Monthly Archives: July 2020

CA’s smallest school districts face big hurdles in planning for next school year. Some small districts don’t have enough computers or reliable internet service in their communities to provide distance learning to all their students and many don’t have enough money to reopen campuses without difficulty, according to a survey of 185 superintendents. The Small…

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School funding in California has long adhered to the guiding principle that the money follows the student. But under this year’s education budget, lawmakers and education advocates warn, the state will abandon its traditional allocation formula in favor of a system that harms the very schools — disproportionately, charter schools and personalized education programs —…

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Sending a child off to kindergarten has a deep emotional resonance in the lives of many parents. They fill social media with pictures of their children standing with oversized backpacks or holding signs marking the occasions. Schools lean into this, too, soothing worried parents or shy children with orientations and classroom visits. The pandemic has…

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Dissatisfied with the uneven quality of distance learning among school districts after they closed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature established minimum requirements for the next school year in legislation accompanying the 2020-21 budget. For many districts, the school year will begin next month. With Covid-19 infection rates and deaths rising, some districts,…

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We’re smack in the middle of July. Coronavirus cases, as of today, are rising in 39 states. Schools face intense—and divisive—pressure to say how they will provide learning this fall. A growing number of school systems are releasing their plans with Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified—two of the biggest—announcing Monday that they will…

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Tensions consumed the upper echelon of district leadership last year and culminated in the assistant superintendent of business services agreeing to resign in exchange for 10 months’ pay. Records obtained by Voice of San Diego under the California Public Records Act show the NSD superintendent and all three assistant superintendents, including CBO Chris Carson, were…

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Gov. Newsom didn’t mention it in his hour-long press conference, but new state guidelines banning in-school instruction in counties on a monitoring list for coronavirus infections includes a waiver provision that could exempt elementary schools. Hours after Newsom released his guidelines, Santa Clara County’s superintendent of public schools and the director of public health sent…

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With the first day of school on the horizon, some Nevada families dissatisfied with the school options available to them this fall are turning instead to microschool options as a way to offer in-person learning with less risk of spreading COVID-19. Described by advocates as a modern one-room schoolhouse, microschools are a cooperative arrangement between…

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As pressure mounts for teachers to return to their classrooms this fall, concerns about health risks from the coronavirus are pushing many toward alternatives, including career changes, as others mobilize to delay school reopenings in hard-hit areas. Among those opting for early retirement is Liza McArdle, a 50-year-old high school language instructor in New Boston,…

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