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Oct 20, 2020

Monday was a banner day for preschool students in Panama-Buena Vista School District. For the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the very youngest students in the district had the opportunity to come to school in person.

Oct 20, 2020

On Monday, a sigh of relief came for some Moorpark families because for the first time since March, students and teachers are back in the classroom for hybrid learning.

Oct 20, 2020

A reopening date remains elusive for two Santa Maria Valley school districts, in part due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the community and testing requirements for staff across the campuses.

Oct 20, 2020

Miller Creek School District is not doing enough collaborative planning with teachers or advance safety orientation on coronavirus protocols in each classroom, educators said this week.

Oct 20, 2020

After months of countywide negotiations, many schools on the ridge and in southern Butte County began to reopen for modified in-person instruction Monday.

Oct 20, 2020

Students within the Chico Unified School District returned to campus on an a.m./p.m. schedule. Each student attends in-person for roughly two to three hours five days a week.

Oct 20, 2020

Six school candidates running for the Coachella Valley Unified School District board spoke Monday against an imminent return to in-person learning at a forum outside of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mecca.

Oct 20, 2020

The vast majority of academic teachers at the Orange County School of the Arts don’t want to return to campus for in-person instruction in the next couple of weeks, saying they are concerned for their safety.

Oct 20, 2020

San Juan Unified School District is set to reopen its campuses for its 40,000 students on Jan. 5. Students will return in cohorts, but can choose to continue to remain in distance learning.

Oct 20, 2020

Riverside County school districts and boards are grappling with how and when to bring students back for in-person classes. The first youths to again set foot on campus could do so Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Corona-Norco Unified School District.

Oct 20, 2020

California’s escalating cost of living has led to a 48% surge in the state’s homeless student population over the past decade, according to new research released today by researchers at UCLA.

Oct 20, 2020

California’s K-12 school children have been returning to the classroom this month, and so far state public health officials report “no significant increases in COVID-19 cases.”

Oct 20, 2020

Beutner questioned the priorities of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors in choosing to allow certain business sectors to reopen before the vast majority of schools.

Oct 19, 2020

The Yreka Union Elementary School District plans to welcome students back to classrooms five days a week beginning Monday at Evergreen Elementary and Jackson Street School.

Oct 19, 2020

Three people have been arrested after an investigation found thousands of dollars were stolen from a student body bank account at Simi Valley High School, according to police.

Oct 19, 2020

Distance learning has shed a light on the inequalities of at-home learning environments for many students.

Oct 19, 2020

About a month after many started instruction, Orange County public schools are taking a variety of approaches on testing for COVID-19 as they reopen classrooms and begin to ponder the potential arrival of a vaccine.

Oct 19, 2020

The Twin Rivers Unified School District will soon be deciding when to reopen its doors for in-person instruction for nearly 27,000 students, according to a letter sent out by Steve Martinez, superintendent for the district.

Oct 19, 2020

A new online tool debuts this week to offer Marin families an easy-to-navigate, transparent map and dashboard showing if, when and where any coronavirus exposures occur at local schools — and the systematized responses that follow.

Oct 19, 2020

Despite forfeiting its long-awaited goal of opening a charter school, Promise Academy is stepping up its battle against San Jose Unified — filing its third lawsuit in three years against the district for forcing it to surrender its charter.

Oct 19, 2020

Most California voters want schools to require safeguards like face masks, proper ventilation and social distancing in classrooms, and Covid-19 testing and tracing before schools return for in-person instruction.

Oct 19, 2020

Some districts, such as West Contra Costa and Oakland Unified in the San Francisco Bay Area, are scrambling to find ways to track down and re-engage students and provide them with the support they need to complete their coursework.

Oct 19, 2020

The reopening of hundreds of Orange County schools for in-person instruction over the last month — the largest return to school in a major metropolitan area in California so far this year — is likely to be a test case for the rest of the state.

Oct 19, 2020

Mayor London Breed blasted a proposal Friday to force 44 San Francisco public schools to change their names, calling it an “offensive” waste of time, energy and resources from a district that still has no date to bring kids back to the classroom.

Oct 19, 2020

San Francisco’s intricate student assignment system is set for yet another makeover, as district officials balance choice and predictability with a desire for more equity.

Oct 19, 2020

San Diego Unified and Mayor Kevin Faulconer are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom for 10,000 daily COVID-19 tests for school district students and staff for when it opens for in-person instruction — which has not been decided yet.

Oct 16, 2020

By this time next month, Conejo Valley Unified School District students from transitional kindergarten to 12th grade could be back to campus should they choose to do so.

Oct 16, 2020

Nearly 500 people tuned in to Ventura Unified School District's Tuesday school board meeting, where trustees discussed plans to reopen schools for in-person learning.

Oct 16, 2020

Administrators at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City have suspended in-person classes for middle school students and told some to quarantine after one student tested positive for COVID-19.

Oct 16, 2020

Novato Unified School District has declared an impasse after its teachers turned thumbs down this week on a new contract offer, citing coronavirus concerns, officials said Wednesday.

Oct 16, 2020

As parents express widespread dissatisfaction with distance learning, two influential California teachers unions are pushing against growing momentum to reopen schools in many communities.

Oct 16, 2020

Starting this school year San Diego Unified will eliminate non-academic factors, such as student behavior, from academic grades, following a unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday.

Oct 16, 2020

Most California voters want schools to require safeguards like face masks, proper ventilation and social distancing in classrooms, and Covid-19 testing and tracing before schools return for in-person instruction.

Oct 16, 2020

A third of San Francisco public schools could see their names changed as officials push to replace “inappropriate” ones honoring presidents, writers, generals and even Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Oct 15, 2020

On Tuesday, San Joaquin County remained in the red tier of the state’s color-coded blueprint to reopen schools and the economy. The news was welcomed, but Stockton Unified School District has more to work to do before it can accept all students on campuses.

Oct 15, 2020

Pasadena parents are calling to get their kids back in school immediately, citing mental and physical health concerns stemming from digital-only classes, but their concerns are unlikely to be assuaged in the coming weeks — particularly if they’re public school parents.

Oct 15, 2020

The current charter petition, which is authorized by the state Board of Education, expires at the end of June. Revised state law is requiring the charter to appeal for renewal to the local district, which had rejected the charter’s first petition in 2016.

Oct 15, 2020

In a unanimous, 5-0, city council vote, a decision was made to petition the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) to intervene in an attempted separation of Malibu from the Santa Monica-based school district it has shared for decades.

Oct 15, 2020

During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Lodi Unified School District Board of Education favored a phased-in return to in-person instruction, to begin in as little as two and a half weeks.

Oct 15, 2020

It’ll be the first time students will be on the Pleasant Valley High School campus, and any campus within the Chico Unified School District, since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in March.

Oct 15, 2020

Starting this school year San Diego Unified will eliminate non-academic factors, such as student behavior, from academic grades, following a unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday to overhaul the district’s grading practices.

Oct 15, 2020

Nearly two months into the school year, hundreds of thousands of California students are still without internet access at home needed to connect to teachers and peers during distance learning.

Oct 15, 2020

Despite sincere efforts by teachers, aides and administrators, the Sacramento City Unified School District is failing to step up and help its most vulnerable students.

Oct 14, 2020

The news that Kern County has shifted from the purple tier to the less restrictive red tier is big for local schools. If the county stays in this tier for two consecutive weeks, every school in the county would be able to open for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Oct 14, 2020

For Oxnard School District, keeping track of student attendance during remote learning has been a significant team effort.

Oct 14, 2020

A plan to close five elementary and two middle schools in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District was trimmed by the Board of Education Monday. And even then, it remains uncertain if there are four votes on the seven-member board to close any schools.

Oct 14, 2020

Schools within Butte County now have the go-ahead to reopen for in-person instruction as the county remains in the Red Tier for two weeks, Butte County Public Health announced in a press release Tuesday.

Oct 14, 2020

Four years ago, as a justice on the state court of appeal, Martin Jenkins wrote the decision that there was no constitutional basis for two lawsuits arguing the state inadequately funded K-12 education.

Oct 14, 2020

The debate over how to admit students to the academically elite Lowell High School in the midst of a pandemic turned chaotic and tense Tuesday with frequent interruptions and even a controversial hot mike moment.

Oct 14, 2020

As part of its reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic, the San Diego Unified School District allowed some students facing severe challenges to return to in-person learning Tuesday, but a timeline for the district to reopen fully remains unclear.

Oct 14, 2020

Much depends on public health guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, and on decisions by leaders of the county’s 80 school districts. Here are the issues at play in what is emerging as a confusing patchwork of rules and policies.

Oct 13, 2020

Bakersfield City School District sent a memo to its employees barring them from displaying the phrase "Black Lives Matter" on signs, clothes or buttons during working hours.

Oct 13, 2020

The youngest students in Marin’s three largest school districts could be back in the classroom in late October, but high schoolers won’t be returning to in-person learning until January, education leaders said.

Oct 13, 2020

An Oct. 15 state deadline to restore $11 billion in funding for education, housing and state workers looks likely to pass with no more financial help from Washington. Is there still hope for a reprieve, and could deeper cuts follow?

Oct 13, 2020

As the Clovis community waits to hear when elementary schools might reopen, district officials on Monday confirmed “a small number” of COVID-19 infections, but didn’t say when those cases occurred.

Oct 13, 2020

The father of a 16-year-old Edison High School football player is suing Fresno Unified School District for injuries his son suffered while practicing in triple-digit temperatures this summer.

Oct 13, 2020

In a letter to Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools Dave Gordon and their districts’ respective superintendents, the teachers unions said allowing some schools to reopen before others “deepens inequality.”

Oct 13, 2020

Employees at the northwest Modesto campus have reverted to working from home, and at-risk students who have been working in small-group cohorts there will return to distance learning for a period of 14 days.

Oct 13, 2020

When COVID-19 hit, their team of high schoolers quickly transitioned to online tutoring and later banded together with two other student volunteer organizations to form the nonprofit StudySmart Youth Services.

Oct 13, 2020

Coronavirus-forced school closures have fueled an unprecedented run on tutors that takes in the gamut of circumstances — including students who need academic help and those seeking to maintain their high-achieving status.

Oct 13, 2020

California voters overwhelmingly say schools need additional funding to implement safety practices critical to reopening classrooms for in-person instruction, according to a just-released EdSource poll.

Oct 13, 2020

Many California school districts offered a wide variety of training over the summer to prepare teachers for distance learning in the fall, but some struggled to offer enough to meet the needs of all teachers, leaving many to find training on their own.

Oct 12, 2020

Now days away from the Oct. 21 date schools can reopen, Ventura County public school districts are getting pressure from teachers, staff and families to release their plans.

Oct 12, 2020

A state fiscal review agency is recommending that Marin education officials not perform a formal audit of Ross Valley Charter’s receipt of $270,000 in federal coronavirus relief, but left the door open for other agencies to investigate alleged Brown Act violations or other concerns raised by the Ross Valley School District.

Oct 12, 2020

The debate over ethnic-themed mascots — especially those using Native American names and imagery — has returned to the spotlight after this year’s marches for social and racial justice.

Oct 12, 2020

Boxes filled with food meant for low-income families will continue to be sent out but without copies of a letter written by President Trump. The decision was made by San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten.

Oct 12, 2020

The launch next year of Justin Garza High School marks a dramatic change to the student enrollment landscape for Central High, one of the city’s oldest and largest high schools. In August, Garza High will have its first ninth- and 10th-graders.

Oct 12, 2020

Getting students enrolled and connected has taken more than just distributing devices and internet hotspots across the San Ysidro School District, where three-quarters of students come from low-income families and one-fourth are homeless.

Oct 12, 2020

Once again, Californians are being asked to decide on the merits of a ballot measure that roiled the political scene when many of them were in grammar school — or not even born yet.

Oct 12, 2020

To understand the inequities of student education in this fall of pandemic, few places offer a starker lesson than the Orange County border that divides working-class Long Beach and the upscale suburb of Los Alamitos.

Oct 12, 2020

A recent survey sponsored by nonprofit EdSource found nearly four out of five say it’s hard to keep their children interested and motivated with distance learning and more than two out of three fearing their education will suffer if it continues through the school year.

Oct 12, 2020

About 32,000 schoolchildren identified under federal guidelines as “homeless” live in Orange County. Since late March, Project Hope Alliance has purchased Chromebooks and/or rented WiFi hotspots now being used by about 850 homeless schoolchildren.

Oct 09, 2020

The Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Bellflower Unified School District have agreed to have a legal dispute over the BUSD’s fiscal independence moved from Los Angeles County to ensure the case is heard in a neutral forum.

Oct 09, 2020

The Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to send students back to campus on Oct. 19. However, that all hinges on if Butte County can stay in the Red Tier of the state’s reopening phases until that date and if a third option of instruction can be offered.

Oct 09, 2020

As most public and private school students in California continue to study from home, a majority of voters say the state’s schools are not prepared to offer high-quality distance learning.

Oct 09, 2020

For Proposition 15, the initiative for a “split-roll tax” to raise property taxes on commercial property in California, who’s got the most money heading into the last month of the campaign is a surprise.

Oct 09, 2020

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board decided Thursday, Oct. 8, to delay in-person learning until after this semester for its high school and middle school students.

Oct 09, 2020

As Sacramento County approaches the two-week mark of remaining in the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines, school district officials are beginning to discuss how and when they plan to reopen campuses.

Oct 08, 2020

Two North County school districts met Tuesday to revise and approve their plans for bringing hundreds of students back to campus for in-person classes in less than a month’s time.

Oct 08, 2020

The Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the targeted reopening date of Oct. 19 for in-person instruction within the elementary and secondary schools.

Oct 08, 2020

As more California schools gain permission from the state to offer in-person instruction, they are grappling with a massive logistical puzzle: How, exactly, do you operate schools within schools?

Oct 08, 2020

Fresno Unified Trustee Terry Slatic cast the lone ”no” vote on a resolution declaring the school district an anti-racism institution, sparking confrontation from most of the board, who are women of color.

Oct 08, 2020

San Diego voters will get to decide on two ballot measures that, if passed, will change how San Diego Unified School Board members are chosen — and how they can be kicked out.

Oct 08, 2020

Edwin Gomez, who has been the county’s deputy superintendent of schools since June 2019, takes the reins at the state’s fourth-largest county office of education Nov. 1. He was appointed unanimously by the Riverside County Board of Education.

Oct 08, 2020

As most public and private school students in California continue to study from home, distance learning gets a definite thumbs down from the state’s registered voters, including parents, according to a new EdSource poll.

Oct 08, 2020

San Diego Unified is removing letters from President Donald Trump that have been packed into free food boxes for families in need, saying the letter inaccurately downplays the necessity of masks in preventing coronavirus spread.

Oct 08, 2020

The nation’s second-largest school district is the latest agency to refuse to include a letter signed by President Donald Trump in food boxes provided by the federal government to aid families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Oct 07, 2020

The Kern High School District board took a major step toward the creation of an employee medical center by approving the purchase of a medical facility on Stockdale Highway on Monday night.

Oct 07, 2020

Edison School District, a two-school district on the eastern edge of Bakersfield, has been granted a waiver to open by the county’s public health department. It's the 28th district to be approved in the county, the largest one in Bakersfield and only the second public school district in the city.

Oct 07, 2020

At a Board of Trustees meeting, the Kern High School District did unanimously approve a motion that would allow fall sports to return for conditioning drills on Oct. 26. This excludes golf and tennis, which were moved to the winter/spring season by the CIF.

Oct 07, 2020

Schools in San Luis Obispo County can reopen for in-person classes under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, according to the county Public Health Department.

Oct 07, 2020

In an abrupt turnaround, officials from the Mill Valley School District said they would not be able to meet their targeted in-class reopening date, previously scheduled for Monday.

Oct 07, 2020

The Desert Sands Unified School District Board of Education chose not to vote Tuesday night on whether to move forward with a hybrid-model plan for a partial return to in-person schooling and, instead, tabled the motion for further discussion.

Oct 07, 2020

As Fresno-area students struggle with what public health experts describe as “crisis fatigue,” a movement of local parents and activists hopes to push schools to invest more money in mental health services for young people.

Oct 07, 2020

Sacramento County’s top education official said there is “absolutely a reason to be concerned” about the inconsistent online learning schedules being taught in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Oct 07, 2020

The San Diego Unified School District is removing letters from President Donald Trump that his administration placed inside food boxes as part of a federal coronavirus relief program for families in need.

Oct 07, 2020

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is postponing its reopening date — potentially to the end of the year — amid continuing high rates of COVID-19 across the South County.

Oct 07, 2020

School re-openings have not yet contributed to a rise in COVID-19 cases, California’s top health official said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Oct 06, 2020

The Kern High School District board voted to grant district officials the authority to reopen schools and bring back students once Kern County's coronavirus numbers improve and it moves into the next tier, which governs how a county's economy can reopen.

Oct 06, 2020

With the first major group of Marin public schools coming back this week to classrooms after months of distance learning, the county is gearing up for second and third waves later this month.

Oct 06, 2020

As more kids return to the classroom, county officials are sticking to the policy of not reporting cases of the virus, leaving many concerned parents and staff with unanswered questions.

Oct 06, 2020

More elementary students in the San Joaquin Valley will be able to go back to in-person classes this month, even though school districts haven’t been cleared to reopen for all grades.

Oct 06, 2020

A world religions course taught in Modesto City Schools, the only public school district in the nation that requires such a class for high school graduation, is featured in a new documentary on kindness.

Oct 06, 2020

Special education funding should be more transparent, more flexible and more integrated with other streams of school funding, according to a report published Monday.

Oct 06, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program is entering a new phase this week, as the district begins offering tests to some of its youngest learners.

Oct 05, 2020

The county must remain in the red tier for two more weeks before schools can bring TK-12th grade students on campus for in-person instruction with modifications.

Oct 05, 2020

Reporting coronavirus cases in Orange County schools has fallen to parents after the county’s Health Care Agency has decided to keep cases a secret as waves of classrooms are reopening their doors.

Oct 05, 2020

Within Senate Bill 98 is language that allows school districts to re-define what constitutes as attendance while students are learning from home. Coachella Valley districts allow teachers to decide how they determine attendance.

Oct 05, 2020

Capistrano Unified School District leaders are considering changing the name of one of the district’s oldest campuses, its continuation school, Junipero Serra High School.

Oct 05, 2020

Organized by school, the dashboard lists the campus’s total population and number of reported cases, but does not have names of students or staff members or classroom information.

Oct 05, 2020

Thousands of parents are leaving San Diego-area school districts for other options, in this case home schooling. Many parents said they are tired of distance learning and worry that their children aren’t learning.

Oct 05, 2020

The Modesto plan is considering a learning model in which half the TK-6 students returning to schools would be on campuses on some days, then doing at-home independent study on others.

Oct 05, 2020

As the Laguna Beach Unified School District prepares to welcome back its elementary school students for in-person learning next week, the parents of secondary-school kids wonder why they cannot return.

Oct 05, 2020

Two households, less than three miles apart, have found different answers to one of the most perplexing questions this fall: Should parents send their children back to school for classes during an ongoing pandemic or keep them at home?

Oct 05, 2020

Voters will decide during the Nov. 3 election whether to support Measure RR, which would authorize the district to issue an additional $7 billion in bonds to make various improvements to aging facilities.

Oct 05, 2020

Ethnic studies supporters expressed disappointment after Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have required high schoolers to take the course, while work mandated by law to develop a model curriculum for it continues apace.

Oct 02, 2020

Kernville Union School District, the largest school district in the county to receive a waiver to open its doors to in-person learning, shared more details about its reopening plans this week.

Oct 02, 2020

Students in the Yreka Union Elementary School District have returned to the classroom. Classes at Evergreen Elementary and Jackson Street School resumed on Monday, Sept. 28, using a hybrid model, superintendent Chris Harris said.

Oct 02, 2020

Two free learning hubs have opened for Marin high school students who need a break from distance learning or help with technology.

Oct 02, 2020

Elementary school students in Fresno could start going back to campuses in a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean distance learning is going away. Until positive coronavirus cases are more under control, distance learning is here to stay.

Oct 02, 2020

A small but frustrated group of about 20 parents protested in front of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 29, calling for schools to reopen for in-person instruction.

Oct 02, 2020

Two days after the campus reopened, a staffer at West Hills High School in Santee has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the school to suspend in-person classes for nearly two dozen students, district officials announced Thursday.

Oct 02, 2020

Judy White, who made history when she became the first African American woman to become Riverside County’s superintendent of schools, will step down Nov. 1. White has been the county’s superintendent for almost four years.

Oct 02, 2020

The Modesto City Schools district has released the draft of its plan to reopen in-person learning for transitional kindergarten through sixth grade. It is seeking feedback through an online survey and plans online community forums Thursday evening and Monday afternoon.

Oct 02, 2020

The San Bernardino Sun reported Morrison’s novel was the only book removed from a district list of almost 500 works of literature. District officials at the time could not remember another instance of such a removal, according to the Sun.

Oct 02, 2020

Jewish groups angered by their exclusion from a proposed ethnic studies curriculum for California high school students credited their concerns in large part for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of a bill requiring the course for graduation.

Oct 01, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom unexpectedly vetoed a bill Wednesday to mandate a course in ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement, starting in 2029-30. He announced his decision on the final day for acting on bills passed in the legislative the session ending Aug. 31.

Oct 01, 2020

If the county can remain in the less restrictive Tier 2 level, or the red category, of the state’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy for at least two weeks, the CUSD will reopen its schools for partial in-person instruction, Superintendent Kelly Staley announced in a letter to parents and staff.

Oct 01, 2020

Now, in the midst of a pandemic far deadlier than the swine flu, California is one of 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, without a school nurse leader at the state level, according to the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants.

Oct 01, 2020

Desert Sands Unified School District made the first step toward a return to in-person schooling as superintendent Scott Bailey and other staffers laid out a proposed game plan and timeline for a hybrid in-person option.

Oct 01, 2020

More than five weeks after the first schools in San Diego County were allowed to reopen, most of San Diego County’s school districts have either reopened or have opening dates set for October.

Oct 01, 2020

The school board unanimously approved Julie Synyard as the new superintendent on Monday; she is expected to begin on Oct. 12. She replaces CJ Cammack, who resigned after four years with the district to accept the superintendent position at Fremont Unified.

Oct 01, 2020

A bid to make a one-semester ethnic studies course a high school graduation requirement was vetoed late Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who cited the ongoing controversy over the appropriate curriculum in his message on the legislation.

Oct 01, 2020

Stomping through puddles, scrambling over fallen logs and digging in the dirt with sticks may not sound like traditional educational activities, but they are core parts of the curriculum in “forest schools.”

Oct 01, 2020

After much anticipation from parents, San Diego Unified will start bringing back small groups of “vulnerable” students for in-person learning support on Oct. 13, representing the first phase of the district’s reopening.

Oct 01, 2020

Just one week after students in Rocklin Unified School District returned to in-person instruction, three high school students have tested positive for coronavirus.

Oct 01, 2020

Supt. Austin Beutner chose the company of a former business partner to help him put together a plan to carry out the largest district-led testing initiative in the country.

Sep 30, 2020

On Tuesday afternoon, Trustees for the Rosedale Union District School District unanimously granted Superintendent Sue Lemon the authority to open its schools for in-person learning once Kern County meets the criteria.

Sep 30, 2020

The California Department of Health moved Fresno County from the purple to red tier, which means fewer restrictions for businesses, and the county has an average of fewer than seven new cases each day per 100,000 residents.

Sep 30, 2020

A recent parent protest demanding that San Diego Unified reopen has spurred a competing group of parents who agree with the district that it should remain closed for now.

Sep 30, 2020

Palo Alto Unified wants to begin reopening classrooms in a couple of weeks but hundreds of parents and teachers say that’s too soon and dangerous with the coronavirus still spreading.

Sep 30, 2020

California voters will decide on Election Day on amending Proposition 13, the anti-tax initiative that has molded tax policy and school funding since voters passed it by a nearly two-thirds majority in 1978.

Sep 30, 2020

The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates Proposition 15 would raise between $6.5 billion and $11.5 billion annually by assessing commercial properties every three years; 40% of revenue would go to K-12 schools and community colleges.

Sep 30, 2020

A limited number of elementary schools will be able to apply for waivers to reopen transitional kindergarten through second-grade classrooms under a decision that gives priority to schools serving higher numbers of low-income families.

Sep 29, 2020

The Grenada Elementary School board voted at a special meeting on Friday to resume in-person classes beginning on Monday, Oct. 5.

Sep 29, 2020

Moorpark Unified School District received the green light Monday to reopen school sites for students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, officials confirmed.

Sep 29, 2020

Nearly 100 Los Alamitos High School teachers met online Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, to consider a potential strike over safety concerns with in-person learning, but they put off the vote for at least 10 days from Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Sep 29, 2020

New data show that the great majority of schoolchildren in Southern California’s major metro areas are staring at computer screens issued by their school districts — not at devices belonging to their families.

Sep 29, 2020

The overall attendance rate for first graders in Los Angeles Unified is down 3.7% compared to a year ago — and down by two or three times that rate for some of the highest-needs students — according to the latest data from the district.

Sep 29, 2020

The nightmares, the grief and an all-consuming dread can persist for months or even years. That’s what teachers and school employees have observed among students in California’s fire-ravaged areas.

Sep 29, 2020

Almost 400 parents and teachers have signed a letter urging the school board not to approve the district’s plan to bring elementary school students back to campuses starting Oct. 12.

Sep 29, 2020

A week-long “Zoom Out” protest by families and students frustrated with distance learning began on Monday, Sept. 28, a member of the organizing group Reopen California Schools said.

Sep 28, 2020

There was an eerie silence at Coast Union High School on the afternoon of Sept. 22. “It is kind of depressing to see a school empty with no students interacting, eating or practicing sports,” Coast Union principal Scott Ferguson said.

Sep 28, 2020

Public health experts are concerned about how the coronavirus can spread in Orange County schools as many classrooms around the county are beginning to reopen to mixed reactions from parents and teachers.

Sep 28, 2020

Nearly 100 Los Alamitos High School teachers met online Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, to consider a potential strike over safety concerns with in-person learning, but they put off the vote for at least 10 days from Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Sep 28, 2020

Whoever gets elected to the one competitive seat will share in the task of digging the district out of its financial deficit, restoring community trust after a state audit found evidence of potential financial fraud, and likely selecting a new superintendent.

Sep 28, 2020

A group of parents is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District, alleging its distance learning plan fails to adequately educate every child and that such violation of students’ Constitutional right to a free and appropriate education.

Sep 28, 2020

More than a dozen Bay Area school districts will have their hands out this election day, asking voters to pay more in property taxes to fund facilities or, in some cases, to keep paying salaries.

Sep 28, 2020

Patterson Joint Unified and Modesto’s Stanislaus Union are the most recent and largest school districts in Stanislaus County to submit applications for limited reopening of in-person education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 28, 2020

Orange County school districts are opening their schoolyard gates this week and next, marking a major, widely watched test of the ability of California school systems to safely resume in-person classes.

Sep 28, 2020

Some charter schools are dedicated to exclusively offering home-school programs. Programs like these and others have seen a surge of interest since campuses closed in the spring.

Sep 28, 2020

While most schools in California remain closed for in-person classes, some districts are welcoming students with special needs back to campus.

Sep 28, 2020

Thousands of students are leaving school districts for independent study charter schools, but state funding isn’t following them, charter leaders say.

Sep 25, 2020

Parents in the San Dieguito Union High School District rallied Thursday to push the district to reopen its schools. They marched to the district office in Encinitas while holding posters calling for the creation of a plan.

Sep 25, 2020

Orange County Health Care Agency officials won’t disclose coronavirus cases at schools and are instead leaving that decision up to school districts as many classrooms are slated to begin reopening.

Sep 25, 2020

Although COVID-19 cases are easing across the region, bringing with it the optimism that schools could soon open again, Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson offered words of caution on Wednesday night during a town hall meeting: Not so quick.

Sep 25, 2020

Patterson Joint Unified and Modesto’s Stanislaus Union are the most recent and largest school districts in Stanislaus County to submit applications for limited reopening of in-person education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 25, 2020

Some charter schools are dedicated to exclusively offering home-school programs. Programs like these and others have seen a surge of interest since campuses closed in the spring.

Sep 25, 2020

More than 500 private schools have had waivers approved compared with roughly four dozen public school districts and charters comprising more than 120 campuses.

Sep 25, 2020

As school districts across the county reopen for in-person instruction, they will work with the Orange County Health Care Agency to track and respond to coronavirus cases on campuses.

Sep 25, 2020

As public school districts in Sacramento County develop plans to bring students back to campus as early as next month, the county’s top education official said this week that staying open that will pose the greatest challenge.

Sep 25, 2020

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning plan has caused “enormous learning losses” and left tens of thousands of Black and Latino students without a basic education, according to a new lawsuit.

Sep 24, 2020

Bakersfield City School District released details about its plan to gradually open up its schools to special education, foster youth and homeless students, and English learners at a board meeting on Tuesday night.

Sep 24, 2020

Teachers in the Novato Unified School District have rejected a hybrid plan to return to in-person classroom instruction, saying it presented too many operating challenges and coronavirus safety risks.

Sep 24, 2020

More than a few teachers are talking about a potential strike or taking other actions if districts keep moving to open without assuring them there are adequate safety measures.

Sep 24, 2020

Coachella Valley Unified School District will receive $1.25 million in funding to replace iPads and purchase more digital hotspots to aid with distance learning amid the ongoing pandemic.

Sep 24, 2020

Upland Unified School District has applied for a waiver from the state that would allow up to 50% of its elementary school students to attend classes in person, school officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Sep 24, 2020

A draft of the “Safe Schools Re-Opening Plan” for in-person transitional-kindergarten through sixth-grade education during the COVID-19 pandemic was presented to the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Sep 24, 2020

Stanislaus County’s largest school district is grappling with questions about reopening schools for young students in a county where coronavirus infections have slowed down but are still considered “widespread.”

Sep 24, 2020

While the board has experienced high turnover with more than 20 trustees in the past 12 years, Superintendent Philip Alfano said this election cycle marks the first time no one ran for openings in that same period.

Sep 24, 2020

Patterson Joint Unified and Modesto’s Stanislaus Union are the most recent and largest school districts in Stanislaus County to submit applications for limited reopening of in-person education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 24, 2020

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner and school board member Kelly Gonez to show off the district’s sweeping coronavirus testing program — by taking COVID-19 test themselves on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Pacoima Middle School.

Sep 24, 2020

West Contra Costa Unified, which faced a debilitating $48 million projected deficit for the 2020-2021 school year, is now estimating a small surplus, said Superintendent Matthew Duffy. But the turnaround has not been without pain.

Sep 23, 2020

Three people who work in the office at Olive Elementary School in Novato are staying home this week as a precaution after an another office worker reported she tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Sep 23, 2020

So far, only four districts are on the verge of opening classrooms but some teachers and parents are still concerned about the move and warily watching Covid infection numbers.

Sep 23, 2020

State health officials announced on Tuesday that Sacramento County has improved its COVID-19 infection status enough to possibly reopen school campuses for all grades by mid-October.

Sep 23, 2020

Riverside County got the green light Tuesday, Sept. 22, to move from the purple to red tier, when it comes to state coronavirus restrictions, but that doesn’t mean your child will go back to school tomorrow.

Sep 23, 2020

Upland Unified School District has applied for a waiver from the state that would allow up to 50% of its elementary school students to attend classes in person, school officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Sep 23, 2020

Four school districts in Stanislaus County have bond measures on the Nov. 3 ballot. They ask property owners to pay annual assessments to help finance campus remodeling, technology upgrades and other projects.

Sep 23, 2020

Many low-income Latino and Black students in the Los Angeles Unified School District had to contend with not having access to computers or reliable internet while distance learning last spring.

Sep 23, 2020

Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Mary Streshly has stepped down several weeks after receiving a no-confidence vote from teachers and amid an investigation of a high school official.

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.

Sep 23, 2020

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced an “Education to End Hate” initiative Monday that he and others presented as an alternative to President Donald Trump’s call for “patriotic education."

Sep 23, 2020

With teachers no longer seeing students in-person every day in most parts of the state, advocates say thousands of cases of child abuse may be going unreported.

Sep 23, 2020

Weeks into the school year, some 1.2 million students across the state still lack adequate internet access, and in rural California, about a third of families are not connected, according to an EdSource analysis.

Sep 23, 2020

The first San Francisco students will head back to class for in-person learning Wednesday after health officials granted permission for two private schools to reopen with pandemic protocols in place.

Sep 23, 2020

San Diego Unified reported 2,474 fewer students than it expected this year. About two-thirds of that deficit came from kindergarten. District leaders are trying to get a handle on the specific reasons.

Sep 22, 2020

As a host of Orange County schools start welcoming back students today, there are mounting questions from a growing number of teachers and community members about how such reopenings – and potential outbreaks – will be handled.

Sep 22, 2020

At a special meeting Friday night, Sept. 18, half of the four Westminster School District board members voted not to pursue an investigation of their president, Frances Nguyen, for potential voter fraud.

Sep 22, 2020

The Sacramento City Unified School District adopted a distance learning plan Saturday after starting the school year two days before without one. The teachers union says its teachers will not follow the plan.

Sep 22, 2020

Sweetwater Union High School District, the county’s second-largest district, announced Monday it won’t reopen for in-person learning until at least January 2021.

Sep 22, 2020

Starting in the 2024-25 school year, Riverside Unified School District students will be required to complete an ethnic studies class to graduate. The mandate beats an expected state requirement that would begin in 2029.

Sep 22, 2020

Teachers in two Orange County school districts have banded together with bold public protests and petitions, saying they are unwilling to go back to campus in the days and weeks ahead.

Sep 22, 2020

While California school districts and counties confront the learning challenges of the pandemic, education organizations are developing new guides for Spanish-speaking parents to help them navigate distance learning.

Sep 22, 2020

Families in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts struggled with access to computers and adequate internet throughout the spring semester while facing job losses and food insecurity.

Sep 22, 2020

The state announced new anti-racism lessons and teacher training for school districts on Monday, days after President Trump decried the notion of teaching slavery as a founding tenet of the U.S.

Sep 22, 2020

Several school districts plan to launch in-person learning on at least a part-time basis within the next few weeks. To achieve social distancing, many will be using a hybrid model.

Sep 22, 2020

A new parent group is demanding that San Diego Unified School District set a reopening date, as several other local school districts move forward with reopening.

Sep 22, 2020

Rocklin Unified School District reopened classrooms Monday, and more than 10,000 students returned to their campuses — the first time since closures were ordered in March.

Sep 21, 2020

Two opposing responses to distance learning have sparked passionate debate among Atascadero Unified School District parents as the district prepares to apply for a waiver from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department that would allow elementary school students to go back to in-person classes.

Sep 21, 2020

Voters in the Sausalito Marin City School District will weigh in Nov. 3 on Measure P, a $41.6 million bond to finance repairs and upgrades at the district’s two campuses.

Sep 21, 2020

With 11 weeks left in the fall semester, more than 50 Marin schools have approved coronavirus safety plans that could clear the way for in-person instruction when public health restrictions allow.

Sep 21, 2020

As the date to reopen classrooms in Orange County inches closer, the effort to hold off on resuming in-person instruction during a global pandemic continues in Irvine.

Sep 21, 2020

As the Newport-Mesa Unified School District prepares for students to return to classrooms at the end of the month, opposition to its reopening plans is mounting from concerned community members.

Sep 21, 2020

Questions have risen about how schools and the Orange County’s Health Care Agency will respond to a student or school employee getting sick on campus with classroom reopenings set to take place at many districts in the weeks to come.

Sep 21, 2020

Just two days after San Marcos Unified School District approved a plan for in-person learning, San Diego County health officials warned that the region’s lapse into the highest risk tier for COVID-19 could put all such school reopening plans on pause.

Sep 21, 2020

The Knights Ferry Elementary School District on Wednesday became the first public school district in Stanislaus County to have its reopening plan for TK-6 in-person education approved.

Sep 21, 2020

An African-American woman who is being paid by Marin educators to conduct racial equity training for students, teachers and parents has been called out for partisan posts she made on Twitter.

Sep 21, 2020

Two months after a divided Los Angeles Unified school board slashed funding for its police department by more than a third, the contours of a dramatically diminished force emerged this week.

Sep 21, 2020

The San Diego Unified School District announced late Friday that student enrollment numbers have dropped below projections made before the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close.

Sep 21, 2020

Many schools have reopened, either by outsourcing their facilities to established providers like the Y or by rebranding as day camps, which are license-exempt and virtually unregulated in California.

Sep 21, 2020

As schools throughout California tiptoe toward reopening, decisions about whether to routinely test teachers, staff and even students for the COVID-19 virus are proving controversial – and potentially costly.

Sep 21, 2020

Many San Diego-area school districts and charter schools are staying closed for the near future, though some of them are planning to hold in-person sessions for some special education students.

Sep 21, 2020

Weeks into the new school year, San Diego County school leaders are working to get online access to thousands of students whose families lack reliable internet connections.

Sep 18, 2020

If you close your eyes, Celeste Gonzalez’s kindergarten classroom sounds like a traditional kindergarten class. But Gonzalez’s classroom no longer looks like the traditional kindergarten classroom where students would congregate on the floor for story time or at tables for science.

Sep 18, 2020

Moorpark school leaders indicated they hoped to have some students on campus by Oct. 5. It was too soon for administrators at Conejo Unified to determine when students and teachers could resume in-person learning.

Sep 18, 2020

Monterey County school districts can now apply for waivers allowing in-person instruction for elementary schools after the county’s COVID-19 metrics fell below state limits.

Sep 18, 2020

The district is still in trouble down the road and will likely go insolvent. Mike Fine, chief executive officer at state's Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, said it’s not a matter of if, but when.

Sep 18, 2020

California public health officials said Thursday that if a county falls to the lowest tier of its state reopening system, schools in the county that have not reopened will lose their chance to reopen.

Sep 18, 2020

One year after the fatal assault on Diego Stolz, the criminal case against the Moreno Valley boy’s assailants, a lawsuit by his family and school district changes to prevent similar incidents continue.

Sep 18, 2020

Stanislaus, along with the majority of the 58 California counties, remains in the “purple tier,” the lowest in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s grading system that will go toward measuring the ability to begin fully reopening schools and businesses.

Sep 18, 2020

Special education in California may face vast challenges — funding shortfalls, teacher shortages and distance learning, to name a few — but Heather Calomese is undeterred.

Sep 17, 2020

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and Atascadero Unified School District are both in the planning stage for applying for the waivers.

Sep 17, 2020

Camp Maranatha, located high in the mountain town of Idyllwild, is hosting as many as 20 students each weekday for distance learning. There has been another every day visitor to the campgrounds in Riverside County — a school bus.

Sep 17, 2020

Eureka City Schools will continue with distance learning through Jan. 22, a district board of trustees’ decision that prompted a protest Wednesday by around 50 students outside Eureka High School.

Sep 17, 2020

Teacher say the new civil rights movement seeks a fuller and more nuanced view of race in classrooms at a time when Sacramento-area schools are caught between Black Lives Matter protests and institutions struggling to adapt to the issues raised by the protests.

Sep 17, 2020

It’s all hands on deck in this household, where the challenges of teaching amid the COVID-19 era are endless. Amy Jacobsen leads the charge here. She is a career educator, 25 years in, with the last five in the Elk Grove Unified School District at John Reith Elementary.

Sep 17, 2020

The superintendent of the San Marcos Unified School District stepped down from her position Tuesday after two years marked by clashes with parents and teachers. The district announced her departure at its regular school board meeting Tuesday.

Sep 17, 2020

Equipped with Wi-Fi, the Hemet Unified School District has been rolling out two buses each school day to help students who live in remote areas partake in online learning.

Sep 17, 2020

Stanislaus County’s largest school district is grappling with questions about reopening schools for young students in a county where coronavirus infections have slowed down but are still considered “widespread.”

Sep 17, 2020

A draft of the “Safe Schools Re-Opening Plan” for in-person transitional-kindergarten through sixth-grade education during the COVID-19 pandemic was presented to the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night.

Sep 17, 2020

Like thousands of Southern California teachers, Quinones is grappling with this new reality. Distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic that necessitated it have stretched many educators’ finances and psychological well-being.

Sep 17, 2020

The San Jose Unified School District on Wednesday announced it is extending distance learning through the end of the year, a decision officials say was influenced in part by COVID-19 case counts and inadequate testing and contact tracing.

Sep 17, 2020

In a continuing series, EdSource will be tracking families throughout the state. We’ll find out what’s working, what’s not and how students and their families feel about the state of our K-12 public education system as it adapts to these tumultuous times.

Sep 17, 2020

Orange County’s third largest district announced at its board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 15, that it will no longer plan on returning students to campuses in October.

Sep 17, 2020

The Rocklin Teachers Professional Association announced Wednesday it was filing the grievance against the Rocklin Unified School District after the district announced plans to reopen its hybrid model next Monday.

Sep 16, 2020

California leads the nation in the installation of solar power systems at local schools. A new report card finds a third of the nation’s solar-powered schools are in the Golden State. The state also has 45% of the solar capacity at the nation’s schools.

Sep 16, 2020

The Cupertino Union School District may have to close a handful of elementary schools starting next academic year and shuffle students to other campuses to make up for $5 million to $7 million in projected revenue losses because of declining enrollment.

Sep 16, 2020

Not satisfied with the $25 million that the Los Angeles Unified school board cut from the district’s police department this summer, students and social justice activists are continuing to press for a full defunding of the program.

Sep 16, 2020

Six months after schools closed amid the coronavirus crisis and with online learning in full swing, tens of thousand of students remain without adequate digital access and school districts in Los Angeles County report they still need nearly 50,000 computers and Wi-Fi hot spots.

Sep 16, 2020

The district confirmed to CapRadio that it faces financial penalties if it does not adequately track attendance and the amount of learning — live or independent study — that takes place among its 42,000 students.

Sep 16, 2020

A different sort of virus — ransomware — has taken down the computer system at the Newhall School District, forcing a shutdown of distance learning for some 6,000 elementary school students, officials said.

Sep 16, 2020

If Gov. Gavin Newsom accepts the recommendation of his advisers at the California Department of Finance and ignores the Legislature’s near-unanimous vote favoring the significant reform, he’ll veto the legislation within the next few weeks.

Sep 16, 2020

San Diego legislators and others are calling for Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would require ethnic studies for high school students, a bill that has sat on his desk for two weeks.

Sep 15, 2020

Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City opened for in-person classes Monday after a weeklong delay for coronavirus retesting.

Sep 15, 2020

The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has been awarded $415,000 from a U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at preventing school violence, federal authorities said last week.

Sep 15, 2020

Schools may work with cohorts, or pods, of no more than 14 children and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment in which all stay together for all activities including meals and breaks and avoid contact with people outside of their group.

Sep 15, 2020

The family of Diego Stolz, a middle school student who died after being assaulted by two classmates, has sued the Moreno Valley Unified School District, alleging it failed to take their previous report of bullying seriously and is responsible for his death.

Sep 15, 2020

All 80 school districts in Los Angeles County are closed to the general student population until at least November. But when the time comes, a coronavirus test will be a crucial part of the reopening process in the state’s largest school district.

Sep 15, 2020

Many California parents are opting out of kindergarten this year, due to concerns about whether distance learning or attending school for the first time with strangers in masks will be good for children.

Sep 15, 2020

Shashona Holmon couldn’t stop smiling as she dropped off her daughter Brooklynn at the Merced Heights Playground on Monday morning. For the first time in six months, Brooklynn Holmon, 9, left home to learn.

Sep 15, 2020

There were temperature checks for students and desks spread out. Hallways marked so students would only walk in one direction, cutting down on congestion. Everyone was in masks.

Sep 14, 2020

Early this month, the state announced it would allow school districts, even in counties like Kern that are on the most restricted tier for COVID-19, to bring back key groups of students for in-person learning. This week, the boards of two school districts, Arvin Union and Fruitvale, passed plans to bring back some of the students they say have the most to lose in a distance learning environment.

Sep 14, 2020

As the worst wildfire season in decades scorches the West amid a still raging pandemic, families and educators who were already starting the strangest and most challenging school year of their lifetimes have been traumatized all over again.

Sep 14, 2020

Orange County’s Board of Education efforts to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom’s over in person instruction was denied by the state supreme court less than two weeks before classrooms are expected to open up again in the county.

Sep 14, 2020

The pandemic has changed what being a teacher looks like. It means a bigger workload and a greater effort to reach students to keep them engaged in lessons. Each district has its own challenges as well.

Sep 14, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a great impact on districts since thousands of teachers and students were thrown into virtual classrooms with little to no time to prepare after the pandemic hit Orange County back in March.

Sep 14, 2020

The message included a string of profanity, sexual language, and the phrase “go kill yourself.” District officials couldn’t immediately say whether the message was directed at anyone in particular.

Sep 14, 2020

Board president Frances Nguyen is under scrutiny for changing precincts to run in the upcoming election. Twice, she listed residencies with the Orange County Registrar of Voters that differed from her longtime home.

Sep 14, 2020

Orange County’s second smallest district has applied for the state’s elementary school waiver for in-person instruction in hopes of having another option if coronavirus cases in the county begin to trend upward again.

Sep 14, 2020

North County school districts are moving toward reopening campuses, with phased plans for in-person instruction that focus on the youngest and most vulnerable students first. Special-education students and English learners will return on campus for extra help.

Sep 14, 2020

Public schools in several states, including California, are dropping a controversial online learning program called Acellus after parents say they have found racist, sexist and other offensive content in the curriculum.

Sep 14, 2020

In 2007, San Bernardino County prosecutors indicted the Hesperia mayor and California Charter Academy founder on suspicion of misappropriating $5.5 million in state and federal funds. Thirteen years later, they have never been tried.

Sep 14, 2020

In sprawling and diverse Orange and San Diego counties school district leaders face disparate situations and complicated decisions that must take into account neighborhood COVID-19 rates, the size of the district, parent opinions and negotiations with employee unions.

Sep 14, 2020

As the dispute between the Sacramento City Teachers’ Association and the school district wages on, parents of students with disabilities are concerned that the ongoing argument is causing harm to the district’s most vulnerable.

Sep 14, 2020

But this week, the Slater fire devastated Happy Camp Elementary School, destroying 150 homes and killing two people. Half of the elementary school staff lost their homes, and administrators estimate that half of the 109 students are now homeless.

Sep 14, 2020

As California’s summer surge of coronavirus cases fades and more schools transition from online distance learning to in-class instruction, it’s likely some students and teachers will be infected. And there’s no guarantee the public will find out about it.

Sep 14, 2020

An Inspire-affiliated charter school is suing its parent corporation, alleging it stole millions of state education dollars from the school’s accounts and that it transferred the school’s money to other entities without the school’s knowledge or permission.

Sep 11, 2020

Days after opening for in-person learning, two Yreka Union School District staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced Thursday. They were asymptomatic, said superintendent Chris Harris, and their names will not be released.

Sep 11, 2020

The Long Beach Unified School District will continue with online classes through Jan. 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the district’s superintendent announced Thursday, Sept. 10.

Sep 11, 2020

The Rialto Unified School District expects distance learning for high school students to resume next week, spokeswoman Syeda Jafri said Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10. Rialto Unified’s system was the target of a malware attack in late August, which forced the district’s Bridge Academy online distance learning program offline for several days.

Sep 11, 2020

Within the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines, schools are able to start in-person instruction if they are located in a county that has been off on the monitoring list for 14 days.

Sep 11, 2020

Santa Ana Unified School District leaders have yet to set a day for when students might be returning to its campuses for in-person learning. The Santa Ana school board met Tuesday and discussed the updates, but no timetable has been established.

Sep 11, 2020

Trustees voted 3-to-2 to censure Ellie Householder for commenting on Aug. 14 that student demonstrators had a “visible effect on school board members,” specifically Trustee Mary Rocha.

Sep 11, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom has named Brooks Allen, a former civil rights attorney and staff counsel for the State Board of Education, to the dual role of the state board’s next executive director and education policy adviser to the governor.

Sep 11, 2020

Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin said the program called PAUSDPlus is designed to support students that struggled to adapt to an online learning environment and need the in-person supervision of tutors and adults to “stay engaged and logged in.”

Sep 11, 2020

Children in the Sacramento City Unified School District started the school year with no clear plan for distance learning during the pandemic, following an impasse between the teachers union and administrators over a contract.

Sep 11, 2020

No campus in Los Angeles County will be allowed to reopen to all K-12 students until at least November, although schools can begin to offer small in-person classes for children with special needs at no more than 10% of capacity at one time.

Sep 10, 2020

Tamalpais Union High School District officials unanimously adopted an anti-racism resolution this week, showing what they said was a commitment to changing the culture in the educational system and school community.

Sep 10, 2020

Most Bay Area schools plan to test staff, per state and county guidance that says schools should periodically test adults but not students, as part of their plans to restart in-person instruction.

Sep 10, 2020

Stanislaus County’s largest school district is grappling with questions about reopening schools for young students in a county where coronavirus infections have slowed down but are still considered “widespread.”

Sep 10, 2020

The Orange County Board of Education’s bid to force California to re-open school campuses for in-person learning ended Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

Sep 10, 2020

Nearly every Orange County elementary school that sought a waiver to hold in-person instruction got the OK to proceed with campus learning as of Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Sep 10, 2020

Just as students and teachers across California are adjusting to distance learning, many districts are bracing for a new challenge, one that may be even more daunting: How — and when — to re-open campuses safely.

Sep 09, 2020

The valley's three public school districts are back in session, starting the school year with distance learning until state and county health officials allow classrooms to reopen. To date, none have applied for waivers to reopen.

Sep 09, 2020

Fresno Unified employed 3,626 teachers in 2017-18, and 165, or 4.6%, were Black. Out of about 73,000 students that year, 8% were Black, and just under 10% were white. Yet about 57% of the district’s teachers were white.

Sep 09, 2020

Wearing backpacks and face masks, students at Ocean Air Elementary School arrived Tuesday for their first back-to-school session since campuses shut their doors in March.

Sep 09, 2020

More than 42,000 students in the Sacramento City Unified School District began their first full day of instruction on Tuesday, but some families began the morning confused with which schedule to follow.

Sep 09, 2020

Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy was supposed to be one of the first Bay Area public campuses to reopen to in-person learning this fall, but not after a staff member’s coronavirus test result came back questionable Monday.

Sep 08, 2020

Brian Biedermann, interim superintendent for the Stockton Unified School District, said his district has dead spots east of Franklin High School, where the landscape is more rural and there are fewer towers. He also said there are coverage gaps in areas of south Stockton, including the public housing complexes of Conway Homes and Sierra Vista Homes.

Sep 08, 2020

Some of the work will be completed this fall, some in 2021, while other parts of the project are in the planning and design stages.

Sep 08, 2020

Voters in the Tamalpais Union High School District will decide on Nov. 3 whether to approve Measure M and renew the parcel tax.

Sep 08, 2020

President Donald Trump threatened to cut off funding to California schools for their use of the New York Times' 1619 Project, an initiative that aims to reframe the nation's history with a focus on the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans.

Sep 08, 2020

Orange County’s largest school district has set plans for reopening schools for in-person instruction, and for joining the quest for an elementary school waiver.

Sep 08, 2020

If the school is closed, or more likely, offers online instruction only — and the parent has to miss work to attend to child care — they could qualify for payments, according to California’s Employment Development Department.

Sep 08, 2020

We asked readers how they were making distance learning work. What clever ideas had they created to make learning from home — often alongside parents working from home — more successful?

Sep 08, 2020

Citing safety concerns, the leader of the Los Angeles teachers union said Friday it opposes reopening campuses for small in-person classes or one-on-one services for students who are disabled or learning English.

Sep 08, 2020

Many high school seniors are scrambling to schedule SAT and ACT tests this fall even though most private and public colleges, including both of California’s massive state university systems, say they are not required during the pandemic.

Sep 08, 2020

Sacramento City Unified School District administrators say they’re moving forward with a COVID-19 distance learning plan on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and have filed a cease-and-desist order to compel cooperation from the district’s 2,500 teachers.

Sep 08, 2020

Tens of thousands of families in Sacramento are dealing with a new layer of uncertainty one day before Sacramento City Unified schools are set to begin their first full days of online instruction.

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.