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L.A. schools reopening: 20% of parents, 36% of staff are not ready for campuses to open
About 20% of Los Angeles parents said they are not ready to send their children back to a campus this fall, and more than a third of employees said they are against returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to survey results that add to mounting concerns about the hoped-for Aug. 18 reopening of campuses in the state’s largest school system. LA schools Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday that no decision has yet been made on whether campuses will reopen in the fall for in-person classes but that the district’s recent survey compounded by the ongoing spike in infections and hospitalizations has intensified concerns.


Sacramento City Unified votes to sever contract with city police
Sacramento City Unified board members approved a 2020-2021 school district budget on Thursday, and did not include a contract with the Sacramento City Police Department, ultimately severing ties with the Student Resource Officer program.


Report: 1 in 4 Calif. kids don't have adequate internet access to learn from home
California is the second-worst state in the country when it comes to providing students with adequate internet access to learn from home. The number of students in the state without broadband access to enable them to continue their education is much larger than previously thought, as a return to in-class learning remains uncertain amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes until at least Aug. 17
Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes this year until at least Aug. 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday. The state's schools usually open in early August, long before Labor Day. But a spike in COVID-19 cases in Arizona has made 2020 an unusual year: Schools are facing difficult decisions in reopening, including whether to offer in-person classes at all.


Clovis students faced ‘unchecked’ racism, NAACP says. Schools confront troubled history
As school officials recruit diverse teachers and develop “cultural proficiency” plans, many Clovis parents and former students worry the efforts won’t address what they say are longstanding issues with strong and troubling roots.


How schools across the globe are reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic
In California, it remains unclear how students will ultimately return to the classroom amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, schools that have opened in China, Belgium and the Netherlands — as well as in remote areas of America — provide insights into what may lie ahead. In many cases, the precautions taken overseas mirror what education officials in California have said to expect next year: regular temperature checks, physical distancing, hybrid schedules and even new restrictions on eating lunch.


LAUSD’s Board Votes On A Budget Today — But Don’t Expect It To Be The Final Word
When L.A. Unified School Board members meet today to vote on the district’s annual budget, don’t expect it to be the final word on school finances for the coming year. That’s because LAUSD officials don’t know exactly how much state funding to expect. California lawmakers have reached a deal to spare K-12 schools from deep cuts that Gov. Gavin Newsom had proposed in May — at least for now.


U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall
The nation's pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidance "strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” The guidance says "schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being."

Supreme Court: Montana Can't Exclude Religious Schools From Scholarship Program
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Montana's exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the Constitution. The 5-4 decision, in which Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's other conservatives, is a victory for parents who wanted to use the state tax credit to help send children to religious schools.


Marin teachers push back on schools reopening plan
Teachers unions in five Marin school districts are protesting a “one size fits all” plan to reopen schools this fall.“Safely reopening during a pandemic requires the county and school district administrators and our unions to work together, and negotiate these serious issues prior to school starting this August,” Marin Educators for Safe Schools said in a statement.

Pasadena Unified seeking over $500 million in bonds come November
The Pasadena Unified school board took a page out of Goldilocks’ playbook last week when trying to decide between three bond options, choosing neither the biggest nor the smallest, but the one right in the middle: a short-term $60 million educational technology bond coupled with a long-term $456 million facilities bond. The bonds will be packaged together as one item for voters on the Nov. 3 ballot. If passed, they would slowly raise property taxes by about $45 per $100,000 of assessed property value over eight years, officials say.

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