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Concerns over possible KKK ties drive renaming of Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium
Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton will get a new name after a unanimous vote from Fullerton Joint Union High School District board members, who said they didn’t want the building to be named after someone with possible ties to the Ku Klux Klan. The board’s vote at a meeting Tuesday, June 16, follows nationwide protests against racial inequality that sparked a petition demanding a change to the auditorium’s name. By Tuesday, more than 27,000 people had signed the petition, which was started by a recent Sunny Hills High graduate, Jacqueline Logwood.


Newport-Mesa seniors celebrate graduation with coastline march
When the Newport-Mesa Unified School District made the decision to forego in-person graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was widely unpopular among the senior class. Newport Harbor High School graduating senior Summer Nedelman, 18, made up her mind that she was going to do something about it. She organized a march of Newport-Mesa school district graduates through social media, although leading up to the day, she had no idea how it would be received.


San Diego Unified to raise Black Lives Matter flag, commemorate Juneteenth
San Diego Unified School District will raise the Black Lives Matter flag at its headquarters on Monday, and it will consider a board resolution Tuesday to annually recognize Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in America. If the school board passes the Juneteenth resolution, which is expected, it will be the first time the district officially recognizes the holiday.


Movement to sever ties with school police builds cross California
Michael had a history of fighting at school, so officials asked a campus police officer to meet with the boy. The situation quickly turned violent, with Michael kicking the armed officer, who then cuffed the boy’s hands and feet with zip ties before putting him in the back of a squad car and citing him for battery. Michael was 5. A kindergartner.

Distance learning for some kids at SF elementary school came with an extra challenge: No internet connection
An estimated 5,000 students at the San Francisco Unified School District could not participate in online “stay at home” learning because they didn’t have adequate internet service at home.


California universities prepare for possible return of affirmative action in admissions
As the movement to repeal the state ban on affirmative action reaches a crucial decision point, speculation is rising about the possible long-term impact on the enrollment of various racial and ethnic groups and low-income students at California’s public universities. Legislation to reverse the ban was approved by the state Assembly earlier this month and is awaiting action by the State Senate, where it needs a two-thirds approval by Thursday.

California schools turn to mindfulness to help students cope with stress
As students face cascading uncertainties about school, the pandemic, racial unrest and their futures, some school districts are turning to a simple practice to help young people deal with stress: mindfulness. The exercise of quiet breathing and focusing on the present moment, mindfulness is a way to become aware of one’s emotional state and usher in a sense of calm.

Superintendents, school boards attack ban on layoffs they suspect could be in state budget
A half-dozen organizations representing school district officials have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders not to agree to a 2020-21 state budget that would ban all employee layoffs in schools for a year. The layoff ban is part of possible deal that would be made in exchange for eliminating the budget cuts Newsom had proposed.


Union to California’s teachers: Brace for cuts steeper than the Great Recession
In a signal that California public education leaders are bracing for the possibility of drastic funding cuts, the state’s teachers association is counseling local unions how to forestall the worst in their districts. CTA President Toby Boyd said forthcoming slashes to public education funds will be “like nothing we’ve ever seen,” with the possibility of 50,000 teacher layoffs even if the state receives federal assistance.


Pasadena Unified commits to improving Black student outcomes
On the eve of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, the Pasadena Unified school board committed to improving Black students’ educational outcomes. With a resolution authored by the board’s sole Black member, Michelle Bailey, and championed by district Superintendent Brian McDonald, one of two Black men on the district’s executive leadership team, the district recognized some of its own failings around race in the classroom and promised improvements.


For some California teens, school closures led to work in the fields
When the coronavirus pandemic interrupted education across the state, and classes shifted online, many teenage students went to work picking strawberries or other crops. Advocates worry they're falling behind.

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