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Feb 24, 2021

Rather than have hundreds of employees go to a medical facility or clinic, it was notable that Rosedale and Priority did the opposite by having the medical team come to the district. District Superintendent Sue Lemon said it worked out well.

Feb 24, 2021

As pandemic drags on, a CalMatters data analysis reveals that students who currently have no option to attend class in person are much more likely to live in poorer areas.

Feb 24, 2021

Central Unified School District board members have delayed a vote to lay off 10 teachers. Superintendent Andrew Alvarado asked the board to hold off on voting until the next meeting on March 9.

Feb 24, 2021

Riverside County now meets a state standard that allows elementary schools with approved coronavirus-prevention plans to return to in-person instruction, officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Feb 24, 2021

The need for more Black educators is well-established, and the challenge is not just developing and recruiting more of them, but ensuring they stay at schools once they’re hired, experts say.

Feb 24, 2021

On a scale of 0 to 100, California’s index score of 11.1 was ahead of only Maryland’s 9.8, and comparable only to Oregon, at 12.8, and Washington, at 19.2.

Feb 24, 2021

The Newhall Unified School District welcomed transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students on its campuses for the first time since March 2020 Monday morning.

Feb 24, 2021

Homeless students attending charter schools in Los Angeles County have significantly lower attendance and graduation rates than their peers at traditional public schools, according to new research from UCLA.

Feb 24, 2021

California Democrats and Gov. Gavin Newsom are in rare conflict with the governor slamming a school reopening bill he says would set districts further back.

Feb 24, 2021

With less than four weeks left for recall organizers to collect signatures, the Democratic governor is under immense pressure to deliver a solution for California educators, parents and students.

Feb 24, 2021

Tougher rules remain in place in San Francisco that will prevent the return of high school football and other high- and moderate-contact sports in the county.

Feb 24, 2021

All teachers, school support staff and licensed child care providers living or working in San Bernardino County are eligible to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Feb 24, 2021

School employees could soon have access to multiple locations for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine shot as Orange County begins to inoculate its education sector.

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

Feb 24, 2021

Preschool and day-care workers across the state say they have spent months managing ad hoc classrooms of older students — tutoring, troubleshooting and teaching supplementary material.

Feb 24, 2021

Nearly a year after San Diego Unified closed its schools due to the pandemic, the state’s second-largest district plans to reopen schools for all grade levels the week of April 12.

Feb 24, 2021

San Francisco school officials unanimously approved a health and safety agreement with labor unions allowing the reopening of schools before the end of the academic year.

Feb 23, 2021

As Fresno Unified School District students and teachers begin returning to campuses this week, officials are exploring ways to have randomized COVID-19 testing for hundreds of employees but at cheaper prices.

Feb 23, 2021

Football and other outdoor sports will be permitted in Santa Clara County beginning Friday, officials announced Monday, bringing the county in line with recent guidelines released by the California Department of Public Health.

Feb 23, 2021

Parents and teachers plan to assemble this afternoon in an effort to convince the school board to continue construction work planned for two elementary schools despite a nearly $200 million budget shortfall.

Feb 23, 2021

At a special meeting Monday, the Modesto City Schools Board of Education approved a plan to open junior high and high schools on a hybrid learning schedule that would have students on campus two days a week.

Feb 23, 2021

The wait is over. The Newhall Unified School District welcomed transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students on its campuses for the first time since March 2020 Monday morning.

Feb 23, 2021

Amid debate over reopening public schools closed for almost a year by the coronavirus pandemic, a new federal study Monday indicated that when there were outbreaks on campus, they were chiefly driven by infected teachers.

Feb 23, 2021

Thousands of California teachers from urban and suburban school districts who had been waiting for Covid-19 vaccinations finally began receiving their first doses last week.

Feb 23, 2021

If all goes according to the Sacramento City Unified School District’s plan, some of the area’s youngest students could be back in classrooms in early April.

Feb 23, 2021

The Los Angeles school district says it’s ready to launch a Microsoft-supported “Daily Pass” app when campuses reopen, enabling officials to quickly isolate anyone at a school who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has contracted the virus.

Feb 23, 2021

Amid changing school reopening guidance and delays in getting COVID-19 vaccines to school staff, San Diego Unified is expected to release a new reopening timeline and other details of a revised reopening plan at its school board meeting Tuesday.

Feb 23, 2021

Los Angeles Unified schools Superintendent Austin Beutner on Monday, Feb. 22, doubled down on his challenge to elected officials to get elementary campuses in the nation’s second-largest school district up and running by April 9.

Feb 23, 2021

Los Angeles schools will resume some services next week for a small percentage of students with special needs, Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday.

Feb 23, 2021

Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco lashed out at school districts for criticizing a bill that would condition $2 billion in incentive funding on reopening schools, starting April 15.

Feb 23, 2021

Despite wavering supplies and glaring racial and geographic inequities plaguing Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday praised the region’s distribution efforts.

Feb 22, 2021

On Sunday, Ventura County's rate of COVID-19 cases reached a desired threshold that allows elementary schools to reopen.

Feb 22, 2021

Though Stockton Unified’s overall suspension rates have declined, Black students, especially males, remain the group with the highest percentage of suspensions, at 13.9% for the 2018-19 school year, the last year for which data is available from Ed-Data.

Feb 22, 2021

Steadily improving coronavirus case numbers reached the level Friday, Feb. 19, needed to allow districts to reopen schools from transitional kindergarten through sixth grade on the next school day.

Feb 22, 2021

Unions to the left of him. Republican challengers to the right. As Gov. Gavin Newsom keeps one eye on a potential recall election, California's school reopening standoff has him caught in a political pincer.

Feb 22, 2021

Sacramento County began vaccinating teachers and child care providers last week, but health officials warned it will take weeks – or even months – to offer the vaccine to the roughly 25,000 school employees in the county.

Feb 22, 2021

The Escondido Union School District board unanimously rejected a five-year renewal for Epiphany Prep Charter School last week, concluding that the school failed to meet performance criteria required to stay in operation.

Feb 22, 2021

The renaming of 44 schools in the San Francisco Unified School District is apparently being put on hold after intense local and national blowback.

Feb 22, 2021

A state announcement Friday allowing more sports to resume while tougher COVID-19 restrictions still keep seventh- through 12th-grade schools largely shut has frustrated Stanislaus County health and education officials.

Feb 22, 2021

A report that is supported by several other partner organizations says the state’s school accountability tool, the California School Dashboard, makes it too easy for districts to receive high scores for English learners’ progress.

Feb 22, 2021

The big question now is whether Gov. Gavin Newsom’s move to set aside about 75,000 vaccines a week for teachers and other school employees will break the school reopening log jam in many districts.

Feb 22, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday criticized a $6.6-billion legislative proposal to begin opening more elementary campuses in April, a plan he said fell short as negotiations between him and lawmakers have so far failed to result in a compromise.

Feb 22, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that state officials will set aside 10% of California’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators starting next month.

Feb 22, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested Friday that he would veto a schools reopening plan that Democratic legislators intend to advance next week because, he said, it sets a bar for resuming in-person instruction that is far higher than what scientists say is safe.

Feb 22, 2021

A court granted a temporary restraining order requested by two football players seeking an immediate return to competition under the same coronavirus protocols as players in the college and professional ranks.

Feb 22, 2021

For months, anxious parents of San Francisco public school students have been wondering what a return to classrooms might look like in the fall.

Feb 22, 2021

The union representing Los Angeles Unified School District teachers announced Friday, Feb. 19, that its members will soon take a vote on whether they should refuse to return to campus if in-person instruction becomes mandatory.

Feb 22, 2021

Players, coaches and parents of regional volleyball are angry and frustrated after the California Department of Public Health made an announcement that could spell the end of a season that never got going.

Feb 22, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new plan to vaccinate school staff more quickly does little to move campuses toward reopening in Los Angeles, where the teachers union remains opposed.

Feb 22, 2021

More than 1,200 city residents have so far signed a petition that started circulating Friday to recall three members of the San Francisco Board of Education.

Feb 22, 2021

Facing intense pressure on multiple fronts, San Francisco’s school board president has signaled that its members are pausing controversial efforts to rename 44 district schools.

Feb 22, 2021

The president and three members of a school board in Northern California have resigned after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents in the school district during a virtual board meeting last Wednesday.

Feb 19, 2021

After weeks of tense negotiations, California legislators agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring following months of closures because of the pandemic.

Feb 19, 2021

The decisions by the boards of trustees for San Luis Coastal Unified and Lucia Mar Unified school districts come as COVID-19 numbers in San Luis Obispo County have improved in recent weeks and new state and federal guidance has been released.

Feb 19, 2021

The Mill Valley School District, facing questions about official spending, has commissioned a special audit to examine the use of district credit cards for restaurant meals, hotel stays, trainings and special staff events.

Feb 19, 2021

With COVID case rates dropping and vaccine eligibility expansion on the horizon for all of LA County, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District reached a tentative agreement with the local teachers’ union, signaling a major step toward reopening schools, at least for grades TK through sixth.

Feb 19, 2021

Long Beach Unified School District will bring students in grades five and below back to campuses on March 29, delaying the return to in-person learning from the initial March 1 target, in an effort to ensure all staff members get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said this week.

Feb 19, 2021

On Thursday, thousands of California students watched live as the SUV-sized rover landed on the surface of Mars with a mission to help scientists identify signs of past microbial life on Mars.

Feb 19, 2021

In a sign that they remain at odds with Gov. Gavin Newsom, legislative leaders on Thursday released legislation laying out their version of what districts must do to reopen schools.

Feb 19, 2021

High school athletes in Southern California might get news Friday, Feb. 19 they have been waiting for – an announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state’s restrictions on youth sports are being scaled down.

Feb 19, 2021

A “small” group of people participating in a Zoom workshop disrupted the livestream with “expletives, racial slurs, and violent language” and an “obscene video,” district officials said Thursday night.

Feb 19, 2021

Long Beach Unified is the largest school district in California to announce school reopening plans, although it will be nearly six weeks before any students will return for regular in-person instruction.

Feb 19, 2021

Residents in one Bay Area community are demanding that several school board members resign after the officials were captured on video disparaging parents in frank and profane ways as tensions mount over prolonged campus closures.

Feb 19, 2021

San Francisco’s elementary schools should reopen immediately based on health guidelines and irrespective of labor agreements, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a letter to the school district’s contracted attorney Thursday.

Feb 19, 2021

California Assembly members have announced a $12.6 billion plan to reopen schools to in-person learning, a proposal that could come up for a vote next week with or without the blessing of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Feb 19, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday criticized a $6.6-billion legislative proposal to begin opening more elementary campuses in April, a plan he said fell short as negotiations between

Feb 18, 2021

This means bringing back vulnerable groups such as students with disabilities, English learners, foster youth and those experiencing homelessness, all of which are allowed in the purple tier. But it also means being able to bring in students who take classes at the CTEC/ROC centers, who do hands-on training.

Feb 18, 2021

Early one November morning, Steve Rose and his wife Phyllis woke up to the scream of chainsaws gnawing through the base of a 60-foot old growth Ficus, just beyond the fence of their tiny Altadena backyard, on the playground of Pasadena Unified’s Altadena Arts Magnet School.

Feb 18, 2021

Even though San Luis Obispo County has yet to return to the red tier of coronavirus restrictions under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, it has seen its COVID-19 case rate dip below 25 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the county Public Health Department. That means local elementary schools can reopen to in-person instruction.

Feb 18, 2021

Yancy Hawkins, an assistant superintendent at the Novato Unified School District for the past four and a half years, has resigned to take a new job.

Feb 18, 2021

The Coachella Valley Unified School District will pay former superintendent Maria Gandera $299,485 as part of a settlement for her Feb. 4 resignation, according to a signed copy of the agreement obtained by The Desert Sun.

Feb 18, 2021

Once again, Juan Lopez will lead the Coachella Valley Unified School District as its interim superintendent. His return buys the school board time as it searches for a permanent replacement for Maria Gandera.

Feb 18, 2021

Over a week after lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom said they were approaching a deal on school reopening, negotiations over how to return California’s students to classrooms have yet to yield any results.

Feb 18, 2021

San Diego County’s elementary schools could start getting the go-ahead to reopen soon, now that the county has fallen below a key COVID case rate threshold. But it may take more time for schools to begin opening in droves.

Feb 18, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to keep officers out of secondary school campuses, ban them from using pepper spray on students and to eliminate 133 positions.

Feb 18, 2021

One hundred employees of the Los Angeles Unified School District received a coronavirus vaccine Wednesday as officials demanded more so that schools could reopen.

Feb 18, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed cost-of-living adjustment for school districts could turn the tide for some cash-strapped districts that were bracing for budget cuts.

Feb 18, 2021

Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget calls for a $500 million investment, a down payment toward the ultimate goal of offering transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds in the state.

Feb 18, 2021

For weeks, the pressure has been building on San Francisco school officials to reopen classrooms, with national media berating them and parents and politicians threatening a shake-up of the school board.

Feb 18, 2021

Various Santa Clara County essential workers, including teachers and farmworkers, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, health officials said Wednesday.

Feb 17, 2021

The Bakersfield City School District announced it plans to open its campuses to elementary school students for the first time since COVID-19 shut school sites down. Should BCSD's plan succeed, it would become the largest district in Kern County to open its campuses.

Feb 17, 2021

As COVID-19 numbers continue to improve in Ventura County, local elementary schools that are currently closed to in-person learning may soon have an opportunity to reopen for students.

Feb 17, 2021

While San Gabriel Valley school districts are allowed to reopen elementary schools — now that coronavirus infection rates have dropped to levels deemed safe by the state — few are reopening immediately and most are still getting their plans in order.

Feb 17, 2021

Monterey County K-6 schools will soon be able to re-open for in-person learning, according to the county's office of education. In order to re-open, schools need to finalize their COVID Safety Plan and post it online.

Feb 17, 2021

San Rafael voters will decide in about two and a half months whether to renew and increase a pair of parcel taxes to help finance local elementary, middle and high schools.

Feb 17, 2021

Long Beach area school officials said Tuesday, Feb. 16, that they were still figuring out how and when to open campuses, a day after Los Angeles County announced that many schools could be cleared to open for in-person instruction for grades six and below as early as this week.

Feb 17, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom conceded Tuesday that he has not yet struck a school reopening deal with legislators and school groups after having said it could arrive last week.

Feb 17, 2021

Sacramento County teachers will begin receiving vaccines for COVID-19 beginning Feb. 16, according to county health officials.

Feb 17, 2021

Both school leaders and families face difficult choices after pandemic-forced school closures nearly a year ago upended the education of about 1.5 million students in L.A. County.

Feb 17, 2021

Schools will reopen in phases when the number of COVID-19 case rates within Alameda County drop under state guidelines, with kindergarteners being the first back in a classroom.

Feb 17, 2021

A comparison of state and federal guidelines for school reopenings shows that on several significant criteria, California is more cautious in allowing students back in the classroom during the Covid pandemic.

Feb 17, 2021

A vote confirming the health and safety protocols required to reopen San Francisco schools was delayed Tuesday after school board members said they needed to meet behind closed doors to address a legal issue.

Feb 17, 2021

Los Angeles County health officials have just cleared elementary schools for possible reopening after a significant drop in coronavirus cases.

Feb 17, 2021

San Bernardino County’s rate of new coronavirus cases has dropped low enough that elementary schools could be allowed to reopen as soon as Monday, Feb. 22 — as long as the rate doesn’t increase.

Feb 17, 2021

Students enrolled at the four campuses of the Moraga School District returned to classrooms for the first time in months on Tuesday, but only partially. The students, kindergartners through sixth-graders, are doing a mix of in-person learning and studying from home.

Feb 17, 2021

With coronavirus case rates in Los Angeles County now below a level deemed acceptable by the state to open grade schools, students at close to 300 elementary school were poised to get back to class and hundreds more schools could open in a matter of weeks.

Feb 17, 2021

Parents of English learners in one Southern California high school district are training fellow parents how to help their children graduate high school and go to college.

Feb 17, 2021

The Board of Education on Tuesday approved a plan that cuts a third of its officers, bans the use of pepper spray on students and diverts funds from the department to improve the education of Black students.

Feb 16, 2021

This week Panama-Buena Vista Union School District announced a plan to open all its elementary school campuses for in-person learning in March.

Feb 16, 2021

About 170 special education teachers and other employees across San Luis Obispo County schools were invited to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine doses this week, according to the county Office of Education.

Feb 16, 2021

The Advisory Commission on Charter Schools voted 8-1 on Thursday to overturn an earlier decision by the Ross Valley School District denying the charter’s renewal petition and rejecting responsibility for authorizing the Fairfax school.

Feb 16, 2021

The Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees will consider different methods to help ease student learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.

Feb 16, 2021

Below the waterline, this is a story playing out on several complex levels. They involve basic safety practices, adherence to science, what "risk" means and other factors.

Feb 16, 2021

Friday came and went without any mention of an agreement — or of the issues on which the governor and legislators disagree, though negotiations were rumored to be intense and difficult.

Feb 16, 2021

As pressure to reopen schools mounts, school districts in the central San Joaquin Valley are attempting to help speed up the process by becoming vaccination sites.

Feb 16, 2021

Students in grades transitional kindergarten though sixth grade can return to campus on that date as long as the COVID-19 infection rate doesn’t rise.

Feb 16, 2021

Nearly a year after schools closed campuses, most of Sacramento County’s 250,000 students are still attending school via distance learning. Many parents have decided to put their children in private school.

Feb 16, 2021

Lamont Jackson, who has worked for San Diego Unified for more than 30 years, will likely be the head of California’s second-largest school district as interim superintendent.

Feb 16, 2021

Medical marijuana retail workers have been nudged toward the front of California’s vaccine eligibility line, before some educators, emergency workers and food and agriculture workers.

Feb 16, 2021

Sworn officers from the Los Angeles Unified school police department could be replaced at secondary school sites by “school climate coaches” who will help mentor students.

Feb 16, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a color-coded guide to help school districts decide under what conditions they could offer in-person instruction.

Feb 16, 2021

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing extended a waiver Thursday that will allow those in teacher preparation programs to begin teaching while they finish required exams, coursework and practice hours.

Feb 16, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s optimism on reaching a deal this week with the Legislature on reopening California’s schools turned to silence late Friday, with no announcement of a settlement.

Feb 16, 2021

As Covid-19 cases drop in California, Black, Latino and Asian students are less likely to be back on campus compared to their white peers, according to an EdSource analysis.

Feb 16, 2021

Special education teachers who have already been meeting with students in person describe the experience as a mix of fear, anxiety and occasional joy, with conditions changing at a moment’s notice.

Feb 16, 2021

Leading return-to-play advocates for youth and high school sports in California demanded clarification from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office and criticized a timeline released Thursday night.

Feb 16, 2021

San Francisco students returning to school in the coming months would be back in person at the most two days per week and for the morning only if the district agrees to accept union demands.

Feb 16, 2021

Sacramento County teachers will begin receiving vaccines for COVID-19 beginning Feb. 16, according to county health officials.

Feb 16, 2021

Eleven months after schools closed for in-person learning, most California private schools appear to offer some form of in-person learning, according to the state’s map data.

Feb 16, 2021

After four hours of debate and protest, the Mill Valley school board agreed this week to prepare to move to full-time instruction before the end of the spring term.

Feb 16, 2021

There is a new way school districts can apply to reopen their campuses even if their county doesn’t meet the COVID case rate thresholds set by the state — but only certain schools will qualify for the exemption.

Feb 16, 2021

Los Angeles County elementary school campuses are cleared to fully reopen for the first time in nearly a year because of dropping coronavirus rates, health officials confirmed Monday night.

Feb 12, 2021

San Joaquin County school district, private and charter school leaders will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine through the rest of February and early March, the San Joaquin County Office of Education said in a letter Thursday.

Feb 12, 2021

A week after the Coachella Valley Unified School District superintendent resigned, the district still remains without even a short-term replacement as the school board on Thursday was unable to approve the contract of interim Superintendent Steve Kennedy.

Feb 12, 2021

San Diego County teachers and other essential workers may get access to COVID vaccinations as soon as two to three weeks from now, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Thursday.

Feb 12, 2021

The number of suicidal children in San Francisco has hit a record high and health experts say it is clear that keeping public schools closed “is catalyzing a mental health crisis among school-aged children,” according to a lawsuit.

Feb 12, 2021

Teachers and staff at various schools and day-care centers throughout San Fernando Valley were recently offered COVID-19 vaccines after a local hospital reached out to them about getting vaccinated.

Feb 12, 2021

Younger students, those through the fifth grade, will return to a hybrid model of instruction if the adjusted case rate drops below 25 cases per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days, and upon the district filing a COVID safety plan with the county and state.

Feb 12, 2021

Students across California who speak another language at home are starting to take tests this month to see how well they are learning English. For many students it will be the first time they’ve been tested in two years.

Feb 12, 2021

Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing is now used by nine school systems across California willing to pilot the twice-weekly testing of all students who have parental permission. Part of an attempt to reopen campuses, the program is also under consideration by several more districts.

Feb 12, 2021

California Democrats disagree on plenty of issues, but they are increasingly coalescing around a common gripe: What exactly is the San Francisco school board thinking?

Feb 11, 2021

A Times survey of more than 20 school districts throughout Los Angeles County in the past two weeks has found that districts in wealthier, whiter communities are more likely to be moving full steam ahead to reopen elementary schools.

Feb 11, 2021

This is the latest twist in a saga that's involved a failed censure resolution against the current Fairfax board president, allegations that he abused his power as a board member and a series of board meetings that called into question the ethics, legality and costs of the new contract.

Feb 11, 2021

Based on current trends, elementary schools will be eligible to reopen in Los Angeles County quicker than vaccines will be made available to teachers, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told school leaders Tuesday.

Feb 11, 2021

Ventura County public and private schools offering pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported 26 positive COVID-19 cases in January, according to county public health officials.

Feb 11, 2021

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is not broadcasting meetings on YouTube or allowing people to attend on Zoom, but some parents have been live streaming the meetings on their own.

Feb 11, 2021

After more than 20 hours of discussion spanning several meetings, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved its response to a grand jury report in a meeting on Tuesday.

Feb 11, 2021

Amid growing pressure to reopen schools during the pandemic, a Fresno City Council member and Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson sparred Wednesday morning over a threat to sue the Fresno Unified School District to force it to reopen classrooms.

Feb 11, 2021

More California teachers are retiring than at any point since the Great Recession, with many of those decisions motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 11, 2021

As Gov. Gavin Newsom pushes to reopen California public schools, something San Bernardino County officials said Tuesday, Feb. 9, could come as soon as next week, Riverside County teachers unions are pushing back.

Feb 11, 2021

Novato Unified School District trustees have approved an expedited timeline to return middle- and high-school grades to classroom instruction in a hybrid mode.

Feb 11, 2021

Counselors and teachers across California tell similar stories of remarkable students who combine jobs with study, making the sacrifices necessary to help their families stay financially afloat during the pandemic.

Feb 11, 2021

President Biden’s push to reopen schools nationwide could become bogged down in California, where powerful unions are demanding teachers receive COVID-19 vaccinations before returning to the classroom.

Feb 11, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose administration has been in talks with lawmakers on his stalled school reopening plan, said Wednesday that a deal may be reached as soon as Friday.

Feb 11, 2021

Mayor London Breed expressed doubt Tuesday that San Francisco’s classrooms will reopen this school year, even as she pledged to begin vaccinating educators by the end of the month,

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.

Feb 11, 2021

Some Los Angeles County teachers, food workers and first responders could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in two to three weeks — a major step as the populous region works to ramp up its immunization rollout.

Feb 10, 2021

More than 50 members of the Las Virgenes Unified School District community came out Monday afternoon to Chumash Park in Agoura Hills to advocate for the reopening of secondary schools.

Feb 10, 2021

Conejo Valley Unified educators are getting their own version of "hazard pay" in the form of stipends based on an agreement between the teachers union and school district.

Feb 10, 2021

The Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed John Ramirez Jr. interim superintendent and censured two of their members during a raucous board meeting on Tuesday night.

Feb 10, 2021

East Whittier City School District students in preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten — as well as many special education classes in all grades — will return to in-classroom learning beginning March 1.

Feb 10, 2021

Oasis Charter School parents are at risk of having to enroll their children elsewhere after the Salinas City Elementary School District denied the charter's renewal petition.

Feb 10, 2021

The Sausalito Marin City School District is looking to hire two co-principals to run its new unified school.

Feb 10, 2021

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said in an emailed statement that the district was planning for students to be back on campus during the 2021-22 school year.

Feb 10, 2021

Some parents are wondering what the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has to hide. Unlike the county, local cities and school districts, the District does not broadcast their Board of Education meetings.

Feb 10, 2021

Anaheim Union High School District announced that its high schools and junior high schools can resume sports practices on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The district had shut down athletics on Dec. 4 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Feb 10, 2021

Seven Escondido schools have placed 188 students and staff on quarantine this month because of possible contact with positive cases on campus.

Feb 10, 2021

Renee Hill, 59, who is Black, currently serves as the Riverside Unified School District’s chief academic officer. She is scheduled to take over as superintendent July 1, after the retirement of Superintendent David Hansen.

Feb 10, 2021

A federal judge has paused proceedings in a second lawsuit against school districts that canceled field trips following Oak Glen apple farm co-owner James Riley’s social media posts that some called “offensive” and “misogynistic.”

Feb 10, 2021

The county has 33.2 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents, or an adjusted rate of 32.7 after accounting for the number of coronavirus tests in the county, according to state data.

Feb 10, 2021

Public school students in San Francisco probably won’t see the inside of a campus classroom this year if a tentative agreement with labor unions is followed.

Feb 10, 2021

Based on current trends, elementary schools will be eligible to reopen in Los Angeles County quicker than vaccines will be made available to teachers, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told school leaders Tuesday.

Feb 10, 2021

As schools grow more familiar with distance learning, one key element continues to baffle even expert teachers: assigning grades in an online classroom.

Feb 10, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed his solution to a long-running, contentious dispute over the Local Control Funding Formula, the equity-based formula for distributing the bulk of money that school districts get from the state.

Feb 10, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newson said Tuesday that “we’re making real progress” in the push to get California’s youth back onto sports fields but provided no specifics about when the green light might arrive.

Feb 10, 2021

As California looks for ways to get students back in the classrooms quickly, teachers and school employee unions say vaccines for adults will be a major component of safely reopening schools.

Feb 10, 2021

How soon teachers can expect to get vaccinated depends largely on where they live and could determine whether the bulk of California’s students return to campuses this spring — or next fall.

Feb 10, 2021

Anaheim Union High School District announced that its high schools and junior high schools can resume sports practices on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The district had shut down athletics on Dec. 4 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Feb 10, 2021

Students across California who speak another language at home are starting to take tests this month to see how well they are learning English. For many students it will be the first time they’ve been tested in two years.

Feb 10, 2021

Thousands of California families chose to keep their children out of kindergarten this past year, opting instead for other in person programs or no school at all.

Feb 10, 2021

One of the top-performing public high schools in the country will no longer admit students based on academic performance, ending more than a century of merit-based admissions.

Feb 10, 2021

Orange County will wait at least another two weeks before offering COVID-19 vaccine shots to educators, food service workers and others who are newly eligible under state guidelines.

Feb 10, 2021

San Francisco will begin vaccinating teachers and other essential workers on Feb. 26, but Mayor London Breed said the vaccines would likely not be enough to get staff and students back in public school classrooms.

Feb 10, 2021

San Bernardino County elementary schools could meet state criteria as soon as next week that would allow them to start reopening, county officials said Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Feb 10, 2021

Los Angeles County is on course to hit a key state threshold within two weeks. But with many factors coming into play, reopening that soon is far from a guarantee.

Feb 10, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature are getting close to a deal on reopening elementary schools and hope to announce a final plan this week, the governor said Tuesday morning.

Feb 09, 2021

In Kern County, large school districts in particular find themselves baffled by a changing set of guidelines that have done little to actually help districts open by the governor's original goal: Feb. 15.

Feb 09, 2021

The three largest school districts in Bakersfield account for most of the students in Kern County. None of them is considered an "open” district under state guidelines, so they currently are unable to open until local case rates begin to dip — or they have waivers from the state.

Feb 09, 2021

Deputy Superintendent Cesar Morales officially took over as top education leader at the Ventura County Office of Education this week. The move comes after former Superintendent Stan Mantooth announced his retirement in December.

Feb 09, 2021

A Paso Robles school will remain closed for almost two weeks after an uptick in COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

Feb 09, 2021

As California looks for ways to get students back in the classrooms quickly, teachers and school employee unions say vaccines for adults will be a major component of safely reopening schools. But what about the students?

Feb 09, 2021

Oasis parents are facing the possibility of having to enroll their children elsewhere after the Salinas City Elementary School District made the recommendation to deny the Oasis Charter renewal petition.

Feb 09, 2021

It’s unlikely that Lodi Unified School District students will return to campus by mid-February, or even mid-March, as officials and school board members had hoped as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Safe Schools for All” grant program.

Feb 09, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom says his administration and the legislature are close to making a deal on when and how to reopen schools in California. An agreement could be reached by this week.

Feb 09, 2021

In the state hardest hit by the pandemic, a heated debate about the reopening of schools is underway—and teachers there are feeling unheard.

Feb 09, 2021

Parents across California are well aware of the calendar. The school year is more than halfway finished and, in many districts, there is dwindling hope that students will return to campuses before summer, let alone in the fall.

Feb 09, 2021

A federal judge has paused proceedings in a second lawsuit against school districts that canceled field trips following Oak Glen apple farm co-owner James Riley’s social media posts that some called “offensive” and “misogynistic.”

Feb 09, 2021

A teacher housing project in the heart of the city’s Mayfield district is one step closer to becoming reality after council members gave their thumbs up during a public hearing Monday.

Feb 09, 2021

Momentum to reopen schools spurred by President Joe Biden and Gov. Gavin Newsom raises a thorny question about vaccinating teachers and school employees before students in higher grade levels return to class.

Feb 09, 2021

More California elementary school students could begin returning to their classrooms by the spring if Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers settle their differences over when teachers and staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Feb 09, 2021

The finances of the Mill Valley School District are under scrutiny amid allegations that administrators used the official credit card for questionable expenses at hotels, restaurants, retailers and tourist attractions.

Feb 09, 2021

After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning for the possibility of more distance learning next fall at the start of yet another school year.

Feb 09, 2021

New education data released today by researchers at Stanford University shows a complex, nuanced picture of student achievement and racial gaps based on standardized test scores across California and the nation.

Feb 09, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed his solution to a long-running, contentious dispute over the Local Control Funding Formula, the equity-based formula for distributing the bulk of money that school districts get from the state.

Feb 09, 2021

Unions representing San Francisco teachers and other employees of the city’s school district announced their conditions for returning to in-person instruction Friday, a proposal they plan to submit to school officials.

Feb 09, 2021

The L.A. schools superintendent and the head of the teachers union have responded with outrage over an L.A. City Councilman’s proposal to sue the school system to force campuses to reopen.

Feb 09, 2021

Hundreds of parents and students frustrated with online-only instruction took to the streets over the weekend to demand San Francisco school officials take action.

Feb 09, 2021

Since the start of the spring the semester, Moorpark High has had 600 students on campus every day, all wearing masks and staying socially distant.

Feb 09, 2021

About 80 percent of students in San Diego County have remained entirely in virtual learning this year, according to figures from the San Diego County Office of Education

Feb 09, 2021

Pediatricians across San Diego County say they are deeply troubled by what they see school closures doing to children.

Feb 09, 2021

As schools grow more familiar with distance learning, one key element continues to baffle even expert teachers: assigning grades in an online classroom.

Feb 09, 2021

It could take more than two months to get the first San Francisco public school students back into classrooms even after the district reached a tentative deal with labor unions to reopen schools, officials said.

Feb 09, 2021

California officials painted a cautiously hopeful picture of the pandemic on Monday, the day after reporting the lowest single-day case total in more than two months and as the state prepared to open its largest mass vaccination site.

Feb 05, 2021

A 3-2 majority again approved a contract with the educational law firm, and the majority not only blocked discussion of the issue but chastised the dissenting minority for asking questions.

Feb 05, 2021

Diann Kitamura, who has led Sonoma County’s largest school district through consecutive years of devastating wildfires, as well as school shutdowns, declining enrollment and now a coronavirus pandemic that has halted in-person learning for nearly a year, will retire June 30.

Feb 05, 2021

Some question whether teachers' concerns are being properly addressed by leaders in districts across the county.

Feb 05, 2021

The Sacramento City Unified School District removed controversial air purifiers from classrooms this week and will begin testing the devices for how effectively they clean the air and whether they potentially released harmful chemicals, district officials confirmed.

Feb 05, 2021

Starting Feb. 16, Ceres Unified School District will bring back to campuses small cohorts of those seventh- through 12th-grade students struggling most with distance learning.

Feb 05, 2021

Kris Cosca, the superintendent of the Novato school district, faced a wave of criticism when he got a surplus coronavirus vaccine shot at an inoculation event for Marin education staffers last month. But he was far from the only recipient who was not a frontline schools employee.

Feb 05, 2021

Maria Gandera resigned Thursday as superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District, effective immediately.

Feb 05, 2021

Lowell has traditionally been the only public high school in the city where students need certain grades to get in. Members of the Board of Education are currently considering a resolution to change that policy permanently, a policy which the resolution's backers say perpetuates segregation and exclusion. Less than 2% of students at Lowell are Black.

Feb 05, 2021

Schools in Fresno County received the green light Wednesday from the health department to allow more students to return to classrooms beginning next week.

Feb 05, 2021

In what will be a major step toward normalcy amid the COVID-19 crisis, Sacramento health officials said this week they believe they can finally begin vaccinating the first of Sacramento County’s 23,000 teachers in a little more than a week, offering mid-February as the likely start point.

Feb 05, 2021

About 200 healthcare professionals throughout Los Angeles County have joined a growing chorus of voices calling for schools to reopen, saying that there are ways for students and staff to return to campus safely while stressing the physical, mental and emotional harm of keeping students out of school.

Feb 05, 2021

Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino announced Thursday that he will ask the city to go to court to force campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District to reopen for in-person instruction.

Feb 04, 2021

The board appointed Richard Tauer to the role during closed session at Monday's special board meeting to fill the spot of current Superintendent Angelica Ramsey.

Feb 04, 2021

Teachers who will be in classrooms this school year are now eligible to receive coronavirus vaccines in San Bernardino County, but they’ll get them from school districts so appointments at vaccine clinics will go to seniors, the county announced Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Feb 04, 2021

The Chico Unified School District will remain in the a.m./p.m. instructional model through the remainder of the school year, the board of trustees voted during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Feb 04, 2021

A new report on California’s online charter schools says that the state is “wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by funding these schools at a level far above their costs.”

Feb 04, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom had dreams last spring of opening classrooms in the most populous state by late summer, angering teachers who felt his plans were premature and unsafe.

Feb 04, 2021

Los Angeles County campuses that closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic should immediately reopen, according to a regional affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Feb 04, 2021

Two Fresno Unified School District board members called comments by Trustee Terry Slatic racist at Wednesday night’s regular meeting.

Feb 04, 2021

Schools in Fresno County that had plans to bring back students received the green light Wednesday from the health department to continue phasing in students next week.

Feb 04, 2021

The Sacramento City Unified School District is considering a new wave of budget cuts at its Thursday night board meeting, after spending past meetings listening to students and community members asking them to reconsider deep slashes.

Feb 04, 2021

The San Diego Unified School Board will appoint a local committee to vet applicants for the district’s superintendent position, the board decided unanimously Tuesday.

Feb 04, 2021

Younger students can return to in-person instruction if the adjusted COVID-19 case rate is below 25 cases per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days and after the district files a COVID safety plan with the county and state, which it did on Jan. 28.

Feb 04, 2021

The battle over reopening California schools intensified Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Biden administration said campuses can safely reopen without teachers being vaccinated — and unions pushed back.

Feb 04, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified School District is facing criticism from parents outraged after learning that a group of child actors were allowed to film at an elementary school this week.

Feb 04, 2021

By deciding to sue its own school board and district, San Francisco has opened up a new front on the battleground to open schools for in-person instruction.

Feb 04, 2021

California teacher candidates may be able to use coursework they have taken to satisfy their degree requirements to prove they are ready to teach, instead of taking some state tests currently required to obtain a teaching credential.

Feb 04, 2021

Already-big differences on when to reopen schools became starker Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom reiterated that campuses can open safely before vaccinating all teachers.

Feb 04, 2021

San Francisco school district officials denounced on Wednesday a city lawsuit claiming they violated state law regarding the reopening of schools, calling the allegations frivolous, petty and embarrassing.

Feb 04, 2021

The lawsuit that City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed Wednesday against the San Francisco Unified School District and its leaders was unprecedented in California and perhaps nationwide.

Feb 04, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes schools can begin to reopen even if all teachers are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that proper safety measures and supports are in place.

Feb 03, 2021

In a cartoon posted on Rep. Kevin McCarthy's blog last week, a woman lounges under a tropical sun, adjusting her reflector to even out her tan. There are wisps of clouds in a blue sky, palm trees and a cocktail. In the next panel is a young boy staring quizzically at a learning tablet in the darkness.

Feb 03, 2021

After schools closed campuses last March, physical education teachers were left to think outside of the box to get their students active while in distance learning.

Feb 03, 2021

John Ramirez Jr. is in charge of the Stockton Unified School District, but it is not a permanent appointment. At least not yet.

Feb 03, 2021

Led by Whittier City School District, Whittier-area’s six districts are working with Los Angeles County and PIH Health to find a way to provide coronavirus vaccinations for all of their employees.

Feb 03, 2021

A group of concerned Elk Grove Unified School District parents are starting their own non-profit after they say, parents have largely been left out of decision-making processes to re-open schools safely.

Feb 03, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom had dreams last spring of opening classrooms in the most populous state by late summer, angering teachers who felt his plans were premature and unsafe.

Feb 03, 2021

People providing education at all levels in Orange County could soon begin receiving vaccinations for the coronavirus through a new partnership, but supplies remain a hurdle to offering a precise timetable.

Feb 03, 2021

Despite public outcry, the Sierra Unified School District board on Monday declined to censure one of its newest members who filmed himself at the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection on Jan. 6.

Feb 03, 2021

A former Redlands High School student has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by former teacher Laura Whitehurst in 2007, and that teachers, counselors and administrators failed to report it to police.

Feb 03, 2021

The fight over reopening San Francisco’s public schools will take a dramatic, heated turn on Wednesday as the city becomes the first in the state — and possibly the entire country — to sue its own school district to force classroom doors open.

Feb 03, 2021

The deadline has arrived for California school districts to apply for a portion of the $2 billion in grants Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to set aside to help them safely return to in-person instruction.

Feb 03, 2021

Students said the Millikan High teacher, Thomas Lind, was screensharing with the class before calling roll in a QUEST Senior Project class early Friday. Students reported watching a pornographic website appear on the screen.

Feb 03, 2021

The Alameda school district will begin an ambitious program Wednesday to test all its employees and students for COVID-19 as it works to reopen elementary schools under a hybrid model March 8.

Feb 03, 2021

The blueprint includes a four-tiered, color-coded system that tracks counties by the number of Covid-19 cases recorded each day and the percentage of positive cases out of the total number of tests administered, both averaged over seven days.

Feb 03, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are trying to carve a new path for getting more public schools to reopen, as the governor’s late-December plan offering money and aid for those moving quickly to bring students back on campus comes under withering fire.

Feb 03, 2021

The so-called academic gem has come under fire by some who have condemned the school’s lack of diversity and raised concerns over racist incidents, leading to the school board’s abrupt proposal this week to eliminate the selective admissions process.

Feb 03, 2021

A controversial plan to eliminate the merit-based admissions policy at one of the top public high schools in the country sparked an emotional response Tuesday from both critics and supporters who pleaded with the San Francisco school board, which appeared set to pass it.

Feb 03, 2021

The case to bring back high school sports across California continued Tuesday as an advocacy group led by two prominent Bay Area football coaches held a meeting with officials from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.

Feb 03, 2021

Coronado’s middle school and high school reopened for in-person instruction this week while San Diego County remains in the most restrictive coronavirus status.

Feb 02, 2021

As teachers and other school workers approach the next eligibility tier for COVID-19 vaccinations, some educators are asking health officials to prioritize those already working in classrooms.

Feb 02, 2021

The frustrated parents, calling themselves “Parent Power,” say the board backtracked on its plan to reopen schools on Jan. 5, postponing in-person instruction until Contra Costa County coronavirus case rates go down to a threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 people.

Feb 02, 2021

Superintendent Austin Beutner continued to underscore the need to prioritize school reopenings and chided county and state officials for delivering what he called inconsistent messages.

Feb 02, 2021

The Millbrae Elementary School District employed a teacher who allegedly sexually abused at least two female students and then failed to take appropriate action when the claims came to light, according to a lawsuit.

Feb 02, 2021

Some education leaders have floated the idea of extending the school year to address learning loss among students at risk of falling behind. At the same time, concerns about mental health suggest longer may not necessarily be better.

Feb 02, 2021

With a green light from the state, a Roseville high school district is maintaining its five-day, in-person schedule, making the area’s public high schools among the few in the state to welcome most students on campus for nearly a full day.

Feb 02, 2021

Los Angeles schools will delay in-person student classes and services of any kind while coronavirus infection rates remain high in local communities and teachers remain unvaccinated, Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday.

Feb 01, 2021

A rushed, heated debate over whether to approve a contract with outside legal counsel at Fairfax School District highlighted an ongoing rift in the board at January's meeting. But it also hinted at the potential for legal turmoil in the small southeast Bakersfield school district.

Feb 01, 2021

Very few secondary students in Ventura County public schools have returned to campus even for hybrid learning, split between the classroom and home.

Feb 01, 2021

An effort to reopen California schools is foundering, stoking frustrations across America’s most populous state from parents eager to get their children back in classrooms and a governor who wants them there.

Feb 01, 2021

Humboldt County educators received their first round of COVID-19 doses this week, bringing students one step closer to in-person learning in school districts awaiting a vaccine.

Feb 01, 2021

The Garden Grove Unified School District has adopted the coronavirus monitoring metrics in the state’s new Safe Schools for All Plan as its strategy for reopening classrooms, but health conditions within its borders will still need to improve before in-person instruction can begin.

Feb 01, 2021

Today is the deadline Gov. Gavin Newsom set for California school districts to apply for a portion of the $2 billion in grants he wants the state to set aside to help them safely return to in-person instruction.

Feb 01, 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck last March, psychiatric emergency visits at Rady Children’s Hospital have crept up as youths and teens struggle with virtual learning, social isolation and unstable home lives.

Feb 01, 2021

Jerry Garcia, the frontman of the Bay Area band that rose to fame as a part of the counterculture in the 1960s, is one of multiple figures in consideration to get a school renamed after them.

Feb 01, 2021

Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District could end up going to school for up to 10 additional days next year if the district and teachers union agree to extend the academic calendar.

Feb 01, 2021

The California Teachers Association has told Governor Newsom that the union wants schools in counties with high Covid-19 infection rates to remain in distance learning so the state can develop a more aggressive plan to slow the spread of the virus.

Feb 01, 2021

Two high school football players filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state health department and the county of San Diego seeking a temporary restraining order to allow high school competition amid the pandemic.

Feb 01, 2021

California’s powerful teachers’ union in a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom this week reiterated that it wants school employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine before the state more widely reopens classrooms.

Feb 01, 2021

Diners have returned to restaurant patios in Sacramento County. You can get a massage or a tattoo. Yet most public school campuses across the county remain locked, leaving thousands of families wondering whether their children will return to the classroom this academic year.

Feb 01, 2021

The latest snarl in negotiations to reopen California schools comes as teachers call for priority in the vaccination line, but Gov. Gavin Newsom says there aren’t enough doses for school staff until summer.

Feb 01, 2021

State government officials, schools and teachers unions still cannot agree on a framework to reopen California’s public schools. Time to get kids back in classrooms this school year is running out.

Feb 01, 2021

A dozen Placer County teachers union presidents sent a joint letter to county officials on Thursday urging them to follow new state guidance on COVID-19 safety measures to protect teachers and students as schools begin to plan for more in-person instruction.

Feb 01, 2021

Almost 11 months into the pandemic, some San Diego County school districts say they aren’t sure when to reopen as they wait for case rates to fall and for vaccines to be made available to school staff.

Feb 01, 2021

While traditional sports are on a time out at many schools, a growing number of districts have turned to organized video games to provide students the team sports experience they’re missing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jan 29, 2021

With an assist from the local health department, Pasadena Unified School District continued vaccinating its employees on Thursday, Jan. 28, with a one-day vaccination clinic for about 50 teachers and staff members who are older than 65.

Jan 29, 2021

A parent watchdog group is criticizing San Diego Unified for spending tens of thousands of dollars — including some coronavirus relief money — on a federal lobbying firm instead of spending it on students.

Jan 29, 2021

The Los Gatos Union School District superintendent on Thursday defended his decision to accept Good Samaritan Hospital’s recent offer to vaccinate district employees against COVID-19 and in turn received unanimous support from the Board of Trustees.

Jan 29, 2021

Novato Unified School District's Kris Costa — who does not work in a classroom — got his shot. This left many teachers and staffers angry and unvaccinated, reports the Marin Independent Journal.

Jan 29, 2021

District officials throughout Los Angeles County offered up a mixture of guarded optimism and skepticism on Thursday, Jan. 28, in response to the idea that elementary schools may start to reopen in a few weeks.

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he’s willing to negotiate with the Legislature all aspects of the $2 billion incentive program he proposed to encourage school districts to send their youngest students back to school, starting in-mid February.

Jan 29, 2021

Alameda County’s public health officials are advising schools and school districts to get their safety-measures paperwork filed for a potentially imminent return of in-person learning.

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s widely touted $2 billion proposal to give California schools up to $750 per student to reopen by mid-February has stalled in Sacramento, with no timeline for when the money might be available.

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said administrators and teachers unions should agree as soon as possible to reopen schools for younger students — or else be clear with families that they will not return to classrooms at all this academic year.

Jan 28, 2021

The Siskiyou Union High School District board of trustees will meet on Friday to discuss transitioning to their hybrid learning program beginning Feb. 22 at Weed, Mount Shasta, McCloud and Happy Camp high schools.

Jan 28, 2021

Brian Biedermann, interim superintendent of the Stockton Unified School District, announced his resignation Tuesday in a letter posted on the district's website and social media.

Jan 28, 2021

The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national reckoning on America’s racist past too far.

Jan 28, 2021

After nearly four hours of deliberation, Roseville Joint Union High School District voted late Tuesday to rush a survey to parents of more than 10,000 students to determine how to move forward with its school schedule.

Jan 28, 2021

Hoping to cut through some of the confusion in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, we dug deeply into when counties will begin inoculating teachers and education workers.

Jan 28, 2021

All children may face some challenges getting up to speed in the fall but early childhood experts suggest that low-income children who missed kindergarten might confront the steepest hurdle.

Jan 28, 2021

Odds are increasingly remote that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to provide financial incentives for districts to reopen schools in February and March will get off the ground.

Jan 28, 2021

A third of San Francisco schools will get a new name in the coming months, ending a years-long process to reconsider the country’s racist past and eliminate the name of slave owners and colonizers on band uniforms and high school diplomas.

Jan 28, 2021

A confounding day of miscommunication surrounding the return of high school sports in Santa Clara County ended right back where it started Wednesday: with purple-tier practices set to start Monday and competition shortly thereafter.

Jan 28, 2021

Elementary school campuses in Los Angeles County could be eligible to reopen in two to three weeks if countywide coronavirus infection rates continue to drop, county Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday.

Jan 27, 2021

Fresno’s Central Unified School board delayed voting on teacher layoffs late Tuesday following a student-led campaign to save the 10 positions from the chopping block.

Jan 27, 2021

An elementary school in Atascadero temporarily closed to in-person instruction Monday after a number of employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Jan 27, 2021

During the coronavirus pandemic, Norwalk-La Mirada school board members voted Tuesday, Jan. 26 to eliminate the minimum 2.0 grade point average required to graduate.

Jan 27, 2021

Some employees at the Novato Unified School District have been fuming since learning their superintendent received a coronavirus vaccine before in-classroom teachers.

Jan 27, 2021

Ambulance records detailing the day a 13-year-old died after being restrained at his special needs school have been given to an El Dorado County judge.

Jan 27, 2021

California’s K-12 public-school enrollment has precipitously declined during the pandemic, dropping by a record 155,000 students, according to new state projections.

Jan 27, 2021

Schools saw a significant drop during the last school year in the official tally of homeless students — leading some advocates to warn that thousands of students may have gone uncounted during the pandemic and are not receiving services they need.

Jan 27, 2021

Now a coalition of community groups is telling the school board it should not choose the next superintendent the same way it chose the last one. School board official has promised to involve the community this time.

Jan 27, 2021

Educators, childcare workers, food and farm workers and first responders will join Californians age 65 and over who have priority to qualify for the coronavirus vaccine, state officials announced today.

Jan 26, 2021

The first California study measuring declines in learning during the first months of the pandemic parallels findings nationally: There has been a significant drop in test results in the early grades, with low-income students and English learners showing the least progress in learning.

Jan 26, 2021

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees could close an elementary school known for its dual immersion program to cut costs and adjust to stagnant enrollment.

Jan 26, 2021

The return date for Clovis Unified middle and high school to start part-time in-person learning has been pushed back again, according to emails obtained by The Fresno Bee’s Education Lab.

Jan 26, 2021

Carlsbad middle and high schools, previously set to open this week, will remain closed in compliance with a new state health order, the school board decided Wednesday.

Jan 26, 2021

Vista elementary schools will likely be able to meet new state rules for operating amid a pandemic, but its middle and high schools might not be able to reopen under current conditions, school officials told the Vista Unified School Board last week.

Jan 26, 2021

Saving the Los Angeles school year has become a race against the clock — as campuses are unlikely to reopen until teachers are vaccinated against COVID-19 and infection rates decline at least three-fold, officials said Monday.

Jan 26, 2021

California coaches on Sunday got their meeting with the Governor’s office, where they made their opening argument for the prompt but safe return of youth sports in the Golden State.

Jan 26, 2021

A coalition of more than a dozen parent groups has launched a public campaign to pressure the state to reopen school campuses as soon as safely possible.

Jan 26, 2021

More than 1,000 Bay Area school workers received the coronavirus vaccine in recent days, but it could be weeks or months before additional teachers and staff get the shots.

Jan 25, 2021

When over 75,000 Monterey County students started remote learning in the spring, they didn't know how long it would be before returning to campus. Nearly a year later, many students and school officials are still without answers.

Jan 25, 2021

While some Humboldt County School districts have returned to in-person learning, many others are waiting for staff to receive both rounds of the vaccine before going back to the classroom.

Jan 25, 2021

The San Marcos Unified School Board voted to bring elementary students back in phases in January and February, but said middle and high school students will stay in virtual learning until COVID-19 rates decline dramatically.

Jan 25, 2021

Vista elementary schools will likely be able to meet new state rules for operating amid a pandemic, but its middle and high schools might not be able to reopen under current conditions, school officials told the Vista Unified School Board last week.

Jan 25, 2021

After a three-week hiatus from in-person learning — undertaken to address an anticipated post-holiday surge in coronavirus infections and districtwide staffing challenges — Newport-Mesa Unified School District is moving ahead with its reopening plan.

Jan 25, 2021

The Novato Unified School District is seeking developers to submit applications to build housing for teachers and staff on district property. The district is requesting proposals by 4 p.m. Feb. 9.

Jan 26, 2021

The teachers union and representatives for the Los Angeles Unified School District had yet to reach agreements on providing services to high-needs students and a hybrid instructional model as of the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 22.

Jan 25, 2021

California legislators on Thursday questioned whether Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to get schools open as soon as next month will actually make a difference, as access to vaccines for teachers becomes the new reopening goal post for most districts.

Jan 25, 2021

With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine delayed and case rates still high, San Diego County educators are skeptical that students will be able to return to campuses before the end of the school year.

Jan 25, 2021

Many say Cindy Marten’s nomination as U.S. deputy education secretary is deserved, but some note San Diego’s achievement gaps, still-closed schools

Jan 25, 2021

Several experts have identified potential concerns about the devices, saying the air cleaners that Sacramento City schools purchased are overpriced, inefficient and have unnecessary and unproven technology.

Jan 22, 2021

Lars Christensen, an assistant superintendent at Tamalpais Union High School District since 2015, will retire at the end of the school year in June.

Jan 22, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday, making the reopening of schools a top priority. The president is calling on Congress for $130 billion in additional aid for K-12 schools, and another $350 billion in state and local relief to help school districts reopen.

Jan 22, 2021

Oakmont High School reported five students and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17. The positive tests forced 211 students and eight staff members to isolate at home.

Jan 22, 2021

A trial is concluding in a lawsuit against the Riverside Unified School District that alleges a kindergarten student was sexually assaulted by another girl on a school playground after school officials ignored her mother’s complaints.

Jan 22, 2021

Schools can be used as COVID-19 vaccine centers under new state guidelines, but they’ll have to apply to health authorities for the role — and the more pressing issue is the shortage of doses, not the lack of inoculation sites.

Jan 22, 2021

An after-school tutoring program kicked off amid the global health crisis is showing early promise. Step Up Tutoring is a new nonprofit that connects volunteer tutors with teachers whose students need additional academic support.

Jan 22, 2021

An incident involving the Confederate flag resulted in disciplinary action at a Rocklin area high school. Whitney High School student had the flag displayed on their vehicle.

Jan 22, 2021

It remains unclear when California’s K-12 campuses will reopen for in-person instruction, but one Bay Area school district has committed to continuing distance learning in the fall and beyond — at least as an option.

Jan 22, 2021

An unpredictable vaccine supply and lack of statewide coordination has school districts across California struggling to figure out how to vaccinate their teachers and other school staff — and equally importantly, when.

Jan 22, 2021

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition seeking to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide instruction and other services in person to students who have been most harmed by distance learning.

Jan 21, 2021

The proposed 2021-22 budget for the Chico Unified School District includes a possible surplus of funds, the district said during Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Jan 21, 2021

The Paradise Unified School District Board of trustees on Tuesday night approved layoffs to both classified and certificated staff. The unanimous vote was a difficult one, according to Superintendent Tom Taylor.

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.

Jan 21, 2021

It is likely to be close to six weeks before anything beyond cross country, golf, tennis, track or swimming is permitted, and possibly even longer for higher-contact sports, like football, according to health experts.

Jan 21, 2021

Five statewide organizations representing school districts and county offices of education that had refrained from commenting on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to entice school districts to begin reopening are urging major revisions they say would make the plan feasible.

Jan 21, 2021

The Vista Unified School District is addressing racial inequity through a superintendent’s task force that is looking at how schools can root out bias and discrimination in education

Jan 21, 2021

Some advocates now recommend schools to partner with legal aid organizations to provide consultations, since they are trusted places and sources of information for many immigrant families.

Jan 21, 2021

Some school officials say a proposal touted by Gov. Gavin Newsom as financial assistance to reopen California campuses attaches strings that would strain their budgets.

Jan 21, 2021

Alpine school staff will get shots this week thanks to the Southern Indian Health Council, while San Diego County has yet to provide vaccinations to teachers.

Jan 20, 2021

Now in her fifth year on the job, Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Angelica Ramsey announced plans to move on to a new role in Texas.

Jan 20, 2021

Two individuals at Ferndale Elementary School recently tested positive for COVID-19, but the district superintendent is confident safety protocols are preventing spread to additional students and staff.

Jan 20, 2021

After sitting empty for more than a decade, demolition is finally underway at the former Jacobs Junior High School campus in south Eureka. The recent demolition follows years of outcry from the surrounding neighborhood.

Jan 20, 2021

The California Interscholastic Federation, in a memo Tuesday to its members, threatened severe punishment to schools that participate in unsanctioned interscholastic sports competition. It is unclear how many schools went “rogue” and have played on their own.

Jan 20, 2021

Average teacher pay in California public schools rose to $84,531 last school year, an increase of 2.2% from the prior year, new state data show. Teacher pay was highest in Silicon Valley’s Mountain View-Los Altos Union High school district.

Jan 20, 2021

After making the controversial decision in November to eliminate police officers from its campuses, the Fremont Unified School District board will reconsider the idea at its meeting Wednesday night.

Jan 20, 2021

Students in Rocklin Unified School District returned to campus Tuesday to begin in-person classes. The school board voted Dec. 15, after hours of deliberation, to bring students back to campuses full-time five days a week if coronavirus infection rates improved in Placer County.

Jan 20, 2021

California’s COVID-19 suspension of youth sports competitions is expected to end next week, but the state’s top public health official on Tuesday voiced reservations about the timeline and said it could change.

Jan 20, 2021

Amid escalating political tension nationwide, California’s school counselors are urging students, families and school staff to talk about the insurgency in Washington, D.C., and the importance of non-violent communication.

Jan 19, 2021

One of the biggest worries during the pandemic is just how far behind students have fallen academically. Now that vaccinations are rolling out, plans are being hatched that gamble on the idea that summer might be a good time to bring students on campus and begin the work of catching them up.

Jan 19, 2021

For the first two weeks of January, some Ventura County school districts chose to take a buffer period with distance learning only as a safety precaution because of the steep number of COVID-19 cases locally. But as the situation worsens, district leaders are again delaying in-person instruction.

Jan 19, 2021

Manteca is the county’s largest public school district in Phase 2 of its reopening plan, in which students alternate in the classroom two days a week and distance learn three days a week. MUSD had been 100% distance learning since March.

Jan 19, 2021

Nearly 1,300 Marin school employees received their first vaccination shots Sunday at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.

Jan 19, 2021

Though further information on the individuals who experienced positive results was not immediately available, schools are offering distance learning only and students have not been on campus, save for small groups of special education and English-learner students and some students attending outdoor athletic conditioning.

Jan 19, 2021

Marin schools saw a rise in coronavirus cases among students and staff after the holiday break, including one additional incidence of school-based transmission, according to the county’s school data map updated Friday.

Jan 19, 2021

California just toughened the rules affecting how and when schools can reopen and offer in-person instruction. San Diego County school districts that were planning to reopen middle and high schools in the next few weeks now are postponing those plans indefinitely.

Jan 19, 2021

Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner on Monday pressed for using schools as COVID-19 vaccination centers, saying his 900 campuses are “ready to go” — a move that could speed up the reopening of in-person classes for students.

Jan 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has now doubled down on his pro-teacher stance by nominating San Diego Unified superintendent Cindy Marten to be deputy secretary of education, the number two position in the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Jan 15, 2021

School employees in Kern County are officially next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s been a long wait for some educators — and their students — who haven’t been back in their classrooms for almost a year, but the news is in some ways coming a little sooner than expected.

Jan 15, 2021

After Paso Robles Joint Unified School District’s board of trustees stopped recording its meeting on Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education’s superintendent scolded trustees and district officials over a hiring slip-up in a surprising outburst.

Jan 15, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom has made changes to his plan to reopen schools, including a small decrease in the case rate that would allow elementary students to campus for in-person classes.

Jan 15, 2021

Coaches, parents and student-athletes are itching to get back into competition and start the high school sports season in California. The latest initiative is a grassroots movement started on Facebook called “Let Them Play CA."

Jan 15, 2021

The DSUSD has been preparing to be ready to open its schools for a hybrid style of in-person learning as early as Tuesday, Jan. 19. That will not happen, though, because to have in-person classes, a county must be out of the purple tier.

Jan 15, 2021

When Central Unified School District voted to lower graduation requirements in October to be on par with nearby districts, officials said they couldn’t promise there wouldn’t be layoffs.

Jan 15, 2021

The principal and three other employees at a popular southeast San Diego charter school are likely to stay now that the San Diego Unified School Board has voted unanimously to let them keep their benefits.

Jan 15, 2021

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo, who has been quarantining since last week after contracting the coronavirus, gave a positive update about her recovery on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Jan 15, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday the creation of one online spot where school districts can find technical information and resources, and parents can find answers and lodge concerns on reopening schools during the pandemic.

Jan 15, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified School District has no intention of suing the state over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school reopening proposal, the district said Thursday, Jan. 14.

Jan 15, 2021

California’s top education officials are struggling with how — or even if — millions of students should take annual standardized tests at home amid ongoing school closures and the hardships of surging COVID-19 rates.

Jan 15, 2021

San Diego Unified officials again held off on setting a potential date for reopening schools, because COVID-19 cases and deaths continue their relentless growth.

Jan 15, 2021

California officials Thursday ordered schools statewide to begin reporting new coronavirus cases within 24 hours and their reopening status every two weeks as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s broader effort to spur a return of kids to the classroom.

Jan 14, 2021

Rosedale Union School District announced its plans to bring students back onto its school campuses beginning Tuesday in phases over three weeks.

Jan 14, 2021

The Stockton Unified School District Board of Education denied TEAM Charter Schools’ renewal petition during Tuesday’s scheduled meeting.

Jan 14, 2021

Community members called out the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District board of trustees on Tuesday for its lack of interpreters during meetings, raising concerns about discrimination against Spanish language speakers.

Jan 14, 2021

About 1,500 employees with the Chico Unified School District were able to receive the vaccine on Wednesday, the district announced. Participation was voluntary.

Jan 14, 2021

Citing the recent surge in coronavirus cases and advice from city and county health officials, Pasadena Unified School District has suspended in-person programming for the limited number of students who have been on campus for classes and childcare.

Jan 14, 2021

There’s a strategic reason attorneys make these arguments when defending clients in the initial answer to lawsuits, according to John Nockleby, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles

Jan 14, 2021

Dr. Howard Taras, a UC San Diego pediatrician who is advising the district on reopening, said Tuesday he hopes all school staff will be able to get vaccinations in a few weeks and all willing school staff may be vaccinated by April.

Jan 14, 2021

High schools throughout the Bay Area have been in limbo for months, waiting for clarity on if and when their teams can compete this school year. California’s indefinite stay-at-home order complicates the timeline.

Jan 14, 2021

As Covid-19 cases continue to soar in California, a majority of the State Board of Education is now in favor of pursuing a waiver from the federal government that would remove the obligation to carry out standardized testing for the second year in a row.

Jan 14, 2021

When lawyers representing Moreno Valley Unified School District argued that 13-year-old Diego Stolz and his family were partly to blame for his death at the hands of two bullies, it wasn’t the first time such an argument was used — and likely won’t be the last.

Jan 14, 2021

Roseville school officials announced on Wednesday that they will pause on-campus learning at Roseville High School and return to distance learning beginning Jan. 14 through Jan. 22.

Jan 14, 2021

Wednesday’s demonstration was among the first in the Bay Area since Newsom announced his proposed budget last Friday, devoting significant amounts of a projected $15 billion surplus toward dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jan 13, 2021

The K-8 school district had brought all grades of students back into classrooms in fall. However, like most Kern school districts, it closed its doors in late December, citing staffing challenges as local COVID-19 case rates soared.

Jan 13, 2021

According to the district, the agreement would have settled the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years for articles that were under discussion: a 3% one-time payment and leaves/absences, and does not impact an in-person instruction agreement both parties signed on Nov. 6.

Jan 13, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond says social isolation and the effects of COVID-19 have upended education in the California school system and is urging schools to use money allocated to them to invest in their student's mental health.

Jan 13, 2021

San Juan Unified School District identified the employee who died from COVID-19 over winter break as Bella Vista High School cross country coach Tom Laythe. Laythe was also a substitute teacher in the district.

Jan 13, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified school board has given the green light for the district to sue the state over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school-reopening proposal or to take legal action to recoup money for meals it’s been providing to the community since the coronavirus pandemic hit last March.

Jan 13, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newson is proposing to spend $15 million for the next phase of creating a data system that will shed light on effective strategies contributing to student success and to provide useful tools to students trying to plan their education careers.

Jan 13, 2021

The Los Angeles Times asked parents, guardians and teachers how they are explaining the events of the day to their children and students. Below are some of the responses we received, including explanations that showcased common concerns and others that had a unique approach.

Jan 13, 2021

Superintendents of two of the largest school districts in California said nothing had changed: Their districts won’t pursue $2 billion in state funding in return for committing by Feb. 1 to send younger students back to school when Covid infection rates fall.

Jan 13, 2021

The Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to authorize the district to sue California over Gov. Gavin Newsom's new school reopening plan, escalating tension between the country's second largest school district and the governor.

Jan 12, 2021

Los Angeles Unified School District officials and labor leaders are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to beef up his proposed "Safe Schools for All'' reopening plan to reflect the disproportionate impact months of COVID-19-related distance learning has had on students in low-income communities.

Jan 12, 2021

A mountain community school board trustee who was part of the group that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week refused to resign from his position on Monday night, despite calls that he does not deserve to hold the seat.

Jan 12, 2021

Before the school year started, Clovis Unified School District officials said teachers would have the choice to either return to in-person teaching or continue to work remotely. That position shifted as more students began to return to campuses.

Jan 12, 2021

His budget would steer $85.8 billion to K-14 schools next year, a sum that’s billions of dollars more than required by law. He’s also calling on legislators to act on $2 billion immediately to help schools reopen next month.

Jan 12, 2021

Once COVID-19 vaccines are available to children, Los Angeles students will have to be immunized before they can return to campus, Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday. Beutner however, did not suggest that campuses remain closed until then.

Jan 12, 2021

Advocates of a popular southeast San Diego charter school, Gompers Preparatory Academy, say a San Diego Unified proposal would force the charter school’s founding leaders to make a difficult choice: stay at Gompers and lose the district’s prime health benefits, or be reassigned to a district school.

Jan 12, 2021

Schools would have to offer in-person learning for primary students starting Feb. 16 in order to get the full funds under the governor’s $89.5 billion education budget. Lawmakers would need to meet deadlines in February and March, far earlier than normal.

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.