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Thursday, January 07, 2021


Superintendents from urban districts critical of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school reopening plan
Several superintendents representing some of the state’s largest urban school districts are criticizing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school reopening plan, saying it likely would benefit students from more affluent districts while low-income children in communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic remain in distance learning. In a seven-page letter dated Wednesday, Jan. 6, school chiefs from Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento called Newsom’s proposal “a start toward recovery,” but said the plan “fails to address the needs of the urban school districts that serve nearly a quarter of California students, almost all of whom live below the poverty level.”


Gov. Newsom’s push to reopen schools slams up against raging COVID-19 surge
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s push to reopen campuses is clashing with the reality of a raging pandemic as many school districts opt for January shutdowns and superintendents call for clearer guidance on when it will be safe to unlock their campus doors.


School Board President: CUSD Continues to ‘Sail the Ship Through the Storm’ in 2021
As Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 might prove to be another interesting year in education. CUSD Board of Trustees President Judy Bullockus recently spoke with The Capistrano Dispatch about the year ahead, saying she believes 2021 will be a year in which CUSD continues to “sail the ship through the storm.” Bullockus knows there is the question of whether there will be traditional graduation ceremonies for senior students, and she said Superintendent Kirsten Vital has her “hand on the pulse” of everything going on and is in regular contact with other superintendents.


California schools need more than Newsom’s $2 billion to reopen, superintendents say
The blue print is a “start toward recovery” for schools, seven urban district superintendents said in a letter. But it’s not enough.


‘So educators, I ask you in all sincerity: What are you teaching tomorrow?’
Will teachers talk about the riot at the Capitol on Wednesday or ignore it? Here's what some are planning.


California educators condemn and reflect on Capitol attack
Across California, school and university officials voiced their outrage at the violence that erupted in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building and disrupted the Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Education officials, including U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a Trump appointee, slammed the attack on the U.S. Constitution and said it set a dangerous example for children — and anyone — studying democracy. Gov. Gavin Newsom described it as an “outright assault to our democratic institutions.”

What obstacles must be overcome to offer in-person instruction in California schools
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Safe Schools for All” plan presented during the waning days of 2020 has raised hopes that more schools could reopen for in-person instruction this school year, at least for the state’s youngest children. The goal, Newsom explained, is “to support all communities to be on track for safe in-person instruction by early spring 2021.”

California education issues to watch in 2021 — and predictions of what will happen
Were it not for a pandemic …. A couple of months into 2020, I was on track to crown myself pundit of the year. Then came Covid in March to create suffering for so many people – and wreck my annual predictions column. I know: it’s shallow to equate the two. But it’s my best excuse. This year promises to be no easier than last to forecast, with variables and pitfalls that will defy oddsmakers. But with false humility, I’ll look ahead and assume that like a stopped clock, I’ll get at least one guess right.


Where Is It Safe To Reopen Schools? New Research Offers Answers
Since the beginning of this pandemic, experts and educators have feared that open schools would spread the coronavirus further, which is why so many classrooms remain closed. But a new, nationwide study suggests reopening schools may be safer than previously thought, at least in communities where the virus is not already spreading out of control.


Analysis: What does ‘attendance’ mean for remote learners in a pandemic? How 106 districts are dealing with absenteeism, student engagement & grades
Our analysis of reopening plans in 106 large, high-profile districts finds that they have taken student engagement and attendance far more seriously this fall than they did after schools first closed last spring. But many school systems have struggled to create consistent rules, especially for remote learners. The districts we’re tracking show that much can be done to improve how attendance is recorded and what actions can be taken to maintain high expectations without penalizing students for challenging circumstances.

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