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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.

Nov 14, 2019

A year-and-a-half after their last contract ended, Redlands Unified teachers and classified employees have a new agreement with retroactive 3% raises for the last and the current school years.

Nov 14, 2019

Pleasanton voters will be asked whether they’re willing to pay for a $323 million bond to upgrade local schools — the second bond in three years.

Nov 14, 2019

Protesters, again, drove Oakland Unified school board members out of their seats during Wednesday night’s school board meeting, and into a secluded room where they finished their meeting.

Nov 14, 2019

A report issued last week concludes that the high cost of school employee pensions is very much on voters’ minds — a bad omen for other districts considering parcel taxes to supplement state funding for schools.

Nov 13, 2019

A $17.5 million project to replace and upgrade high-speed wiring at all of Montebello Unified’s campuses — halted because required paperwork was never filed with the state — is now the subject of three lawsuits filed against the district.

Nov 13, 2019

The chief of the Baldwin Park Unified School District Police Department is suing the district, alleging she has not been allowed to return to work after being put on administrative leave earlier this year amid blogger and news reports that she had a criminal history.

Nov 13, 2019

Max Benson died after being restrained at an El Dorado Hills non-public school for special needs children in November 2018. He was restrained face-down by school staff for one hour and 45 minutes, according to court documents.

Nov 13, 2019

Sweetwater Union High School District may have to make budget cuts of up to $36 million for next school year in order to make ends meet, according to recent calculations by county officials.

Nov 13, 2019

After a chaotic Oakland Unified school board meeting in October, when protesters rushed a metal barricade and were struck by police with batons and arrested, the school board — fearing the same protesters would return — banned the public from its first meeting of November and may do it again Wednesday.

Nov 13, 2019

Since becoming superintendent, Kyla Johnson-Trammel has had to take on a fiscal crisis — much of it due to declining enrollments over several years — management decisions made before she arrived and after, the impact of charter school enrollments and poor fiscal controls.

Nov 13, 2019

Hundreds of immigrants, students and immigrant-rights activists walked out of classes and traveled downtown to show their support for the program protecting classmates brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents as children from deportation and allowing them to work or study.

Nov 12, 2019

A new Bakersfield City School District elementary school proposed for the southwest corner of Masterson Street and Paladino Drive in northeast Bakersfield is scheduled to open fall 2023, according to district documents.

Nov 12, 2019

Even as efforts continue to join Sausalito and Marin City’s schools, Willow Creek Academy charter school officials say they are struggling financially amid dropping enrollment.

Nov 12, 2019

A rotating cast of appointed executives has been leading the Inglewood Unified Schools since the district fell into state receivership in 2012. L.A. County Education officials have named Erika Torres as the district’s sixth leader in the last seven years.

Nov 12, 2019

A Fresno County court commissioner has denied a Bullard High cheerleader’s request for a temporary restraining order against Fresno Unified Trustee Terry Slatic.

Nov 12, 2019

The district will be asking voters in March to approve a $398 million bond measure. It would raise money through the sale of bonds to further chip away at facilities needs at 19 campuses that were estimated at $1.2 billion in 2014.

Nov 12, 2019

The Oakland school board Wednesday closed its meeting to the public amid fears that opponents of the district’s plan to close schools would attend and disrupt it as occurred on Oct. 23. Officials said the board may similarly close its meeting next Wednesday.

Nov 12, 2019

In this seaside town, readers of the local paper recently came upon a curious photo: the school district superintendent and four administrators standing and smiling in a field of marijuana plants.

Nov 08, 2019

A former Corona-Norco school district assistant superintendent and the president of an Ontario construction firm that specializes in building schools have been charged with more than two dozen felonies related to the theft of more than $1 million, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday, Nov. 7.

Nov 08, 2019

The Camp Fire burned homes, shops, restaurants, parks — many treasured pieces of an old mining town. It also left thousands of children displaced from their schools — at least from their campuses or even their teachers and peers.

Nov 08, 2019

A former Corona-Norco school district assistant superintendent and the president of an Ontario construction firm that specializes in building schools have been charged with more than two dozen felonies related to the theft of more than $1 million.

Nov 08, 2019

The Los Angeles Unified School District will explore whether it’s possible to allow noncitizen parents to vote in school board elections. Board members approved the formation of a study group to look into a “potential future ballot measure” granting this right.

Nov 08, 2019

Members of the Vista Unified School District board on Wednesday carved out more than $10 million from the $13.3 million it must ultimately cut from next year’s budget.

Nov 08, 2019

California’s homeless K-12 students are being under-counted by several school districts, and also being neglected by the state Department of Education, according to a newly released report.

Nov 08, 2019

David Carter, the Milpitas High School teacher who was widely scorned for wearing blackface to school on Halloween to look like rapper-activist Common, told this news organization Thursday that he now realizes he went too far.

Nov 08, 2019

California’s spending on special education students has increased by nearly 30 percent over the past decade — from $10.8 billion to $13 billion in inflation-adjusted figures, according to a new report.

Nov 07, 2019

Fresno Unified School District trustees are considering placing a multi-million dollar bond measure on the March 2020 ballot that could help attract and retain teachers, plus improve aging school facilities.

Nov 07, 2019

California’s largest school district decided Tuesday it will not rate its schools and instead will share data publicly that provides deeper insight into student growth. The Los Angeles Unified board voted 6-1 to stop a proposal that would have assigned each school a single rating on a 1-to-5 scale.

Nov 07, 2019

Both supporters and opponents of a proposed $15 billion school and college construction bond headed for the March 2020 state ballot are somewhat apprehensive now that the Secretary of State has designated it Proposition 13.

Nov 07, 2019

Even when California schools install new heating and ventilation systems, the contractors aren’t properly adjusting or programming the units to provide enough ventilation to protect the health and welfare of students or their teachers, according to a new study.

Nov 06, 2019

The Kern High School District's Board of Education approved a policy at its meeting Monday night that explains what interactions are deemed inappropriate between staff members and students.

Nov 06, 2019

Those iconic yellow school buses seen driving through Bakersfield and Kern County could get a hint of green added to them as local school districts look into electric options.

Nov 06, 2019

Voters in the Reed Union School District have passed Measure E, a replacement and continuation parcel tax, in final election night results Tuesday.

Nov 06, 2019

The Northern Humboldt Union High School District school board initiated an investigation into the events surrounding the district office on Halloween led by an outside investigator as well as an attorney. Pending the results, the board will make a decision on the consequences for the district employees involved.

Nov 06, 2019

The Trinity County Health Department plans to set the nation’s first mold safety threshold for schools, and Superintendent Jamie Green is calling on lawmakers to protect students state-wide.

Nov 06, 2019

A Southern California school district will pay $28.5 million in damages after a boy with special needs was hit by a car and severely injured while under the supervision of school personnel, attorneys said Tuesday.

Nov 06, 2019

Multiple years of destructive wildfires and planned power outages have closed California schools for an unprecedented number of days, leaving school districts and the state struggling to adjust to what many call the “new normal.”

Nov 06, 2019

Faced with looming budget deficits, the Vista Unified School District board of directors has begun the painstaking process of shaving $13.3 million from its budget for the next school year.

Nov 06, 2019

San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said she will ask the school board to join Los Angeles Unified’s class action lawsuit against one of the country’s leading e-cigarette companies.

Nov 06, 2019

The Los Angeles school board rejected a proposal to give Yelp-like ratings to its schools, but agreed Tuesday to make data on how students perform year to year on standardized tests more easily available.

Nov 06, 2019

The California State Auditor sharply criticized the Legislature and State Board of Education for failing to ensure that billions of dollars have been spent on low-income children and other targeted students.

Nov 06, 2019

A new state audit has found that the state’s landmark school funding law isn’t adequately ensuring that targeted money is actually going to the disadvantaged students it’s supposed to help.

Nov 06, 2019

San Francisco voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly gave the city permission to build housing projects for teachers and educators on publicly owned land, while a $600 million affordable housing bond, the largest in the city’s history, leads with a narrow margin.

Nov 05, 2019

The average school in the United States was built in 1959 and is now 60 years old. In California, the Office of Public School Construction requires schools to inspect 15 systems and areas, then rank each area one of four ways.

Nov 05, 2019

Many victims of teacher misconduct say their experiences still haunt them regularly – not just because of the abuse or harassment itself, but because the way their cases were handled complicated the healing process.

Nov 04, 2019

Milpitas Unified School District staff member wore blackface on Halloween and imitated an African-American rapper and social activist, upsetting and disturbing a group of district leaders, students, and teachers, according to a school board member.

Nov 04, 2019

Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said she is moving ahead with plans to close Kaiser Elementary at the end of this school year and merge it with Sankofa Elementary. The district’s plan calls for school closings, mergers or expansions every year over the next three years.

Nov 04, 2019

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s board on Tuesday is expected to pass a resolution directing Superintendent Austin Beutner to organize a work group that will study the possibility of giving voting rights to all parents and legal guardians of students in the district, regardless of citizenship.

Nov 04, 2019

Dissatisfaction with brick-and-mortar public schools is helping drive thousands of families to dozens of California charter schools that offer personalized approaches to education, such as home schooling.

Nov 01, 2019

SUSD joins both the Lodi and Manteca unifieds in providing students and their parents with another way to keep track of what’s going on within their districts.

Nov 01, 2019

Several school districts have canceled classes Friday because of the Maria Fire burning near Santa Paula.

Nov 01, 2019

All schools in Sonoma County will stay closed through at least Friday as the North Bay continues to grapple with the Kincade Fire.

Nov 01, 2019

While some California schools shut their doors in October during a blackout intended to prevent wildfires, lessons continued outdoors for a group of students tucked away high in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Nov 01, 2019

After months of rallies, teary testimonials and a final 11-hour negotiation session, the Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Federation of Teachers have finally reached a tentative agreement on the union’s new contract.

Nov 01, 2019

An independent investigation into allegations that Yucaipa High football players have directed racial slurs toward players from Carter High in Rialto before, during and after their past three Citrus Belt League meetings has been launched on behalf of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, an attorney representing the district said this week.

Nov 01, 2019

He said he wanted one less obstacle in the bumpy path to education children too often must navigate.

Nov 01, 2019

Last month, the board approved the “Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning,” joining Moreno Valley and Murrieta Valley Unified School Districts in the move.

Oct 31, 2019

CUSD Superintendent Eimear O'Farrell presented the district's situation with expanding student population and aging facilities while pitching details on a $408 million bond voters will decide on in the March 2020 election.

Oct 31, 2019

The California Department of Education is in the final throes of designing another version — its fourth in 6 years — of the form that districts must use to explain how they’ll use funding from the Local Control Funding Formula.

Oct 31, 2019

Moreno Valley Unified has replaced both top administrators at Landmark Middle School, where a boy died after being assaulted by two other students in September.

Oct 30, 2019

More children are attending school in San Joaquin County and recording perfect attendance based on new results from Beyond Our Gates.

Oct 30, 2019

Schools in Humboldt County are doing their best to stay open during the blackouts as they adjust to a new normal in which power outages will be more frequent.

Oct 30, 2019

Los Angeles school officials on Tuesday joined a growing number of public agencies taking legal action against youth vaping, filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of school districts throughout the state against San Francisco-based industry leader Juul.

Oct 30, 2019

The family of a 13-year-old boy who was fatally injured during a confrontation with two classmates on a Moreno Valley middle school campus announced today they’re suing the Moreno Valley Unified School District for wrongful death and civil rights violations.

Oct 30, 2019

In 2019, California’s 8th-graders gave back their 2017 gain, as did much of the nation, underscoring that progress on state and national standardized tests is best measured over a decade, not in single years.

Oct 29, 2019

Dan and Morgan Ocheltree have filed a lawsuit against Yuba City Unified School District, and the Andros Karperos School principal and counselor — both of whom, the Ocheltrees allege, knew their daughter Madison had shared with a friend that she planned to kill herself.

Oct 29, 2019

In a move that the state is calling “legally and factually without precedent,” the Orange County Department of Education is nearly four months late in submitting a valid annual budget due to a deadlocked power struggle between the board and the superintendent.

Oct 29, 2019

Pleasanton voters may be asked if they want to go for another bond measure to update school facilities in 2020 - for the second time in three years.

Oct 29, 2019

More California schools are allowing disruptive students to serve suspensions on campus instead of sending them home. But experts said educators need to provide those students with high-quality behavior counseling for that approach to be successful.

Oct 28, 2019

Pasadena Unified has reached a settlement that will spur changes to its special education programs for students with behavioral and mental health disabilities.

Oct 28, 2019

The ultimate “one school” plan to unify the TK-8 Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City and the K-9 Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito will be created in the next eight weeks through a series of work group meetings, town halls, draft reports and discussions.

Oct 28, 2019

California school bells will soon ring later, the better to let adolescents get desperately needed shuteye. How will that work? Adults are still working it out.

Oct 28, 2019

The Sacramento city teachers union filed a lawsuit against the Sacramento City Unified School District on Tuesday, claiming the district board illegally laid off childcare program employees.

Oct 28, 2019

The Escondido Union School District may ask voters to approve a new bond measure in March 2020 to continue modernization projects where the current school bond, Proposition E, leaves off.

Oct 28, 2019

Facing the threat of a state takeover, Peralta Community College District is under pressure to resolve wide-ranging financial issues.

Oct 28, 2019

The membership of California’s largest teachers’ union, and by far the largest state-level teachers’ union in the nation, has declined by about 15,000.

Oct 25, 2019

The Pasadena Unified school board voted to close Wilson Middle School on Thursday night, sparing six other schools, including Marshall Fundamental’s high school program.

Oct 25, 2019

The Clovis Unified School District on Wednesday night unanimously approved a resolution to put a $408 million bond on the March 2020 ballot to upgrade classrooms and buildings.

Oct 25, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the five-year grants to the California Center on Teaching Careers, an organization started in 2016 to help solve the persistent teacher shortage.

Oct 24, 2019

The Vista Unified School District must slash its budget by $19 million by the next school year, and is holding a series of meetings to discuss the cuts.

Oct 24, 2019

Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield announced Wednesday that two local school districts have voted in favor of participating in active-shooter training scenarios.

Oct 24, 2019

The East Side Union High School District in San Jose is banking on a proposed teacher housing project to make staff rent more affordable and to solve the district’s fiscal crisis.

Oct 24, 2019

During previous recent board meetings, protesters, most with a group called Oakland Not For Sale alongside other allied organizations, had shut down one and attempted to shut down another as recently as two weeks ago.

Oct 23, 2019

A little more than six years after assuming the top position at Hacienda La Puente Unified, Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer announced she intends to retire in January.

Oct 23, 2019

Negotiations have finally concluded after the teachers’ union for the Northern Humboldt Union High School District voted to accept the district’s latest benefits plan. After months of negotiations, school board meetings, closed classrooms, and a student walkout, 87.7% of the union accepted the district’s offer.

Oct 23, 2019

The investigation showed that San Diego Dr. Tara Zandvliet had written nearly a third of all medical exemptions for San Diego Unified School District.

Oct 23, 2019

A second school in the Desert Sands Unified School District may have similar structural problems as those that shuttered James Madison Elementary School last week, the district said Tuesday.

Oct 23, 2019

An eighth county superintendent has joined a group requesting the state to audit the Inspire charter school network, adding to those calling for an investigation into potential fraud by Inspire.

Oct 23, 2019

When the Vista Unified School Board accepted the resignation of former Superintendent Linda Kimble last week, it committed to paying her a year’s salary and health benefits, and agreed to part ways with no liability on either side.

Oct 23, 2019

The San Bernardino City Unified School District is rebuilding some of its estimated 300 servers as it attempts to recover from a computer attack.

Oct 23, 2019

The East Side Union High School District in San Jose is banking on a proposed teacher housing project to make staff rent more affordable and to solve the district’s fiscal crisis.

Oct 23, 2019

The California School Boards Association and its partners last week took the next step toward putting a $15 billion tax initiative for K-12 schools and community colleges on the ballot, setting up the possibility that two competing tax measures will go before voters in November 2020.

Oct 22, 2019

The San Bernardino City Unified School District was still having issues gaining access to its computer network Monday after it was locked overnight due to a ransomware attack.

Oct 22, 2019

The Peralta Community College District is in the early stages of implementing recommendations to improve budget, auditing, staffing and enrollment problems, among other issues highlighted by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).

Oct 22, 2019

The law places school districts around the state, particularly small or rural ones, in potential financial jeopardy, said Troy Flint, the spokesperson for the California School Boards Association.

Oct 21, 2019

The announcement comes about two weeks after seven county superintendents, including San Diego’s county superintendent, officially requested a state fiscal agency to audit the Inspire network for potential fraud.

Oct 21, 2019

After gaining speed slowly over the last two decades, a movement to start the school day later for middle and high school students just got a massive boost from California.

Oct 21, 2019

Teachers within San Diego Unified’s traditional public schools have twice as much experience, on average, as their charter school peers, according to an analysis of Department of Education staffing data.

Oct 21, 2019

Several experts say middle and high school grades are frequently unreliable, arbitrary, subjective and widely varied in terms of what they actually measure. Research studies dating as far back as 1912 show that a single sample of student work can draw scores all over the map from different teachers.

Oct 21, 2019

From a multipronged attempt to reshape student lunches in Oakland to the addition of vegan options in the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District, K-12 schools across California are rethinking and reformulating student meals.

Oct 21, 2019

In an effort to change that reality for some of its employees, the East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees has unanimously agreed to put a $60 million bond measure on the March 3, 2020, ballot to help build teacher and staff housing.

Oct 21, 2019

The Dublin Unified School District is now negotiating with a convicted felon to purchase his property to use for a second comprehensive high school, but the district says it expects the project to move forward as planned.

Oct 21, 2019

Several parents and former students say they are concerned that teachers lack expertise in all subjects. In addition, they say the textbooks are outdated and the model has turned some students away from science.

Oct 21, 2019

The Menlo Park-based social media company announced Thursday it would donate the money to help Santa Clara County build a teacher housing project planned for a 1.5-acre parcel of county property across from the county courthouse in Palo Alto.

Oct 21, 2019

October marks the 40th anniversary of the judge’s ruling, which was supposed to help fix a system he had deemed discriminatory. But many educators, black parents and advocates for black students say plenty remains broken.

Oct 21, 2019

In recent months, gauging whether tutors are a necessary part of a school district’s teaching team and assessing how to quantify their effectiveness have surfaced in the district that serves Richmond and surrounding communities

Oct 21, 2019

The Citrus Heights Police Department announced its involvement in National School Bus Safety Week, which will run Monday through Friday with an emphasis on minimizing the number of drivers passing school buses with flashing red lights.

Oct 18, 2019

Sacramento City Unified School District’s revised 2019-20 budget has been disapproved by the county Office of Education, district officials said Wednesday – the latest in a long string of such rejections.

Oct 18, 2019

The inequality across San Diego Unified School District’s hundred-plus schools is striking, according to new test data released by the Department of Education last week.

Oct 18, 2019

Fourteen students were taken to hospitals with minor respiratory symptoms, according to fire officials, and the other 11 were released to their families. The student populations of the four schools together totals more than 4,500.

Oct 18, 2019

More shut-eye for students could mean more stress for local school districts, which have until 2022 to complete the changes. Some Sacramento-area high schools begin classes nearly an hour before the new 8:30 start time.

Oct 18, 2019

The Oceanside Unified School District is introducing a technology plan that would provide one-to-one digital devices, and allow teachers to tailor lessons and curriculum to meet individual students’ needs.

Oct 18, 2019

The efforts -- which follow the death of a Landmark Middle School boy -- include a new anti-bullying team, a centralized reporting system, extra training and the gathering of more information.

Oct 18, 2019

Montebello Unified has fully implemented six recommendations the state auditor’s office suggested to prevent fraud in its adult school, the district’s administrators told the Board of Education Wednesday.

Oct 18, 2019

Lawrence Torres, president of Pasadena Unified’s school board, said in an interview he hoped Thursday night’s town hall-style meeting would “be educational” for parents and offer some new perspectives for officials as they weigh several options for middle and high school closures.

Oct 18, 2019

As California schools implement the state’s new science standards, parents at one high school are objecting to a teaching approach they say is short-changing students.

Oct 18, 2019

From a multipronged attempt to reshape student lunches in Oakland to the addition of vegan options in the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District, K-12 schools across California are rethinking and reformulating student meals.

Oct 17, 2019

Required unpaid hours spent on student teaching make it difficult to earn an income, leaving student teachers to move back home or stress about how they’ll make rent.

Oct 17, 2019

Muslim students across California are feeling less comfortable openly stating their religion in school—despite fewer incidents of Islamophobic bullying—a new study has found.

Oct 17, 2019

The Anaheim Union High School District, citing confidentiality obligations, refused to say Wednesday what disciplinary action if any it has taken against four individuals still employed in the district who failed to report allegations of sexual abuse.

Oct 17, 2019

Now nearly two months into the new school year, the principal, while still hopeful, says she’s frustrated that the school lacks a clear plan and change hasn’t come fast enough.

Oct 16, 2019

After months of study and outreach to parents, trustees voted 5-0 Monday to close the school at the end of the current school year due to an overall decline in elementary school enrollment.

Oct 16, 2019

A month after a fatal assault on a Landmark Middle School student, and a day after another student was attacked on the same campus, Moreno Valley school leaders were blasted again Tuesday night, Oct. 15, by angry parents and students.

Oct 16, 2019

The La Habra High School student was tackled to the ground by other students after he brought an unloaded handgun into the building, CNN affiliate KCAL reported. Students said the boy was showing off the gun in class.

Oct 16, 2019

Teachers and students from a handful of schools in the area said they arrived to campus Monday, after receiving word that they had been cleaned over the weekend, only to find smokey rooms and tables layered with ash.

Oct 16, 2019

The Anaheim Unified High School District has agreed to pay $7.9 million to five former Kennedy High School female water polo players to settle a lawsuit that alleged district and school officials and employees concealed that a Kennedy coach had sexually abused students.

Oct 16, 2019

Assembly Bill 500 would have required all school districts, charter schools and community colleges to provide at least six weeks of paid leave for teachers, other academic employees and classified employees for pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth and recovery.

Oct 15, 2019

Union leaders have asked Redlands schools employees, who often work through lunches and stay late, to only do what is contractually required after the latest rounds of labor negotiations with a mediator failed to produce results in early October.

Oct 15, 2019

With 1 in 5 school districts not providing full-day kindergarten, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, authored a bill to require them to offer that option. But on Sunday, Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 197, stating that he is already addressing one obstacle standing in the way of a full-time program: a shortage of classrooms.

Oct 15, 2019

The Santa Cruz area is among a handful of California school districts considering creative solutions to a teacher shortage, including building affordable housing on school district property to keep their teachers from leaving.

Oct 15, 2019

The state has become the first in the in the nation to mandate that public middle schools can start no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The law, signed Sunday night by Gov. Gavin Newsom, has touched off mixed reaction — cheers from the sleep-deprived to official worries about impending logistical hassles.

Oct 15, 2019

The Desert Sands Unified School District is testing every school it operates to ensure that health and safety concerns raised by a structural engineer at James Madison Elementary School in Indio aren't present elsewhere, a district official said Monday.

Oct 15, 2019

The Ross Valley School District board is set to review a plan to spend $5.5 million to renovate the former Red Hill School in San Anselmo for use as administrative offices.

Oct 15, 2019

A Tiburon elementary school has capped classroom drinking fountains and fixed common area water fixtures and pipes after testing showed possibly dangerous levels of lead.

Oct 15, 2019

Pasadena Unified will be holding a town hall-style community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17 for parents to ask questions about recent school closures.

Oct 15, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed all three bills passed by the California legislature this year aimed at reducing bullying and teen suicide.