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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.

Aug 07, 2020

Officials at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District are providing teachers, parents and students with trainings and other resources to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 24.

Aug 07, 2020

Anxiety over returning to teach in person amid the coronavirus pandemic is very real as concerns about health and safety run the gamut.

Aug 07, 2020

Sausalito Marin City School District trustees voted this week to ask residents for approval of a $41.6 million bond measure on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Aug 07, 2020

A former Turlock Unified School District assistant superintendent is suing the district, alleging he was forced out of his job and back into teaching last year, which then allowed a former board member to take his top management position.

Aug 07, 2020

When the Lodi Unified School District Board of Education approved a plan to implement distance learning for the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year, it was understood that classrooms on campuses and bathrooms at all facilities would be cleaned on a consistent basis.

Aug 07, 2020

The Fortuna Union High School Teachers Association and its president Inma Thompson are demanding their district abandon its decision to begin in-class instruction on Monday, and instead push the beginning of instruction back by three weeks so teachers may prepare for 100% virtual instruction to start the school year — all in response to concerns over increasing case-counts of coronavirus in Humboldt County.

Aug 07, 2020

A wave of Orange County elementary schools are trying to reopen classrooms for the upcoming school year during the coronavirus pandemic, after state health officials announced a waiver process earlier this week.

Aug 07, 2020

San Diego County’s largest elementary school district and its teachers union disagree about when it will be safe enough to reopen schools and what a safe reopening looks like.

Aug 07, 2020

Lin, who has led the Corona-Norco Unified School District the past eight years, said he will stay to help with the transition once his replacement is named. His announcement came at a Tuesday, Aug. 4, school board meeting.

Aug 07, 2020

The education of some 760,000 California children with disabilities has been inconsistent at best since campuses shut down in March. Parents’ worries have intensified as they see their children’s hard-fought advances diminishing.

Aug 07, 2020

Dozens of young protesters disrupted an Antioch Unified School Board meeting Wednesday night while trustees were discussing whether to pay for police on campuses.

Aug 07, 2020

Irvine Unified School District is working quickly to hold athletic activities in a modified way when the school year begins later this month.

Aug 07, 2020

San Francisco school district officials and teachers union representatives reached a tentative agreement for distance learning instruction for the upcoming school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aug 07, 2020

California’s method of funding special education will become streamlined and a little more equitable, thanks to a provision in the recently passed state budget.

Aug 06, 2020

Six nurses serve tens of thousands of public school students across Humboldt and Del Norte counties. It’s a figure so out of line with the National Association of School Nurses’ recommended 750-to-1 student-to-nurse ratio that a local teachers union is calling on Humboldt County school districts to change.

Aug 06, 2020

As the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District begins to ramp up the start to the school year, teachers and other staff members who are parents will have one less thing to worry about as the district will provide free child care.

Aug 06, 2020

After long hours of negotiating and two public protests, Mill Valley School District and the Mill Valley Teachers Association reached a contract agreement Wednesday for distance learning and hybrid in-classroom instruction for the fall term.

Aug 06, 2020

The Orland Unified School District has opted to push back the start of the school year to Aug. 31, the district announced in a press release.

Aug 06, 2020

With the start of school less than two weeks away, concerns and questions from teachers within the Chico Unified School District are still circling.

Aug 06, 2020

New California health rules released this week do not allow for any high school or youth athletic competitions, tournaments or events because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aug 06, 2020

Waving signs and American flags, demonstrators turned out earlier this week to the Santa Ana offices of the California Teachers Association on the heels of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision last month to restrict classrooms to largely virtual, distance learning settings.

Aug 06, 2020

As the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District begins to ramp up the start to the school year, teachers and other staff members who are parents will have one less thing to worry about as the district will provide free child care.

Aug 06, 2020

A couple of developments late Monday could mean big changes in Stanislaus County school districts’ plans for distance vs. in-person learning and for providing on-campus care for employees’ children.

Aug 06, 2020

As Congress and President Trump wrestle over how much to provide in the next round of relief from the coronavirus, California school districts, county offices of education and charter schools must decide what to do with the $6.8 billion that’s already coming their way.

Aug 06, 2020

California education officials working to equip all students with computers and internet at home announced a new initiative on Wednesday that could connect up to 1 million students with internet-enabled tablets during distance learning this school year.

Aug 06, 2020

Amistad High is typical of California’s 430 alternative schools in its commitment to keeping track of students during the pandemic — students who are at especially high risk of dropping out.

Aug 05, 2020

The board of trustees during its Tuesday meeting approved pushing the 2020-21 school year start date to Aug. 17. The last day of school will be June 1, 2021.

Aug 05, 2020

Officials of the Sausalito Marin City School District will vote Wednesday on whether to place a $41.6 million bond measure on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Aug 05, 2020

The California Department of Public Health on Monday released details about the rigorous waiver process for schools with grades transitional kindergarten through six.

Aug 05, 2020

Megan Kerr, the vice president of the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education, may resign from that position — which she has held for about two weeks — on Wednesday, Aug. 4, according to a board staff report.

Aug 05, 2020

Orange County elementary schools could reopen for classroom teaching if parents, teachers and community groups sign off on the plans, along with interim health officer Dr. Clayton Chau.

Aug 05, 2020

Riverside and San Bernardino counties have too many new coronavirus cases to meet the state’s recommended criteria to reopen elementary schools, even under the new waiver system that state health officials announced Monday, Aug. 3.

Aug 05, 2020

A couple of developments late Monday could mean big changes in Stanislaus County school districts’ plans for distance vs. in-person learning and for providing on-campus care for employees’ children.

Aug 05, 2020

What parents are not seeing — and what many say they desperately need — is assistance with child care, a full school day, supervised activities after school and real-time academic supervision.

Aug 05, 2020

The Board of Education approved in a unanimous vote late Tuesday the ballot measure’s title — School Upgrades and Safety Measure — as well as a description that will be submitted to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder to appear on the ballot.

Aug 05, 2020

Several school districts are requiring teachers to conduct distance learning from their physical classrooms, sparking new fears as Covid-19 cases continue to climb across the state.

Aug 05, 2020

West Contra Costa Unified is rethinking what it means to keep students safe after its school board voted in June to end contracts for campus police officers starting next school year.

Aug 05, 2020

A pro-charter school group brought some 75 parents, teachers and a couple of Orange County Board of Education members together Tuesday evening to rally for the reopening of schools that were closed because of coronavirus concerns.

Aug 05, 2020

New criteria for state waivers mean elementary schools in San Diego County can apply for a chance to reopen, despite the state’s mandate that schools in counties struggling with COVID-19 offer online education only.

Aug 05, 2020

School starts as early as next week in many Bay Area districts, so the window to apply for a waiver to open the school year in person is closing fast. But the confusing process to get permission through county public health departments is just beginning.

Aug 05, 2020

As Gov. Gavin Newsom released details for California elementary schools seeking to return with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening campuses would be “reckless."

Aug 05, 2020

The L.A. County Department of Public Health said Tuesday that it would not consider any applications for waivers enabling elementary schools to reopen, citing high local COVID-19 case rates.

Aug 04, 2020

The California Department of Public Health issued information Monday on what it would take for elementary schools to open for in-person instruction in counties where schools otherwise would be closed because of high rates of the coronavirus infection.

Aug 04, 2020

The Kern High School District board of trustees heard a number of reports during its Monday night meeting, including pushing the 2020-21 school year start date to Aug. 24

Aug 04, 2020

The state released the safety requirements on Monday for youth sports and guidelines that elementary schools must follow if they apply for a waiver to reopen. This includes developing plans for health screenings, contact tracing, physical distancing, testing , and triggers for switching to distance learning.

Aug 04, 2020

Orange County’s Board of Education call for a return to classrooms without masks or social distancing last month drew a host of reactions from across the country. Yet panel members never gave Orange County residents their own chance to sound off.

Aug 04, 2020

Districts in the Bay Area have reported sobering numbers: the Oakland Public Education Fund estimates half of Oakland’s 50,000 students lack either a computer or internet access and, according to a spokeswoman for San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo, 14,000 of San Jose’s 36,000 students lack access to digital resources as well.

Aug 04, 2020

San Diego County’s largest elementary school district and its teachers union disagree about when it will be safe enough to reopen schools and what a safe reopening looks like.

Aug 04, 2020

Pasadena Unified Superintendent Brian McDonald has emergency powers again as the district barrels towards its Aug. 17 opening, with classes slated to be held online-only for now, in response to an unrelenting pandemic.

Aug 04, 2020

When COVID-19 closed schools in spring, instruction went online for 14-year-old Lyra Cherry, as it did for students across the country. Unlike most students, though, Lyra — along with her twin sister Sophia — is on the autism spectrum.

Aug 04, 2020

Parents, students and teachers rolled a car caravan to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce that filtered into a school district office in downtown L.A. Monday, Aug. 3 to urge a safe and equitable reopening of L.A. public schools and passage of Proposition 15.

Aug 04, 2020

The agreement, struck late Sunday, requires daily live interaction with students, but stopped short of making teachers report each day to empty classrooms, something district negotiators backed away from during talks on Thursday, July 30, according to Arlene Inouye, union bargaining co-chair.

Aug 04, 2020

West Contra Costa Unified is the latest Bay Area school district to come to a tentative agreement with teachers unions over how the school day will work for teachers and students under distance learning.

Aug 04, 2020

San Diego County’s largest elementary school district and its teachers union disagree about when it will be safe enough to reopen schools and what a safe reopening looks like.

Aug 04, 2020

Students in Los Angeles will have about five hours of distance learning daily under an agreement announced Monday between Los Angeles Unified and the union representing teachers in the district.

Aug 04, 2020

But because of the detailed rules, smaller schools will probably be among the most successful at meeting the special guidelines, prompting concern from some that select reopenings could add to gaps in educational equity.

Aug 04, 2020

A judge has ruled in favor of a charter school that sued Hayward Unified, agreeing that the district wrongfully tried to take away some of the charter’s classroom space.

Aug 04, 2020

With less than a week left before the school year begins, Oakland Unified School District and its teachers union are haggling over how many hours of live online instruction teachers must provide each day and the length of their work day.

Aug 04, 2020

Despite acknowledging the unknown long-term effects of COVID-19, the San Jose Unified School District is forcing most of its teachers back into the classroom next week for the start of the upcoming school year.

Aug 04, 2020

Many elementary schools in the Bay Area could be eligible to receive waivers to reopen for in-person learning, even if their counties haven’t hit state benchmarks in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, under guidelines the state released late Monday.

Aug 04, 2020

As part of a citywide goal to prevent students from falling behind with virtual learning this school year, San Jose has partnered with AT&T to provide 11,000 hotspots to students and residents who have no internet access at home.

Aug 03, 2020

The upcoming semester will be online as per a directive from California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month, which compounded an already-existing Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education decision.

Aug 03, 2020

With a recent lawsuit against the state and national headlines over a back to school recommendation, Orange County’s Board of Education has really made waves for a panel that doesn’t actually hold much real authority.

Aug 03, 2020

After a lengthy meeting and dozens of public comments that were split on how to proceed, the board voted 3-1 to start the year without students in classrooms due to safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Aug 03, 2020

As early as the 1920s, Calaveras was known as the Redskins. For the past five years, however, Calaveras has been nameless, choosing to go without a mascot and nickname.

Aug 03, 2020

The largest public schools in the Fresno area have said they are not applying for waivers to open schools in August, but some private schools and smaller public schools will move forward with the option.

Aug 03, 2020

A Central High School English teacher has been placed on administrative leave as Fresno police investigate social media allegations from former students who say he asked to photograph them posing nude or in lingerie.

Aug 03, 2020

Two weeks ago, the Orange County Board of Education gained national attention when it endorsed reopening public schools without social distancing or face masks. Now, the board plans to file a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom, asking that state orders to have most schools opening online in the fall be set aside.

Aug 03, 2020

On Thursday, the county issued an order in line with the state’s order that all schools — public, private and charter — must start 2020-21 with distance learning. Mousalimas said each district will decide whether teachers will instruct remotely from their classroom or be allowed to teach from home.

Aug 03, 2020

Most California kids will kick off the 2020-2021 academic year with distance learning due to the coronavirus, but the state’s strict vaccination laws still require students be up-to-date on their shots before starting class.

Aug 03, 2020

A Rocklin high school graduate is calling on the district board to demand change after learning his high school is named for a wealthy white landowner who historians say exploited Chinese laborers.

Aug 03, 2020

San Diego Unified School District is aiming to make distance learning this fall “as close as possible” to what school was like pre-COVID, according to new distance learning ground rules the district announced late Thursday night.

Aug 03, 2020

Teachers in the Mill Valley School District staged a demonstration this week to underline their coronavirus safety concerns as contract talks heat up ahead of schools reopening in three weeks.

Aug 03, 2020

Many of the district’s classified employees work in the food services, maintenance and custodial departments, and are Hispanic, elderly or both — two of the demographics health officials say are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Aug 03, 2020

A lawsuit filed by an Oak Glen apple farm and its owner over canceled Claremont field trips was dismissed by a federal judge this month, but plaintiff James Patrick Riley vows the fight isn’t over.

Aug 03, 2020

The legacy of conservationist John Muir has been called into question after one of the nation’s more prominent environmental groups, the Sierra Club — founded by Muir himself — published a widely-circulated statement last week, apologizing for its founder’s derogatory comments about Black people and Indigenous peoples.

Aug 03, 2020

Most, if not all public school districts are expecting the bulk of their teachers to work from their campuses as the coronavirus pandemic continues and Stanislaus County remains on the state’s COVID-19 watch list.

Aug 03, 2020

To appease critics of academic jargon, the new draft ditches terms such as “herstory” for the more traditional “history.” To better honor diversity, teachers are encouraged to let the ethnic composition of the class influence study topics.

Aug 03, 2020

The bond money, paid back through property taxes on district residents, would go toward a long list of school construction projects continuing ongoing efforts at dozens of schools in the areas of safety, technology, modernization, accessibility, equipment and new construction. It would also cover projects on charter school campuses.

Aug 03, 2020

Many working parents are struggling to balance their jobs with their children's schoolwork as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause upheaval around the country. The death toll in the U.S. has reached about 155,000, and cases are rising in numerous states.

Aug 03, 2020

Amid national and local calls for defunding police departments and pulling officers from schools in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, Fremont’s school board plans to re-evaluate its longstanding program that places a city police officer at the district’s high schools.

Aug 03, 2020

With just over one week before school starts Aug. 10 in Oakland Unified, the district is still in negotiations with its labor unions on how it will deliver distance learning and how it will determine when it is safe to bring students and staff back to campuses.

Aug 03, 2020

Frustrated Bay Area families already know classes will be online when school starts in the coming weeks, but many still have no idea when their K-12 students will have to log on for lessons or how many hours of live instruction they would get.

Aug 03, 2020

The California Department of Education released a more readable and tempered draft of an “ethnic studies model curriculum” on Friday, 11 months after intense criticism of the first draft forced state officials to order a rewrite.

Jul 31, 2020

Four growing charter school organizations are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education, charging that the state’s formula for funding K-12 schools during the coronavirus pandemic will illegally deny payments for additional students in their schools.

Jul 31, 2020

The court unanimously ruled that the Legislature could eliminate pension “spiking,” in which employees “artificially inflated” their earnings in their last year of work by cashing in the value of accumulated leave and working extra shifts at higher rates. Padding income in turn increased a worker’s pension.

Jul 31, 2020

Local elementary schools could hold in-person instruction this fall if they meet certain criteria, San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials announced Wednesday.

Jul 31, 2020

Frustrated Bay Area families already know classes will be online when school starts in the coming weeks, but many still have no idea when their K-12 students will have to log on for lessons or how many hours of live instruction they would get.

Jul 31, 2020

Theresa Kemper has been named superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District. Kemper will succeed Tim Glover, 56, whose last day is Friday. Kemper’s annual salary will be $266,262.

Jul 31, 2020

At a time when many of their peers struggle with isolation, uneven online teaching or lack of access to computers, a fraction of students have discovered that distance learning can offer a unique kind of relief — and they have thrived.

Jul 31, 2020

As many schools ready for August reopenings and grapple with new coronavirus policies, some advocates and local officials say there's an additional concern, particularly for charter schools: California's 2020-21 budget.

Jul 30, 2020

During the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year, students will utilize distance learning. Students will participate through Google Classroom five days a week following an instructional schedule with required attendance. The schedule will include daily live instructional time slots, along with independent assignments for completion.

Jul 30, 2020

While all local schools are prohibited from providing in-person instruction until Sonoma County is off the state’s coronavirus watch list for 14 consecutive days, the county’s 40 individual school districts are preparing for the day they can welcome students and staff back to campuses for classes.

Jul 30, 2020

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board voted Tuesday night against putting a bond measure on the November ballot that would have provided financing for building rental housing for teachers and district staff.

Jul 30, 2020

Students in Fresno’s Central Unified schools should expect online learning to look a lot different than it did in the spring when the coronavirus abruptly forced campuses to close.

Jul 30, 2020

Mayor London Breed is including a $15 million financial lifeline for the San Francisco Unified School District in her upcoming budget proposal, money intended to help prevent layoffs and other cuts in the face of a $22 million budget shortfall largely attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 30, 2020

With the Aug. 18 start of the school year fast approaching, parents and students face uncertainty over how online instruction will be conducted as the Los Angeles teachers union and district officials haggle over the rules and schedules for distance learning.

Jul 30, 2020

Fairmont Schools has been preparing for weeks to welcome back students to its five campuses in Southern California’s Orange County and never stopped even though Gov. Gavin Newsom has said classroom instruction won’t be possible in most places.

Jul 29, 2020

“It’s evident that people in the Scott Valley are proud of their community and have deep roots here,” said Micheline Miglis, the new superintendent of the Scott Valley Unified School District.

Jul 29, 2020

Some teachers in the Manteca Unified School District demonstrated outside the district office on Tuesday in protest of the district’s plan to have them return to campus to start the year with distance learning.

Jul 29, 2020

Two weeks ago, the Orange County Board of Education gained national attention when it endorsed reopening public schools without social distancing or face masks. Now, the board plans to file a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s public health officer, Sonia Y. Angell, asking that state orders be set aside that have most schools opening online in the fall.

Jul 29, 2020

Less than 24 hours after hundreds of parents, students and teachers protested a block-learning curriculum recently approved by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board, officials have reversed course and repealed their plan.

Jul 29, 2020

The Palm Springs Unified School District detailed its reopening plans on Tuesday as thousands of students prepare to begin the school year next week online.

Jul 29, 2020

The largest public schools in the Fresno area have said they are not applying for waivers to open schools in August, but some private schools and smaller public schools will move forward with the option.

Jul 29, 2020

Back in May, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a new draft of his budget, based on the bleak financial outlook caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. California’s rosy fiscal position had evaporated in a matter of weeks and it was time for the bad news: Schools would take the biggest hit.

Jul 29, 2020

San Francisco students will spend several weeks if not months in distance learning, followed by a limited return to in-person instruction, with no more than a third of the district’s 53,000 school children allowed back on any given day.

Jul 28, 2020

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program announced Monday it's ramping up support to Kern County schools to identify and connect schools with families struggling with housing, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.

Jul 28, 2020

It’s been a summer to remember for just about everyone. For students in Los Angeles Unified School District, summer school especially had a much different look.

Jul 28, 2020

More than 200 parents, students and teachers turned out at Corona del Mar High School on Monday, July 27, to protest a recent Newport-Mesa Unified School District decision to teach middle and high school students in longer blocks.

Jul 27, 2020

With just three weeks to go before the school year opens Aug. 17 with online-only instruction, Santa Rosa City Schools officials are rolling out three distinct return-to-school models and asking the families of its nearly 16,000 students to choose.

Jul 27, 2020

There is a way some schools can get permission to reopen despite a state school closure order, but the exact criteria for getting that permission have yet to be finalized in San Diego County.

Jul 27, 2020

Many California families are bracing for months if not years of educating their medically fragile kids at home. They won’t send their kids to class until there’s a widely available vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.

Jul 27, 2020

While the price is steep, many parents of the 250,000 school children in the Sacramento area have been forced to choose between the cost of providing a stable learning experience for their children and the ability to commit full days to their jobs. And with pandemic pods coming with a significant investment, the situation is highlighting the disparity in the resources available to parents.

Jul 27, 2020

Like pretty much everything else that distance learning involves, ensuring internet connectivity requires a partnership between schools and student families.

Jul 27, 2020

Fontana students will begin the 2020-21 school year Aug. 24 in an online setting, district leaders announced this week. Pushing back the first day of school will give students, parents, teachers and staff additional time to prepare for a new year, Fontana Unified School District officials said in a news release.

Jul 27, 2020

With the new school year just weeks away, the Fresno Unified School District has not finalized a distance learning plan.

Jul 27, 2020

Dozens of Bay Area schools have inquired with local health officials about waivers that would let them reopen classrooms to kids since Gov. Gavin Newsom ruled last week that K-12 instruction begin the school year online in counties on the state’s coronavirus watchlist.

Jul 27, 2020

With students facing ever-growing levels of depression and anxiety as the pandemic wears on, nearly everyone agrees that school districts need to expand their mental health services.

Jul 24, 2020

For Paul Mourani, there are “too many cooks in the kitchen” when it comes to decisions on reopening or closing schools because of the pandemic.

Jul 24, 2020

Under the school reopening guidelines Gov. Gavin Newsom released Friday, school districts on the watch list can submit a waiver that would exempt elementary schools from closures, according to a statement from the Santa Clara Office of Education.

Jul 24, 2020

The option to reopen despite being on the state coronavirus watchlist is on the table for elementary schools in the state if they seek a waiver, according to a statement from the Santa Clara Office of Education.

Jul 24, 2020

Instead of the traditional teaching method of studying subjects throughout the year, the school board on Tuesday, July 21, supported a block-style curriculum where students will complete half their courses in the fall and half in the spring.

Jul 24, 2020

Most California schools are preparing for a new reality of entirely remote classes this fall, after Gov. Gavin Newsom last week announced that schools cannot offer in-person instruction if they are in counties the state is closely monitoring for coronavirus spread.

Jul 24, 2020

Now, as the Black Lives Matter movement gathers momentum, some districts are moving in the opposite direction: cutting back on police spending and hiring more counselors.

Jul 24, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to keep schools closed in counties with high coronavirus case numbers provoked disappointment from parents and schools, and even a lawsuit. But a new poll of San Diego County shows that most adults agree with the controversial order.

Jul 24, 2020

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn to allow children to use spaces at libraries and parks in unincorporated areas while school campuses are closed.

Jul 24, 2020

San Francisco officials are readying an unprecedented educational assistance program for the fall meant to help up to 6,000 children with their distance-learning needs, as parents and students confront the reality of starting the school year without classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 24, 2020

School districts, charters and private schools in L.A. County may begin applying within days for waivers that would allow them to reopen elementary schools in person — but public schools will have to show they have union support, county public health officials said Thursday.

Jul 23, 2020

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that the California Department of Justice has entered into a settlement with the Mojave Unified School District to address shortfalls in the district's policies and practices, including those relating to complaints of discrimination and retaliation.

Jul 23, 2020

Stockton Unified School District staff presented more than two dozen district policy changes to the Board of Education at a special meeting Tuesday evening regarding student discipline.

Jul 23, 2020

Now that Butte County has been officially placed on the state’s COVID-19 watch list, schools will likely have to begin the 2020-21 school year online.

Jul 23, 2020

Nine California parents are suing the state over a plan announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week that would keep most schools closed for the beginning of the coming school year.

Jul 23, 2020

As one by one, monuments and markers linked to California’s racist past were being toppled by protesters last month or hastily moved out of sight, a small school district in Hawthorne set its sights on an elementary campus named after the state’s first elected governor.

Jul 23, 2020

When COVID-19 forced schools to close across California in March, state education officials estimated that 1.2 million students — 20 percent of the total K-12 population — didn’t have the technology necessary to participate in distance learning.

Jul 23, 2020

The San Diego Unified School Board voted to ban future “willful defiance” suspensions for all middle school students and to implement a host of other reforms at an online school board workshop on racial equity on Tuesday.

Jul 23, 2020

If Los Angeles County school districts still want to open elementary and pre-kindergarten classrooms for in-person instruction they might be allowed to do so under a new waiver process announced by Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Wednesday.

Jul 22, 2020

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District board of education approved a plan to begin the 2020-21 school year through distance learning and a closure plan for when students return to school during Tuesday's meeting.

Jul 22, 2020

The Norris School District board of trustees approved a plan to begin the school year utilizing distance learning during its Tuesday meeting.

Jul 22, 2020

The Fruitvale School District board of trustees voted to start the school year with distance learning, according to Superintendent Leslie Garrison.

Jul 22, 2020

Kids in Orange County will be learning virtually when the academic year starts up again until the County is off a state monitoring list for two weeks under orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom last week.

Jul 22, 2020

Orange County’s Board of Education approved recommendations last week calling for a return to schools without masks or social distancing before giving any kind of voice to nearly 4,000 submitted comments from the community.

Jul 22, 2020

Angered by the Clovis school board’s recent decision to reopen campuses despite surging coronavirus cases, many teachers who spoke with The Fresno Bee said they’re considering forming the district’s first-ever teachers union.

Jul 22, 2020

A conservative legal foundation filed suit Tuesday to overturn Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order barring schools in most of the state from bringing students into the classrooms this fall.

Jul 22, 2020

Now that the great summer debate has been settled and most California schools will be teaching online instead of opening their classrooms for the fast-approaching school year, parents like Martin Rauchwerk have one request: Reassure us online instruction will be better this time around.

Jul 22, 2020

With San Diego County and most California schools forced to stay closed for the foreseeable future, parents are rushing to create mini in-person schools of their own — a trend that is raising questions about equity.

Jul 22, 2020

While most California school districts are planning only virtual instruction to start the academic year, some are offering child care programs that will bring students into the same buildings that are off-limits for classroom instruction.

Jul 21, 2020

Ferndale Unified School District will allow families to make up their minds about whether their students will attend in-person classes or learn by distance during the 2020-21 academic year.

Jul 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic prompted California to spike all fall high school sports on Monday, in favor of a new calendar that will compact all games, like football, into a few winter and spring months.

Jul 21, 2020

Districts across Orange County are canceling their plan to hold in-person graduation ceremonies in July or August, as the state continues to restrict large gatherings and the coronavirus has been spreading faster locally.

Jul 21, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t mention it in his hour-long press conference on Friday, but new state guidelines banning in-school instruction in counties on a monitoring list for coronavirus infections includes a waiver provision that could exempt elementary schools.

Jul 21, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Monday, July 20, that it’s continuing an effort to put local leaders at the heart of education in each of the 40 communities which it serves.

Jul 21, 2020

A new order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday will require most districts across the state to begin the school year with remote learning until certain thresholds are met in each county.

Jul 20, 2020

If the decisions of the Bakersfield City and Kern High school districts regarding the reopening of schools in the fall indicate anything — both voted to begin the year online — it's that distance learning is firmly in place for the time being.

Jul 20, 2020

Ventura County public and charter school sites will not reopen for the 2020-21 school year as previously planned amid continued concern over the rise of coronavirus cases in California.

Jul 20, 2020

Students across San Joaquin County will start the 2020-21 school year from home after districts this week adopted distance learning models.

Jul 20, 2020

Back-to-school in San Luis Obispo County will occur entirely online after the governor issued a new state order on Friday, and now districts can turn their attention to executing that plan as successfully as possible.

Jul 20, 2020

The Monterey County Office of Education announced Friday all schools in Monterey County will start the academic year under distance learning in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s guidance for schools during a media briefing earlier in the day.

Jul 20, 2020

If they can find the right combination of kindred families and qualified teachers or tutors, Marin moms Darcy Alkus-Barrow and Malissa Reyes are planning to go “micro-pod” for the upcoming school year.

Jul 20, 2020

Schools within the Orland, Willows and Hamilton Unified School Districts as well as Capay Joint Union Elementary School District, Lake Elementary School District, Plaza Elementary School District, Princeton Joint Unified School District and Stony Creek Joint Unified School District will all begin the fall in a distance learning model.

Jul 20, 2020

Responding to soaring coronavirus infections and growing concern from teachers, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced new rules on Friday that would force many of the state’s districts to teach remotely when school starts next month.

Jul 20, 2020

Clovis Unified Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell said she was disappointed Friday following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus order that shut down all Fresno County schools, including Clovis, which planned to reopen campuses in August.

Jul 20, 2020

Now that schools in Sacramento will officially start the 2020-21 school year with online instruction, parents and teachers are left wondering if distance learning will be easier the second time around.

Jul 20, 2020

The state has barred all public and private schools in San Diego County and most other California counties from holding in-person classes until the counties do a better job of containing the coronavirus.

Jul 20, 2020

With weeks to go before the new school year is set to begin, Inland Empire school districts now have clarity — whether they like it or not — on what lessons will look like.

Jul 20, 2020

Embracing a challenge is one of the reasons the Merced native sought the move from the much smaller Grass Valley School District to Modesto’s Sylvan Union district, which has an enrollment of more than 8,200.

Jul 20, 2020

The former executive director of a Los Angeles charter school outfit agreed Friday to plead guilty to criminal theft and tax fraud charges for stealing more than $3.1 million that should have been spent on school operations.

Jul 20, 2020

California school campuses in 32 of the counties hardest hit by Covid-19 aren’t likely to reopen at the beginning of the school year, announced Gov. Gavin Newsom in a press conference Friday.

Jul 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic pushes Sacramento County schools into a distance-learning-only fall, parents have begun to seek alternatives to Zoom classrooms. Home schooling is at the top of the list for many.

Jul 20, 2020

School districts in less-populated California counties are moving ahead with plans for classroom instruction, albeit with face masks, hand-washing stations, socially distant seating and lots of hand sanitizer.

Jul 20, 2020

Mean parents, teachers, principals and kids are not happy about another stretch of distancing learning — one that will probably last longer than the marathon in the spring.

Jul 20, 2020

Many of the state officials and school district leaders who are pushing for schools to remain closed won’t dispute that school closures are harming students. But those officials say students and staff shouldn’t come back to school until it is safe to do so.

Jul 17, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected Friday to hand down stricter guidelines that would limit which school districts can reopen during the coronavirus outbreak and, for those that can, require masks for older kids and consistent testing for staff.

Jul 17, 2020

Nearly all Ventura County public and charter school sites will not reopen in the fall for the 2020-21 school year as previously planned amid continued concern over the rise of coronavirus cases in California.

Jul 17, 2020

The San Luis Coastal Unified School District is opting for a distance learning education model through the winter, requiring online-only classes until January, the district’s board decided on Thursday.

Jul 17, 2020

The Pasadena Unified school board unanimously voted Thursday to move ahead with Superintendent Brian McDonald’s recommendation to start the school year online, with teachers and students attending class remotely, at least for the beginning.

Jul 17, 2020

Recent spikes in the number of coronavirus cases locally, combined with concerns from parents about potential health risks, has pushed Pomona Unified School District to start the 2020-21 school year virtually.

Jul 17, 2020

Scores of Marin County teachers staged a car caravan and rally Thursday to demand stronger protections for reopening schools as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Jul 17, 2020

Due to a spike in the novel coronavirus within district boundaries, the Chaffey Joint Union High School District is reversing course, placing its in-classroom hybrid schedule on hold and switching to online learning, district officials confirmed Wednesday, July 15.

Jul 17, 2020

Up until this point, those decisions have been left entirely up to local school districts. Gov. Newsom will be holding a press conference on reopening schools and COVID-19 Friday at noon.

Jul 17, 2020

Some teachers are uneasy while others are scared to return to the classroom when the school year starts up again in fear of adding to the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Orange County.

Jul 17, 2020

After hearing that hundreds of students and dozens of staff members could be infected with the coronavirus when the new school year starts in August, school boards for two Anaheim districts opted to continue with distance learning for the foreseeable future.

Jul 17, 2020

Following the lead of the San Diego Unified School District, Escondido high schools will open the school year with online instruction only for at least the first grading period, the school board decided Tuesday.

Jul 17, 2020

Lake Elsinore Unified School District’s approximately 21,000 students will begin the 2020-21 school year with 100% online learning five days a week when classes resume Aug. 12, officials announced Thursday, July 16.

Jul 17, 2020

With about a month before the 2020-21 school year begins, Inland Empire public school districts are debating how to resume lessons as the coronavirus pandemic is resurging throughout Southern California.

Jul 17, 2020

The New Haven Unified School District, which serves about 11,000 students across 12 schools in Union City and South Hayward, will begin the upcoming school year with fully virtual learning, officials decided this week.

Jul 17, 2020

Small and large, school districts within Stanislaus County whose academic years are set to start in early to mid-August will have one thing in common: Instruction will be online only.

Jul 17, 2020

A task force made up of Eureka Unified parents, teachers, board members and administrators looked overseas for help because it wanted to start planning early.

Jul 17, 2020

While the national debate continues over whether students should return to school campuses while the pandemic rages, San Diego County districts are making their decisions.

Jul 17, 2020

Across California, public school officials are dumping their carefully crafted plans for the school year — many of which included a hybrid of in-person and online learning — instead opting to keep classes completely remote as coronavirus cases continue to climb.

Jul 17, 2020

In the wake of the news that public school campuses in Sacramento County will stay closed when instruction resumes in the fall, teachers are reacting with mixtures of relief and concern for their students, all while preparing for the upcoming school year.

Jul 17, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to announce Friday that all public and private schools in California counties on the state’s monitoring list for rising coronavirus infections would be required to close for in-class instruction and meet strict criteria in order to reopen.

Jul 16, 2020

In a 3-2 vote the board of trustees approved opening the fall semester utilizing distance learning and incrementally moving to a cohort model when it's safe for students to return to school.

Jul 16, 2020

Oak Park Unified School District is the first in Ventura County to announce it will not reopen campuses for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Jul 16, 2020

On Tuesday, San Joaquin County Public Health Services and the San Joaquin County Board of Education amended the 2020-2021 planning guide for schools to address the challenges of COVID-19.

Jul 16, 2020

Instead of starting the new school year in the classroom, more and more San Joaquin County students will begin the 2020-21 school year learning from home.

Jul 16, 2020

San Luis Obispo County’s largest K-12 school district, Lucia Mar Unified, will require distance learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year, the district announced Tuesday.

Jul 16, 2020

After last week looking at proposals that included having elementary school students returning to class four days a week, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board voted unanimously Tuesday to start the school year with full distance learning, while targeting a phased-in return to class under a hybrid learning model by October.

Jul 16, 2020

After a lengthy meeting, the Chico Unified School District board voted to have students attend school on campus daily in a limited matter.

Jul 16, 2020

Many California school districts are opting to start the year with full-time online distance learning. That's the smart move for much of the state, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in a virtual press conference Wednesday.

Jul 16, 2020

After being told to return to remote education in the fall (autumn), Los Angeles teachers are demanding greater technology support to avoid the chaos they say they faced when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to abruptly switch to online learning in March.

Jul 16, 2020

Some of the largest school districts in Orange County, California, say they will not follow their board of education’s recommendation to return students and teachers to the classroom.

Jul 16, 2020

In the days since the reopening report’s release, it’s clear that panel members had no say in the final recommendations that were made to the board. Now, multiple members of that panel have disavowed it.

Jul 16, 2020

Clovis schools will give parents a choice to send their children back to campus full time to start the school year or keep them home for online education.

Jul 16, 2020

More than 50,000 Black and Latino middle and high school students in Los Angeles did not regularly participate in the school system’s main platform for virtual classrooms after campuses closed in March.

Jul 16, 2020

Following the lead of the San Diego Unified School District, Escondido high schools will open the school year with online instruction only for at least the first grading period, the school board decided Tuesday.

Jul 16, 2020

By trying to push schools to have children in school, Trump and his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are actually highlighting the limits of the federal government’s influence over schools.

Jul 16, 2020

In recent days, districts serving at least 1.4 million of the state’s 6.2 million public school students have announced that they will be teaching students remotely, at least to begin the school year.

Jul 16, 2020

Dissatisfied with the uneven quality of distance learning among school districts after they closed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature established minimum requirements for the next school year in legislation accompanying the 2020-21 budget.

Jul 15, 2020

Bakersfield City School District students will not return to campus this fall, at least for the first quarter.

Jul 15, 2020

Southern California school districts are at odds when it comes to reopening schools in the fall.

Jul 15, 2020

Students in Los Angeles Unified School District will learn entirely online this fall. In neighboring Orange County, the Board of Education has pushed for a full return to the classroom, sans masks or social distancing.

Jul 15, 2020

Instead of starting the new school year in the classroom, more and more San Joaquin County students will begin the 2020-21 school year learning from home.

Jul 15, 2020

The vote has no effect on school districts, which can and are making their own decisions. Many of them are trying to follow the guidelines set by state health officials, according to the Orange County Register.

Jul 15, 2020

The Santa Ana Unified School District’s board members voted unanimously last week to adopt a plan to reopen schools that allows families the option to have their kids learn entirely virtually from home or come to school on certain days of the week.

Jul 15, 2020

The Orange County Board of Education’s recommendations this week to reopen classrooms without masks or social distancing triggered a fiery debate about how to reopen schools this fall.

Jul 15, 2020

On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall — arguing both could hurt their children’s well-being — and want schools to reopen full time.

Jul 15, 2020

The decision, which came during a special board meeting Tuesday night, caught dozens of parents who tuned in online by surprise. The school board voted 4-1 to have all 20,000 students in the district start the school year online.

Jul 15, 2020

Following recommendations Monday from the San Joaquin County Office of Education and Public Health Services, Lodi school officials have opted to begin the 2020-21 school with distance learning.

Jul 15, 2020

With the number of COVID-19 cases steadily rising across California and less than three weeks to go before some school districts are poised to begin a new academic year, there are no statewide rules laying out the conditions under which schools can, or cannot, open.

Jul 15, 2020

Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Scott Schmerelson has agreed to pay $400 for violations that he improperly filed a campaign finance disclosure form that omitted certain stock holdings.

Jul 15, 2020

Although the San Jose Unified School District was preparing to start the new academic year with a mix of classroom instruction and distance learning, recent events have forced it to hit the pause button.

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.

Jul 15, 2020

A day later, that symbolic vote – which urges a plan that, if implemented, could run counter to federal and state health guidelines – drew national media attention and a letter of rebuke from the county’s congressional delegation.

Jul 15, 2020

The Central Unified School District will start the school year with an all-online learning model amid the coronavirus pandemic, but officials plan to transition into traditional in-person classes.

Jul 15, 2020

Long Beach schools will begin the academic year with online-only classes, choosing not to reopen campuses for in-person instruction until at least Oct 5, the local education district has announced.

Jul 15, 2020

Given a haircut is still considered unsafe and a trip to the mall not allowed anywhere statewide, opening schools to students and staff in a month is not feasible, San Francisco school officials said.

Jul 15, 2020

President Trump called the decision by Los Angeles schools to not reopen campuses next month a “mistake” during a CBS News interview on Tuesday.

Jul 14, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday a statewide approach doesn’t work in a state with more than 1,000 districts serving more than six million children.

Jul 14, 2020

The Kern High School District Teachers Association executive board is recommending beginning the 2020-2021 school year operating under a 100 percent distance learning model, according to an email from the executive board.

Jul 14, 2020

Stockton Unified students will start the 2020-21 school year at a distance after the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in San Joaquin County.

Jul 14, 2020

The Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) voted 4-1 on Monday evening to allow schools to reopen next month, although the decision to open remains with the local districts and schools.

Jul 14, 2020

Stanislaus County schoolchildren will not return to campuses in-person learning during the first two weeks of August, as districts have been working toward.

Jul 14, 2020

The Mt. Diablo Unified School board members told district staff Monday they think it’s best for most students, faculty members and staff to not return to campuses for the start of the school year on Aug. 13 and instead learn remotely at first.

Jul 14, 2020

The West Contra Costa Unified school district in the San Francisco Bay Area will resume online classes for almost all students on Aug. 17, followed by an unusual plan to slowly get students back into school buildings — starting with those who are most in need of services.

Jul 14, 2020

Schools in California’s two largest districts — Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified — will not reopen for in-person learning when the school year begins next month, the districts announced Monday, saying that it would not be safe to do so while the coronavirus continues to spread.

Jul 14, 2020

San Diego Unified School District leaders will delay the physical reopening of schools this fall and instead start the school year with online learning for safety reasons, officials said, citing spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Jul 14, 2020

Los Angeles campuses will not reopen for classes on Aug. 18, and the nation’s second-largest school system will continue with online learning until further notice, because of the worsening coronavirus surge, Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday.

Jul 14, 2020

The impassioned tug-of-wars have put educators in the middle of an increasingly politicized debate on how best to reopen schools this fall, a daunting challenge as infections spike in the U.S.

Jul 14, 2020

As California’s two largest school districts announced plans to continue distance learning only models in the fall, there is growing apprehension among teachers in the Sacramento City Unified School District about classroom instruction beginning in September.

Jul 14, 2020

Los Angeles County public health officials have announced new guidelines for school districts that choose to resume in-person learning in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, warning that things will look very different on campuses when students and teachers return.

Jul 14, 2020

Orange County education leaders voted 4 to 1 Monday evening to approve recommendations for reopening schools in the fall that do not include the mandatory use of masks for students or increased social distancing in classrooms amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Jul 13, 2020

South High School, known for its Rebel mascot, a Confederate image, is surrounded by streets named after Confederate figures, battles and warships — Fambrough, Merrimac, Sumter, Monitor and Shenandoah. One block away, you'll come across Plantation Avenue and Plantation Elementary School.

Jul 13, 2020

When students get to school, their temperatures will be taken and they will need to wear their student IDs. Any student who has a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent to the school nurse to wait as their guardian is contacted to pick them up.

Jul 13, 2020

Tuolumne County schools are on track for reopening in late August, though some will have shortened weeks with a mix of distance learning, groups of students attending on alternating days, and all students and staff must wear masks while on campus.

Jul 13, 2020

Monterey County School Districts are planning their reopening around the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines, and there are plenty of things to consider.

Jul 13, 2020

Marin parents and teachers, bewildered by what they say are changing guidelines and conflicting information, are demanding more clout about how schools will reopen safely next month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 13, 2020

The days are numbered for the old Pacific Lumber Company recreation building, now owned by the Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary School in Scotia. This building is more commonly referred to as the Scotia gym.

Jul 13, 2020

The Orange County Board of Education is hosting a special meeting tomorrow, where officials are expected to recommend that schools return in the fall — without implementing the use of face masks, social distancing or reduced class sizes.

Jul 13, 2020

With schools closed and no plan, as yet, for reopening them, hundreds of children participating in several promising Sacramento County dental pilot projects for low-income families had their oral healthcare left in a lurch.

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.

Jul 13, 2020

Charter schools are collecting millions of dollars in federal paycheck protection loans, even though they are not expected to lose state funding, federal data shows.

Jul 13, 2020

Two San Bernardino school districts are set to begin the upcoming academic year with interim leaders after the coronavirus pandemic halted their respective searches for new top officials this spring.

Jul 13, 2020

School districts need to look beyond their usual funding streams and find support from nonprofits, businesses and other government agencies, panelists told state education leaders on Friday.

Jul 13, 2020

As coronavirus cases spike across California, some school districts are making the decision to keep campuses closed to most students and to educate them online next school year.

Jul 13, 2020

Elk Grove Unified announced formal school reopening plans on Friday morning, staying largely on course with its earlier plans to have students attend in-person or continue distance learning in the fall.

Jul 13, 2020

Schools across the state aren’t sure they can come up with procedures — and the money to implement them — to keep kids safe before class is scheduled to begin this fall.

Jul 13, 2020

Many districts around the state have yet to announce fall plans as they await further guidance from local and state health officials, but will have to make a decision in the next couple of weeks to prepare for a new school year.

Jul 13, 2020

The California Teachers Association, one of the largest and most powerful unions in the country, is insisting on prolonging distance learning instead of forcing its army of more than 300,000 educators back into schools.

Jul 10, 2020

Murrieta’s school district has hired a prominent law firm to investigate employees’ handling of racist social media messages posted by former Vista Murrieta High School students.

Jul 10, 2020

Fremont’s school board has selected a new superintendent to take over in August, after the previous superintendent stepped down this year at the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 10, 2020

It looks increasingly likely that few if any San Francisco students will be back full-time in classrooms this fall, but families won’t know for sure until the end of July, less than three weeks before the first day of school.

Jul 10, 2020

Schools in Humboldt County have a number of plans ready for potentially reopening in the fall, but the route they take still hinges on public health guidelines as coronavirus cases rise.

Jul 10, 2020

Weeks before the start of school, Californians are deeply split over whether campuses can safely reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus surge — caught in a collective moment of uncertainty and anxiety also reflected among teachers and education leaders.

Jul 10, 2020

In a fierce rebuttal to the Trump administration’s push for all children to return to school in the fall in the face of spreading coronavirus infections, California’s largest teachers union is declaring bluntly that “California cannot reopen schools unless they are safe.”

Jul 10, 2020

The Oroville City Elementary School District and the Oroville Union High School District are both working on plans to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year which begins on Aug. 12.

Jul 10, 2020

Just which of the new school board districts in the newly divided Hacienda La Puente Unified will end up on the Nov. 3 ballot is set to be determined by a judge on Friday, July 10.

Jul 10, 2020

An education leader of the Yurok Tribe, the chief academic officer of Riverside County and a bilingual teacher in El Centro in Imperial County are three new members of the State Board of Education.

Jul 10, 2020

In a fierce rebuttal to the Trump administration’s push for all children to return to school in the fall in the face of spreading coronavirus infections, California’s largest teachers union is declaring bluntly that “California cannot reopen schools unless they are safe.”

Jul 10, 2020

The board of directors and bargaining team for the union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District is recommending campuses remain closed when the new school year begins Aug. 18, and the union as a whole is expected to take the same stance.

Jul 10, 2020

California school superintendents are negotiating an obstacle course of regulations, parental angst and safety concerns as they make plans to do something never done before — reopen schools during a pandemic.

Jul 10, 2020

Leaders of the Los Angeles teachers union on Friday will call for campuses to remain closed and for distance learning to continue when the school year begins on Aug. 18, The Times has learned.

Jul 09, 2020

Greenfield Union School District officials are proposing a hybrid in-person and distance learning instructional model when students and staff return to school in the fall.

Jul 09, 2020

After Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh presented additional options including a delay to the start of the school year and allowing elementary school students to attend class four days a week, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board Tuesday held off on voting on a plan on how to resume instruction next month.

Jul 09, 2020

To the millions of exhausted and frustrated parents out there, I apologize for the news I’m about to share: Some school districts may return to 100% distance learning this fall as California’s coronavirus surge pushes them to rethink their reopening plans.

Jul 09, 2020

Long Beach Unified School District families will have their choice of education plans this fall, the district announced Wednesday, July 8, as the number of coronavirus cases in the city continues to climb.

Jul 09, 2020

County health director Barbara Ferrer warned school superintendents that a broadening rate of coronavirus infections — now at 1 in 140 county residents — put the reopening of schools in the fall at risk.

Jul 09, 2020

The U.S. government controls only about 9% of the money going to California public school districts. Most of their dollars are from state and other sources. But money the federal government controls mostly goes toward helping low-income and other vulnerable student populations.

Jul 09, 2020

The 44-page draft laid out precautions students and staff must take, which include daily student monitoring for symptoms and temperature screenings on campus.

Jul 09, 2020

A high school assistant principal for the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, is being investigated by the state over a photo circulating on social media in which he appears to give a Nazi salute.

Jul 09, 2020

The pending reopening of K-12 campuses is suddenly at risk because of the ongoing surge of coronavirus cases, and all public and private schools must prepare for students to continue learning entirely from home.

Jul 09, 2020

Daniel Moirao was selected by the Dublin Unified School District board on Tuesday as acting Superintendent. He will fill the role until the district finds a permanent replacement for Dave Marken, who resigned June 23, 2020.

Jul 09, 2020

California is leading a multi-state lawsuit challenging U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ ruling that orders states to share federal coronavirus relief with private schools.

Jul 09, 2020

Without announcing whether public schools will reopen this fall, San Francisco officials provided guidance Wednesday on how they could reopen — noting different aged children pose different risks to each other and adults.

Jul 09, 2020

Despite demands from President Donald Trump that schools reopen their doors for face-to-face instruction this fall, some Bay Area school districts are opting to resume the distance learning approach they were forced to adopt this spring after shutting down.

Jul 09, 2020

Even as President Donald Trump pressed schools nationally to put students back in classrooms this fall, school districts in Orange County said Wednesday, July 8 that they aren’t likely to adjust reopening plans.

Jul 09, 2020

The governor’s comments came as he warned that the number of coronavirus hospitalizations in California is continuing to surge, rising 44% in the last two weeks, and that another 111 Californians died from the virus in the last 24 hours.

Jul 08, 2020

More than 50 protesters demanded Tuesday that Sir Francis Drake High School change its name because of the explorer’s links to slave trading, racism and colonial violence.

Jul 08, 2020

Parents of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District students will have the option of choosing between hybrid and online-only learning models for their children come the fall, the district’s superintendent said recently.

Jul 08, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 08, 2020

Angona’s resignation, effective June 30, ends 19 years on the Upland school board. It also came on the same day seven-year Superintendent Nancy Kelly retired.

Jul 08, 2020

As school districts finalize their fall plans, the Ventura County Office of Education has created a set of guidelines for reopening. The guidelines build on the state Department of Education guidebook shared June 8.

Jul 08, 2020

When the academic year in the Santa Ana Unified School District starts up again, students will have a choice: Learn entirely virtually from home or come to school on certain days of the week.

Jul 08, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic barrels through summer, San Bernardino City Unified School District trustees last month approved a distance learning model for all students when the 2020-21 calendar begins Aug. 3.

Jul 08, 2020

After more than 50 years in public education, veteran educator Don Shalvey is returning to his early stomping grounds in education to head an organization dedicated to improving the education outcomes of students in California’s Central Valley.

Jul 08, 2020

The lawsuit argues the rule unlawfully and erroneously interprets the federal CARES Act, part of which allocated more than $13 billion for public K-12 schools under Title I, a program to distribute funding to districts with low-income and disadvantaged students.

Jul 07, 2020

Grover Beach Elementary School employees found graffiti on school grounds Monday featuring a racial slur and drawing of a stick-figure hanging from a noose.

Jul 07, 2020

Teachers said the “social-emotional” effects the shutdown had on students and teachers couldn’t really be measured. It’s just one of the many reasons some teachers say they are eager to return to the classroom.

Jul 07, 2020

Almost four decades after his death, William E. Fanning would become associated with the antithesis of the kind of person his family remembers, a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Jul 07, 2020

The Chula Vista Elementary School District has halted efforts to expand to middle school grades through a charter school, for the sake of its sister district, Sweetwater Union High, officials said.

Jul 07, 2020

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday there’s still no timetable on when school facilities may reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the district may need to create a balance of online and in-person classes for the next academic year.

Jul 07, 2020

As schools weigh daunting changes to physically reopen, they also are under pressure to improve the quality and access to distance learning — which this spring meant frequent engagement opportunities for some students, and less so for several others.

Jul 06, 2020

California’s budget for the next fiscal year, which began Wednesday, will attempt to relieve an enormous state deficit by relying on a potential new federal stimulus package, though school districts will be guaranteed state funding either way.

Jul 06, 2020

Under this year’s education budget, lawmakers and education advocates warn, the state will abandon its traditional allocation formula in favor of a system that harms the very schools that have performed best under pandemic pressures.

Jul 06, 2020

Dozens of administrators from a California school district are in self-quarantine after attending an in-person meeting last month where an attendee tested positive for coronavirus.

Jul 06, 2020

District staff presented a four-stage plan to the board at a special meeting Thursday, which mirrored the governor’s Resilience Roadmap and will depend largely on state and county public health guidelines.

Jul 06, 2020

Board members from both the Sausalito Marin City School District and the district-authorized Willow Creek Academy charter school are considering unification as soon as September.

Jul 06, 2020

Some of Montebello Unified’s controversies center around a former contractor, construction manager Del Terra Group of City of Industry for which Camacho worked in some capacity.

Jul 06, 2020

Under the program foster youth will be assigned a social worker focused on educational needs, working with educators, counselors and families

Jul 06, 2020

As individual school districts across California consider how to reopen, lawmakers in Sacramento this week passed a state budget that’s intended to provide structure and demand accountability for schools during the pandemic.

Jul 06, 2020

California’s new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear Sacramento’s decision to delay cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Jul 06, 2020

A new education bill — which State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach — introduced this week seeks to limit liability related to the coronavirus for school districts this fall.

Jul 06, 2020

Many outdoor education programs in California have shut down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially eliminating science instruction based on exposure to natural environments for some students in the coming school year.

Jul 02, 2020

Before a last-minute school funding deal was struck among state lawmakers late last week, Pasadena Unified’s Chief Business Officer Leslie Barnes was preparing for the worst.

Jul 02, 2020

A handful of public schools in Humboldt County were found to have had potentially dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water, according to a map released Wednesday by a prominent California nonprofit.

Jul 02, 2020

A recent audit by a California agency raised questions about a San Diego-area school district's decision to choose a rating agency with criteria likely to result in a higher rating for a general obligation bond sale.

Jul 02, 2020

California’s elementary and middle schools will have to find an alternative to suspension when it comes to dealing with unruly students due to a new law that took effect Wednesday.

Jul 02, 2020

The San Diego Unified School Board passed a $1.5 billion budget Tuesday that avoids spending cuts and includes $45 million specifically to reopen schools.

Jul 02, 2020

In the wake of the decision, the department’s police chief, Todd Chamberlain, who has been in the job less than a year, resigned from his post Wednesday, district spokeswoman Shannon Haber said.

Jul 02, 2020

Dr. Adam Clark, the district’s superintendent since 2017, is the sole finalist for the same position with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Trustees will vote July 13 to make his appointment final.

Jul 02, 2020

Some small districts don’t have enough computers or reliable internet service in their communities to provide distance learning to all their students and many don’t have enough money to reopen campuses without difficulty, according to a survey of 185 superintendents.

Jul 02, 2020

California’s new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear Sacramento’s decision to delay cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later.

Jul 02, 2020

More than 40 school principals in the South Bay are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 during an in-person meeting held by the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Jul 01, 2020

So far, board members are leaning toward sending students back to school five days a week with safety guidelines, or utilizing distance learning this fall. Trustees said they'd give parents an option of which format they'd like to have their children return to school under.

Jul 01, 2020

Public school leaders are faced with making among the most crucial decisions of their professional careers, affecting tens of thousands of lives in the midst of a surging pandemic and an uncertain future, with some Stockton schools scheduled to open in less than five weeks.

Jul 01, 2020

At the June 24 school board meeting, the board voted to move ahead with the school year starting Aug. 3, with students in the classroom contingent on securing supplies to implement safety procedure modifications to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Jul 01, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to reduce funding by roughly 35% — about $25 million — for its independent law enforcement agency late Tuesday, June 30.

Jul 01, 2020

Santa Clara County officials said Tuesday that schools must follow stringent social distancing and mask requirements if they reopen for in-person learning this fall — but whether school and health officials take that route amid rising coronavirus cases remains to be seen.

Jul 01, 2020

The presence of police on school campuses does not necessarily result in safer schools or fewer suspensions or expulsions, researchers told legislators Tuesday at the state’s first hearing on the future of school police.

Jul 01, 2020

Prevailing in negotiations with Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Legislature passed a state budget that will let K-12 schools spend at the same level in 2020-21 as this year — avoiding the billions in cuts that Newsom had proposed.

Jul 01, 2020

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved an immediate 35% cut to its school police force, a reduction of $25 million, in response to weeks of protests by student activists and community groups who had called for the elimination of the department.

Jul 01, 2020

Health officials in Santa Clara County gave schools a road map for reopening for in-person instruction, but added a big asterisk that they should be ready to resume instruction remotely if coronavirus conditions demand shutdowns.

Jun 30, 2020

The Kern High School District board of trustees heard various comments from district leaders and the community Monday night regarding reopening schools in the fall and providing funds for the district's police department.

Jun 30, 2020

Teachers unions in five Marin school districts are protesting a “one size fits all” plan to reopen schools this fall. The group includes the San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, Ross Valley and Lagunitas teachers’ unions.

Jun 30, 2020

As school officials recruit diverse teachers and develop “cultural proficiency” plans, many Clovis parents and former students worry the efforts won’t address what they say are longstanding issues with strong and troubling roots.

Jun 30, 2020

A row of Black Lives Matter signs posted along the fence line at El Diamante High School will be removed on Friday following several confrontations outside of the Visalia school.

Jun 30, 2020

Sacramento City Unified board members approved a 2020-2021 school district budget on Thursday, and did not include a contract with the Sacramento City Police Department, ultimately severing ties with the Student Resource Officer program.

Jun 30, 2020

Across San Diego and throughout California, teachers in many public schools don’t look anything like the students they teach. Ten of San Diego County’s 42 public school districts did not employ a single Black teacher last school year, and seven others had one Black educator on staff.

Jun 30, 2020

The number of students in the state without broadband access to enable them to continue their education is much larger than previously thought, as a return to in-class learning remains uncertain amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Jun 29, 2020

About 20% of Los Angeles parents said they are not ready to send their children back to a campus this fall and more than a third of employees said they are against returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 29, 2020

A playground where countless kids have enjoyed recess for over 80 years is now full of piles of dirt, holes and construction equipment. The disarray is for a good cause. Major structural upgrades will modernize Alisal Community School, one of the oldest schools in Salinas.

Jun 29, 2020

Dixie Education Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that gave financial help to what is now the Miller Creek School District for over 25 years, has been dissolved.

Jun 29, 2020

A Fresno man’s recent effort to shine a light on what he says is Fresno High School’s racist mascot has prompted elected officials to open a conversation about the school’s depiction of Native Americans.

Jun 29, 2020

Capistrano Unified School District will lay off 88 employees in preparation for a potential $35 million cut in funding from the state for the next fiscal year. The school board unanimously approved the layoff at its meeting on Wednesday, June 25.

Jun 29, 2020

When it comes to education, the new state budget goes beyond providing $70.5 billion in funding for K-12 schools — it sets fundamental accountability rules for a new era of distance learning in California by requiring teachers to take online attendance and document student learning.

Jun 29, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of slowing down, calls are growing for the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve upon a hastily launched system of online learning for the coming academic year.

Jun 29, 2020

The sudden onset of the coronavirus created havoc with the state’s economy, opening up a $54 billion budget gap of higher expenses and plunging revenues since Gov. Newsom presented his initial budget in January.

Jun 29, 2020

Marin County's plan sparked immediate resistance and a heated debate, one playing out in virtually every district across the state, over what is an acceptable level of risk for students and staff.

Jun 29, 2020

Research into the new coronavirus has moved “lightning fast” since the global pandemic began, but uncertainty around how the virus affects kids and how infectious they might be has made decisions around reopening California schools especially fraught.

Jun 29, 2020

As schools plan to reopen, California parents are asking themselves if it is better to send their children back to school and risk them getting the coronavirus or keeping them at home to do distance learning.

Jun 26, 2020

California schools will need to offer daily live instruction and regular communication with parents, among other requirements, in order to receive state funding for the upcoming school year.

Jun 26, 2020

California issued a mandatory mask order last week, but state officials are still debating whether students should have to comply once schools reopen.

Jun 26, 2020

On Wednesday night, the school board’s trustees adopted a resolution statement denouncing racism and discrimination across the district. Not one board member during the meeting disputed the existence of a widespread issue in the schools.

Jun 26, 2020

New mental health clinicians will soon be available at 10 Sacramento-area public schools come fall, according to a Wednesday announcement by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

Jun 26, 2020

Within three days Sweetwater Union High School District has been accused of potential financial fraud, laid off 223 employees and placed its superintendent on leave.

Jun 26, 2020

The founder and former CEO of Inspire charter schools in California received more than $1 million in payroll advances over the course of a year and a half, according to an audit report released Thursday.

Jun 26, 2020

Two San Jose school districts have joined a nationwide movement to eliminate the presence of police officers on campuses by terminating their contracts with the San Jose Police Department.

Jun 26, 2020

In a rare move by a presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden detailed his plans this month calling for full federal funding of special education — something that hasn’t happened since Congress first passed sweeping legislation for students with disabilities 45 years ago.

Jun 26, 2020

California needs at least 708,400 laptops and 322,100 Wi-Fi hotspots to connect all students to the internet from home, a significant jump from previous estimates, according to data from the California Department of Education.

Jun 26, 2020

Advocates and lobbyists for California’s K-12 school districts are expressing both relief and apprehension on the eve of the Legislature’s expected approval Friday of a 2020-21 state budget.