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COVID-19 update: Deadline extended for families to apply for food and grocery benefits
OCDE and local school districts continue to track the latest developments related to the COVID-19 respiratory illness while following guidance from the Orange County Health Care Agency, the California Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The application deadline has been extended for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, which helps struggling households pay for food and groceries. Families now have until July 15 to receive up to $365 per eligible child by applying online at


LAUSD police chief resigns following school board vote to cut $25 million from his agency
Former LAPD commander said he could not support budget cuts that he views as 'detrimental and potentially life-threatening’. Todd Chamberlain, the retired LAPD commander who took the helm of the Los Angeles School Police Department just seven months ago, resigned effective immediately Wednesday, a day after the district’s board voted to slash his department’s budget by $25 million. In a statement, Chamberlain attributed his decision to step down as police chief to the board’s drastic cuts.


San Diego Unified has $45 million to reopen— to some degree
The San Diego Unified School Board passed a $1.5 billion budget Tuesday that avoids spending cuts and includes $45 million specifically to reopen schools. But officials don’t yet know exactly what that $45 million will be spent on and how much of a reopened school year it will provide. “Forty-five million [dollars] is very unlikely to be enough for reopening for the entire year,” said San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Richard Barrera after Tuesday night’s board meeting.


More than 40 Bay Area school principals in quarantine after in-person meeting
More than 40 school principals in the South Bay are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 during an in-person meeting held by the Santa Clara Unified School District. A pre-symptomatic individual at the school reopening planning meeting on June 19 tested positive for the coronavirus just a few days after school administrators congregated.


Small California school districts face overwhelming challenges to reopen schools
California’s smallest school districts face big hurdles in planning for next school year. Some small districts don’t have enough computers or reliable internet service in their communities to provide distance learning to all their students and many don’t have enough money to reopen campuses without difficulty, according to a survey of 185 superintendents.


LAUSD Cuts School Police — A Major Victory For Activists — But Mostly Maintains Status Quo In Its Budget For Now
With uncertainty swirling about how the coronavirus recession will affect the Los Angeles Unified School District's bottom line, school board members approved a placeholder budget for the upcoming school year that largely maintains the district's current spending levels — at least for now. However, in one headline-grabbing respect, LAUSD's new budget is anything but status quo: board members voted 4-3 to cut $25 million from the L.A. School Police Department


What California’s budget deal means for K-12 schools
California’s new budget provides enough funding for schools to pivot to hybrid learning when they reopen this fall. But school officials fear Sacramento’s decision to delay cuts could throw districts into the fiscal abyss later. The $202 billion budget Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday largely keeps intact funding for California’s public schools, capping a turbulent couple months of budget negotiations.


California schools can no longer suspend elementary, middle school students for disruptive behavior
California’s elementary and middle schools will have to find an alternative to suspension when it comes to dealing with unruly students due to a new law that took effect Wednesday. Beginning July 1, 2020, it will be illegal for public and charter school officials to suspend students for “willful defiance,” a broad category that includes disrupting class or willfully defying teachers.

L.A. district & Snapchat created a celebrity book club for students. More online engagement is in the works
Singer Alicia Keys had a heartfelt book recommendation for the nearly 700,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District. So she shared it on Snapchat for any L.A. student to download for free, marking the launch of the A-List Book Club. She’s only one of the celebrity participants in a virtual effort led by the district to impact students.

Pasadena Unified’s budget holds new anxieties despite state help
Before a last-minute school funding deal was struck among state lawmakers late last week, Pasadena Unified’s Chief Business Officer Leslie Barnes was preparing for the worst. The school district faced a potential $15 million budget shortfall after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his proposed budget back in May, something that would have left the already cash-strapped district in dire straits. Layoffs weren’t just an option; they were expected. But that particular crisis was averted when Newsom struck a deal with the state Senate last week to provide school districts with additional one-time funding for the next school year, effectively balancing this year’s ledgers for Pasadena Unified.

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