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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.

Oct 14, 2019

Less than half of all students in Kern County who took a statewide standardized test met or exceeded standards for English language arts and mathematics in 2018-2019, but local educators say the numbers show a different story.

Oct 14, 2019

California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most public schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.

Oct 14, 2019

Since 2017, the district has partnered with a program called FarmSLO, a networking group for local, small commercial farmers who provide a wide selection of healthy, locally farmed foods to district students such as watermelons, peppers, local grains, tomatoes and grass-fed beef.

Oct 14, 2019

The Sausalito Marin City School District is planning its first public “unification” meetings in the aftermath of a historic desegregation order.

Oct 14, 2019

To the disappointment of several board members and parents in the audience, officials decided to delay any kind of decision-making — even conversations about potential decision-making — until after next week’s town hall-style meeting.

Oct 11, 2019

These auditors are not independent, in so much as they are hired and fired at will by the schools they are auditing. The term state-approved is also something of a misnomer.

Oct 11, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California on Thursday filed a complaint against Fresno Unified School District alleging the district failed to comply with state requirements pertaining to racially hostile environments.

Oct 11, 2019

The 39,000-student district — the largest high school district in the state — will need to cut $24 million next school year out of an approximately $395 million annual budget. That’s roughly $14 million more in cuts than district officials first estimated in June.

Oct 11, 2019

Parents can see how well students at their child’s school, school district and in the state of California did on the 2019 Smarter Balanced test on a searchable database provided by EdSource.

Oct 11, 2019

Increasing the number of teachers of color in California classrooms has been a top priority for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond since he started the job in January. Now, he’s planning a statewide task force focused on improving teacher diversity in California schools.

Oct 10, 2019

Often the only thing shared at Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education meetings is a blue plastic pail brimming with Skittles, Twizzlers and other candy. Before meetings sometimes dubbed Tuesday night fights, the pail sits in back rows of the school board's Thousand Oaks conference room.

Oct 10, 2019

The Paso Robles school board will spend up to $50,000 on an independent investigation into the district’s financial crisis and alleged fraud that occurred during the former superintendent’s administration.

Oct 10, 2019

The superintendents say they have reason to believe Inspire engaged in fiscal malfeasance, conflicts of interest, manipulation of enrollment and revenue and other improper activity.

Oct 10, 2019

Just over half of public school students who took the state’s standardized English language arts test performed at grade level, while only 4 in 10 are proficient in math, scores that represent a slow upward trend over the past four years.

Oct 10, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he signed the legislation that reverses a current prohibition on cannabis within 1,000 feet of K-12 campuses. School districts will have the final say on whether they will allow it. The law will take effect Jan. 1.

Oct 10, 2019

Several school districts decided on Tuesday to close in anticipation of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s engineered power shutoffs, which could begin midnight Wednesday.

Oct 10, 2019

A newly released report found that the statewide suspension rate for Native American students is 7.2 percent, more than double the statewide suspension average of 3.5 percent.

Oct 10, 2019

California public schools will be getting a big infusion of cash — a very, very big infusion — if voters approve an unprecedented trifecta of multibillion-dollar measures aimed at next year’s statewide ballots.

Oct 10, 2019

A couple hundred teachers and classified employees picketed at the Redlands Unified school board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, to protest stalled labor negotiations. They have been negotiating since December and without a contract for more than a year.

Oct 10, 2019

District officials have placed a Pasadena Unified security guard on administrative leave following reports from this news group that he was still employed by the district, despite his alleged role in facilitating a 2015 sexual encounter between two students.

Oct 10, 2019

California’s students’ Smarter Balanced test scores rose marginally in 2018-19, the fifth year of the tests, while showing little to no progress in closing wide disparities among ethnic, racial and other student groups, the California Department of Education reported on Wednesday.

Oct 09, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that would protect students with special needs at nonpublic California schools, in response to the November 2018 death of a student who was restrained at his El Dorado Hills school.

Oct 09, 2019

San Diego County school district leaders received a combined $13.2 million in salary and benefits last year, according to newly-released public compensation records. Here are the 20 top-paid San Diego County superintendents.

Oct 09, 2019

Northern California health officials are checking students and staff at a Modesto high school for tuberculosis after a student was diagnosed with the disease, officials say.

Oct 09, 2019

PG&E’s shutoffs, blacking out power to 513,000 customers as of 4 a.m. Wednesday with a second phase of more than 250,000 expected to begin around noon, could affect thousands of students and their families in Northern and Central California.

Oct 09, 2019

LAUSD has the largest distribution of free or reduced-price meals in California — and it’s increasing. About 80% of students are served the breakfasts or lunches. Last year, the district provided 120 million meals, or 720,000 per day.

Oct 09, 2019

The Los Angeles Unified school board’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee approved a resolution introduced by board member Jackie Goldberg that calls for the district to suspend implementation of “any use of stars, scores, or any other rating system” for its schools.

Oct 08, 2019

The El Rancho Unified teacher’s union took the first step toward possible legal action against the district’s school board majority, alleging interference, discrimination and retaliation against union members and leadership in a filing with the state’s Public Employee Relation Board.

Oct 08, 2019

Saying he hoped voters will “get this thing passed by historic numbers,” Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that will place a $15 billion construction bond covering pre-K through higher education facilities on the March 2020 state ballot.

Oct 08, 2019

The law says public schools must give students with disabilities the services that meet their individual needs, but parents and districts often disagree on what those services should be or whether a student needs services at all.

Oct 08, 2019

The mother of a Bullard High School cheerleader testified Monday that a tense encounter with Fresno Unified Trustee Terry Slatic has left her daughter depressed, anxious and losing interest in school.

Oct 08, 2019

Twin Rivers Unified School District has begun discussing the closure of several schools due to declining enrollment, a lingering $3.8 million budget deficit and an inefficient structure that has resulted in too many campuses for the number of students served, according to officials.

Oct 08, 2019

As students around the globe demand action by their government leaders to protect the environment, school boards across California have taken steps to recognize the impact of climate change on the environment and their students.

Oct 08, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB48 on Monday, placing a $15 billion bond to upgrade public school and college facilities on the March ballot.

Oct 07, 2019

Documents acquired by The San Diego Union-Tribune detail one strategy Inspire used to grow its enrollment — it offered to pay its students’ families and its staff if they brought students to Inspire.

Oct 07, 2019

The number of K-12 Marin public school and College of Marin students enrolled at the start of this 2019-20 school year dropped by 1,020 since 2016-17, according to new data released by the Marin County Office of Education.

Oct 07, 2019

Tough new charter school regulations have been signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as expected, but other big K-12 proposals are pending, including a statewide bond measure, maternity leave for teachers and a later morning bell.

Oct 07, 2019

More than a quarter of high school juniors in San Diego County have tried vaping, and experts warn that teen vaping is erasing the gains from decades of smoking prevention.

Oct 07, 2019

Dozens of Mill Valley teachers packed a school board meeting this week to slam district officials over the latest contract offer. Members of the Mill Valley Teachers Association union have been working without a contract since June 30.

Oct 07, 2019

An alumni group has sued to challenge the San Francisco school board's decision to cover a controversial mural displayed in a public high school that some criticized as racist.

Oct 07, 2019

A building inspection business owner has hurled nepotism allegations at the Los Alamitos school board for awarding a nearly $1 million contract to a competitor who is the father of a district official.

Oct 07, 2019

An elementary school in Sacramento County has canceled all things Halloween this year, after many families opted out of the annual celebrations over the years.

Oct 07, 2019

Mary Ann Elizabeth Colby, 46, of West Sacramento, formerly an administrative assistant in the Washington Unified School District’s business office, was accused of embezzling from the district between July 2012 and October 2013.

Oct 07, 2019

A jury has ordered Pasadena Unified to pay a former student $887,416 after a sexual encounter in 2014 with another student was facilitated by a school security guard who is still employed by the district.

Oct 04, 2019

The school board on Wednesday awarded a $705,190 contract to Carrier Commercial Services of City of Industry to repair the air conditioning units at 11 schools and the district office. It also awarded a $475,055 contract to the same company to replace 33 chillers or air conditioning units, which are more than 30 years old, serving Bell Gardens High School.

Oct 04, 2019

A Novato schools maintenance building under construction at Hamilton is raising eyebrows over a disagreement between the city and the school district about land use rules.

Oct 04, 2019

An appeal on behalf of Biggs Unified School District successfully brought an allocated $9 million for modernizing Biggs school buildings next spring.

Oct 04, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday a comprehensive rewrite of the charter school law that will expand the authority of local school boards to reject new charter schools while requiring that they more clearly justify their reasons for doing so.

Oct 04, 2019

On the whole, only 31 percent of administrators in San Diego County are people of color, while the student body is far more diverse: 69 percent of students are non-white.

Oct 04, 2019

A Riverside County jury this week awarded $380,000 to a former special education teacher in Palm Springs Unified School District who claimed he was fired in 2014 for reporting a coworker behaving inappropriately with students.

Oct 04, 2019

Moreno Valley school officials turned to parents and the community for help Thursday night, Oct. 3, after being accused of failing to prevent bullying and allegations that inaction may have contributed to the death of a middle school boy.

Oct 04, 2019

The most significant set of revisions to the state’s charter-school law in more than two decades was signed Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, putting new curbs on a segment of public schools that has grown over time, particularly in cities, to enroll more than 600,000 California kids.

Oct 03, 2019

Last week Fremont Elementary parents were notified that the school would soon become a “closed campus.” The new security measures are designed to keep campuses safe from violence in an era when protecting children from violence and mass shootings are top priorities,

Oct 03, 2019

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner on Tuesday announced a new system intended to consolidate information about the district’s 600,000 students.

Oct 03, 2019

The state’s largest school district on Tuesday approved an amended version of its 2019-20 school accountability plan, after a complaint was filed this summer about transparency and adequately serving high-needs students.

Oct 03, 2019

Prosecutors have filed voluntary manslaughter charges against two 13-year-old boys who were arrested in connection with an assault at a Moreno Valley middle school that left a fellow student dead.

Oct 03, 2019

A Northern California high school said its varsity football season has been canceled after four players were cited by police for sexual battery after a teammate reported he was assaulted on campus.

Oct 03, 2019

Only 55 seniors out of 1,250 from Burbank, Burroughs and Monterey high schools did not graduate or earn a certificate of attendance this past spring or summer, according to a Burbank Unified report released last month during a school board meeting.

Oct 02, 2019

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra was in Fresno Tuesday to give law enforcement and schools millions in grant money to curb the sale of tobacco products to minors.

Oct 02, 2019

A film on male stereotypes, directed by the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, has created an uproar after it was shown to junior high students at a school in Stanislaus County.

Oct 02, 2019

Vista Unified School District’s acting superintendent pledged to boost communication with families. Matt Doyle takes charge after former Superintendent Linda Kimble was placed on administrative leave last week.

Oct 02, 2019

Five schools, including three charters, share the Westchester High School campus, making for a potential headache when it comes to drop-off and pick-up, serving food and using the library and athletic fields.

Oct 02, 2019

A mother of a Discovery Elementary student claims her daughter’s multiple, separate injuries were caused by a gopher hole-filled grass field that the school failed to maintain.

Oct 02, 2019

When Sen. Richard Pan introduced a new bill to crack down on the growing number of medical vaccine exemptions, he knew things would get ugly.

Oct 01, 2019

As the first and largest district in the state to implement a ban on suspensions for ‘willful defiance,’ Los Angeles’ experience may be instructive for other districts across the state

Oct 01, 2019

Racial disparities in school discipline, particularly for African American students, have been documented in numerous studies, but there has been little research on how Native American students are reprimanded.

Oct 01, 2019

After a presentation regarding the financial standing by fiscal director Cindy Vickers, community members lined up to voice their opinions to the board.

Sep 30, 2019

The Stockton Unified School District has announced a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org, a national nonprofit to help teachers tap into a network of 3.5 million donors to fund classroom projects.

Sep 30, 2019

Bassett Unified’s school board this week removed an often vocal critic from a committee which oversees the expenditures of taxpayer-backed bond money used for construction projects, saying he “engaged in unethical conduct.”

Sep 30, 2019

After more than 20 years of debate, conflict, lawsuits and community strife, boosters of the former multi-age program at Ross Valley School District now have what they have always wanted. The former program, reincarnated now as the independent, state-authorized Ross Valley Charter, is thriving at its new home on the campus of the former St. Rita’s School in west Fairfax.

Sep 30, 2019

On Thursday, the nonprofit sent a letter to the school board and superintendent detailing possible violations of the Brown Act, the California law that mandates open meetings of local agencies, and safeguards the public’s right to participate and speak at those events.

Sep 30, 2019

At a news conference in Landmark’s library after a Thursday night, Sept. 26, district-sponsored vigil, Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora said there are limits to what he could say.

Sep 30, 2019

The recent surge of lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, an increasingly entrenched habit among many youths, largely caught school authorities flat-footed, and educators are urgently mobilizing anti-vaping efforts against what they see as a dangerous teen epidemic.

Sep 27, 2019

The Pasadena Unified school board narrowly voted to close three elementary schools late Thursday night, even as the officials who worked most closely on the issue warned that the path chosen could result in future school closures.

Sep 27, 2019

Although the state is enjoying multibillion-dollar budget surpluses, thanks largely to a vibrant economy, California voters may face a bewildering array of tax increase proposals next year, many dealing with funding for schools.

Sep 27, 2019

Parents with students in the San Diego Unified School District are concerned after finding out the state medical board subpoenaed doctors who wrote their students medical exemptions for vaccinations.

Sep 27, 2019

Sacramento City Unified School District agreed this week to pay $400,000 to settle a high-profile lawsuit related to a former C.K. McClatchy High School student’s rape allegations.

Sep 27, 2019

In August, The Times looked at what $1.5 million buys in L.A. County’s top school districts. Out in Riverside County, however, the cost to get into the county’s top schools is significantly less.

Sep 27, 2019

In the midst of what officials are calling a public health crisis, the Redwood City School District is joining a growing number of Bay Area districts trying to prevent students from vaping.

Sep 27, 2019

Inspire Charter Schools’ founder and executive director, Herbert “Nick” Nichols, is on temporary leave, Inspire announced this week. An Inspire official said the charter school network will not say why, to protect Nichols’ privacy.

Sep 26, 2019

The Kern High School District has seen improvements in student expulsion and suspension rates the past few years, but that's not to say its work is done.

Sep 26, 2019

Hundreds of California school administrators hired decades ago are collecting retirement incomes that are too big to qualify as public pensions under federal tax law.

Sep 26, 2019

Paso Robles residents are pushing for a state investigation into the events that propelled the school district into a financial crisis and caused the resignation of the previous superintendent.

Sep 26, 2019

The proposal, which will be presented to the board for a vote in November and would go into effect in 2026, would require students to take an additional math or quantitative reasoning course, such as computer science or an extra science lab.

Sep 26, 2019

Parents blasted Moreno Valley officials’ over their handling of campus violence and bullying Tuesday night, Sept. 24, at the first school board meeting since a Landmark Middle student was assaulted on campus and later died.

Sep 26, 2019

Linda Kimble, superintendent of the Vista Unified School District for less than two years, has been placed on administrative leave, school board President Rosemary Smithfield said Wednesday.

Sep 26, 2019

A former pre-kindergarten teacher in Rialto who reportedly admitted to smoking heroin in her classroom was never arrested or charged with a crime, largely because she told police and school officials two different stories.

Sep 26, 2019

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is facing six lawsuits alleging the district doesn’t take complaints about bullying seriously. In one case, bullying apparently led to a middle school student killing herself. At least one more suit is coming.

Sep 26, 2019

A 13-year-old boy seriously injured in an attack involving two other students at a Southern California middle school is “clinically dead” after life-saving treatments failed, authorities said Wednesday.

Sep 26, 2019

Since adding more stringent requirements, the proportion of 12th-graders in the district meeting the minimum California State University admissions requirements went from 38 percent in 2014-15 to 58 percent in 2018-19, according to district data.

Sep 26, 2019

On Tuesday, LAUSD leaders said they're demanding payment of hefty "over-allocation fees" from 41 co-located charter schools that, in the end, didn't enroll enough students to justify the number of classrooms the district gave them.

Sep 25, 2019

For the first time in years, the number of vacancies in Marin schools is rising, from 49 countywide at the start of the 2018-19 school year to 51 at the beginning of this school year.

Sep 25, 2019

About a half-million students could lose access to free school meals under a Trump administration proposal to limit the number of people who qualify for food stamps, drawing protests from congressional Democrats who say it could harm needy schoolchildren.

Sep 25, 2019

Several academics who work with school districts statewide said LAUSD's difficulty addressing Public Advocates' persistent concerns also highlights weak points in California's LCAP process.

Sep 25, 2019

A study released this week by UCLA researchers showcased strategies that San Diego Unified School District has used to improve equity and outcomes for students, such as making college-ready courses available to more students.

Sep 25, 2019

Troubled by a growing trend in bullying and suicide rates among California youth, legislators this year have approved several bills aimed at protecting children and saving their lives.

Sep 24, 2019

The Paso Robles school district answered its critics last week in a wide-ranging memo that addressed the origins of its financial crisis, rumors of favoritism in hiring and allegations of administrative bloat, all while leaving one key question unanswered.

Sep 24, 2019

Citing the need to update aging facilities, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District may put a referendum on the 2020 ballot asking voters to approve financing through the sale of bonds that would be repaid by an addition to property tax bills.

Sep 24, 2019

Attendance at the Moreno Valley school where a 13-year-old boy was assaulted was down more than 5% — and 1% across all district schools — Friday, Sept. 20, after parents organized a walkout to protest what they call inaction by school officials.

Sep 24, 2019

About one in five California students surveyed by their school districts have thought about killing themselves, according to a new analysis by the Southern California News Group.

Sep 24, 2019

With the threat of a lawsuit looming, Fremont Unified School will become the latest district to switch to elections that advocates hope reflect the diversity of its community.

Sep 24, 2019

While racial and ethnic segregation in the nation’s schools is strongly correlated with gaps in academic achievement, the income level of students’ families in a school rather than its racial or ethnic composition account for those gaps, according to a new study.

Sep 24, 2019

Efforts to set ambitious targets for more K-12 funding and to ask voters to pass a higher income tax on the wealthy failed to make it out of the Legislature this month. But their backers are vowing to regroup and move forward in 2020.

Sep 23, 2019

The Bakersfield City School District is increasing security by implementing a pilot check-in system that screens visitors to make sure they aren’t sex offenders.

Sep 23, 2019

The Lodi Unified School District will begin implementing an anonymous reporting system that will provide students and adults another outlet to submit safety concerns and halt any potential violence.

Sep 23, 2019

If approved by two-thirds of voters, Measure E, on the ballot in Tiburon, Belvedere and a portion of east Corte Madera, would renew the annual tax of $589 for a 12-year term, restarting the clock effective Nov. 6.

Sep 23, 2019

Willow Creek Academy is at the center of an emotional battle that has brought fresh attention to long-festering racial inequities in liberal Marin County. Last month, the tiny Sausalito Marin City School District was hit with the state’s first school desegregation order in half a century.

Sep 23, 2019

From massive wildfires to mass shooting threats to dilapidated classrooms, the 21st century is disrupting class at a level that is unprecedented for California’s 6.2 million students.

Sep 23, 2019

Authorities are investigating whether a child who remains in critical condition after a violent assault at a Moreno Valley middle school had been the target of bullying before the attack.

Sep 23, 2019

It takes a village to lower the number of young people who think about killing themselves, according to educators whose school districts have dramatically reduced suicide ideation rates among their student populations.

Sep 23, 2019

San Clemente High School officials say an investigation has confirmed allegations that students from Lincoln High School were subjected to racial taunts and slurs at a football game a week ago.

Sep 23, 2019

California’s embattled plan for an ethnic-studies curriculum in public high schools — excoriated by opponents as too politically correct, too pedantic and anti-Semitic in its draft form — could soon get a reprieve.

Sep 20, 2019

Senior Montebello school officials misled investors about serious financial and management problems in the district when they marketed $100 million in school construction bonds, federal investigators said in charges announced Thursday.

Sep 20, 2019

As of September 9, about a quarter of California schools now report detectable levels of lead in school drinking water but it appears many schools in our area still haven’t submitted the results.

Sep 20, 2019

Fresno Unified trustees on Wednesday night discussed adopting two new bylaws that would set the way censures are handled.

Sep 20, 2019

Students found locked classrooms at lunch Thursday at Arcata High School and will continue to do so. Certificated staff members agreed to a restricted work policy after the most recent union meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Teachers will work only contractual hours until the current salary and benefit negotiations are completed.

Sep 20, 2019

Two days after schoolyard punches by two 13-year-olds hospitalized a classmate Monday, Sept. 16, there were few answers but many emotions. Parents demanded action on a campus where six months ago sheriff’s deputies fired pepper balls to stop a fight involving 50 students.

Sep 20, 2019

Parents have pressured some Bay Area school districts to excuse kids to attend a youth climate rally Friday. The march has sparked debate about whether Bay Area schools should sanction student involvement in Friday’s march or keep kids in the classroom.

Sep 19, 2019

Kern High School District rolled out the protocol over the summer and other school districts in the county are in various stages of implementation.

Sep 19, 2019

The California Charter Schools Association has expelled the Inspire home charter school network from its membership and is now calling for a third-party investigation, citing concerns about the network’s operational and governance practices.

Sep 19, 2019

A Bear Creek High School student was arrested on suspicion of weapon charges after allegedly being discovered with a handgun on Wednesday.

Sep 19, 2019

The bill, which is awaiting approval by Governor Gavin Newsom, seeks to improve campus climates for LGBTQ students. These students often get bullied or shunned, and teachers often don’t know how to react when the students report problems.

Sep 19, 2019

As California this month expanded a statewide ban on suspending younger students for defiant behavior, lessons on how this increasingly sweeping school discipline reform may play out can be found in Los Angeles, which barred such suspensions on an even broader scale six years ago.

Sep 19, 2019

A shortage of bus drivers is costing one Northern California school district a lot of money. Marysville Joint Unified School District Superintendent Gary Cena said without buses, students might not make it to school.

Sep 19, 2019

Local TV in Fresno, California, now features two public service announcements created by the Fresno Unified School District aimed at educating students and parents on social media threats.

Sep 19, 2019

More than three weeks into the school year, several hundred Sacramento City Unified School District students are being taught by substitutes as school officials continue to look for teachers to staff classrooms.

Sep 18, 2019

Just two months on the job in the small Northern California district between Clearlake and Calistoga, the new superintendent of Middletown Unified struggled against gusting wind to open the door of her office. Inside at her window, Stone called the Red Cross and peeked outside.

Sep 18, 2019

Sweeping natural disasters exacerbated by climate change, especially wildfires, are causing California schoolchildren to miss more school days than ever before, according to a new report.

Sep 18, 2019

March Mountain High School in Moreno Valley will be re-evaluated on Tuesday after receiving a B rating and score of 89 According to the Department of Environmental Health, food vendors must score at least a 90 to pass.

Sep 18, 2019

San Diego Unified School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser and the political consultant who sued him for sexual assault settled a civil lawsuit Friday morning and are keeping terms of the settlement confidential.

Sep 18, 2019

Tony Thurmond, the state’s schools superintendent, announced plans Monday, Sept. 16, to revise and improve a proposed curriculum model that earlier this year was criticized as politically biased, misleading and anti-Semitic.

Sep 18, 2019

Hundreds of high school students and others from across San Diego County are preparing to join the international climate strike on Friday — in what promises to be the largest event of its kind in the region’s history.

Sep 18, 2019

More than 100 members of the Redlands Teachers Association and the Redlands Education Support Professionals Association in red shirts held signs at a school board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10, calling for better pay.

Sep 17, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom defended his actions on the newly enacted vaccine law Monday, downplaying questions about why he demanded additional changes to the contentious legislation after agreeing to sign it.

Sep 17, 2019

California has a new vaccination law on the books. It cracks down on inappropriate use of medical exemptions that allow kids to skip some or all vaccines and still enter school.

Sep 17, 2019

Monday State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced a plan to revise the proposed ethnic studies curriculum and to bring it back to a vote of the State Board of Education in 2020.

Sep 17, 2019

The first significant state funding to test and remove lead from drinking water in California’s schools is included in a state construction bond that will appear on the March 2020 ballot if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the bill that the Legislature passed on Friday.

Sep 16, 2019

Baldwin Park School Police Department Chief Jill M. Poe has been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate a blogger’s allegations that she was convicted of felony insurance fraud nearly a decade ago.

Sep 16, 2019

In a letter to the district, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David Gordon said that while the district will meet its minimum reserve requirements in the next two years, it will fall short by $27 million in the 2021-2022 budget year.

Sep 16, 2019

Chico Unified School District has released all enrollment data reports for the 2019-2020 year for all schools from grades K-12. The data shows an overall major increase in 2018, with some minor variations in students’ distribution at several schools due to the Camp Fire.

Sep 16, 2019

After taking in millions of dollars in charter school oversight fees over the years, the Board of Trustees for the tiny Dehesa School District met Thursday to discuss the proper way to handle their watchdog role.

Sep 16, 2019

The San Bernardino City Unified School District official who was arrested on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography in August has not been charged as the Sheriff’s Department continues its investigation.

Sep 16, 2019

The California State Board of Education unanimously sided with the Denair Unified School District on Wednesday in a boundary dispute involving the neighboring Turlock school district.

Sep 16, 2019

Senate Bill 328 was crafted based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations that delaying middle and high school start times will improve student sleep schedules and decrease health concerns like obesity and mental health illnesses.

Sep 16, 2019

Teachers and parents in the city of Sacramento are on both sides of a debate as to whether police officers should be on school grounds full time. But right now, the number of officers employed by the district is zero.

Sep 16, 2019

The legislation, Assembly Bill 197, introduced by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, would require every public elementary school, including charter schools, to offer at least one kindergarten class the same length as 1st grade, beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

Sep 13, 2019

The same charter school concept Montebello Unified School District denied nearly a year ago is back again applying to open a ninth- through 12th grade campus.

Sep 13, 2019

More than $2 million in state funds will power programs to help English-language learners, lower-income students and foster youth in the Pomona Unified School District.

Sep 13, 2019

Dozens of students at El Modena High School held a rally on campus Thursday morning, Sept. 12 in support of a 15-year-old special needs student who died in a golf cart crash earlier this week.

Sep 13, 2019

The Oakland School Board voted to approve two school mergers at a meeting Wednesday night, an unpopular decision that sparked outrage from many parents, teachers and students.

Sep 13, 2019

A student was shot in the jaw on Aug. 27 at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights, possibly struck by a bullet fired from off campus, an incident that Los Angeles school officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Tuesday.

Sep 13, 2019

Kaiser Elementary School and the School of Language dual immersion middle school will close at the end of the school year, the Oakland school board decided at a packed meeting Wednesday.

Sep 12, 2019

Kaitlyn Osbourne, a senior at Clovis High who is on the water polo team, said on Sept. 3 the girls were informed by an assistant coach of a new rule — that girls would have to wear shorts before the game, while on the pool deck and right after the game.

Sep 12, 2019

As it prepares to launch $247 million in school bond construction, the Vista Unified School District board will consider adopting a project labor agreement requiring local, unionized labor for the work.

Sep 12, 2019

A West San Fernando Valley homeowners group is calling on local officials to discuss the future of five Los Angeles Unified School District properties that the neighbors believe might be used to house homeless students.