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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.

Apr 22, 2021

Wednesday marked a significant milestone for freshmen in the Kern High School District. While many elected to return to the classroom for in-person instruction — their first opportunity to do so in more than a year — they also entered their new high schools for the first time.

Apr 22, 2021

Lois Standring, chief business officer at Windsor Unified School District since 2014, has been named Novato’s assistant superintendent for business and operations, effective June 1.

Apr 22, 2021

The county heard Malibu’s argument; they heard Santa Monica’s. Now, it will take a month to deliberate and then decide if the city’s petition to separate from a Santa Monica-dominated school district will undergo studies and a vote.

Apr 22, 2021

Schools within the Chico Unified School District will be open full-time and in-person beginning in the fall. The school board unanimously passed to adopt a full-time, in-person reopening for the 2021-22 school year during Wednesday night’s board meeting.

Apr 22, 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.

Apr 22, 2021

Across California, schools are opening their doors again, a first step toward rebounding from the pandemic. But for most students in EdSource’s families project, life remains far from normal.

Apr 22, 2021

One of the first districts to reopen last August in a hybrid mode, the small district in Southern California’s high desert is now among the latest across the state where all 840 students through high school have the option to attend classes in person for five days each week.

Apr 22, 2021

L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner, who has guided the nation’s second-largest school district through a tumultuous year of coronavirus-forced campus closures and a disruptive teachers strike, will step down as the district’s leader.

Apr 21, 2021

It was Pasadena Unified’s first day back for students in grades 3 through 12 after a year of pandemic-caused teaching through viral classrooms for the district’s more than 15,500 students. Kindergarten through second-graders began returning earlier this month.

Apr 21, 2021

Kimberly McGrath has been an assistant superintendent at the San Luis Coastal Unified School District in San Luis Obispo County since 2016. She will replace Nancy Lynch, who plans to retire in July.

Apr 21, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue reimbursing schools and childcare centers for free meals to all students regardless of their income through the 2021-22 school year, USDA officials announced Tuesday.

Apr 21, 2021

The debate over ethnic studies is heating up and pitting some parents against each other across Orange County school districts. Across California, there is a huge reckoning with how U.S. history is being taught in classrooms and what is being left out.

Apr 21, 2021

As more Fresno-area students return to classrooms part-time more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools, questions linger about whether a new surge of infections and mutating variants could force our campuses to close again.

Apr 21, 2021

About 12,500 Riverside elementary school students are poised to begin learning in the classroom five full days a week on Wednesday, April 21, as Riverside County’s second-largest public school system moves to provide a more complete return to campus.

Apr 21, 2021

Schools in Newark will begin to reopen classrooms on April 29 for students who want to return, the school board decided after teachers voted twice against the move.

Apr 21, 2021

So far the group of about 30 students has performed their own poetry at a community reading and practiced what to do if they are stopped by a police officer — which is to raise their hands and say, “I have a disability.”

Apr 21, 2021

A trio of COVID-19 cases stemming from tryouts for the boys basketball team has prompted Berkeley High to pause all athletics tryouts, district officials said.

Apr 21, 2021

Sacramento City Unified and the union that represents custodians and bus drivers announced Tuesday morning that they reached an agreement on how to provide in-person services for students.

Apr 21, 2021

After months of conflict and controversy, the San Francisco school board, looking for stability, agreed Tuesday to new contract terms with Superintendent Vince Matthews.

Apr 20, 2021

As more Oakland students returned to the classroom Monday morning, the teachers union and district declared they also reached an agreement to return to the classroom full time this upcoming fall.

Apr 20, 2021

The first phase of the return of students on campuses started with transitional kindergartners to third graders on Monday, April 19. The second phase, fourth through sixth graders, starts on Monday, April 26. Those schools with seven and eighth graders will begin the third phase on May 3.

Apr 20, 2021

The criteria for the awards included shifting staff roles to meet student needs in distance learning, supporting the unique needs of students in distance learning, providing for mental health services and outreach to families.

Apr 20, 2021

Children continued their return to Los Angeles Unified campuses on Monday, April 19, with all remaining elementary and early education centers set to open this week, with middle and high schools following next week.

Apr 20, 2021

Los Angeles Unified schools chief Austin Beutner on Monday, April 19, defended the district’s mandatory COVID-19 testing program and stressed the importance of getting children younger than 16 vaccinated once that becomes an option.

Apr 20, 2021

Dozens of parents pushing for schools to reopen for in-person instruction took to the sidewalks of Fremont Monday afternoon, holding a rally to keep up pressure on school district officials and teachers union leadership.

Apr 20, 2021

Parents and students chanted “five days now” at a rally outside the San Marcos Unified School district offices on Monday.

Apr 20, 2021

Recent coronavirus testing has revealed 177 infections among staff and students at Los Angeles-area campuses poised to reopen, underscoring the importance of the district’s mandatory internal program, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday.

Apr 19, 2021

On Thursday, as vaccinations became available to Californians 16 and older, Central Avenue Pharmacy teamed up with All-In Monterey to provide 139 Pfizer BioNTech vaccines to students at the North Salinas High School Gymnasium.

Apr 19, 2021

As vaccinations increase and coronavirus cases slow in Fresno County, the trend is reflected at Clovis Unified, where many students have opted to return to in-person schooling part-time.

Apr 19, 2021

San Marcos Unified School District will approve a contract to hire a new superintendent, Andy Johnsen, who is currently superintendent of Lakeside Union School District.

Apr 19, 2021

Plastic shields around student desks have become a common feature in classrooms across San Diego County, but whether they improve COVID safety is still being debated, some say.

Apr 19, 2021

Los Angeles County residents rate education among the worst of several factors affecting their quality of life, displaying one of the biggest drops in recent years among parents of children in public schools, according to a UCLA survey.

Apr 19, 2021

For the second year in a row, most Los Angeles Unified students — with the exception of 11th graders — won’t be taking the Smarter Balanced standardized test that’s usually mandated by the state each spring.

Apr 19, 2021

A lawyer representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit that prompted the board’s reversal is calling on the district to amend that resolution to remove language deeming the lawsuit “frivolous.”

Apr 19, 2021

When San Francisco public schools Superintendent Vincent Matthews agreed to stay on the job for another year just a month after announcing his retirement, he didn’t ask for more money. He demanded that the school board behave.

Apr 19, 2021

Oakland’s teachers union is holding a vote of no confidence in the district’s reopening plans, with negotiations breaking down days before a number of elementary, middle and high schools are set to reopen.

Apr 19, 2021

On Monday, the Oakland Unified School District will welcome back third through sixth graders at select schools. But as kids prepare a gradual return to in-person learning, some parents are still feeling hesitant about ending distance learning altogether.

Apr 19, 2021

Some schools put students into separate classrooms to essentially do distance learning on a computer while at school. Some called these overflow rooms, but the district calls them learning labs,

Apr 19, 2021

There are only four communities where more than 40% of students were expected to return to in-person school, according to district data collected in a parent survey: western Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Westchester and Venice.

Apr 16, 2021

Despite reassurances this week from educators in Novato, parents said they fear for their children’s academic future if the Lynwood Elementary School dual immersion program closes.

Apr 16, 2021

Students in Fresno County’s largest school district have been returning to campuses part-time, the FUSD school board held its first in-person meeting since March 2020, and the superintendent has announced plans to return to school five days a week in the fall.

Apr 16, 2021

The greatest obstacle to fully reopening classrooms isn’t staff and facilities being ready but “the mental conditioning that has occurred over the past year,” Patterson Joint Unified School District Superintendent Philip Alfano said Thursday.

Apr 16, 2021

The Los Angeles school board considered a plan to extend the school year and approved a preschool expansion, while Gov. Gavin Newsom said he wants the state’s 11,000 campuses to fully reopen by the fall.

Apr 16, 2021

The union representing hundreds of workers in the Sacramento City Unified School District announced a two-day strike, after the union and district officials could not agree on child care, stipends and physical distancing guidelines.

Apr 16, 2021

A judge declined to force the Oceanside and San Marcos school districts to offer full-time in-person instruction, saying the districts have discretion to design reopening plans and timelines.

Apr 16, 2021

A group of frustrated parents is threatening to sue Fremont’s school district if officials don’t meet their demand to reopen schools for in-person learning by April 26. on

Apr 15, 2021

Alisal Union School District and Salinas City Elementary School District reopened for in-person instruction this week.

Apr 15, 2021

For the first time in more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students returned to campus at schools in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District earlier this week.

Apr 15, 2021

After three hours and more than 40 impassioned public comments at a Tamalpais Union High School District board meeting this week, trustees remain deeply divided over what should be done to rename Sir Francis Drake High School.

Apr 15, 2021

A judge who sided last month with a parents group that sued the state and six northern San Diego County districts claiming schools were reopening too slowly has declined to demand that two of the districts open immediately with full-day instruction.

Apr 15, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday again called on schools to reopen for full-time in-person instruction in the fall. But whether the state will mandate schools to reopen will likely be decided during the annual “May Revision” of the state budget.

Apr 15, 2021

City College “must act quickly if it wants to continue operating independently in the California community college system,” the state’s Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team said in the four-page report it sent to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office on April 7.

Apr 15, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday urged schools to prepare for “full, in-person instruction” this fall as coronavirus rates drop and vaccinations ramp up across the state, but he stopped short of saying he’d hand down an executive order to force open classrooms.

Apr 14, 2021

All East Whittier City School District families who want their children to come back for in-person instruction and a four-day week, can now do so as a result of an agreement between the district and teachers association allowing for a minimum of 3-foot distance between student desks.

Apr 14, 2021

Frustrated parents in San Francisco have coined a new phrase for their latest classroom reality: “Zoom in a Room." In Los Angeles, students can start going back to school in person, but more than half say they will stick with distance learning.

Apr 14, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available for all Californians ages 16 and older. Will schools mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for college and K-12 students once it is available for children?’

Apr 14, 2021

Anaheim’s Sunkist Elementary School welcomed students back to classrooms on Monday, April 12, for the first time in more than a year, as part of a district-wide shift to hybrid learning.

Apr 14, 2021

Black students in Los Angeles County continue to face a multitude of barriers to an equitable education, including concentrated poverty, high suspension rates and housing insecurity, a UCLA report released Wednesday found.

Apr 14, 2021

Five individuals in the Sacramento City Unified School District have tested positive for COVID-19. The district welcomed back students in grades kindergarten through third grade April 8.

Apr 14, 2021

A union representing hundreds of workers in the Sacramento City Unified School District has voted to reject the district’s proposal on how to return safely to campuses – setting up a potential vote on a strike.

Apr 14, 2021

Heliotrope, in the city of Maywood, was among 61 elementary and 11 early-education campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school system, that opened Tuesday for the first time in more than a year.

Apr 13, 2021

The Kern High School District opened its doors on Monday for its first in-person classes for some students in months.

Apr 13, 2021

On Monday, Ventura Unified School District's secondary students arrived on campus for the start of their hybrid learning program.

Apr 13, 2021

Pasadena Unified will bring its youngest students back into the classroom on Tuesday, April 13, one week ahead of the rest of the district’s students who will return on April 20.

Apr 13, 2021

After months of switching back and forth between remote and hybrid learning, about 85% of Marin school students began full-time, in-person instruction on Monday, educators said.

Apr 13, 2021

More than a year after abruptly shuttering campuses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s second-largest school district is embarking on a new chapter by reopening its first schools on Tuesday, April 13.

Apr 13, 2021

Even before the pandemic began, Perkins K-8 School was no stranger to struggle, with 95 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals, a measure of poverty, and more than a third qualifying as homeless. The pandemic hit Perkins hard.

Apr 13, 2021

The Los Angeles school district is set to unfold a gradual and partial reopening plan on Tuesday, one that was heavily influenced by teachers union demands that led to a delayed start date and limited live instructional time.

Apr 13, 2021

Students who are learning English as a second language have priority to return to in-person class at some school districts in California, but many are still staying home because their parents fear the risk of Covid-19 infection is too high.

Apr 13, 2021

Even as administrators are busy preparing for its youngest students to return to school this week — which, for many, will be their first time on campus in over a year — Los Angeles Unified School District officials are already looking ahead to the following school year.

Apr 13, 2021

Los Angeles school officials will consider a plan to extend the next school year by adding one week at the start in August and another week in January after winter break to address learning loss and trauma suffered by students during the yearlong pandemic-forced school closures.

Apr 13, 2021

Tens of thousands of San Diego-area students returned to classrooms Monday as their districts, some of the largest, were among the last in the county to open campuses for in-person instruction — to a mix of delight and nervousness among parents and educators.

Apr 12, 2021

Monday represents a long-awaited day for the Kern High School District: General education students will begin to arrive on campus for in-person learning for the first time since the district shuttered its campuses when the pandemic began last March.

Apr 12, 2021

Since November, thousands of K-12 students in Manteca — a diverse, low-income district — have been back on campus at least two days a week.

Apr 12, 2021

Thousands of Asian and Asian American families at Sacramento City Unified schools are choosing to keep their children at home as the district begins to reopen its classrooms.

Apr 12, 2021

The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend plans to rename a third of its public schools, including those named after presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Apr 12, 2021

Following two days of discussions, Natomas Unified and the Natomas Teachers’ Association reached a settlement this week, after the teachers union filed an unfair labor charge against the district.

Apr 12, 2021

As high schoolers throughout Southern California prepare for a return to the classroom for this first time in a year, we asked students to share their experiences.

Apr 12, 2021

School employees are seeking extra pay, safety measures and child care assistance to offset the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 12, 2021

Students will re-enter San Francisco classrooms on Monday after more than a year of distance learning and less than eight weeks before the end of the school year.

Apr 09, 2021

Thursday was the first time general education students returned to the Bakersfield City School District's elementary school campuses since the pandemic began last year. The district welcomed transitional kindergarteners through second grade students and special education students at the district's 35 elementary schools as a part of its reopening plan.

Apr 09, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week he expects schools in California to reopen at full schedules after June 15 – the date he set as a goal to reopen the state’s economy from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr 09, 2021

The well-being and mental health of students and employees are top-of-mind for at least some Stanislaus County education leaders as they look at ways to spend federal COVID-19 pandemic recovery money.

Apr 09, 2021

California schools will be expected to administer Smarter Balanced and other statewide tests this spring, but districts can select alternatives in cases where these tests are not “viable” to administer, federal education officials said Tuesday.

Apr 09, 2021

Facing the need to hire an undetermined number of substitutes to supervise and assist in its soon-to-open learning centers, trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a big bump in pay for them to $210 daily.

Apr 09, 2021

A group of parents — who say their children have been illegally shortchanged by Los Angeles Unified School District’s return-to-school plan — is seeking a court order to force the district to reopen “to the greatest extent possible” within seven days.

Apr 09, 2021

Last year in the height of the pandemic, schools did not have to administer standardized tests at all. This year, California won’t be test-free, but it will be test-lite.

Apr 09, 2021

Two parents sued the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District last week, alleging that the district has violated state law by failing to provide in-person learning this school year.

Apr 09, 2021

More than 150 parents, falsely convinced that the county planned to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their teenagers without parental consent, showed up at an Orange County Board of Education to condemn the move.

Apr 09, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified School District will begin a phased-in reopening on Monday after more than a year of pandemic-forced school closures. The youngest elementary school students will be welcomed back to campus first.

Apr 08, 2021

On Thursday, Bakersfield City School District begins the process of opening its campuses to general education students for the first time since campuses closed in March last year. And on Monday, the Kern High School District plans to begin opening up its campuses.

Apr 08, 2021

Ventura County public and private schools offering reported 52 COVID-19 cases among staff and students in March, according to officials.

Apr 08, 2021

The San Rafael City Schools district is asking voters to approve Measures G and H next month to support its elementary, middle and high school academic programs.

Apr 08, 2021

The board also unanimously approved the spending of $12 million of one-time money with an emphasis on the immediate hiring of counselors to support mental health.

Apr 08, 2021

Sharp divisions emerged publicly late Wednesday as Clovis teachers addressed their intention to form the first teachers union in the 62-year history of the city’s school district.

Apr 08, 2021

A lawsuit by three San Diego County charter school networks that said they were wrongfully denied state funding now represents all 308 of California’s charter schools that provide online, home school and other nontraditional learning.

Apr 08, 2021

The well-being and mental health of students and employees are top-of-mind for at least some Stanislaus County education leaders as they look at ways to spend federal COVID-19 pandemic recovery money.

Apr 08, 2021

After nearly four hours of interviews with 11 applicants, the Oakley school board selected two teachers and a retiree this week to fill the remaining three seats vacated by trustees who were caught in a hot-mic moment mocking parents.

Apr 08, 2021

Californians as young as 16 are next in line for the Covid-19 vaccine, potentially moving the state another step closer to reopening all schools. But that depends on whether parents are willing to get their children vaccinated.

Apr 08, 2021

As students gradually return to classrooms, advocates and lawmakers say it’s more important than ever to provide free meals in schools without burdensome eligibility requirements, just as California has done during the pandemic.

Apr 08, 2021

ALos Angeles parent group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Los Angeles Unified School District and district Superintendent Austin Beutner, calling for a return to full-time, in-person instruction to the extent possible.

Apr 07, 2021

After months of preparation, most Sacramento County schools are reopening, bringing thousands of students back to campus – at least part time.

Apr 07, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles have struck a tentative deal to provide special education services and other “special services” to students during hybrid learning, according to the teachers union.

Apr 07, 2021

The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a child care fee waiver for all Piedmont Unified School District employees engaged in on-campus instruction of students to increase the opportunity for in-person learning.

Apr 07, 2021

Hurtling toward the end of a hectic year, most K-12 and high school districts in California are intensely focused on reopening campuses and giving the Class of 2021 a final send-off to remember in June.

Apr 07, 2021

Teachers in the Natomas Unified School District are pushing back on the district’s plan to bring elementary school students back to campus five days a week, saying the plan doesn’t give teachers much time to prepare their lessons.

Apr 07, 2021

San Francisco leaders blessed spending $15 million on free summer programming for the city’s public school students on Tuesday after a vote delay by the Board of Supervisors two weeks ago.

Apr 07, 2021

The San Francisco school board pledged to reopen schools in the fall to all students for full time in-person learning in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Apr 07, 2021

San Diego Unified School District expects about half of its students to return to in-person instruction next week, but those numbers could change as more parents feel comfortable sending their children to school.

Apr 07, 2021

The Congressional Research Service estimates more than $908 million will go to county school districts from the stimulus package. San Diego Unified, the county’s largest school district, will receive more than $340 million.

Apr 07, 2021

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously Tuesday to reverse its decision to rename 44 schools it deemed were associated with slavery, oppression, genocide and colonization — in a move to avoid an expensive lawsuit.

Apr 07, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials said Tuesday they expect all schools and higher education institutions to open for full-time in-person instruction in the fall.

Apr 06, 2021

After several years of complex logistics and design, a $33 million rebuilding project at Venetia Valley School in San Rafael is complete.

Apr 06, 2021

Teachers in one of the largest Fresno County school districts are taking steps to form a union following disagreements and tensions between administrators and educators over reopening school for in-person instruction during a global pandemic.

Apr 06, 2021

San Diego city and school district officials are encouraging families to take advantage of more than $83 million in free rent assistance available to those who are struggling financially due to the pandemic.

Apr 06, 2021

In January, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to rename more than 40 schools that bore the names of historical figures considered racist. The board is expected to suspend renaming efforts Tuesday.

Apr 06, 2021

West Contra Costa Unified students will be able to return to the classroom April 19 under a plan that involved weeks of intense labor negotiations with its five employee unions.

Apr 06, 2021

Hurtling toward the end of a hectic year, most K-12 and high school districts in California are intensely focused on reopening campuses and giving the Class of 2021 a final send-off to remember in June.

Apr 06, 2021

After a year of school closures and isolation, many Bay Area students are suffering. Parents and teachers have reported failing grades and rising depression. Suicide attempts in adolescents are skyrocketing.

Apr 06, 2021

Los Angeles Unified teachers and other employees with young children will receive a $500 monthly child care stipend as they return to classrooms after a year of campus closures.

Apr 06, 2021

The complex logistics of awakening 1,400 Los Angeles schools are reaching a crescendo this week with officials especially focused on safety — announcing plans to open 25 community vaccination center.

Apr 05, 2021

All Oxnard Union High School District employees will be required to return to on-site work at their campuses by April 26 if they haven't already done so, a move the teachers union said was done in bad faith.

Apr 05, 2021

The two sides continue to square off against each other, gearing up for a showdown on April 17: it will be Malibu versus Santa Monica over the school district separation in a hearing before the LA County Committee on School District Organization.

Apr 05, 2021

Before school buses can began rolling through Southern California cities and towns again, they must first make a stop for a safety inspection. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines returning students will notice a few changes onboard.

Apr 05, 2021

The vast majority of San Diego County school districts are now open or will reopen this month. But much to some parents’ frustration “open” has often meant only a partial reopening, what districts call hybrid learning.

Apr 05, 2021

After pulling a finalist for a new name for Sir Francis Drake High School, the panel in charge of the school’s controversial renaming process is pausing the effort to allow for discussion in a wider forum.

Apr 05, 2021

The actual percentage of families who want to return to campuses is likely lower, school officials say, because thousands of families did not respond to the survey.

Apr 05, 2021

A Latin teacher at a Sacramento high school has sparked controversy after making a Facebook post and commenting during a school board meeting suggesting local parents were expressing “structurally white-supremacist” views.

Apr 05, 2021

Teachers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District have ratified a reopening plan that will allow all willing students to return to campuses on April 19, the union said Friday.

Apr 05, 2021

More than 1.1 million students in California, nearly 20%, are considered English learners. One year after the pandemic began, this massive population of students is at great risk of intractable educational loss, experts said.

Apr 05, 2021

California education officials have been told verbally that the state may not need to submit a waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education, thus opening the door for more flexibility this spring when it comes to standardized testing.

Apr 05, 2021

California teachers are ready to go back to the classroom. But the state’s largest union has a new ask: free child care for their own kids. Unions across the state say this was a problem before the pandemic.

Apr 01, 2021

Beyond the pandemic-altered campuses where thousands of Sonoma County students are returning for the first time in a year, school reopenings are set to be felt in nearby neighborhoods, in crosstown traffic and in longer rush-hour drive times, public safety officials warned this week.

Apr 01, 2021

Students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade in Sonoma County’s largest school district will walk onto campus for the first time since heading home for spring break more than a year ago, never to return. Until now.

Apr 01, 2021

Citing declining COVID-19 cases and increasing vaccine availability, more public school districts in Orange County are bringing elementary school students back to the classroom five days a week.

Apr 01, 2021

With social distancing measures still in place as COVID-19 cases decline and the region hopes to avoid another spike, many Monterey County high schools are planning a return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for their graduation ceremonies.

Apr 01, 2021

Students at all levels have suffered academically since the Los Angeles Unified School District closed its campuses more than a year ago, with the greatest harm falling on younger ones and those who were faring worse before the pandemic, a new report has concluded.

Apr 01, 2021

High school students have trudged through a year of isolation as their school lives morphed before their eyes. And yet it is high school students, more than any others, who are opting to finish the year online.

Apr 01, 2021

A group of parents frustrated by efforts made to date to reopen classrooms in the nation’s second-largest K-12 system is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District and local teachers union.

Apr 01, 2021

As students and teachers prepare for in-person classes that start in about a week, Fresno Unified School District trustees are planning to take board meetings to campuses.

Apr 01, 2021

The Chico Unified School District board of trustees unanimously approved the compliance items for the spending of nearly $12 million during Tuesday night’s special board meeting.

Apr 01, 2021

Fremont Unified School District, one of the largest in the East Bay serving roughly 35,000 students, will remain in distance learning for the rest of the current school year, according to Superintendent CJ Cammack.

Mar 31, 2021

After two months as deputy superintendent, Cesar Morales was appointed as acting Ventura County superintendent of schools Monday morning.

Mar 31, 2021

With double masks in place, lead custodian Dave Dombroski methodically disinfects each classroom and office at Park View Elementary School in Simi Valley every school day.

Mar 31, 2021

In closed session, the board directed its attorney to negotiate a contract with Mark Skvarna, who stepped down as fiscal advisor more than a year ago.

Mar 31, 2021

Just days after a first wave of students returned to campus for the first time in a year, the Lodi Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday evening gave the go-ahead for a full return for all students on April 12.

Mar 31, 2021

Parents have raised concerns about a Fresno Unified School District teacher who traveled in January to Washington, D.C., to attend the pro-Trump rally where a mob wound up storming the Capitol.

Mar 31, 2021

Some parents in South Bay Union — a district of more than 4,200 mostly low-income, mostly Latino students — are questioning why the school board has decided to keep schools closed until July 26, which is the beginning of next school year.

Mar 31, 2021

All five trustees of the Mount Diablo Unified School District board could face a recall effort by some parents who are upset the district did not reopen classrooms quickly enough as the number of COVID-19 cases began declining this year.

Mar 31, 2021

There were no tears and no hesitation Tuesday at Oakland’s Madison Park Academy Primary as the youngest students headed through the gates for their first day of in-person learning, joining classmates they had seen on screens for a year.

Mar 30, 2021

The pandemic has brought grinding frustrations for parents, educators and students across the country. But perhaps no place has matched San Francisco in its level of infighting, public outrage and halting efforts to reopen schools.

Mar 30, 2021

After three hours of debate and discussion, a Novato Unified School District committee has narrowed the district’s potential elementary school closure options to Lu Sutton, Lynwood and Rancho, officials said.

Mar 30, 2021

Teachers, parents and thousands of children descended upon the district’s 46 elementary campuses across the city — and in Avalon, Lakewood and Signal Hill — early Monday in the first major step toward resuming all in-person instruction.

Mar 30, 2021

Elementary students returned to classrooms in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday and campuses from Los Angeles to Boston prepared for significant expansions of in-person instruction as a majority of the nation’s districts have now begun to reopen school buildings.

Mar 30, 2021

When Juliniel Woods and Nuhamin Woldeyes heard how their Pacific Beach school’s first Black educator was treated back in 1945, they launched a campaign to highlight his legacy in San Diego education.

Mar 30, 2021

Some students needed to escape the distractions of learning from home. Some really wanted to make a connection with teachers, even with just two months of the school year left. And some simply miss their friends.

Mar 30, 2021

With fewer than two in five elementary students and less than a quarter of middle and high schoolers returning to in-person learning if campuses were to reopen today, Los Angeles Unified School District officials are pushing hard to convince families it’s safe to send their children back.

Mar 30, 2021

Teachers have had time in distance learning to crystallize their thoughts about teaching during Covid. Many agree that teaching remotely forced them to focus on what's important and to listen closely to the views of students.

Mar 30, 2021

On Monday, nearly all Berkeley public elementary schools resumed in-person classes, opening their doors to children in pre-K through second grade — one of the first districts in the region to do so.

Mar 29, 2021

The difference between 3 feet and 6 feet is drastic in terms of getting more students into an in-person educational environment.

Mar 29, 2021

A dissent by tribal interests has held up the contest over a new name for Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo.

Mar 29, 2021

Pasadena Unified’s middle and high school campuses will reopen for in-person learning on April 20 after the district struck a deal with its teachers union on Friday, March 26, according to a district news release.

Mar 29, 2021

As students return to the classroom in the upcoming weeks for hybrid learning, some believe it's too soon for their community and adversely affects those students who cannot make the return for personal reasons.

Mar 29, 2021

While anxiety about the change — with new responsibilities, such as mask-wearing and social distancing — was a common theme, teachers said any concerns they have are outweighed by the benefits the kids will receive from being able to learn in the classroom.

Mar 29, 2021

Although parents worry about learning loss and how those grades will impact their children, Fresno and Central Unified officials are not considering retention, or holding students back a grade.

Mar 29, 2021

As many of California’s sleeping giant school districts lumber toward April campus reopenings — after more than a year in the suspended animation of distance learning — some parents and teachers have that queasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs.

Mar 29, 2021

More than 1,000 people gathered Sunday for a rally and a march organized by middle school students to protest racism against the Asian American community, spurred on by the young people to denounce hatred and a recent spate of violent attacks.

Mar 29, 2021

A personal reckoning is playing out in hundreds of thousands of homes across the nation’s second-largest school district, where families find themselves in a mind-twisting situation.

Mar 29, 2021

San Luis Obispo County’s largest school districts saw steeper declines in enrollment for this school year compared to years past — and this drop in students may mean losing millions of dollars in state funding for most of the districts.

Mar 29, 2021

Six school districts that profited from one of California’s largest cases of charter school fraud must repay $1 million to the state, a judge ruled Friday. They collected fees from A3 charter schools but failed to oversee the schools.

Mar 29, 2021

Five-year-old Megan was thrilled at the prospect of heading back into her Oakland classroom this week to meet with her kindergarten teacher in person. Instead, Megan will encounter a stranger on Tuesday,

Mar 29, 2021

Just when they thought the Zoom session had ended, a parent and her child listened in disbelief as the teacher unleashed a rant, saying the child had lied and made excuses because “this is what Black people do.”

Mar 26, 2021

The Kern High School District made a big announcement Thursday: It aims to drastically ramp up its reopening plans by bringing back all grade levels by April 28.

Mar 26, 2021

School sites within Ventura Unified School District are working together to promote students turning on their cameras during distance learning through the rest of the school year.

Mar 26, 2021

Students in the Antioch Unified School District will remain in distance learning through the end of the school year, although they”ll have the option of doing their work inside a classroom where an adult can offer support.

Mar 26, 2021

New guidelines that reduce the recommended minimum distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet should make it easier for California schools to return students to classrooms full time, but most districts are not likely to make the change until the fall.

Mar 26, 2021

The mother of a Black sixth-grader filed a damage claim Thursday against the Palmdale School District alleging a White teacher engaged in a profanity-laced, racially charged rant in unguarded moments following a Zoom session earlier this year with her son.

Mar 26, 2021

On Thursday the California Teachers Association, representing public school teachers who have resisted reopening efforts out of safety concerns, released the results of a poll it commissioned that indicates those dissatisfied parents are a vocal minority.

Mar 26, 2021

More than a dozen Oakland elementary schools and preschools will not reopen as planned Tuesday after the majority, if not all, teachers at the sites opted not to return until required to do so in mid-April, despite an $800 incentive and prioritized vaccinations.

Mar 25, 2021

Superintendent Leslie Garrison wrote in a letter to parents that the district plans to offer 5-day a week, full-day in-person instruction for its elementary students. Currently, the district splits its students into morning and afternoon sections.

Mar 25, 2021

The Bakersfield City School District announced that it plans to reopen its junior high and middle schools to in-person instruction on April 19.

Mar 25, 2021

Next week is spring break, and afterward on April 6 eighth graders in Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will arrive. That will mark the moment the second largest elementary district in Kern County is open to in-person instruction for all grades.

Mar 25, 2021

Superintendent Tom McCoy estimated that between 4,000 and 4,200 students would be returning for hybrid classes across the district's schools. It is not mandatory for students or teachers to come back to campus.

Mar 25, 2021

The Modesto City Schools district has been spared having to make a decision about whether to bring students back to junior high and high school campuses based on a judge’s temporary restraining order.

Mar 25, 2021

California is one of the slowest states to invite students back for fully in-person instruction amid the pandemic, data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education shows.

Mar 25, 2021

San Francisco’s elite Lowell High School is likely to see a shift in its racial and ethnic makeup after it suspended merit-based admission for next school year, according to new district data.

Mar 25, 2021

San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten testified Wednesday in her first congressional hearing for her nomination as U.S. deputy education secretary.

Mar 25, 2021

Students in the Santa Ana Unified School District will finish the academic year the same way they started, via online learning.

Mar 24, 2021

Bakersfield City School District Deputy Superintendent Mark Luque was appointed to be the district's new superintendent Tuesday night, replacing Doc Ervin, who is slated to leave at the end of June.

Mar 24, 2021

Dozens of Marin public schools are expanding reopening plans sooner than expected, clearing a path for all schools to resume full-time, in-person instruction this spring.

Mar 24, 2021

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, K-12 public school districts across California are slowly welcome students back to campus. Yet this reopening effort is happening unevenly, district-by-district. This page tracks California's progress using data from state education officials.

Mar 24, 2021

The Santa Ana Unified School District will not be sending students back to classrooms this year, marking a full year of online learning for one of the largest school districts in California.

Mar 24, 2021

Students up to eighth grade in the Palm Springs Unified School District will be returning to in-class learning in a phased-in approach in April, with dates for a return of high school students expected to be approved soon.

Mar 24, 2021

Natomas Unified will begin welcoming students back on campus five days a week, starting April 12, now that the state and Centers for Disease Control have updated their recommendation for distancing between students.

Mar 24, 2021

Whitney High School launched an investigation over the weekend after students in the school’s Asian Youth Leadership Association club reported to the district that an anonymous Instagram account had sent them hate messages.

Mar 24, 2021

Sweetwater Union High School District plans to give its teachers bonuses to get them to return to campus after more than a year of closed schools and online learning. The bonuses are contingent on the district qualifying for state reopening incentive money.

Mar 24, 2021

A campus without students? It’s been “eerie,” said Turlock High Principal Gabe Ontiveros, who bade farewell to that feeling Monday morning as he welcomed back about 25% of his school’s 2,500 student population.

Mar 24, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified School District may change its policy on how spread apart students must remain in the classroom for the summer and fall — when on-campus activities are also likely to increase — Superintendent Austin Beutner said Tuesday.

Mar 24, 2021

Now, as many California children in the early grades have started to venture back into the classroom after a long year of lockdowns and distance learning, teachers say they are seeing much rejoicing, as well as some anxiety, on campus.

Mar 24, 2021

A tentative agreement reached Friday between West Contra Costa Unified and its employee unions to offer limited in-person instruction beginning April 19 has a local parent group fuming as other districts throughout the state begin to bring students back into classrooms.

Mar 24, 2021

San Francisco school board members gathered for the first time, since the rediscovery of racist tweets posted by one of their own, in a meeting attended by more than 1,000 community members looking to weigh in on the scandal.

Mar 23, 2021

Just like a year ago — and for the same reason, the pandemic — Montebello Unified School District high school seniors will find it easier to graduate. The district’s Board of Education on Wednesday, March 17 on a 5-0 vote reduced the number of units required to graduate from 220 to 180.

Mar 23, 2021

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District changed its hybrid reopening plan over the weekend to allow students to be back on their school campus four days a week rather than two while elementary school students will now be in class for five hours a day rather than two.

Mar 23, 2021

Marin schools will adopt new, lower federal minimum distances between students of 3 feet, the county’s public health officer said Monday.

Mar 23, 2021

The Orange County Board of Education and Department of Education agreed to separate their legal teams after spending over three million dollars in taxpayer money arguing the issue in court.

Mar 23, 2021

The Val Verde Unified School District is holding meetings this spring to hear from the parents of Black students. But not only them, contrary to published reports in conservative media.

Mar 23, 2021

Some districts, including Fresno and Oakland Unified, have programs to help immigrant students by offering coaches or peer mentors to help them navigate a new school system, do well in school, and stay enrolled.

Mar 23, 2021

Many of those students — whose disabilities can range from autism to deafness, and most of whom have gone more than a year without in-person services such as speech therapy — appear to have regressed physically and academically.

Mar 23, 2021

As schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere debate the particulars of bringing students and teachers back to classrooms after a year of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous public school campuses have been open for months in rural Northern California.

Mar 23, 2021

Parents of fewer than 1 in 3 students said they are ready to send their children back to Los Angeles school district campuses, a reluctance fueled by lingering health concerns as well as confusion and dissatisfaction with the in-person academic program being offered.

Mar 23, 2021

A chorus of elected officials are calling for a San Francisco school board member to step down, saying tweets she posted in 2016 were racist against Asian people.

Mar 23, 2021

In the third revision since issuing updated youth sports guidance last week, California health officials said Monday that bands and drumlines were allowed participate alongside their student-athlete peers.

Mar 23, 2021

California’s requirements for indoor sports during the COVID-19 pandemic will keep students sidelined in one of the Bay Area’s largest school districts, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Mar 22, 2021

After the abrupt departure by the superintendent, Fillmore Unified's school board took steps this week to install two new leaders through the end of the school year.

Mar 22, 2021

Hundreds of students in Ventura County are slated to return to their classrooms for hybrid learning starting Monday, just after the one-year mark when schools shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 22, 2021

Weeks before summer vacation, the Salinas Union High School District school board voted unanimously to phase students into an in-person learning hybrid model beginning April 19.

Mar 22, 2021

After a year of distance learning, parents dropped their beaming, excited children at Toro Park Elementary, for their first day back to in-person learning.

Mar 22, 2021

In a historic milestone after years of discord over race and funding, the Sausalito Marin City School District has announced it will unify its two schools on July 1.

Mar 22, 2021

For the first time since last March, thousands of students in the Fresno Unified School District will have a chance to return to school for part-time in-person learning next month.

Mar 22, 2021

Sacramento City Unified students will begin returning to campus April 8, according to a long-awaited and finalized pact between the district and its teachers union.

Mar 22, 2021

Members of the Oakland teachers union have approved a tentative agreement with the Oakland Unified School District to get some elementary school students back into classrooms by the end of the month, the district announced late Saturday.

Mar 22, 2021

A flurry of confusion may be most appropriate description for the plans to reopen in-person schools, due to frequent revisions in public health guidance, waning and surges of COVID-19 cases and updated tier-based restrictions.

Mar 22, 2021

With a return-to-school agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and teachers union now fully ratified, plans appear to be solidifying to get students in the nation’s second-largest K-12 system back into classrooms next month.

Mar 22, 2021

Students and families aren’t the only ones whose lives have been upended by the pandemic. Teachers, too, have had to adjust to an entirely new education landscape — one marked by uncertainty, frustration and seemingly endless hours on Zoom.

Mar 22, 2021

In alignment with new federal guidance, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health have halved  the minimum social distancing requirement in schools from 6 feet to 3 feet.

Mar 22, 2021

 Gov. Gavin Newsom's four children returned to in-person instruction in late fall and are in classrooms now, his office confirmed this week in response to questions about his recent statements implying they are in distance learning.

Mar 22, 2021

A judge says two features of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan for reopening public schools in California are too restrictive: a requirement to keep students’ desks 4 feet apart, and, for high-risk “purple tier” counties, a ban on in-person instruction in grades seven through 12.

Mar 22, 2021

Some supporters of San Francisco’s merit-based Lowell High School are demanding that the Board of Education reverse plans to admit students by lottery, and say they will sue if necessary.

Mar 22, 2021

It had been a year since the pandemic closed Indio High School and its 2,100 students began to disappear, first from the hallways and then from virtual classes as attendance dropped from 94 percent down to as low as 70 percent. 

Mar 22, 2021

The amount of time students spent in front of a teacher instead of a computer varied dramatically this school year depending on their district and correlated with their socioeconomic status, data from San Diego County’s 42 districts shows.

Mar 22, 2021

Students in California are now allowed to sit three feet apart in classrooms — instead of four or six feet — in guidelines state officials issued over the weekend, a major change in policy.

Mar 22, 2021

As violence against Asian Americans surges across the country, education leaders in California strongly condemned the racist attacks and underscored schools’ crucial roles in combating xenophobia and teaching tolerance.

Mar 22, 2021

The entire senior staff at the San Francisco school district on Sunday denounced a school board member’s racist tweets against Asian Americans, saying she hasn’t adequately taken responsibility for them.

Mar 19, 2021

The San Francisco school board's decision to rename 44 schools faces a legal challenge from a local law firm joined by a prominent constitutional scholar, with a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Mar 19, 2021

While it remains unclear whether a return to full-time in-person learning in the fall will be a return to normal, district officials said they hope to provide parents with detailed plans soon.

Mar 19, 2021

With a March 31 deadline set by the Legislature looming, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a voluntary high school ethnic studies curriculum Thursday.

Mar 19, 2021

The state is classifying cheerleaders on the sidelines, along with students in band and drumline as "supporting groups," and is not permitting any supporting groups to attend sporting events.

Mar 18, 2021

Bakersfield City School District's Superintendent Doc Ervin was appointed to be superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District in a board meeting late Tuesday night.

Mar 18, 2021

After hours of debate and public comments, Novato Unified School District trustees delayed a decision on the future of the school resource officers program until later this year.

Mar 18, 2021

The Mill Valley School District expects about $175,000 in potential savings on teacher and staff salaries over the next three years as the result of a new retirement incentive program.

Mar 18, 2021

What began as a one-week break away from campus spiraled into a complete shutdown of schools and an abrupt transition to online-only learning environment that no one was prepared for.

Mar 18, 2021

California's Board of Education is expected Thursday to pass the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high schools, after nearly four years of heated debate, division and rewrites.

Mar 18, 2021

The county recently set aside vaccines and appointments for tens of thousands of school staff members, but less than a third are taking advantage of them - a phenomenon that is puzzling county school officials.

Mar 18, 2021

Corona-Norco intermediate and high schools will return to in-person classes Monday, March 22, using a hybrid model. The announcement from the Corona-Norco Unified School District came Tuesday, March 16.

Mar 18, 2021

As administrator of the 2,500-employee California Department of Education, the state superintendent lacks the authority to set education policy and to make local decisions like whether school campuses should be open or closed.

Mar 18, 2021

Esperanza High School in Anaheim has recovered more than $1.5 million stolen by a former finance clerk, district officials said, and the campus plans to put that money into programs, buildings and ticket reductions.

Mar 18, 2021

While most of California's largest school districts plan on having in-person instruction in April, there's still widespread disagreement on how close desks can be as well as other safety concerns.

Mar 18, 2021

As teachers for the Los Angeles Unified School District prepare to return to campus in several weeks as in-person instruction likely resumes, many are scrambling to figure out child care arrangements for their own children.

Mar 18, 2021

A group of Oakland teachers protested a plan to bring students back to classrooms starting at the end of the month, calling an agreement between the district and their union "reckless and foolish" unless staff, students and families are vaccinated.

Mar 17, 2021

Bakersfield City School District Superintendent Doc Ervin is heading to the same position in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, BCSD announced in a news release issued at 9:29 p.m. Tuesday. Ervin's last day locally will be June 30, and he is to start his new position July 1.

Mar 17, 2021

With COVID-19 rates dipping into the red tier in Kern County, it opens up the possibility that some junior high, middle and high school students may be able to return to campus for the last few months of school.

Mar 17, 2021

The union representing school counselors in Conejo Valley Unified School District filed an unfair practice charge with the state over the district's handling of their responsibilities.

Mar 17, 2021

Students in pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, as well as first and second graders will be back in the classroom on April 13, immediately after spring break, according to a Tuesday evening district news release. Students in third through fifth grade will come back a week later on April 20.

Mar 17, 2021

Monterey County school districts can now move forward with plans to begin in-person instruction for grades 7-12. On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health announced that the county would move into the red tier.

Mar 17, 2021

The county entered the state's red tier for coronavirus risk on Tuesday as COVID-19 infection rates continue to drop, allowing a number of businesses to reopen for indoor operations and middle and high schools to reopen.

Mar 17, 2021

The Santa Ana Unified School Board will decide later this month to potentially re-open Orange County’s second-biggest school district before the end of the school year.

Mar 17, 2021

Tuesday, March 16, was a momentous day for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District - elementary campuses opened for the first time in more than a year.

Mar 17, 2021

When school shut down in March 2020, some students at Alhambra High School welcomed the break. Just a few weeks, they were told, and the coronavirus quarantine will be over.

Mar 17, 2021

After a prolonged standoff, the Mount Diablo Unified School District and its teachers union have reached a tentative compromise to reopen classrooms in a hybrid learning format.

Mar 17, 2021

On Thursday, the State Board of Education will adopt an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high schools that is four years, four drafts, three public vetting periods and 100,000 comments in the making.

Mar 17, 2021

The Dublin Unified School District wants to clear the air on a rumor that has made its way to national news: Dublin teachers are not getting a trip to Hawaii as an incentive to return to the classroom.

Mar 17, 2021

On Tuesday, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to seek a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would allow California school districts to use locally selected tests.

Mar 17, 2021

All public and private schools in San Diego County received the green light to reopen for instruction starting Wednesday, now that the county’s COVID case rate has finally stayed low enough.

Mar 17, 2021

More than 400,000 educators have been vaccinated in California - and that number is expected to rise as vaccine supply increases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.

Mar 17, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited an Alameda elementary school Tuesday that just welcomed kids back to classrooms this week to tout progress toward reopening campuses closed for the past year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 16, 2021

Declining COVID-19 rates in Kern County have given the administration of Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, the county's second-largest elementary district, the confidence to tentatively name dates for its junior high students to return to campus.

Mar 16, 2021

Mao Misty Her last week was named second in command at the Fresno Unified School District, a position that makes Her the highest-ranking Hmong public school official in the nation, according to FUSD.

Mar 16, 2021

Just over one year after the Elk Grove Unified School District closed campuses - sending shock waves through the region as the COVID-19 pandemic began - students in Northern California’s largest district will begin returning to classrooms on Tuesday.

Mar 16, 2021

About half of Los Angeles Unified students will not be returning to campus, based on early, partial results of a parent survey, with more wariness expressed in communities hit hard by COVID-19.

Mar 16, 2021

As students begin returning to the classroom as the pandemic eases, schools are bracing for an onslaught of serious mental health conditions that, for some students, may take years to overcome.

Mar 16, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified School District will have some form of in-person graduation this summer, after a year of online classes, its superintendent said Monday.

Mar 16, 2021

The first Oakland students would be back in classrooms by March 30, with all elementary and at least one middle or high school grade back in schools by April 19 under a tentative deal.

Mar 16, 2021

While schools in nearby districts are preparing to reopen with hybrid learning models, Pittsburg Unified School District trustees have decided to remain in full-distance learning through the end of the school year.

Mar 16, 2021

A San Diego County judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday blocking California from enforcing a wide swath of rules that limit and regulate school openings.

Mar 16, 2021

The number of days San Diego Unified students will be able to attend school in person once schools reopen the week of April 12 will depend on how many of their schoolmates also choose to return to school.

Mar 15, 2021

Trustees voted Wednesday evening to bring students back to campus five days a week at Mount Shasta, Weed, Happy Camp and McCloud high schools beginning March 29.

Mar 15, 2021

Neighbors and alumni of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo say they are not comfortable with the ongoing name change process and are going public even as voting continues.

Mar 15, 2021

The head of United Teachers Los Angeles touted the tentative agreement reached this week with the Los Angeles Unified School District - following protracted negotiations - as a win for organized labor and said the "gold standard" set in terms of expectations for school reopenings will serve as a national model for other unions still bargaining to safely return to campuses.

Mar 15, 2021

The Baldwin Park Unified School District is disbanding its 36-year-old police department to save $1.3 million as part of sweeping budget cuts triggered by declining enrollment and revenue.

Mar 15, 2021

Oxnard Union High School District is planning for a March 24 reopening for students who choose to participate in the hybrid learning model.

Mar 15, 2021

Organizers said they decided to go ahead with the rallies - despite the fact that, just this week, the district and teachers union reached a tentative agreement to reopen schools - because they want to hold the district's and teachers union's feet to the fire to make sure neither party will back out of plans to reopen schools next month.

Mar 15, 2021

Now, with schools poised to reopen this spring and into the fall, Ferguson and other educators are looking to the lessons learned during this most unusual academic year and how to improve education for all students moving forward.

Mar 15, 2021

The head of United Teachers Los Angeles touted the tentative agreement reached this week with the Los Angeles Unified School District - following protracted negotiations - as a win for organized labor.

Mar 15, 2021

Neighbors and alumni of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo say they are not comfortable with the ongoing name change process and are going public even as voting continues.

Mar 15, 2021

For most of California's 10 million K-12 and college students, the beginning of March marks one year of learning online. Here's a glance through key milestones over the past year, and EdSource's reporting about them.

Mar 15, 2021

Following is an overview of the changes resulting from distance learning that teachers, parents and school administrators told EdSource they want to preserve.

Mar 15, 2021

California is offering rapid COVID-19 tests to students and educators in an effort to support school reopening efforts, state education officials announced this week.

Mar 15, 2021

Parents at three North County school districts are upset with school reopening team’s decisions after they discovered the team’s leader is married to online learning company chief officer.

Mar 15, 2021

With San Francisco public schools having agreed to a gradual and modest reopening plan, a parent-led movement to get kids back in the classrooms stepped up the pressure Saturday, calling for five full days of in-person education.

Mar 15, 2021

Debate, angst and questions about reopening campuses in Los Angeles continued Saturday — days after district officials reached a deal with the teachers union on how and when to bring students back.

Mar 15, 2021

The San Diego Unified School District on Sunday announced new details about its planned re-opening, which will allow some students to return to school four days a week — for six hours each day — beginning April 12.

Mar 12, 2021

More and more public school districts in Ventura County are finalizing and announcing concrete reopening dates following the state's $6.6 billion education bill signed into law Friday.

Mar 12, 2021

The list of positions to be cut include directors, principals, and teachers focused on subjects like biology, math, and chemistry in addition to several positions dedicated to special education students, community equity and inclusivity.

Mar 12, 2021

California teachers could take an indefinite leave from the classroom to work on union business without suffering consequences to their pensions under a bill introduced by a state lawmaker.

Mar 12, 2021

California is offering affordable rapid COVID-19 testing to school employees and students returning to campuses in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Mar 12, 2021

Many Folsom Cordova Unified elementary students have been back on campus since November, but district officials are facing hurdles as they try to bring back middle school and high school students.

Mar 12, 2021

The Jurupa school board, in a special meeting, voted Wednesday, March 10, to reopen schools under a hybrid model with students spending part of their time in the classroom and part learning online.

Mar 12, 2021

Now, health experts and many parents are calling on the California Department of Public Health to revise its six-foot guidance, as Illinois and Massachusetts have done, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mar 12, 2021

The teachers’ union for the Lodi Unified School District has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the district for planning to reopen campuses before San Joaquin County Covid-19 infection rates go down.

Mar 12, 2021

A former principal has been charged with grand theft after authorities said he illegally pocketed tens of thousands of dollars while working at two Los Angeles County schools.

Mar 12, 2021

The database below shows how much money districts are expected to receive from 1) the March 27, 2020 CARES Act; 2) the Dec. 27, 2020 $900 billion Covid relief bill; and 3) the March 11, 2021 $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act.

Mar 12, 2021

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden signed Thursday will send $15.3 billion in assistance to California’s K-12 schools. It will be by far the biggest of three relief acts that Congress passed in less than a year to combat the pandemic and the recession.

Mar 12, 2021

Three parents filed a class-action lawsuit against San Diego Unified this week alleging that the state’s second-largest school district failed to provide sufficient in-person learning and sufficient access to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 12, 2021

A majority of elementary school families in the Oakland Unified School District want the option of sending students back to physical classrooms this spring, according to a survey by the district.

Mar 12, 2021

San Francisco public schools are expected to begin in-person learning for preschool through fifth graders, special education students and vulnerable older groups starting April 12, after the school board unanimously approved a reopening plan Thursday.

Mar 12, 2021

The Los Angeles school board on Thursday unanimously approved a deal with the teachers union that aims to reopen elementary schools in mid-April and middle and high schools in late April or early May.

Mar 11, 2021

The plan will begin with transitional kindergarten to second grade classes starting on April 12. The third grade to sixth grade classes will start on April 19. School offices are scheduled to open March 22.

Mar 11, 2021

After more than five hours of public comment — many accusing the district of not being prepared — during a seven-plus hour meeting that didn’t finish until the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, March 10, the Board of Education put off making a decision until a special 6:30 p.m. Friday meeting.

Mar 11, 2021

The California Department of Education is recommending that Marin County Office of Education become the authorizing agency for Ross Valley Charter if the school’s renewal petition is approved this month.

Mar 11, 2021

With unexpected access to doses of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the Palm Springs Unified School District quickly put together a vaccination clinic for district staff and teachers Wednesday.

Mar 11, 2021

Parents of middle and high school students in Los Angeles Unified continued to voice their dissatisfaction with the district’s school reopening plan on Wednesday, March 10, one day after the district and teachers union struck a tentative deal to return students to the classroom.

Mar 11, 2021

The Santa Ana Unified School Board will decide later this month to potentially re-open Orange County’s second-biggest school district before the end of the school year.

Mar 11, 2021

A month since state high school officials announced that student-athletes could participate in multiple sports this spring, some parents, coaches and youth sports leaders remain confused.

Mar 11, 2021

Superintendent Eric Fredrickson expressed frustration with, apparently, county officials making public statements last month on the projected time line for reaching the red tier.

Mar 11, 2021

The plan to reopen Los Angeles campuses relies heavily on providing students an in-person connection to friends and teachers, but the core learning for middle and high school students — and half of it for elementary school children — would still take place online.

Mar 11, 2021

Pleasanton Unified will become the first school district in Alameda County to reopen schools for all grade levels by welcoming back middle and high school students on Thursday.

Mar 11, 2021

San Francisco schools, already facing fiscal challenges, an ongoing pandemic and a city-led lawsuit, now will have to grapple with an imminent vacancy in the district’s top job with the departure of Superintendent Vince Matthews in June.

Mar 11, 2021

A tentative agreement reached Tuesday between the teachers union and the L.A. Unified School District offers the clearest framework yet for reopening campuses for students in elementary, middle and high schools.

Mar 11, 2021

San Lorenzo teachers are facing a grim future as the school district considers layoffs amid a pandemic and shrinking enrollment. The equivalent of up to 114 full-time employees.

Mar 11, 2021

San Francisco hopes to reopen its public elementary schools in April. But its latest plan still puts it behind many other major school districts across the country.

Mar 11, 2021

Pleasanton Unified will become the first school district in Alameda County to reopen schools for all grade levels by welcoming back middle and high school students on Thursday.

Mar 11, 2021

Parents of middle and high school students in Los Angeles Unified continued to voice their dissatisfaction with the districtʼsschool school reopening plan on Wednesday.

Mar 10, 2021

A Monterey County district says it will forego state-issued reopening funds in order to ensure the safety and health of families and staff.

Mar 10, 2021

Students at Tamalpais Union High School District could be back on campus two full days a week by mid-April and return to normal five-day-a-week instruction by the fall, officials said this week.

Mar 10, 2021

The Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Mike Swize as the new superintendent. The district announced that Swize signed a three-year contract with a salary of $260,000 per year.

Mar 10, 2021

The board voted 5-2 at Tuesday night’s regular meeting to lay off five social science teachers, two Spanish teachers, one physical education teacher, a dance teacher, a business teacher, and a drama teacher.

Mar 10, 2021

Most students and parents want to keep armed police officers on Fresno Unified campuses, according to recent surveys conducted by FUSD and Fresno State, as part of the nearly year-long debate over the use of law enforcement in city schools.

Mar 10, 2021

At least four Inland school districts have announced plans to launch virtual schools — separate from the online classes that are currently part of the lessons in most public schools.

Mar 10, 2021

The San Francisco school board met to discuss progress on reopening after reaching a tentative agreement with the teachers union on what the school day could look like for students.

Mar 10, 2021

Remaining stuck in the purple tier, the most restrictive of the state’s COVID-19 risk rating system, has put the brakes on Stanislaus County school districts’ plans to reopen junior high and high schools.

Mar 10, 2021

A plan for the return to in-person learning would have Sylvan Union School District sixth-graders back on campus starting March 15. Seventh- and eighth-graders would return to the middle school campuses at the end of the month.

Mar 10, 2021

At a special meeting Monday night, the Modesto City Schools board heard a more-bang-for-taxpayer-buck update on facility improvement projects funded by Measures D and E, which were approved by voters in 2018.

Mar 10, 2021

Schools must use at least 85% of the money for in-person instruction, and at least 10% should be used to hire paraprofessionals for supplemental instruction, with a focus on rehiring those who were subject to layoffs.

Mar 10, 2021

Some parents, frustrated with the mental health and academic effects of remote learning, are eager to see their children return to classrooms and are demanding a swift resumption of in-person learning. Others are wary.

Mar 10, 2021

The English Learner Roadmap provides guidance on how to be responsive to the needs of English learner students by giving meaningful and accessible instruction, aligning goals across education systems, and more.

Mar 10, 2021

After almost one year of being closed to regular in-person instruction, the San Diego Unified School Board approved $22 million for an expanded in-person and online summer school program to help students improve their grades.

Mar 10, 2021

San Diego Unified’s Junipero Serra High School will now be called Canyon Hills High School after students successfully petitioned for the name change, saying that the name of the founder of California’s mission system is offensive to indigenous people.

Mar 10, 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to shape California in multiple ways, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday night he wouldn’t be satisfied “until everybody is back in school” and pledged to invest record amounts in education this year.

Mar 10, 2021

The Berkeley Unified School District announced it expects to return to the classroom five days a week, but some teachers are saying they are being “forced” to return to dangerous school settings.

Mar 10, 2021

California schools are set to receive $15 billion in the latest federal coronavirus stimulus package, a windfall that the Biden administration hopes will help bring students back into classrooms and catch them up on the learning they've lost.

Mar 10, 2021

Los Angeles students are a critical step closer to a return to campus beginning in mid-April under a tentative agreement reached Tuesday between the teachers union and the L.A. Unified School District.

Mar 09, 2021

On Monday, Greenfield Union School District began to welcome back its first wave of general education students onto its campuses for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Kern County nearly a year ago.

Mar 09, 2021

After delays and frustration over the last few months, Thousand Oaks, Westlake and Newbury Park high schools began hybrid learning on campus. Conejo Unified is only the second public school district to bring back high school students to campus since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Mar 09, 2021

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District announced Monday that it has received enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate all of its staff.

Mar 09, 2021

On Monday, Atascadero Unified School District became the first district in San Luis Obispo County to welcome all secondary students back to in-person learning after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools in March 2020.

Mar 09, 2021

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that 200,000 educators across the state have been vaccinated in the past week alone. This comes after the state vowed to allocate 10% of its vaccine supply to K-12 educators and school staff.

Mar 09, 2021

In an interview with CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty, Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Hoffman talked about what he’s learned since making the decision to close schools and how his district will adjust moving forward.

Mar 09, 2021

The state has denied requests from San Dieguito Union, Poway Unified and Carlsbad Unified to expand in-person learning. Now, school officials from those districts involved are trying to figure out what's next.

Mar 09, 2021

The Santa Ana Unified School District’s Board of Education will have to decide if it will offer students a chance to come back to the classroom after learning online since March 2020.

Mar 09, 2021

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is not broadcasting meetings in which their board of trustees makes decisions on the education of around 24,000 students, while some parents question if they’re hiding things.

Mar 09, 2021

Los Angeles Unified is moving ahead with plans to reopen schools, with the goal of welcoming back elementary and special education students in mid-April and for middle and high school students by the end of next month.

Mar 09, 2021

Middle and high schools throughout Los Angeles County could be eligible to open within days, with L.A. Unified aiming for a late April reopening of its secondary campuses, marking a major turning point in the pandemic.

Mar 09, 2021

Students in the Natomas Unified School District continued returning to in-person instruction Monday after the district reopened classes through a staggered schedule this month.

Mar 09, 2021

When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 86 into law on Friday, he marshaled the state's mighty resources to facilitate a return to classroom learning in thousands of public schools.

Mar 09, 2021

San Francisco school officials on Monday released more details about their plans to get some of the city’s more than 52,000 schoolchildren back into classrooms this spring after a year of distance learning.

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.