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OCDE art contest underscores the importance of census participation — even during a pandemic
To drive home the importance of participating in the U.S. Census, the Orange County Department of Education is encouraging students to take part in a social media art contest. The Making My Community Count: OC Census Virtual Visual and Performing Arts Showcase invites young people across all grade levels to produce original artwork, videos or graphics that answer this question: “How does the 2020 Census help my community?”

COVID-19 update: Western states urge increased federal support for state and local governments
OCDE continues to track the latest developments related to the COVID-19 respiratory illness while working closely with partner agencies including the Orange County Health Care Agency and local school districts.


Testing students for coronavirus in the fall is a big unanswered question
Although the school year in Los Angeles is set to begin in mid-August, the prospect of opening 900 campuses will rely on solutions for daunting and costly problems — including whether half a million students and their families would be tested for COVID-19.


What California’s historic budget deficit could mean for Sacramento-area schools
California’s projected $54 billion budget deficit will likely have a profound effect on Sacramento-area school districts, some of which were already facing dire financial outlooks before the coronavirus pandemic struck. But with the shutdown still in place, it may be weeks before districts have a solid grasp on what cuts will be necessary.


UC president wants SAT/ACT mandate suspended through 2024 and new exam created
With a proposal that could shake up the standardized testing industry and also antagonize some faculty, University of California president Janet Napolitano on Monday said undergraduate applicants should not be required to take the SAT or ACT through at least 2024.

California child care providers struggle to stay in business
For the past two months, many of the state’s child care providers have been like airplanes stuck in a holding pattern, worried about running out of fuel. A survey of 2,000 licensed child care centers and family child care providers, released last week, underscores the precarious state of their finances. Having lost money during the pandemic, they face additional expenses as they prepare to fully reopen, with social distancing requirements that will limit the number of children they can serve, significantly reducing their revenue.

California community colleges sue education department over federal emergency financial aid relief
Devos, White House exclude undocumented students and others from accessing millions going to California colleges and universities.

LA Unified plans expanded summer school as ‘just about every’ student is now connected online
With nearly all Los Angeles Unified students now connected to online learning, superintendent Austin Beutner on Monday outlined an expanded array of summer courses the district will offer to help make up for lost learning during coronavirus closures.  Along with standard math and reading classes, Beutner said the district is offering newly designed courses on sports science, animated film and other topics over the summer in a greatly enlarged program. The session begins June 24, will be entirely online and will be open to all students for the first time in the district’s history.

Education and the coronavirus crisis: What’s the latest?
EdSource is tracking the impact of the coronavirus on all aspects of education in California. See below for the latest developments compiled by EdSource staff.


Experts Predict What School Could Look Like When It Reopens
HuffPost Parents spoke to five experts in health and education, who ― while repeatedly emphasizing that the situation is changing by the day ― offered their predictions about what school might look like for kids whenever it starts again.


A Blueprint for Reopening America’s Schools This Fall: 21 Former Education Chiefs Identify 6 Top Priorities for Districts & Statehouses in Returning Amid Coronavirus
When schools reopen in the fall, they will look very different than the schools children left in the spring. There will likely be masks, temperature checks and extra space between desks. Nearly 1 out of 5 teachers may not be able to return to school buildings. And looming over schools will be the potential for additional closures forcing students back to remote learning.

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