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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

OCDE NEWSROOM

Bank of America seeks community-minded high school students for exclusive summer leadership program
Do you know a talented high school junior or senior who has a passion for improving their community? For over a decade, Bank of America has been providing high schoolers the opportunity to apply for a highly selective Student Leaders program that provides summer leadership training and paid internships. Locally, dozens of Orange County students have been selected to participate in the exclusive program that connects like-minded scholars from across the country and recognizes high school students who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond.
https://newsroom.ocde.us/bank-of-america-seeks-community-minded-high-school-students-for-exclusive-summer-leadership-program/

SACRAMENTO BEE

Roseville high school students return to campuses for live, in-person instruction
Thousands of Roseville high school students returned to campus Tuesday morning to begin live, in-person instruction five days a week. The district voted unanimously in December to bring its 11,000 students back on campus for a full week of learning.
https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article248283145.html

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE

San Diego County closes COVID-19 testing sites dedicated to school staff
San Diego County has shut down four COVID-19 testing sites that were dedicated to school staff, because testing resources are needed more elsewhere, officials said. The county has “paused” the testing sites “until area school districts get closer to reopening for wider in-person instruction,” the San Diego County Office of Education said Sunday. School employees can still be tested for free at the county’s general testing sites.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2021-01-06/san-diego-county-closes-covid-19-testing-sites-dedicated-to-school-staff

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

S.F. schools renaming process blasted by advocacy group
Presidio Middle is on a San Francisco district committee's list of schools with objectionable names. Lowell High School's name is on the chopping block. George Washington High School's name reflects his slave ownership, a committee decided.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/San-Francisco-at-its-worst-Report-by-15848397.php

WASHINGTON POST

7 key California school superintendents blast governor’s new school reopening plan
The superintendents of seven of California’s largest school districts on Wednesday blasted Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) new school reopening plan, saying that it fails to address key factors keeping schools closed and does nothing to end the disproportionate impact the coronavirus pandemic is inflicting on low-income communities of color.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/01/06/7-key-california-school-superintendents-blast-governors-new-school-reopening-plan/

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

El Rancho promises changes after state audit finds potential fraud
El Rancho Unified officials didn’t have much of a holiday vacation, meeting for nearly four hours between Christmas and New Year’s Eve to sign off on a 13-page response to a state audit that found evidence of potential fraud within the district’s $200 million Measure ER bond program.
https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/01/05/el-rancho-promises-changes-after-state-audit-finds-potential-fraud/

KPBS

San Diego Unified Avoids Layoffs Thanks To Federal Stimulus, But More Help Needed
San Diego County school districts are set to receive about $390 million from the stimulus package Congress passed at the end of 2020, according to an analysis by the news outlet EdSource. San Diego Unified School District, the county’s largest district, will receive about $128 million in federal aid, but the district will need even more money if it wants to heal the academic wounds caused by distance learning, said Richard Barrera, vice president of the San Diego Unified School Board.
https://www.kpbs.org/news/2021/jan/05/san-diego-unified-avoids-layoffs-federal-stimulus/

OTHER NEWS OUTLETS

Research shows students benefiting from arts field trips, but will they recede after COVID?
Parents have worried all year that arts education will be among the casualties claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting pressures on local school budgets. Depending on how long districts are forced to cut programs, fire or reassign staff, and cope with remote learning, some advocates warn, little money or instructional time could be left over for activities outside of core academic subjects. Those concerns may grow louder following the release of research this fall that shows young students receiving measurable academic and social-emotional benefits from exposure to the arts. Even a few brief trips to cultural institutions can lift engagement, tolerance, course grades, and standardized test scores for participating students, the authors find.
http://laschoolreport.com/research-shows-students-benefiting-from-arts-field-trips-but-will-they-recede-after-covid/


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