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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.

Jul 26, 2021

Between a flush state budget and several rounds of one-time federal stimulus funding, California's schools are entering the 2021-22 school year with some of the healthiest budgets they've had in ages.

Jul 26, 2021

A San Joaquin County grand jury report blasted the Stockton Unified School District’s Board of Trustees for inappropriate behavior and misconduct, but the board does not have to implement any of the recommendations.

Jul 26, 2021

Californians were split when it came to deciding if the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory for students and teachers in public schools, a new poll shows.

Jul 26, 2021

An appeals court Friday ruled that state leaders violated the rights of parents by forcing private schools to stay closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul 26, 2021

It’s unclear if the pandemic boosted enrollment in Orange County’s charter schools when traditional public schools were shut down by the state, while concerns linger about a lack of oversight for charter schools.

Jul 26, 2021

Orange County’s Board of Education will hold a much anticipated forum Tuesday on ethnic studies courses as local districts add them to their curriculum amid a national debate on how history should be taught in America.

Jul 26, 2021

In what experts say is an unusual move, two San Diego County school board members recently resigned from their positions so they could become the superintendent of the districts they once governed.

Jul 26, 2021

Four Orange County school superintendents offered their ideas on ethnic studies this week, explaining why their districts are offering courses that some parents praise as much-needed and others criticize as liberal indoctrination.

Jul 26, 2021

After an unprecedented delay because of staffing shortages, Turlock and Denair elementary school parents can register their students for limited after-school PLAY programs beginning Thursday.

Jul 26, 2021

California has a rare opportunity to shift expectations regarding how students learn math, who is deemed gifted and which students should be given a chance to take advanced courses.

Jul 26, 2021

His tenure would be defined by events outside the classroom, in ways no one imagined when he was appointed chief of the nation’s second-largest school district in 2018.

Jul 23, 2021

Newly-formed parent advocacy group Kids First Kern has taken on the cause. It is asking parents and other community members to push back against a recent state mandate that requires all students to wear masks when they're inside.

Jul 23, 2021

As the new academic year nears, Stanislaus County school leaders have begun informing families of their instructional options and COVID-19 safety requirements for the fall.

Jul 23, 2021

Monterey High School’s Dan Albert Stadium project is on the agenda for consideration of approval by the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board on Tuesday.

Jul 23, 2021

Two parent groups filed a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials Thursday over rules requiring all California’s school kids to wear face masks for protection against COVID-19 when they return to class in the fall term that begins next month.

Jul 23, 2021

State health officials say schools are ready to open for in-person instruction now that vaccines have been widely distributed, but districts face two major challenges: Children younger than 12 are still not eligible for Covid vaccines, and cases have begun to surge again a month after the state dropped most of its Covid restrictions.

Jul 23, 2021

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire early Thursday morning at a Ventura elementary school, which has so far been called "suspicious."

Jul 23, 2021

Enrollment in the Ventura Unified School District has reached its lowest point in 25 years, a decline that will mean less funding for schools in years to come.

Jul 22, 2021

As the countdown to the first day of school begins, what can Ventura County students and families expect in August? School leaders say a return to normal--sort of.

Jul 22, 2021

A San Joaquin County civil grand jury has found the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees have failed as district leaders and will likely continue to do so.

Jul 22, 2021

All Chico Unified School District schools will reopen full-time and in-person for the first time since 2019 after the school board approved the fall reopening plan.

Jul 22, 2021

Echoing the sentiments of many of the dozens of protesters outside Wednesday’s Clovis Unified School Board meeting, board members expressed frustration over the recently announced face-mask requirement in schools.

Jul 22, 2021

At their Tuesday, July 20 meeting, the Val Verde Unified school board voted unanimously to postpone decisions on whether to cut the school police department by 30% and to dramatically increase spending on mental health services.

Jul 22, 2021

The well-being of students and teachers will be a focus of local schools this year, said Christine Sisco, assistant superintendent of instructional support services at the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

Jul 22, 2021

Despite the funding surge that has allowed a vast majority of California school districts to open this summer, the size and scope of many programs have been limited by many factors.

Jul 22, 2021

The threatened deluge of post-pandemic special education litigation may be averted — or at least minimized— by a new initiative in California encouraging parents and schools to resolve disputes before heading to court.

Jul 22, 2021

School district officials were investigating what went wrong after more than a dozen students and staff from Downey High School were rescued from Mt. Baldy over two days, with two teenagers spending a frigid night on the mountain.

Jul 21, 2021

Governor Newsom visited a school in the South Valley Tuesday afternoon. He was there to sign a bill into law that aims to give everyone across California equitable and affordable internet access.

Jul 21, 2021

California will permanently begin providing free school meals for students this fall in a move that many advocates are praising as a big step toward ending food insecurity.

Jul 21, 2021

A father of an incoming senior at Palo Alto High School said he “had no other choice” but to sue the school district after his son was kicked out of a summer class for refusing to wear a mask, citing fears his son would not graduate on time.

Jul 21, 2021

On Wednesday, the Advanced Education Research & Development Fund announced a new national effort to analyze and mitigate achievement gaps between low-income and higher-income pre-K-12 students, called Assessment for Good.

Jul 21, 2021

California’s waiver that allowed school districts to do distance learning has expired, so schools are required to provide full-time in-person instruction this new school year, although families can still choose independent or online learning.

Jul 21, 2021

Over the next week, two forums in Orange County will sharpen, but not resolve, a statewide debate over what should be in the state's ethnic studies course. Organizers dismiss the view that they are holding dueling forums.

Jul 20, 2021

Ransomware attacks are increasing against schools not only in California but across the country, according to several experts. How schools respond and what security measures they have in place are evolving rapidly.

Jul 20, 2021

The dueling forums are the latest in a long string of faceoffs between the board of education and Mijares — faceoffs that sometimes land in court at the expense of the taxpayer.

Jul 20, 2021

The Val Verde Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday will consider a resolution to slash its police budget by 30% and apply available funds to increasing its staff of counselors.

Jul 20, 2021

Thousands of high school and college students in California lost hope of obtaining work permits and deportation protection when a federal judge on Friday stopped the government from receiving new DACA applications.

Jul 20, 2021

The father of a rising senior at Palo Alto High School has sued the school district after his son was denied entry to a summer history class for not wearing a mask.

Jul 19, 2021

It's rare for BCSD to not hire a search firm, but the board took about an hour to come back with a decision: Mark Luque would be BCSD's next superintendent.

Jul 19, 2021

When classrooms in California reopen for the fall term, all 6.2 million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free, regardless of their family’s income.

Jul 19, 2021

Turned down when he asked for a date, her classmate retaliated by taking over her Instagram account, hacking into her family’s computer, and sending death threats, according to a lawsuit filed last November.

Jul 19, 2021

To help students relax, some California schools are adding something new — that’s actually very old — to the daily routine: yoga. The ancient practice of stretching and breathing is increasingly popular in physical education classes and after-school programs.

Jul 19, 2021

California is still requiring masks for everyone in K-12 schools, but it is leaving it up to school leaders to decide how to enforce that rule — a move that has sown confusion and complaints from San Diego superintendents and parents.

Jul 16, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing sudden backlash over his student mask rules, the latest sign that the recall-threatened leader must tread lightly as schools prepare to open next month.

Jul 16, 2021

More than 1,000 LGBTQ-friendly books are on their way to Fresno Unified schools, thanks to a recent donation. The 1,040 books are primarily children’s fiction featuring LGBTQ protagonists and other characters.

Jul 16, 2021

Santa Monica developer New Urban West said Thursday it would give $1 million to a new fund to assist teachers in being able to afford a home anywhere in San Diego County, but will only put up the money if the project is approved

Jul 16, 2021

The William S. Hart Union HIgh School District board voted 4-1 to replace the high school’s Indians mascot by 2025 at its meeting Wednesday, July 14.

Jul 16, 2021

California’s newly approved state budget allows teacher candidates to skip two of the tests that had been required to earn a teaching credential if they take approved coursework.

Jul 16, 2021

After decades of advocacy and a pandemic year that forced schools to shift to online instruction, California is preparing to make its largest investment in expanding public broadband access to date.

Jul 16, 2021

When a Palo Alto high school student didn’t wear his mask on the first day of summer school this month, he was sent to the office. But the student has a speech-related disability and cannot wear a mask safely, according to a lawsuit.

Jul 15, 2021

The enforcement division of the Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an investigation into three board members of the Fairfax School District.

Jul 15, 2021

Claremont Unified School District will no longer have a dedicated police officer assigned to three of its campuses after the City Council voted to redirect resources as officials reimagine school safety.

Jul 15, 2021

Superintendents in these tight-knit and typically more conservative communities want the state to let local districts make their own decisions, considering the success some of them have had with reopening their campuses last year.

Jul 15, 2021

So what does the state's mandatory mask policy mean for Fresno County’s largest school districts? The short answer was that it remained too soon to tell exactly how local schools will enforce the state’s rule.

Jul 15, 2021

The state’s K-12 and higher education systems will receive a record-level influx of new money. Here is a bulleted list showing how all those resources will be divided, from early education to CAL grants.

Jul 15, 2021

During a visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona encouraged schools in California and elsewhere to help students heal after a school year that many spent in isolation.

Jul 14, 2021

The second-largest district in Monterey County opted for a full in-person learning model and plan to continue following guidelines for schools from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Jul 14, 2021

Marin’s top public health official said Tuesday he was conferring with state officials to get more specifics on enforcement plans for the state’s indoor mask mandate as it affects Marin’s K-12 public schools.

Jul 14, 2021

California will embrace one of the nation’s most stringent school mask mandates next fall, but is leaving enforcement to local educators, who are proposing a range of consequences for students who don’t follow the rule.

Jul 14, 2021

A ransomware attack can have devastating consequences for schools. Experts say the number of attacks against schools in California and across the country are rising as educators try to figure out whether cybersecurity should be a priority.

Jul 14, 2021

Students will still have to wear masks at school, but the strategy on how to enforce the statewide mandate will now fall on the shoulders of school districts across Orange County.

Jul 14, 2021

The contract, if formally approved by union membership and the Gompers school board, would give a 4 percent raise to Gompers teachers making $100,000 or less annually, as well as a $2,000 bonus to all educators.

Jul 14, 2021

Stanislaus County school leaders are scrambling to develop COVID-19 safety plans for the fall after the state released new guidelines Monday, leaving districts and families about a month to prepare for the coming school year.

Jul 14, 2021

In the face of rising hate crimes both locally and nationally, the Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday, July 13, unanimously passed a resolution affirming the value of Jewish students, staff and families while denouncing antisemitism and anti-Israeli rhetoric.

Jul 14, 2021

California parents who clamored to return kids to classrooms largely won that round — public schools will reopen for full-time learning from teachers in classrooms this fall. But with COVID-19 still a threat to the unvaccinated, that doesn’t mean the battle over public education is over.

Jul 14, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature have seized a once-in-a-generation deluge of state and federal funding to set in motion a sweeping and ambitious set of education programs that seemed implausible six months ago.

Jul 14, 2021

Hours after announcing students without masks would have to go home, public health officials in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration abruptly changed course and said school districts would decide for themselves how to enforce the mask mandate.

Jul 13, 2021

Days before trustees on the Orange County Board of Education plan to hold the first of their two town halls about ethnic studies and critical race theory, Orange County Schools Superintendent Al Mijares is scheduled to host a separate event on the same hot-button topic.

Jul 13, 2021

Fresno Unified did not discriminate against the parents of English-language learning students last year during school-planning meetings, the California Department Education has ruled.

Jul 13, 2021

Aida Glimme, who arrived in the United States in 1992 from Bosnia, currently serves as associate superintendent of educational services for the Acalanes Union High School District. Orinda trustees announced her selection Friday.

Jul 13, 2021

Hours after it published updated school guidance for the 2021-2022 academic year, the California Department of Public Health backtracked on a rule that would have required schools to ban students who refused to wear face masks.

Jul 13, 2021

The complications of managing COVID-era education took a dramatic turn Monday, when state officials issued a rule barring unmasked students from campuses, and then, hours later, rescinded that rule — while keeping in place a mask mandate for all at K-12 schools.

Jul 12, 2021

It's extremely rare for a school district to close in California, but that's what has happened to Belridge Elementary School District, a tiny one-school district in the oil fields on the western edge of Kern County.

Jul 12, 2021

Students and school staff in California must wear masks indoors when campuses reopen regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated, state officials announced Friday, building on newly released federal guidelines on safe school reopening.

Jul 12, 2021

San Diego Unified School District officials announced Thursday that the district will pilot a “Boost Democracy” texting initiative for public participation during school board meetings.

Jul 12, 2021

The new school year will start with students and teachers wearing masks, state officials announced Friday, even as new federal guidelines stressed the importance of masks only for those who are not vaccinated.

Jul 12, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed into law legislation to send a record $123.9 billion to California schools, which will fund a new transitional kindergarten grade and more opportunities for summer and after-school teaching.

Jul 12, 2021

In the wake of the pandemic, which shined a spotlight on the essential nature of early childhood education and care, universal transitional kindergarten is poised to become a reality in California.

Jul 09, 2021

This vote comes more than a month after a scathing grand jury report labeled the Fairfax School District Board as “divided and dysfunctional,” and called on the board to remove Moland as he faces allegations of harassment and bullying.

Jul 09, 2021

Almost nothing about the 2020-21 school year was easy. But for many seniors throughout San Diego County, earning a high school diploma did get slightly easier during the pandemic – academically, at least.

Jul 09, 2021

A Northern California high school teacher who recently flew above the stratosphere aboard a plane with NASA scientists is back on the ground, but is clearly still flying high.

Jul 09, 2021

In a couple of months, Orange County school will be back in session for the fall semester. With vaccination rates climbing and masks coming off, questions remain if K-12 students will get to remove their face coverings too.

Jul 09, 2021

Although California parents strongly favor full campus reopenings in the fall, they want school districts to offer online learning options, according to a statewide survey that indicates uncertainties ahead for in-person attendance.

Jul 08, 2021

Marin high schoolers are getting back in the classroom this summer — but not in the usual lecture-study-memorize-test model. The new technique is project-based learning, an education plan where students engage in real-world and personally meaningful projects.

Jul 08, 2021

A gay teacher sued the city of Ceres, alleging a police officer threatened him at his home and flashed a gun in retaliation for reporting homophobia at Central Valley High School to school administrators.

Jul 08, 2021

From April 30 through May 20, 2021, Teacher Consultant Response Network members responded to a survey about their experiences with the reopening of their schools for in-person instruction amid the waning coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 08, 2021

Despite perceptions of the public’s widespread unhappiness with the slow reopening of California’s schools last spring, most voters surveyed, including parents, gave the highest marks in a decade of polling to the state’s public schools.

Jul 08, 2021

When the pandemic hit and San Francisco schools closed, the chaos was overwhelming. District officials decided to do what is a no-brainer for companies and corporations: They set up a customer service help line.

Jul 07, 2021

Dr. Troy A. Brown was sworn in as the 27th San Joaquin County superintendent of schools during a ceremony Thursday at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, county officials announced.

Jul 07, 2021

In a string of unanimous votes, the Sausalito Marin City School District officially formed one unified school on two campuses and appointed a five-member advisory board to help govern it.

Jul 07, 2021

On June 3, Chris Evans, the superintendent of Natomas Unified School District, had a one-on-one check-in with Ericka Harden. It was a routine talk with the recently elected school board member, though the backdrop for it was anything but.

Jul 07, 2021

With the pandemic still reverberating across California, districts must offer students an independent study option this fall, but with improvements to what was offered during the shutdown and pre-pandemic.

Jul 07, 2021

The Coronado Unified School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to appeal the revocation of the Coronado High basketball championship title in wake of the controversial tortilla throwing incident last month.

Jul 06, 2021

The Kern High School District unveiled its plan to implement ethnic studies in the district at its board meeting last Monday. The rollout of ethnic studies in the district will be gradual, according to Brenda Lewis, KHSD's associate superintendent of instruction.

Jul 06, 2021

On Monday, state lawmakers introduced an amended budget bill that would require schools to offer independent study programs for students who don’t yet feel comfortable returning to the classroom.

Jul 06, 2021

During the height of the pandemic, almost 35,000 California families filed an affidavit with the state to open a private home school, EdSource reported.

Jul 06, 2021

Long before two Coronado High School basketball players threw tortillas at a mostly Latino basketball team, the Coronado Unified superintendent promised students he would put his district on the front lines of racial justice.

Jul 06, 2021

The concept known as “critical race theory” has become a flashpoint in discussions about how race, racism, equity and social justice are incorporated into lessons and discussed in the classroom.

Jul 06, 2021

MCS offered summer remediation and enrichment at all schools this year for the first time, using COVID-19 relief funding to expand camplike enrichment and bridge programs, said Tony Lomeli, director of student support services.

Jul 06, 2021

Roberts Ferry School District will bring students back to classrooms in August on an electric school bus. This will be the first electric school bus used in Stanislaus, County Office of Education Public Information Officer Judy Boring said.

Jul 02, 2021

Assembly Bill 104, introduced by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego,) expands options for students who fell short during the pandemic, which closed most public schools and forced millions of students to learn via computer at home.

Jul 02, 2021

The Pomona Unified School District has decided to end on-campus police patrols and instead rely on proctors trained in de-escalation methods, joining a handful of California districts that have moved to defund school police.

Jul 02, 2021

Special education in California has been showered with more than $1 billion in new state and federal money in recent weeks, enough to potentially transform a system that’s been underfunded for decades.

Jul 02, 2021

Two Elk Grove Unified School District employees are on paid administrative leave after a parent saw a Confederate battle flag displayed inside their district-issued van as the vehicle was making its rounds and reported it to district officials.

Jul 02, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to help alleviate the pandemic’s effect on grades and graduation credits by giving California students an opportunity to redo a grade level.

Jul 01, 2021

For millions of children, schools are more than a place of learning. They're also a place to get the food they would otherwise go without. Now, all California students can get that food - no questions asked.

Jul 01, 2021

Tuesday morning, at at a desk surrounded by plexiglass barriers, Jose Mondragon finished the last assignment he needed to graduate Peter Johansen High School. It was the last day of Modesto City Schools’ summer session.

Jul 01, 2021

Coronado High School’s basketball division regional championship was vacated and the school has been placed on probation by the California Interscholastic Federation following the tortilla throwing incident after the June 19 game.

Jul 01, 2021

During the height of the pandemic, almost 35,000 California families filed an affidavit with the state to open a private home school. That’s more than double the number of private school affidavits filed for the 2018-19 school year for schools with five or fewer students.

Jul 01, 2021

A coalition of parents, students, teachers and attorneys are trying to sustain momentum for reforms, calling for investments in mental-health and counseling services to replace law enforcement as a means for dealing with troubled students.

Jul 01, 2021

With the support of several local officials, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that urges California to allow local determination of whether children should wear masks to school in the fall.

Jun 30, 2021

Hundreds of San Luis Obispo County students — far more than usual, in most cases — struggled to maintain their grades over the past school year. So when schools were allowed to open their doors again to students for in-person instruction after months of distance learning, administrators, teachers and students had to work overtime to get those grades up.

Jun 30, 2021

While many Monterey Peninsula Unified School District students returned to their school sites in April under a hybrid model, the district’s Summer Academy provided an opportunity for others to return to campus for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Jun 30, 2021

The departing superintendent of the Novato Unified School District will receive seven months of pay and a year of health benefits under his exit agreement.

Jun 30, 2021

Pomona Unified School District will no longer have dedicated police officers assigned to its campuses, Superintendent Richard Martinez confirmed on Tuesday, June 29.

Jun 30, 2021

The Monrovia Unified School District's Board of Education is expected to approve a pay raise for school employees during a special meeting Tuesday morning.

Jun 30, 2021

Austin Beutner, now in his final day as superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school district, has been alternately praised, denounced and, finally, thanked for his three years as a “crisis manager.”

Jun 29, 2021

Talk to any teacher, student or parent, and they will tell you distance learning and other chaos wrought by the pandemic took the focus away from academics. But data is beginning to trickle in for the last school year that demonstrates just that.

Jun 29, 2021

The San Diego County Human Relations Commission will call for the California Interscholastic Federation to address racism in youth athletics after tortillas were thrown at a recent basketball game between Coronado High and Escondido’s Orange Glen High.

Jun 29, 2021

A survey released in February by the California State Teachers Retirement System noted a significant increase in teacher retirements across the state from 2019 to 2020. Meanwhile, state and federal grants have allowed districts to hire more teachers and expand programs to support.

Jun 29, 2021

In the waning days of his tenure leading the nation’s second-largest public school system, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner delivered his final weekly online address on Monday, June 28, offering a few pieces of advice to the district and his eventual successor.

Jun 29, 2021

California schools are poised to get a record-breaking amount of money in the state budget to help students recover from the 15 months of chaos, virtual classrooms, hybrid schedules and ever-shifting guidance.

Jun 29, 2021

With brief but exuberant praise from Democrats and often acerbic criticism from Republicans, the Legislature dispatched the 2021-22 budget bill with spending levels for education that appeared implausible a year ago, in the throes of a pandemic.

Jun 28, 2021

Fairfax School District held its long-awaited town hall meeting Thursday night in the Fairfax Junior High gymnasium, but it took little time for the mood to sour.

Jun 28, 2021

After several parents spoke against it, the board of the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District said it needed to "pause" a professional development course that aims to train staff on "social justice oriented classroom practices."

Jun 28, 2021

The Novato Unified School District is aggressively wooing its departed families to return. For months, district staff and parent volunteers have been using social media, school tours, YouTube videos, phone calls, email blasts and community meetings to persuade families that the district will be back in business post-pandemic — in-person and full time — when the 2021-22 school year begins on Aug. 17.

Jun 28, 2021

Legislative leaders released a landmark state budget agreement late Friday that would add a year of school for all 4-year-olds and provide record funding for pre-K-12 schools.

Jun 28, 2021

After 32 years teaching music to Ceres students, Ric Campero was told when he retired in 2018 that the district planned to build its first performing arts center.

Jun 28, 2021

With the Supreme Court’s ruling on a cheerleader’s free speech complaint, schools got some much-needed clarity on when they can discipline students for their actions off campus.

Jun 28, 2021

The Marin County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a resolution supporting ethnic studies programs — both at the state level and in Marin.

Jun 25, 2021

Despite its approval earlier in the month, the Teen Talk curriculum continued to take fire from a majority of public speakers during Conejo Valley Unified School District's June 15 meeting.

Jun 25, 2021

The Marin County Board of Education has approved a five-year pact to govern the oversight of Ross Valley Charter in Fairfax.

Jun 25, 2021

Classified workers from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District rallied in front of Landmark Elementary on Wednesday afternoon in support of negotiations between the California School Employees Association Chapter 132 and the district.

Jun 25, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will give stipends to 4 million California school children who would have relied on free lunch programs this past school year if it wasn't for pandemic-related school closures.

Jun 25, 2021

A school board in Southern California unanimously approved a resolution Thursday denouncing racism and racial discrimination after some community members flung tortillas at a predominately Latino high school basketball team.

Jun 25, 2021

California students would have an opportunity to mitigate the academic harm from the pandemic under legislation headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has until the first week in July to decide whether to sign it.

Jun 25, 2021

With a record $20-billion operating budget for the upcoming academic year, the L.A. Unified School District board is promising students and parents a reshaped, reinvigorated experience this fall, with thousands of new workers to teach, counsel and sanitize.

Jun 25, 2021

San Francisco schools could require teachers and other staff to get a coronavirus vaccine, following the city’s lead in mandating that its 35,000 government workers be eventually vaccinated.

Jun 25, 2021

A San Diego lawmaker has called on the California Interscholastic Federation to revoke Coronado High's regional basketball championship in response to community members throwing tortillas at the largely Latino opposing team.

Jun 24, 2021

After years of discussion, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board voted Tuesday night to close Highland Elementary and Foothill Elementary before the 2022-2023 school year and close Walter Colton Middle before the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

Jun 24, 2021

Kris Cosca, superintendent of the Novato Unified School District, said he is stepping down to recover from a brutal two-year stint leading Marin’s largest school district through a pandemic, budget crisis, racial unrest, school closure protests and other issues.

Jun 24, 2021

Local parents are teaming up with a group from Southern California that successfully sued the state to reopen schools. They’re working on another lawsuit, this time to relax school testing and quarantine requirements – and to end school mask mandates.

Jun 24, 2021

The San Diego Unified School Board Tuesday night unanimously approved a plan that will include ethnic studies and anti-racism education and training throughout the school district.

Jun 24, 2021

A Costa Mesa charter school has until July 7 to demonstrate how it will correct several operational indiscretions being investigated by Orange County education officials as potential violations.

Jun 24, 2021

With a record $20-billion operating budget for the upcoming academic year, the L.A. Unified School District board is promising students and parents a reshaped, reinvigorated experience this fall, with thousands of new workers to teach, counsel and sanitize.

Jun 24, 2021

California students would have an opportunity to mitigate the academic harm from the pandemic under legislation headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has until the first week in July to decide whether to sign it.

Jun 24, 2021

The man who says he supplied the tortillas that Coronado students threw at Orange Glen High basketball players said Wednesday that his intentions were not racist and the district should not have fired its basketball coach.

Jun 23, 2021

Central Unified schools’ Assistant Superintendent Kettie Davis will lead the district while Superintendent Andrew Alvarado remains on leave amid a criminal investigation.

Jun 23, 2021

Clovis Unified school psychologists have filed a petition to form a union, and organizers call it a “first step” toward larger unionization efforts pushed by educators who are part of the largest district in the state without a teachers union.

Jun 23, 2021

The San Diego Unified School Board Tuesday night unanimously approved a plan that will include ethnic studies and anti-racism education and training throughout the school district.

Jun 23, 2021

The Coronado Unified School Board voted 5-0 in a closed session to release JD Laaperi of Coronado High School and also discussed but didn’t take action on student discipline, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Jun 23, 2021

The Los Angeles Board of Education approved a record $20-billion budget for the upcoming academic year — a massive influx of funding made possible by pandemic relief money and record state tax revenues.

Jun 23, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday, June 22, passed a $13.8 billion operating budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 — a 62% increase over the current year’s budget.

Jun 23, 2021

The West Contra Costa Unified School District will hire 120 teachers and 20 counselors under terms of a tentative agreement it has reached with the teachers union.

Jun 22, 2021

A charter high school is suing Montebello Unified, claiming it is violating state law by charging too much for too little space to set up that school on the Montebello High School campus.

Jun 22, 2021

Kris Cosca, superintendent of the Novato Unified School District, has resigned his position effective June 30, according to a statement issued by the district on Monday.

Jun 22, 2021

Kim Fuentez looks forward to the vegetables her staff will soon serve to Denair students, fresh from a campus farm. Her district is one of six in and near Stanislaus County that received recent state grants aimed at making cafeteria fare more healthy and local.

Jun 22, 2021

Across the Bay Area, after more than a year of online learning, families are clamoring like never before for space at summer schools, which are bursting with record enrollments in the urgency for kids to catch up academically and socially from the COVID school shutdowns.

Jun 22, 2021

California schools collectively have billions of state and federal dollars to spend on programs to help students catch up on the learning they lost while school campuses were closed. But many districts do not have enough fully qualified teachers to launch new academic programs.

Jun 22, 2021

Level Up offers free, in-person morning academic classes and a variety of afternoon enrichment activities, such as classes in how to be a barista, how to fly a drone or how to act in theatre performances.The district initiated the recovery program after the federal government sent millions of dollars in COVID relief funds.

Jun 22, 2021

A national civil rights organization is calling for Coronado High School coaches to be fired after at least two people flung tortillas at the basketball team for Escondido’s Orange Glen High School, which is predominantly Latino, after a division championship game Saturday night.

Jun 21, 2021

This year the stakes of summer school are high — and different. It feels like a chance to begin the process of making up for what students lost during the pandemic and distance learning.

Jun 21, 2021

While summer plans may still be uncertain for some families as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, most local districts have announced schools will largely be back on full, in-person schedules in the fall.

Jun 21, 2021

In states across the country and now in San Diego, public schools are coming under fire from politically conservative activists and some parents who say the schools are spreading critical race theory.

Jun 21, 2021

Six school districts in and near Stanislaus County that received recent state grants aimed at making cafeteria fare more healthy and local. Turlock will use its money to upgrade the district farm, school gardens and purchases from other local growers.

Jun 21, 2021

George Clooney and a group of A-listers are working with the Los Angeles Unified School District to launch an academy that promises to provide education and practical training in the arts and sciences of filmmaking to marginalized communities.

Jun 21, 2021

The California Department of Education ruled this week that the San Bernardino County Office of Education erred in approving several districts’ plans for spending money targeted for low-income students and other high-needs student groups.

Jun 21, 2021

San Francisco classrooms are expected to welcome back all students in the fall, but anger over the closure of district schools during the pandemic has lingered for some families.

Jun 21, 2021

The Sausalito Marin City School District will merge its controversial charter school with its largely Black traditional public school, in what will be the state’s first mandated school desegregation effort in 50 years.

Jun 21, 2021

After the students researched the Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi — and his role in expeditions that paved the way for the brutally oppressive California mission system in the 1700s — they felt the name had to go.

Jun 21, 2021

Three months after San Diego Unified’s School Board voted to change the name of Junipero Serra High School to Canyon Hills High School, some Tierrasanta residents are calling it an unfair, rushed process.

Jun 21, 2021

Coronado school district leaders apologized Sunday to Orange Glen High — a predominately Latino school in Escondido — after tortillas were hurled at the school’s boys basketball team during an altercation in the aftermath of a championship game Saturday night.

Jun 18, 2021

This week the Kern High School District launched a summer camp that marks the beginning of an effort to train the next generation of entrepreneurs in the region.

Jun 18, 2021

When Marin classrooms reopen in late August, masks are expected to be required indoors for both students and staff, officials said.

Jun 18, 2021

Three members of the Lodi Unified School District’s Board of Education will be taking a resolution to the state legislature soon, asking lawmakers to lift mask requirements for students.

Jun 18, 2021

After 15 months of the pandemic, during which most students learned at home, a spring infusion of $4.6 billion from the state is allowing some districts to increase summer enrollment tenfold. Others are offering it for the first time in years, and even then only to some students.

Jun 18, 2021

Teachers in Los Angeles Unified have ratified a tentative agreement with the school district, paving the way for the nation’s second largest K-12 system to fully reopen campuses for the upcoming academic year.

Jun 17, 2021

A week after the district released three proposals, the Kern High School District hosted its first forum on boundary changes Tuesday night.

Jun 17, 2021

The superintendents of schools together with the public health officers in the tri-county area are encouraging groups to come together to plan for in-person classes in all grades this fall, according to a statement from the Monterey County Office of Education.

Jun 17, 2021

A program that prepares bilingual teachers for the growing number of dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a chronic bilingual teacher shortage.

Jun 17, 2021

A nearly yearlong community debate over police in the city’s public schools ended Wednesday when the Fresno Unified school board voted to keep armed police officers on campus.

Jun 17, 2021

The San Bernardino County Office of Education short-changed predominately low-income Black and Latino students by an estimated $166 million in state funds earmarked for programs that promote equity.

Jun 17, 2021

Mark Day School in San Rafael has reached a settlement with the parents of a 7-year-old boy who died when a 300-pound rolling metal gate fell on top of him during recess.

Jun 17, 2021

Rory Siwula is tired of hearing “no” from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, which she and her family allege does not provide enough accessibility to restrooms at her Costa Mesa campus.

Jun 17, 2021

Austin Beutner, the outgoing leader of the Los Angeles Unified School District, took the stage of the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday to declare that the state of the city’s schools is excellent.

Jun 17, 2021

Some early childhood advocates are calling for lawmakers to allow preschools, child care centers and Head Start programs to participate in the state's transitional kindergarten expansion as part of a “mixed delivery” system.

Jun 16, 2021

Special police officers will still be available to Novato Unified School District next year, but the conditions, financing and even their uniforms will be different.

Jun 16, 2021

A public school district in Southern California bestowed its diplomas to students at a private high school in China, Insider has learned.

Jun 16, 2021

To better engage families with their children’s educations, Modesto City Schools is preparing to launch a Parent Ambassadors program for the upcoming school year.

Jun 16, 2021

Mark Day School in San Rafael has reached a settlement with the parents of a 7-year-old boy who died when a 300-pound rolling metal gate fell on top of him during recess.

Jun 16, 2021

A program that prepares bilingual teachers for the growing number of dual-language classrooms in California is set to end this month, potentially worsening a chronic bilingual teacher shortage.

Jun 15, 2021

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

Jun 15, 2021

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

Jun 15, 2021

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

Jun 15, 2021

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

Jun 15, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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

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.