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California schools should spend their extra $15 billion on

California schools are in for a payday, but there’s no word yet on how much of that money will actually be used to help students recover from extended school closures. In total, Golden State schools will receive $15.3 billion in additional funding, thanks to a series of federal aid packages aimed at restoring student learning time lost during

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How to help protect your school from ransomware attacks

(9 days ago) Schools should send fake phishing emails and see who clicks on the malicious links. Use it as an opportunity to educate the entire school community about phishing attacks and how to detect them. #6. Think about who needs access to what files. Another measure schools should follow is the tech principle of “least privilege.”

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Ransomware threat: California schools under attack

(Just Now) Schools and universities confronted an unprecedented increase in attacks. In 2020, cybercriminals attacks affected at least 1,681 schools and universities across the country, according to research by Emsisoft. In 2019, only 89 were attacked with ransomware, although over 1,000 more were potentially affected.

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California schools need more substitute teachers CalMatters

(3 days ago) Elk Grove Unified has proposed raising its substitute pay rates, especially for current and retired teachers and counselors. These substitutes could make $350 a day, once the district’s school board approves the raises.. At San Bernardino City Unified, the district gave substitutes a 2% raise and paid $12,000 for digital billboards to advertise its substitute …

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California’s plan to bring students back to school in

(6 days ago) To provide resources that schools need, the governor will continue to partner with the Legislature to secure $2 billion in early action state funds that schools can use for staff and student testing, PPE, ventilation improvements and other health and safety measures. These investments, coupled with other pillars of the governor’s plan

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California high school data is scarce; this might fix that

(4 days ago) California high schools say they make students college-ready, but rarely does the public have the data to see if students actually made it to college and thrived. California lags the nation in public data that shows how students move from school to college and the workforce. A statewide fix is on the horizon.

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Schools still torn after Los Angeles vaccine mandate

(2 days ago) Megan Bacigalupi, an Oakland Unified parent and the executive director of Open Schools California, said districts should first require all employees to be vaccinated first, as Los Angeles Unified has done. “The primary burden in schools and society should be on adults getting vaccinated because of their risk of getting sick,” she said.

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Pandemic has damaged California's school children

(5 days ago) A new report on Los Angeles schools reveals how California’s public school students have suffered during the pandemic. A comprehensive history of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on California would surely conclude that the state’s school children have been treated shamefully. The incessant political squabbling over closing and reopening

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Where is Tony Thurmond

(8 days ago) State schools Supt. Tony Thurmond, California’s top education official. Thurmond did not attend Monday’s event at a school in Elk Grove where Newsom announced the $6.6 billion deal. Nor did he accompany the governor the next day …

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Decline in substitute teachers challenges school districts

(1 days ago) For some schools, access to quality substitute teachers has been an ongoing challenge. In Inyo County, the office of education proactively worked to build a pool of quality substitute teachers. For Inyo, this investment had two benefits: 1. Providing coverage to empower current teachers to take part in professional development and 2.

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A chance to fix classrooms, protect children and teachers

(3 days ago) The Healthy Schools, Healthy Recovery, Healthy Air bill, Assembly Bill 841, does just that. By taking advantage of a limited opportunity to solve our schools’ ventilation problem in the long-term, the bill will help create safer air in classrooms that may slow the spread of COVID-19 when children and teachers return, and provide a new work

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CA is reopening. Will schools

(1 days ago) Most of California is gearing up to reopen, with one notable exception: schools. The superintendents of six school districts collectively enrolling nearly 1 million students warned Gov. Gavin Newsom and top lawmakers Monday that their fall reopening would be delayed due to the governor’s proposed $6.5 billion cut to school funding.

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New California tribal colleges seek to serve Native

(5 days ago) A third tribal college in Woodland, California Tribal College, will open its doors to students in fall 2021. “Tribal colleges and universities are different from mainstream colleges and universities,” said Robert Przeklasa, a former chief academic officer at CINC who recently left the college to work for a non-profit.

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California's charter school war flares up again CalMatters

(4 days ago) California’s perpetual conflict over charter schools flared up again this year, resulting in a temporary truce. When Gavin Newsom succeeded Jerry Brown as California’s governor two years ago, it re-ignited the Capitol’s long-running conflict over charter schools, which receive public funds but operate independently of traditional public

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California’s school waivers place the safety of students

(2 days ago) Schools must work collaboratively with employees and the community as they develop plans for returning to in-person instruction, and Policymakers at the state and the national level must provide the funding necessary for safe schools. Instead of clear answers, Newsom’s school reopening plan raises more questions and creates more confusion

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What parents are saying about California’s coronavirus

(8 days ago) Third, schools and districts must find ways for students to connect with teachers virtually. More than 90% of parents identify direct contact with teachers as a priority. We must avoid a piecemeal approach where student-teacher interaction varies widely across districts, schools and even classrooms. Finally, we must reimagine summer.

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Ethnic studies required for California high school

(3 days ago) Lea este artículo en español. After a years-long battle reignited in recent months by controversies over misunderstandings of critical race theory, California students will soon be required to take ethnic studies to graduate high school. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 101 into law on Friday

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How California’s teachers hope to avoid 60,000 layoffs

(6 days ago) How public schools have handled shutdowns is also a lightning rod in parent Facebook groups that have formed during the pandemic, like the 2,200-member public “Reopen California Schools” group. Posters compare notes on switching to private or charter schools seeking loopholes to go back to class sooner, and they often blame dysfunction on

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Private colleges brace for downturn amid pandemic fallout

(9 days ago) The news from the two schools — one a Catholic university that was the first in California to admit women in 1868, the other a fine arts academy that counts photographer Annie Leibovitz among its alumni — highlights the financial challenges facing the state’s small private colleges as the pandemic imposes new costs and throws the

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School reopenings, hybrid learning look different across

(5 days ago) As schools attempt to move toward hybrid schedules, the thorniest issues are ones that schools did not have to contemplate in normal times. Mid-year recalibrations to school schedules could make it difficult for some students to remain with the same teacher or even in the same school, as some districts mull whether to dedicate separate virtual schools to educate …

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California just pushed back school start times — you weren

(6 days ago) And though “middle schools” could likely encompass various configurations (such as schools serving sixth through eighth grades or seventh and eighth only), schools that also serve primary-grade students, such as K-8 schools, will not be affected by the law. 3. As noted above, some schools already are starting later.

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What happened to California's crackdown on for-profit

(3 days ago) But many schools saw the legislation as an existential threat and spent heavily to defeat it. For-profit colleges, vocational schools and online education companies poured more than $800,000 into lobbying California legislators in the first six months of 2019.

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Newsom’s school reopening plan sets tight deadlines

(5 days ago) The record $89.5 billion education budget Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Friday includes $2 billion in grants aimed at nudging schools to reopen classrooms for its youngest students by mid-February and $4.6 billion for summer school to address students’ learning.. The governor’s push to reopen schools, though, comes as many of the state’s large, urban …

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Who has the power to reopen California classrooms

(9 days ago) Two-thirds of California adults supported Newsom’s proposal to spend $2 billion to reopen elementary schools by mid-February, according to a January survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.With that date come and gone, and the plan stalled, parents this week asked Newsom to open schools “through whatever means necessary.”. But teacher union leaders …

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Wildfires set school plans ablaze for more than 70k

(3 days ago) In Sonoma and Lake counties, schools and communities repeatedly hit by fires and floods once again had to cancel classes amid evacuation orders.. Schools in Solano County, also affected by evacuations, canceled instruction. Some schools also couldn’t distribute computers for distance learning because they didn’t have enough N95 masks to protect …

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Interdistrict transfers for bullied kids could become

(Just Now) Letting so many kids switch schools could create financial problems for some districts since they are funded based on attendance. “Our concern was that this would be destabilizing to our public education system in California,” said Mike Myslinski, a spokesman for the California Teachers Association.

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New California laws: 770 signed by Gov. Newsom CalMatters

(5 days ago) Mandating mental health instruction in middle and high schools that have an existing health education course. Requiring public colleges, universities and secondary schools to provide free menstrual products on campus. Requiring large department stores to maintain a gender-neutral section of toys and child care items.

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Confusion reigns as millions of California families ponder

(Just Now) One issue that schools will have to confront in their distance learning transitions is the deep socioeconomic disparity that cuts through the state’s schools and its students. About 6 in 10 students rely on schools for nutrition. In some large, urban districts such as Los Angeles the proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged students is 80%.

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Follow the money: Are changes coming for California's

(1 days ago) Galvanized by a state audit that criticized California’s lax oversight of school spending, legislators are ringing in the new decade with proposals that would require the state to follow the money that districts get to educate disadvantaged kids.. Assembly Bills 1834 and 1835, introduced this week, mark the latest effort by lawmakers to bolster transparency under the so-called Local Control

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California K-12 Education CalMatters

(7 days ago) How California schools are fighting ransomware attacks. by Zayna Syed July 20, 2021 July 19, 2021. Posted in K-12 Education Special ed and high-needs students get windfall in budget deal. by Joe Hong June 28, 2021 June 29, 2021.

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Holding schools accountable CalMatters

(9 days ago) Charter schools should be held to strong performance standards, and for-profit schools offering post-high school, employment-oriented instruction should give students more insight into their job prospects. However, shouldn’t public K-12 schools and taxpayer-supported colleges and universities be treated equally?

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Loophole remains in student COVID-19 vaccination mandate

(1 days ago) In summary. : California’s recently issued COVID-19 vaccination mandate allows students and staff to opt out for religious or ideological reasons. While a small minority are expected to leave their schools over this mandate, a key lawmaker says he may push legislation to eliminate the personal belief exemption.

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California teacher pension debt swamps school budgets

(1 days ago) California teacher pension debt swamps school budgets. California schools may need to use over half of all their new money to cover growing pension obligations—prompting some districts to predict deficits and many to begin cutting programs, reducing staff or drawing down reserves. alifornia’s public schools have enjoyed a remarkable

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Will California's schools reopen their doors

(6 days ago) Schools have been closed for the last four months with hit-and-miss distance learning via computer. Online learning can work well for college students but at best, stay-at-home classwork for K-12 pupils is a poor substitute for interaction with live teachers — and that’s especially true for the poor and English-learner students who already

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On schools, Villaraigosa parts with Gov CalMatters

(1 days ago) Villaraigosa spoke with CALmatters for an upcoming story about the State Board of Education’s plan to develop a new system for evaluating schools this year. The board is designing a multiple-measures system to replace the state’s test-based measure, the three-digit Academic Performance Index (API), which was suspended in 2014.

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School meals: a reflection of growing poverty in LA

(Just Now) About $160 million is spent annually to feed students in the district, reaching a majority of students in almost every school. Younger students depend the most on school food: 70% of elementary students participate in food programs, 45% to 55% of middle schools and 38% to 45% in high schools.

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Is California's ethnic studies plan too politically

(3 days ago) The model curriculum is intended to serve as a guide for high schools in a state in which non-Hispanic whites represent only 42% of the population, and its proponents say it’s the logical next step for a state that has already adapted, …

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At California’s top public universities, why a dearth of

(Just Now) Their schools often lack the resources to sponsor summer research programs, or don’t offer languages that might give students a leg up in their fields, said Heidi Schumacher, who directs the Pathways program at Cal State, Northridge. “We have students who commute hours each day while getting good grades and working a full-time job,” she said.

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California will pay millions to settle suit claiming it

(5 days ago) The agreement, part of which needs the Legislature’s approval, also requires the state to advise public schools how to reduce disparities in discipline of students of color, according to an outline of the agreement provided by Public Counsel, the pro-bono firm representing the suit’s plaintiffs.

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Needy school districts are getting more money — but what

(2 days ago) At high-need schools, the money is generally going to hire large numbers of rookie teachers — those with less than three years’ experience in the classroom. Research indicates that a teacher is the most significant factor in raising students’ academic achievement, and that teachers with more experience are more likely to be effective .

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As California spends billions on high-needs students

(7 days ago) The audit released today is the latest in a growing body of research fueling calls for more state oversight of California’s groundbreaking 2013 overhaul of school finance. The Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF as it is known, simplified the way the state pays for schools, directing extra money to districts with high proportions of low

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This week's wildfires and blackouts have now kept nearly a

(6 days ago) California schools have lost more than 21,000 days of instruction due to wildfires since 2002, but more than half of those lost days have occurred since 2015, CalMatters found. Among this month’s closures were schools in Sonoma and Lake counties that have been repeatedly battered by wildfire.

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Wake County Public Schools Pacing Guide

(8 days ago) A number of schools and community centers will serve as food distribution sites for Wake County families. Covid-19 Updates Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students, Student Online Behavior Expectations and Device Distribution Update Wake County Public School System / Homepage

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