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OC students selected to exhibit scientific research at international STEM event
Four high schoolers from Orange County are showcasing their scientific research and innovations in a virtual exhibit hall during this week’s Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair, or ISEF. Hosted by the Society for Science & the Public — and featuring a number of heavy-hitting speakers from the scientific community — this year’s ISEF was set to take place in Anaheim before being converted to a virtual event after the pandemic hit. About 1,000 students from 55 countries are participating.


Ocean View School District giving away children’s books Thursday
The Ocean View School District will provide children with a free book when they pick up their “grab-and-go” meals at seven local district schools on Thursday morning. The meal distribution and book giveaway will take place between 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Circle View, Harbour View, Lake View, Oak View, Star View and Westmont elementary schools, as well as Mesa View Middle School.


Oakland voters to decide if youth should vote in school elections
The Oakland City Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to place the topic before voters in November. If passed, the measure would allow citizens 16 years and older to vote for Oakland Unified School District’s school board directors.


Fresno Unified kicks off experiment to help kids get internet access amid pandemic
Some Fresno students who don’t have internet access are about to get some help from school buses. Two buses will be equipped with WiFi and parked outside of Kirk Elementary School in southwest Fresno, starting Wednesday, district officials announced at last week’s special board meeting.


100 days since the first alert, California’s education system grapples with upheaval and uncertainty
When the California Department of Public Health issued its first guidance to schools on Feb. 7 on how to handle a virus that had been “recently identified” in China, few could have anticipated the extended turmoil that would soon be inflicted on the nation’s largest education system. In fact, the department downplayed the risks to California schools, and focused narrowly on students and staff who had travelled from China in the previous 14 days and showed signs of respiratory illness.

Covid's impact on education in California: 100 days
The education system in California has been upended with nearly 10 million school and college students forced to adapt to online learning while teachers and parents make dramatic adjustments to daily living. Here's a look at the highlights.


Coronavirus economy could cost LAUSD $500 million
The coronavirus economy will deliver a $507 million hit for Los Angeles Unified’s coming academic year, officials said on Tuesday, May 19, at the district’s first board meeting since the outbreak forced campuses to shutter.


LAUSD Warns Budget Cuts Plus Coronavirus Might Make Reopening Campuses Hard
Approving Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed cuts to education funding could jeopardize the Los Angeles Unified School District's ability to reopen campuses this fall, a top district official warned on Tuesday. LAUSD officials unveiled projections showing the district stands to lose more than $500 million — about 7% of its overall revenue — if California lawmakers enact steep funding cuts to cope with cratering state revenues in the coming weeks.


San Diego DA Establishes Online Training For Teachers To Recognize Exploitation Amid Pandemic
With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns that students are more susceptible than ever to sexual exploitation have led local human trafficking watchdog groups to establish online training tools for educators to recognize the telltale signs of exploitation, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office reported Tuesday. The San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, formed last year, is now providing online training to help teachers take notice of signs of potential exploitation, even while distance learning is the only way to monitor students.


CA is reopening. Will schools?
Most of California is gearing up to reopen, with one notable exception: schools. The superintendents of six school districts collectively enrolling nearly 1 million students warned Gov. Gavin Newsom and top lawmakers Monday that their fall reopening would be delayed due to the governor’s proposed $6.5 billion cut to school funding.


The coronavirus closed schools in a flash. But detailed planning must guide students’ return to classrooms, groups urge
This will all end. State lawmakers will lift stay-at-home orders, office dwellers will return to their cubicles and — critical for America’s stressed-out parents — children will go back to their classrooms. For most schools, however, getting there will be easier said than done. Despite widespread uncertainty and the unique demands of online classes, a growing chorus of education leaders say school officials must act now to prepare for a future return to school.

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