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Monday, May 18, 2020


Meet Orange County’s Classified School Employees of the Year for 2020
OCDE has announced Orange County’s top classified school employees for 2020. Six county finalists were selected from a pool of 64 district-level winners based on their work performance, leadership, commitment and involvement with their schools and communities. In addition to being honored locally — including an appearance in a full-page ad in today’s Orange County Register — each is now eligible to compete for state honors.


California schools to lose billions of dollars in Newsom’s budget. It could have been worse
Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a $5 billion cut in funding to California’s K-12 schools, a grim projection that could have been worse without a pot of money he wants to use from the economic stimulus package Congress allocated in March. Newsom in his May budget revise wants to set aside $76 billion in K-14 funding, a dip from the $81 billion he allocated in the budget he signed last year.


Widespread distance learning means more student information is going online
As California students are forced to learn at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools are handing over more of kids’ learning to educational online programs and apps. They may be handing over student information too. Public schools are encouraging students to use a variety of apps and websites for learning — including videoconferencing apps like Zoom, learning platform websites like Google Classroom, activity websites like BrainPop, educational game websites like ABCya, and even websites that aren’t strictly educational, like YouTube.


Trailblazers in Their Families, Now They’re Forging a Path Through a Pandemic Graduation
Coronavirus is robbing students of the opportunity to celebrate their high school graduations. It’s a particularly cruel reality for students who are the first in their families to earn a degree.


Amid coronavirus, AP exams went online and had tech problems. College Board says it's investigating.
The College Board, which oversees the college-level courses and exams that can grant students college credit, quickly pivoted in March to create shortened, online versions of the tests. They included safeguards for cheating. And, remarkably, it’s worked for a majority of students: The College Board said that out of 1.6 million tests taken since testing began Monday, more than 99% have been submitted without a hitch. But. That remaining 1% — 10,000 students or more — is a vocal bunch.


How some California charter schools support students during distance learning
Each morning, Yolanda Anguiano receives a text message asking if her two kids, who attend Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep in San Jose, have what they need to stay safe and continue learning while their school is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.


High school yearbook staffs find new ways to celebrate spring semester, chronicle pandemic
earbooks offer a window to the past to see cherished memories we made with classmates and realize how much time has passed since. One thing Clarisa Del Villar, a junior at Liberty High School, enjoys doing is going through her mother's old yearbooks to see how different life was before she was born.


Graduation caravan celebrations under discussion for San Pedro, rest of Harbor Area
Harbor Area graduates could still get their moment in the spotlight — but in an alternative way. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino this week said he is working with his staff and officials at both public and private schools to sponsor decorated car parade caravans in all of his district communities.


Temperature Checks, Isolation Rooms, Closed Playgrounds: Schools Could Look Much Different In A COVID-19 World
Going back to campus could be a very different experience for California’s more than 6 million K-12 students once schools eventually reopen. Educators and health experts say it’s possible campuses will open this fall, but only after measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those could include temperature checks for students and staff upon arrival, adding isolation rooms for sick students, making playgrounds off-limits and even suspending sports and choir groups.


Schools face prospect of layoffs, furloughs as state budget shrinks
Schools must prepare to do more with less as the fall term approaches. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest budget proposal includes steep cuts to California school districts, many of whom were already spending beyond their means.

Coronavirus set to chop $2 billion from California higher ed — but financial aid survives
While student financial aid remains largely intact, California's public colleges and universities can expect 10% less than planned for the coming fiscal year. Brace for online classes and a debate about raising tuition.


Will Congress help California? Governor’s budget banks on it
Gov. Gavin Newsom may call California a nation state, but he’s hanging his hopes for avoiding drastic state budget cuts squarely on the federal government. The money may not come easily in a divided Congress.

New results show America’s social studies scores have taken a downturn in geography and U.S. history
American education observers have gotten used to receiving bad news from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. They received a little more last month, as eighth-graders posted lower scores in geography, civics, and U.S. history in the 2018 NAEP than they did four years ago.

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