County this spring, 102 of them will also be earning an associate degree from Bakersfield College.

Jun 07, 2021

A public feud between local elected officials about Lincoln High School escalated Thursday when a San Diego Unified School Board trustee demanded in a letter that a City Council member apologize for “insulting” and “attacking” the school and its students.

Jun 07, 2021

When a student shows up at school sick, when a student has an emotional breakdown or a seizure during class, when a family needs to know where to find medical care or housing or food, chances are they will turn to their school nurse or counselor for help.

Jun 07, 2021

While parents and state officials are pushing to fully reopen campuses this fall, some families are fearful of sending their kids back into classrooms too soon. But options for distance learning this fall are unclear across the state.

Jun 07, 2021

It’s “imperative” that the Los Angeles Unified School District and teachers union reach an agreement soon on COVID-19 health and safety measures for those who are on school grounds year-round, the head of United Teachers Los Angeles said.

Jun 07, 2021

While parents and state officials are pushing to fully reopen campuses this fall, some families are fearful of sending their kids back into classrooms too soon. But options for distance learning this fall are unclear across the state.

Jun 04, 2021

Oasis Charter Public School was at risk of closing less than six months ago. Today, students are learning and administrators are breathing a sigh of relief.

Jun 04, 2021

As California prepares to drop its mask mandate June 15, many parents are questioning if their kids will be required to wear a mask when they return to school this fall. Right now, it's still unclear. However, it will depend on guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

Jun 04, 2021

A public feud between local elected officials about Lincoln High School escalated Thursday when a San Diego Unified School Board trustee demanded in a letter that a City Council member apologize for “insulting” and “attacking” the school and its students.

Jun 04, 2021

For the first time since its adoption eight years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change the formula that determines more than 70% of California school districts’ annual spending. But his plan is proving to be a tough sell so far to the Legislature.

Jun 04, 2021

The San Francisco teachers union turned its attention away from city schools and toward international conflict, calling for a boycott of Israel in a strongly worded statement that has angered some families and outraged Jewish organizations.

Jun 03, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic played out, many school nurses took on even greater responsibilities. These include monitoring and evaluating staff and students for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms, contact tracing and educating students.

Jun 03, 2021

After a full year of distance learning for most students across the state, school districts are slowly bringing back bilingual programs. The pause was brought on by COVID-19, which in turn impacted students across the state.

Jun 03, 2021

The Association of Clovis Educators has filed an unfair labor practice claim against the district, alleging it has stifled union organizing by influencing and supporting the faculty senate for decades, despite a 1980s ruling that found the district violated the law.

Jun 03, 2021

A building on the newest Fresno Unified School District campus will not be named after H. Roger Tatarian, at the request of his family, who said the icon of Fresno’s Armenia community should have his name on a school and “not a mere building.”

Jun 03, 2021

The state’s Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees on education are recommending that legislators approve a proposal in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 state budget that would allow candidates to earn a teaching credential without taking two tests currently required.

Jun 03, 2021

Among his K-12 education proposals was a $2.7 million commitment to creating a new grade — transitional kindergarten (TK) — available for all California 4-year-olds by 2024-25. It nearly echoes Assembly Bill 22, which also proposed a universal rollout of TK in California.

Jun 03, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures pulled down grades and increased chronic absenteeism in San Diego Unified schools, according to statistics district leaders revealed this week.

Jun 03, 2021

San Francisco’s public schools are facing an exodus of families during a crisis-filled and difficult pandemic year, which could mean long-lasting fallout for city schools, potentially pitching the district into deeper financial distress in years to come.

Jun 02, 2021

School districts throughout Orange County are increasingly debating whether or not to offer ethnic studies classes as questions still linger on exactly what the courses will teach students.

Jun 02, 2021

Leaders of OpenSchoolsCA announced Wednesday that they intend to continue their activism through a nonprofit to promote direct parent influence in the state’s highly political education landscape.

Jun 02, 2021

The Assembly and Senate budget committees Tuesday jointly recommended billions of dollars of both spending cuts and additions for K-12 in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 state budget.

Jun 02, 2021

Democratic leaders of the California Legislature unveiled a state budget blueprint on Tuesday that would boost public schools and small businesses beyond the proposal made last month by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Jun 01, 2021

Just hours after a grand jury released a report calling the board of the Fairfax School District "dysfunctional" and questioning its spending on legal services, the board held a special meeting to hire another law firm for the district.

Jun 01, 2021

Fillmore native Christine Schieferle was named the sole finalist in the search for superintendent of the city's public school district.

Jun 01, 2021

As the school year comes to a close, Santa Paula Unified School District will say farewell to current Superintendent Ed Cora and welcome Jeff Weinstein to the role.

Jun 01, 2021

The agreement calls for 2% retroactive raises for the current school year, 2.5% raises for 2021-22 and 3% for 2022-23. It was unanimously approved by the district trustees on Tuesday.

Jun 01, 2021

Earlier this year, the California State Teachers Retirement System issued an ominous statement: teacher retirements in California are projected to hit nearly record-breaking heights in 2021.

Jun 01, 2021

Although the graduating class of 2021 was able to receive an in-person ceremony during a global pandemic, the event did not commence without controversy. Stagg High School Principal Ben Nakamura was escorted off campus.

Jun 01, 2021

Fresno Unified schools will add an extra 30 minutes to each school day in the fall as teachers and students prepare to make up for any learning lost during the coronavirus shutdown.

Jun 01, 2021

A delegation of health officers from 10 counties and one city in the greater San Francisco Bay Area released a statement Friday supporting the opening of California schools for full-time in person learning across all grades for fall 2021.

Jun 01, 2021

Vista Unified School District recently promised to increase its girls’ participation in high school sports and to ensure that their athletic programs are equal in quality to boys’ programs.

Jun 01, 2021

The pandemic slowed down many California school districts’ expansion of bilingual education programs. But now, several school districts are resuming their plans and enrolling students in new bilingual immersion programs in the fall.

May 28, 2021

A Kern County grand jury report released Thursday says the Fairfax School District is being governed by a “school board in crisis.”

May 28, 2021

Five months after accepting a contract extension with a raise, South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Walker abruptly resigned.

May 28, 2021

The Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted Thursday evening to hire Luis Valentino as its next superintendent, almost four months after accepting the abrupt resignation of Maria Gandera. Juan Lopez has served as interim superintendent since Feb. 17.

May 28, 2021

With all of Eisenhower Elementary School’s 550 students back on campus full-time, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond decided to pay the school a visit on Thursday, May 27.

May 28, 2021

Teenagers, school leaders and perhaps most of all, parents, have seized on a sliver of an opportunity to try to make up for 14 months of missed dances, homecomings, sports award ceremonies and winter formals by mobilizing eleventh-hour proms like none before them.

May 27, 2021

The board of the Bakersfield City School District formally bid farewell on Tuesday to Doc Ervin, who has been superintendent since he arrived in the district in 2016. Ervin will be heading south to become superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District on June 1.

May 27, 2021

The Monterey County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Oasis Charter’s renewal petition Wednesday morning for a five-year term, providing stability to the charter school after the Salinas City Elementary School District board denied the renewal in February.

May 27, 2021

Many parents and students are raising concerns about censorship after a Rocklin high school digitally altered a photo of students, removing a conservative club’s logo from members’ shirts.

May 27, 2021

While the search for a new executive director is on, Clayton Valley Charter High School apparently is under the helm of two top administrators. One is the outgoing director who announced earlier this year he’s resigning.

May 27, 2021

The Natomas Unified school board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a recently elected board member’s resignation from her leadership roles amid an escalating state investigation into claims she defrauded the district of thousands of dollars in speech therapy fees.

May 27, 2021

Flush with $450 million of federal COVID relief dollars and tens of millions more in state COVID dollars, San Diego Unified is expanding its summer school options and opening them to all students this year.

May 27, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified school board this week authorized district staff to go ahead and hire up to 3,030 new employees for the summer and new school year though the board won’t adopt the 2021-22 budget until next month.

May 26, 2021

Nearly three years after Maria Martinez-Poulin was hired as superintendent of the Whittier City School District, she has resigned.

May 26, 2021

While the Salinas City Elementary School District works on its plans for students to return to campus full time in the fall, officials with the district are also preparing to open the Salinas City Virtual Academy at the start of the new school year.

May 26, 2021

The Long Beach Unified School District, in an effort to achieve energy sustainability, is two-thirds of the way done in a project to install solar canopies at 21 elementary and middle school campuses, with a goal of offsetting carbon dioxide emissions equal to millions of pounds of burned coal.

May 26, 2021

Natomas Unified School District officials are expected to remove a recently elected member from her leadership positions Tuesday evening amid an escalating, yearslong state investigation into claims she bilked the district out of thousands of dollars in speech therapy fees.

May 26, 2021

A growing number of public schools are using mascots, food trucks and prize giveaways to create a pep-rally atmosphere aimed at encouraging students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before summer vacation.

May 26, 2021

To entice students to enroll, many districts are offering a diverse selection of fun programs that will give students a chance to reconnect with their peers and get acclimated to being back on campus.

May 26, 2021

A growing number of public schools are using mascots, food trucks and prize giveaways to create a pep-rally atmosphere aimed at encouraging students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus before summer vacation.

May 26, 2021

The San Francisco school district promised a return to five full instruction days a week in the fall, and shared new details Tuesday about what a robust reopening will look like.

May 25, 2021

Danielle Cortes was officially announced as Pleasant Valley School District superintendent on Thursday evening.

May 25, 2021

Particularly now, when many children are coping with the emotional fallout of a year of anxiety and isolation, what some need most of all is a chance to make up for lost socialization time.

May 25, 2021

Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner on Monday committed to reopening campuses full time on a normal schedule in the fall and said an online option would also be available to families in the nation’s second-largest school district.

May 25, 2021

State legislators have accused San Francisco’s school district of trying to exploit a legal loophole to receive $12 million in state funding to reopen schools for in-person learning.

May 24, 2021

It was announced that superintendent Micheline Miglis and the school board were issuing a one-time bonus stipend for the 2020-2021 school year. The stipend is funded by COVID-19 relief dollars distributed by the federal government.

May 24, 2021

The Carmel Unified School District board announced Friday that Edward “Ted” Knight, an assistant superintendent in Colorado, is its finalist to become the district’s superintendent beginning July 1.

May 24, 2021

Students, employees, and visitors no longer have to wear masks outside at Clovis Unified schools as long as social distancing can be maintained, officials announced Friday afternoon.

May 24, 2021

Mask mandates are rapidly changing, leaving many parents wondering what school policies will look like in the fall for their children. The California Department of Public Health has not yet announced a change in guidance.

May 24, 2021

Officers responding to a report of a possibly armed person at a suburban Sacramento high school discovered it was a student with a stapler. Elk Grove High School and an elementary school had been locked down.

May 24, 2021

What schooling will look like in Los Angeles Unified in the fall will be settled over the next few weeks amid escalating demands from parents, advocacy groups and unions — all pressing their agendas.

May 24, 2021

Parents seeking a firm commitment from the Los Angeles Unified School District that schools will fully reopen in the fall rallied on Sunday, May 23, to demand a seat at the table as officials decide what the following school year will look like.

May 24, 2021

With a return to full in-person instruction on the horizon, schools across California are opening vaccination clinics to students and the broader community, with hopes of boosting vaccine rates among families hardest hit by the pandemic.

May 24, 2021

California is preparing to overhaul the way math is taught to 6 million kindergarten through 12th graders, the first major changes since 2013. Here are essential elements of the draft Mathematics Framework.

May 24, 2021

Such has been the vital responsibility of high school yearbook staffs: to create an accurate yet compelling record of how their peers struggled through — and kept going in spite of — the pandemic.

May 24, 2021

Inspired by the pandemic, many school districts are creating permanent, online-only or independent study programs. School leaders said they want to offer more flexible learning options for students.

May 21, 2021

Achieve Charter School was originally from Paradise but relocated to Chico after the Camp Fire. The school, which is planning on returning to its Paradise site in the fall, will also remain in Chico since it earned CUSD approval Wednesday night.

May 21, 2021

A City Council member wrote a letter to San Diego Unified leadership Wednesday expressing “grave concerns” about leadership turnover at Lincoln High and other issues.

May 21, 2021

School district leaders in Fremont said they plan to spend more than $900,000 annually to ensure city police officers will continue to patrol the district’s six high school campuses as part of a longstanding program.

May 21, 2021

The president of the Novato school board apologized this week for voicing a racial slur during an online meeting, calling the move “the wrong choice by me.” The utterance occurred on April 27 during a session.

May 21, 2021

The Sacramento City Unified School District is demanding Johnson Controls stop sending the remaining air cleaners that were part of its $6 million contract, as school officials continue to investigate the product claims.

May 21, 2021

A plan to reimagine math instruction for 6 million California students has become ensnared in equity and fairness issues — with critics saying proposed guidelines will hold back gifted students and supporters saying it will, over time, give all kindergartners through 12th-graders a better chance to excel.

May 21, 2021

More than 500 air treatment devices will be disconnected from Newark classrooms after the school district learned that a class action lawsuit was filed alleging the company that makes the devices misrepresented how well they protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

May 20, 2021

Trustees authorized Superintendent Ramon Hendrix to start a process that means that the school as well as the street that it is on — Plantation Avenue — could have new names by next January, if not sooner.

May 20, 2021

On the day the Lodi Unified School District’s Board of Education ratified a new tentative collective bargaining agreement with its teachers union, another labor group gathered outside the James Areida Education Center demanding an increase in pay and compensation.

May 20, 2021

School districts are beginning to announce in-person summer plans that would not only focus on academic learning, but enrichment programs that would help children with their social and emotional well-being.

May 20, 2021

A number of girls attended Pitman and Turlock high schools Monday wearing midriff-baring tops, in violation of the Turlock Unified School District’s dress code. By their clothing choice, some were inadvertently joining a protest.

May 20, 2021

A plan to reimagine math instruction for 6 million California students has become ensnared in equity and fairness issues — with critics saying proposed guidelines will hold back gifted students.

May 20, 2021

Giving low-income youth college savings accounts at a young age has emerged as a strategy across California to not only help families build financial assets, but also stoke tangible college aspirations.

May 20, 2021

Nearly a decade after Common Core math standards were adopted in California, the majority of K-12 students are not yet meeting grade-level benchmarks, and Black and Latino students are underrepresented in rigorous accelerated programs.

May 20, 2021

Bay Area high school seniors, who already have endured a most unusual year, face another strange twist: a San Francisco prom night on which there will be “no dancing in the traditional sense,” according to city health officials still battling with COVID-19.

May 20, 2021

The program, called Opportunity L.A., is set to become the largest school district college savings program in the nation once it enrolls all first-grade students attending district schools. L.A. Unified, the state’s largest school district and the nation’s second-largest.

May 19, 2021

A Sacramento suburban school district said it has launched a “full investigation” following reports that a teacher at Rio Americano High School displayed a flag from Nazi Germany in their classroom.

May 19, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to withhold billions of dollars from schools that don’t return to pre-pandemic learning with full in-class instruction this fall as part of a budget proposal that emphasizes an economic recovery from COVID-19.

May 19, 2021

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury is soliciting information from parents of Redlands Unified School District students about concerns involving “suspected inappropriate contact” between students and staff.

May 19, 2021

An intensive review of 48 districts’ plans by four student advocacy nonprofit organizations, released Tuesday, found significant flaws in documenting the spending. It also found model practices worth adopting,

May 19, 2021

Education advocates are sounding the alarm as California school districts rush to spend roughly $55 billion dollars in state and federal funds aimed to help districts recover from the pandemic.

May 18, 2021

Enrollment dropped by nearly 4,000 students among Ventura County public and charter schools this year, according to state data.

May 18, 2021

After initially voting against recommended adoption of a ninth-grade math course, citing issues including equity, the Modesto City Schools board revisited the item and reversed its decision.

May 18, 2021

Supt. Frances Esparza knew of too many parents who had called seeking an excused absence so their child could attend a funeral. She had read too many emails saying students missed classes because a family member was hospitalized.

May 18, 2021

There are millions of dollars in federal and state money to spend on robust summer programs that meet students’ academic and social and emotional needs, but district officials are scrambling to find enough teachers to fill classrooms.

May 18, 2021

San Diego Unified is offering free Pfizer COVID vaccines at schools for one more week to reach more students and community members, now that anyone ages 12 and up can get the vaccine.

May 17, 2021

Come August, local K-12 schools are planning for a return to a traditional school schedule, if they don't have one already. That means the return of a full-time, in-person, five-day-a-week schedule along with buses that will ferry students to and from campus.

May 17, 2021

While planning for full-time in-person learning in the fall, some Ventura County school districts also expect to keep an alternative online learning option for families.

May 17, 2021

An audit into credit card use by Mill Valley School District administrators reported no instances of fraud, but it found the district needs better expense safeguards.

May 17, 2021

Inland Empire public school districts are already planning on a new school year that looks a lot like it did before the pandemic. But some districts aren’t waiting for the current school year to end to return to a more traditional educational model.

May 17, 2021

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said Thursday that the reopening methods implemented at Chula Vista Elementary School District campuses are just what California needs.

May 17, 2021

An exclusive analysis of lobbying expenditures in Sacramento reveals how the coronavirus pandemic has changed priorities and galvanized certain special interests, with the California Teachers Association assuming the role of the state’s top influencer.

May 17, 2021

The district’s board ordered the examination in February amid public scrutiny over questionable expenses at hotels, restaurants, retailers and tourist attractions dating back to 2014. The Eide Bailly LLP accounting firm performed the audit.

May 17, 2021

In what district Superintendent Sara Noguchi told them she strongly believes was a bad decision “not good for kids,” Modesto City Schools board members voted down a recommended curriculum adoption for pre-algebra for the 2021-22 school year.

May 17, 2021

Many elementary schools across Sacramento City Unified will welcome students back for in-person learning for four days a week beginning May 18, according to an announcement by the district.

May 17, 2021

After more than a year of allowing school districts to shutter classrooms because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed to end distance learning in the 2021-2022 school year.

May 17, 2021

At Wallenberg High School on Friday morning, the San Francisco campus remained nearly empty, no happy reunions of classmates or even any evidence that it was supposed to be the first day back for hundreds of seniors across the district.

May 17, 2021

There are millions of dollars in federal and state money to spend on robust summer programs that meet students’ academic and social and emotional needs, but district officials are scrambling to find enough teachers to fill classrooms.

May 14, 2021

The Marin County Office of Education, under a state directive to oversee Ross Valley Charter in Fairfax, is negotiating an agreement with the school on how to carry out the assignment.

May 14, 2021

The FDA’s authorization this week of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12 has many California parents wondering: Will they have to get their middle and high school kids vaccinated to send them back to classrooms this fall?

May 14, 2021

Increase teacher diversity and analyze teacher placement to ensure that experienced educators are in place in high-needs schools. Those are among the recommendations of a Modesto City Schools Equity and Racial Justice Task Force.

May 14, 2021

About 30 parents, students, educators and community activists gathered outside the Los Angeles Unified School District’s headquarters on Thursday, May 13, demanding the school board adopt a “safe and racially just” budget.

May 14, 2021

A group of parents frustrated over currently closed schools have filed a lawsuit against the Fremont Unified School District, hoping to force district leaders to reopen classrooms for in-person instruction before school is out, even if it’s just for a few weeks.

May 14, 2021

For the first time ever, nearly 95% of California families say their kids have personal computing devices that they can use for school. But even after a year of distance learning, thousands of students still don’t have a computer or access to the internet at home.

May 13, 2021

The board for the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District approved a plan on Tuesday night for the district to return to a traditional school day beginning in August.

May 13, 2021

The dual-immersion Mandarin school has been the subject of contention recently, with many parents and students calling for the board to rebuild the school into a kindergarten through 8th grade campus.

May 13, 2021

The Peninsula Teachers Association brought forward a motion of no confidence in Peninsula Union School District Superintendent and Principal Lark Doolan during the district’s board meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

May 13, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a “total transformation” of public schools in America’s largest state Wednesday by offering pre-kindergarten to all 4-year-olds, opening up college savings accounts for low-income students and other programs.

May 13, 2021

The debate on whether students should learn the history, the culture and the contributions of people of color in the United States and the world — through ethnic studies classes — continues in school districts throughout Orange County.

May 13, 2021

Fresno High School ended decades of controversial tradition Wednesday after unveiling the school’s new logo. While the school scrapped the old Native American logo, it kept the “Warriors” moniker.

May 13, 2021

A Modesto City Schools district administrator told the Board of Education this week that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures and distance learning have meant “higher than usual D and F rates.”

May 13, 2021

If approved by the Legislature, the governor’s plans, which he pencils out at $20 billion over several years, would represent an ambitious expansion of the mission for California’s education system.

May 13, 2021

Ross Millerick said the slur on April 27 in a teleconference with Kris Cosca, the district superintendent, and Jonathan Ferrer, an assistant superintendent, according to a preliminary report. The subject was the hiring of athletic directors.

May 13, 2021

It’s another sign that life is returning to normal. Students across the Sacramento region will don caps and gowns at the end of May and early June and celebrate with their peers with in-person graduation ceremonies.

May 13, 2021

The East Bay kindergarten teacher’s email to families Monday offered a simple update: She was heading to Mexico for 12 days to attend her son’s wedding and, while she would teach remotely from there.

May 13, 2021

As school districts search for ways to reengage students after the pandemic, at least one district in California has found success in a health career training program that’s led to higher graduation rates and more students enrolling in college.

May 13, 2021

Early childhood advocates, lawmakers and the governor are pushing to gradually expand transitional kindergarten (TK) to all the state’s 4-year-olds. But the moves are raising issues, such as the viability of the child care system.

May 13, 2021

During a meeting that was moved online because people feared for their safety, the Los Alamitos Unified school board on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a set of social justice teaching standards.

May 12, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce today multi-year plans for transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds, full funding for summer school and after school for 2 million children and hundreds of new service-based community schools.

May 12, 2021

The Bakersfield City School District announced plans to return to a full-time, in-person schedule for the 2021-2022 school year — barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course.

May 12, 2021

San Rafael City Schools voters appear to have approved two school parcel taxes in unofficial totals this week.

May 12, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to send schools and community colleges $93.7 billion in state funding over the next several years to hire more teachers and counselors, set up universal transitional kindergarten and other changes.

May 12, 2021

Ethnic studies classes designed to teach students history and culture from the perspectives of people of color are bringing droves of parents, students and teachers to public school board meetings.

May 12, 2021

Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, will be the nation’s next deputy education secretary. The U.S. Senate voted 54-44 on Tuesday to confirm Marten for the position.

May 12, 2021

Transitional kindergarten, currently available only to about one-third of California’s 4-year-olds, would be expanded to all age-eligible students by the 2024 academic year under a proposal to be unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

May 12, 2021

The Sacramento City Unified School District has implemented a new grading policy in which the minimum grade a student can receive is 50%. The move is designed to create a more equitable grading system.

May 11, 2021

An initiative to bring faster, more affordable internet to Bolinas-area students has been launched as a stopgap measure until providers compete to expand faster fiber-optic service.

May 11, 2021

A debate over how to teach math in California is heating up as state officials look to redefine success in the subject, with calculus no longer the gold standard of achievement, and a move to push Algebra 1 out of middle schools.

May 11, 2021

Over the weekend, Los Alamitos Unified Unified School District sent out a message informing parents that the board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, would be held virtually “in an effort to protect public health and safety.”

May 11, 2021

Most Fresno Unified parents and staff want police officers on campuses and say they have had positive experiences with armed officers, according to the results of a recent survey on campus policing in the city’s public schools.

May 11, 2021

Increase teacher diversity and analyze teacher placement to ensure that experienced educators are in place in high-needs schools. Those are among recommendations by a Modesto City Schools Equity and Racial Justice Task Force that were approved by the school board this week.

May 11, 2021

Only 7% of high school students and 12% of middle school students have returned to reopened campuses in the Los Angeles school district, sounding alarms about what these figures portend for next fall and highlighting the need for intense intervention.

May 11, 2021

Only 7% of high school students have returned to campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where extensive safety measures have failed to lure back the vast majority of families in the final weeks of school for myriad reasons in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 11, 2021

In the latest Valley Vision and CapRadio COVID-19 Resilience poll — the third in the past year — 70% of parents in the six county greater Sacramento area said they were concerned that their kids are falling behind in school.

May 11, 2021

Twenty cases of the coronavirus have been recorded among the 20,000 staffers and students who have returned to San Francisco elementary school campuses since the district reopened for in-person learning three weeks ago, health officials said Monday.

May 11, 2021

When the teachers union over the weekend announced the “exciting news” that San Francisco’s high school seniors will get a chance to go back to classrooms starting Friday, they left out details about the plan, including that students might only be back for just one day.

May 10, 2021

As California faces a decrease in enrollment in transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten, a local school district is looking for solutions.

May 10, 2021

Marin education officials, embarking on the first county oversight of a charter school in California, will engage the help of a state fiscal agency.

May 10, 2021

Most Fresno Unified parents and staff want police officers on campuses and say they have had positive experiences with armed officers, according to the results of a recent survey on campus policing in the city’s public schools.

May 10, 2021

The pandemic sent thousands of public school students in the Sacramento region home. And some will choose to stay there in the fall, even as schools prepare for more robust in-person instruction.

May 10, 2021

Next week eight San Diego Unified high schools will hold free clinics offering the Pfizer vaccine, the only COVID vaccine approved for 16- and 17-year-olds. Sweetwater Union High School District also is planning more school clinics.

May 10, 2021

Gilroy Unified and other districts want to keep a partial online “hybrid” teaching format on tap should virus cases erupt again, and have distance learning as an option for families who want it.

May 10, 2021

Although official attendance data have not yet been released, a survey of L.A. Unified parents indicated that about 17% of high school students would come back to campus.

May 10, 2021

For students with disabilities, the pandemic has been a landscape of extremes. Some have thrived with distance learning and want to continue in the fall, while many have languished without in-person support and have lost ground.

May 10, 2021

The May 3 request for immediate relief comes six months after the plaintiffs sued the State Board of Education, the California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

May 10, 2021

Seniors in San Francisco public high schools can head back to campus for classes in the final few weeks of the school year before graduation, teachers union officials announced over the weekend.

May 07, 2021

The family of a 14-year-old boy says he was repeatedly bullied, assaulted, harassed, and subjected to death threats and taunting while attending four different Clovis Unified elementary schools over nearly two years.

May 07, 2021

Hundreds of people visited the school, the first of two sites in the district that will provide and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine for free to anyone eligible, 16 years and older.

May 07, 2021

Students in the San Rafael City Schools district will return to classrooms at close to pre-pandemic levels by next week under agreements between faculty unions and the administration.

May 07, 2021

The pandemic sent thousands of public school students in the Sacramento region home. And some will choose to stay there in the fall, even as schools prepare for more robust in-person instruction.

May 07, 2021

Lakeside Union School District Superintendent Andy Johnsen is leaving his position on June 30 and starting a new role as the superintendent at San Marcos Union School District the next day.

May 07, 2021

In an agenda filled with electric moments, literally, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner played host to newly minted U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and San Fernando Valley Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Panorama City.

May 07, 2021

The Dublin Unified School District board has selected Chris Funk as its new superintendent. Funk currently serves as superintendent of the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, which has 16 high schools with a combined enrollment of approximately 26,500 students.

May 07, 2021

Santa Clara County Board of Education trustees are threatening to shut down Bullis Charter School unless it “cures” its diversity problems and better reflects the demographics of the Los Altos School District.

May 07, 2021

A Novato grade school has been spared the chopping block following a weeks-long campaign by parents who said their district violated its equity pledge by nominating three of its more diverse campuses for closure.

May 06, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases among staff and students at Ventura County schools continued to decline with only 32 for April, officials said.

May 06, 2021

Voters in San Rafael strongly favored a pair of parcel tax measures to support the city school district, but the election outcome remained undetermined on Wednesday.

May 06, 2021

In a dramatic turnaround after weeks of community protests, Novato Unified School District officials said they are abandoning plans to close an elementary school in the near future.

May 06, 2021

School officials in Piedmont, California, are in full damage-control mode after their plans for a “support circle for white students” in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict sparked major backlash.

May 06, 2021

A lawsuit filed against the Fresno Unified School District this week alleges the board violated the Brown Act when it voted to remove the Fresno High Schools mascot that depicts a Native American caricature.

May 06, 2021

Most California students are still in distance learning as of April 30. The trends are based on information provided by 84% of schools to the California Department of Public Health.

May 06, 2021

Although 87% of California’s traditional public schools have reopened for some form of in-person instruction, fewer than half of students have returned either full time or part time in a hybrid model.

May 06, 2021

Ja’Mari Oliver walked into the Safeway on Market Street to buy a sandwich for his lunch, which he would eat at school for the first time in more than 14 months.

May 05, 2021

Around 200 parents and students from Wedgeworth Elementary School protested for safer and cleaner classrooms Monday, May 3, at the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in Hacienda Heights.

May 05, 2021

A few weeks ago extending the school year seemed like an obvious move to confront pandemic learning loss. But Los Angeles school officials on Tuesday gave up on the idea for the next academic year.

May 05, 2021

Two students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 shut down Vallejo High School for the rest of the week barely two weeks after the Vallejo Unified School District opened up its high school campuses for in-person instruction.

May 05, 2021

San Francisco’s school district — flush with nearly $60 million to help students catch up from pandemic-related learning loss — plans to use a large chunk of the federal and state funds to offer expanded summer programming this year and next.

May 05, 2021

The California Teachers Association filed an unfair labor practice charge Tuesday against the High Tech High charter school network for firing a San Diego-area teacher who has been helping to organize a union throughout the network.

May 05, 2021

The board is scheduled to consider a resolution, Wednesday, May 5, “against digital vaccine passport mandates.” As part of that, Board President Ken Williams introduced a statement – on behalf of the board – that repeats the very rumors the county health director dispelled.

May 05, 2021

Although 87% of California’s traditional public schools have reopened for some form of in-person instruction, fewer than half of students have returned either full time or part time in a hybrid model.

May 04, 2021

With students returning to in-person instruction, the Baldwin Park Unified School District is expanding its mental health services to help with the transition to hybrid learning and modified academic environments.

May 04, 2021

Private preschools in Tomales, Bodega Bay and Point Reyes will be embedded into the public Shoreline Unified School District under a three-year plan tentatively targeted to start in August.

May 04, 2021

A Tahoe-area high school reported a coronavirus outbreak with more than 30 active cases. Truckee High School, in eastern Nevada County, reported 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday evening.

May 04, 2021

One day ahead of a board discussion on the issue, Los Angeles Unified School District officials have scrapped a proposal to extend the 2021-22 school year by as much as two weeks.

May 04, 2021

The district, which has been in a hybrid-learning model since April 19, will hold all student programs in the fall semester and beyond in person. That means teachers will be required to return to school sites.

May 04, 2021

At their meeting on May 12, members of the State Board of Education are expected to finally adopt what other states have adopted and what’s been under study for years in California.

May 04, 2021

Los Angeles Unified on Monday reopened its playground equipment, following the lead of many other school districts and local city and county parks.

May 04, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of California students this spring will not be taking the state’s annual Smarter Balanced standardized tests, an EdSource survey of the state’s largest districts shows.

May 03, 2021

. Residents polled from California’s Central Valley are more unhappy with schools and with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of schools during the height of the pandemic than parents in other parts of the state.

May 03, 2021

For six of the 12 years that Carmel Valley teenager Amanda Zhang has been in school, her favorite extracurricular activity has been working on the yearbook staffs at her middle and high schools.

May 03, 2021

Less than three months after four Oakley school board members suddenly resigned after getting caught mocking parents, the district learned this week it now will be losing its top administrator.

May 03, 2021

A bill that aims to fix loopholes that have allowed cases of charter school fraud in California passed a key Assembly committee Wednesday.

May 03, 2021

Across urban and rural areas alike, public schools with more students in poverty were far more likely to serve households that lacked a basic broadband connection at home in the months before school went online.

May 03, 2021

A proposal by Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner to extend the 2021-22 school year by 10 days to address learning losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic is proving to be unpopular with teachers.

May 03, 2021

San Diego County’s school districts received huge infusions of federal cash this year to cope with COVID and did not lose any state funding — yet many still are facing long-term budget deficits, and some still have to make budget cuts.

Increasingly organized groups of parents advocating for an immediate return to class are emerging as a potent political counterweight to teachers unions.

The teachers union in Sacramento City Unified School District released its framework for reopening for in-person learning on Tuesday, and the plan prioritizes offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all of its 4,500 district employees.

Experts have found that remote instruction falls far short of classroom learning. But surveys have shown that a majority of Black and Latino parents in Los Angeles are still hesitant about sending their children back into schools.

Some teachers are reluctant to return to classroom settings as Orange County students resume at least some in-person learning. So substitute teachers might be in demand more than ever before.

Santa Clara County schools have the green light starting Wednesday to usher in a phased return to real face-to-face lessons. But the vast majority are opting instead to stay the course through the rest of the semester.

At Lucerne Valley Elementary in Southern California’s high desert, hundreds of students have returned to in-person learning and a dramatically different school day.

Pleasanton is the latest city to take a hard look at the role of police in the community and schools — and how to respond to mental health calls. The city agreed to revise its police use of force policies and possibly remove school resource officers.

Rescue Union School District, home to 3,700 students at its five elementary schools and two middle schools, is able to open since the county has remained off of the state’s monitoring list and complied with the long list of requirements to reopen.

Masks will be required at every level. In elementary schools, half of students will end their day at lunchtime, before the other half arrives. Middle and high school kids will trade off and spend two days a week on campus.

At the June 23 Oceanside Unified School Board meeting, Trustee Mike Blessing asked staff to present an option for “100 percent return” in the fall, District Communications Director Matthew Jennings said.