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Students drive home the importance of census participation with social media art
A half-dozen students from Orange County schools have earned honors in a social media art contest created to underscore the importance of census participation. OCDE staff organized the Making My Community Count: OC Census Virtual Visual and Performing Arts Showcase, which invited students across all grade levels to produce original artwork, videos or graphics that addressed the question, “How does the 2020 Census help my community?”


Alumni, students call on Santa Margarita Catholic High School leaders to better address racism
More than 1,300 students and alumni – including Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson – have signed a letter sent to Santa Margarita Catholic High School administrators demanding they do better at addressing racism and discrimination on the private Rancho Santa Margarita school’s campus.


LAUSD board to decide whether to defund school police
As the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education debates the future of its 471-member police department Tuesday, two distinct interpretations are emerging from similar data on police involvement at schools: one points toward eliminating officers on campus; the other toward keeping them in place. The seven-member L.A. Board of Education on Tuesday will consider three competing resolutions.


OC School Districts to Vote on Black Lives Matter Resolutions; Stakeholders Seek Reforms
School districts in Irvine, Fullerton and Anaheim are among the next entities slated to consider Black Lives Matter resolutions this week as a push for greater emphasis on ethnic studies in curriculums and education reforms continues in Orange County. Resolutions like these have been landing on district board agendas across the county as protests against police brutality have rippled across the globe amid uproar over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. National discourse has ensued on how to make educational institutions more equitable and inclusive.


Audit Finds Sweetwater Officials Deliberately Manipulated Finances
A newly released audit casts wide blame on the top managers of Sweetwater Union High School District and says they may have committed criminal fraud by lying about their finances to the district’s board of trustees and a credit rating agency.


Oakland schools to give girls equal access to sports programs
The Oakland Unified School District will be scrutinized for the next three years to ensure that girls have equal access to sports programs and facilities, following proposed budget cuts that illuminated the underlying gender inequities of sports in Oakland schools. On Monday, after two years of negotiations with attorneys representing the nonprofit Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project, the district announced a pre-litigation settlement agreement — in anticipation of Tuesday’s 48th anniversary of the Title IX federal law that mandates equal opportunity for girls and boys to participate in school sports.


San Jose: Sunrise Middle School among the first to reopen classroom doors in age of COVID-19
In single file, with everyone trying to stay at least six feet apart, a dozen students walked out of a Sunrise Middle School classroom on Monday wearing masks. They walked quietly down an empty courtyard into a dark cafeteria to thoroughly wash their hands in its large kitchen sinks. But instead of sitting next to each other inside the cafeteria, they returned to their classroom, where a teaching assistant rolled in a small cart filled with a boxed lunch of sandwich, grapes and a small salad for each one.


In California budget deal, no cuts for K-12 but billions in late payments to schools
Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on the 2020-21 budget that will preserve spending for K-12 schools and community colleges at current levels but potentially could result in funding cuts of nearly $1 billion combined for the University of California and California State University.


Why Advocates Want Police Out Of LAUSD Schools
The growing chorus of calls to defund or outright dismantle the Los Angeles School Police have reignited a debate over a long-simmering question: Are police on school campuses a detriment to learning? Advocates have been arguing that point for years. They point to research showing Black students can feel targeted by school discipline and law enforcement, and looking at how much money is spent on school police in comparison to support for vulnerable students.

The COVID-19 Recession Risks Facing Working High School Students: Stress, Disengagement — And Dropping Out?
One night in late March, Juan Constantino was helping his mother cook dinner — and mulling a drastic step to help his tiny family. It's just Juan and his mom at home, and he could sense the coronavirus pandemic had seriously tightened the household's finances. The doughnut shop in Huntington Park where his mom works had cut her hours. Sometimes, Juan — who just turned 17 last week — would have to fork over cash so they could get through the grocery line.

Why There's A Push To Get Police Out Of Schools
In most states, Black students are more likely to be arrested at school, and according to one expert, "There isn't much evidence indicating that police officers in schools make schools safer."


Marin teachers, parents wary of reopening schools
Despite plans for strict virus safeguards, some Marin teachers and parents are pushing back on recommendations aimed at reopening schools this fall. “I am concerned about reopening so quickly and drastically,” said John Peregoy, a teacher in the Miller Creek School District, in an email. “The Marin County school guidelines will be ineffective, and they do not take into account that it will be nearly impossible to keep kids at a 6-foot distance from each other and wearing a facial covering properly — especially the younger ones — while still focusing on their education.

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