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OC students to virtually participate in Bank of America leadership training and service program
Bank of America has tapped four local high schoolers to participate in a selective summer internship program that offers leadership training and promotes civic engagement. Gabrielle Latimore of Northwood High School, Alexander Rojas of Segerstrom High School, Rushil Shah of Canyon High School and Emily Wang of Troy High School have been chosen as Bank of America Student Leaders through a competitive application process. All four students, who will be seniors in the fall, will work with United Way of Orange County and receive $5,000 stipends.


Corona del Mar High families, teachers protest Newport-Mesa Unified for change in curriculum plan
More than 200 parents, students and teachers turned out at Corona del Mar High School on Monday, July 27, to protest a recent Newport-Mesa Unified School District decision to teach middle and high school students in longer blocks. They also criticized the district for not getting input from teachers at the high school, which is the largest campus in the district. The protesters carried signs saying “Double the Work, Half the Time” and “You can’t teach 2,000 years of history in 4 months.”

A last celebration for Capo Unified’s Class of 2020
Thousands of Capistrano Valley Unified School District’s recent seniors returned to campus on Friday, July 24, to celebrate their graduation. The ceremonies for the Class of 2020 were held as drive-thru events because of on-going concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Several districts in the last few weeks have canceled plans for in-person graduations they had hoped at the end of the year they would be able to hold later in the summer.


Orange County Board of Education Considers Suing the State Over School Shutdown
Members of the Orange County Board of Education are expected to discuss suing the state over the mandatory school shutdown at their meeting this Tuesday night. Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that any counties on the state coronavirus watch list, which includes Orange County, would not be allowed to have in-person classes. According to the agenda for the board’s upcoming meeting, members will be discussing potential litigation “regarding state orders and restrictions against reopening schools.” The item is listed for closed session discussion, meaning it won’t be publicly discussed because it is a legal matter. If the board decides to sue, or take any other action, it would be required to be announced at the end of the meeting.


These California moms were never going to send their kids to school in a pandemic. Here’s why
Sacramento mom Erin Gottis knew she wasn’t going to send her 9-year-old son Mason back into the classroom this fall well before his school district announced plans to start the academic year with distance learning. Mason has severe asthma and Type 1 diabetes. Keeping him healthy and out of the hospital for something as simple as getting a cold during a normal school year was hard enough, Gottis, 39, said. Physically sending him back to school amid COVID-19 could kill him.


California family child care providers vote to join union
For the first time ever, family child care providers in California who care for children receiving subsidized care will have a union to represent them and negotiate with the state for higher pay and training. The union, Child Care Providers United, which made the announcement Monday, will represent about 45,000 family child care providers who have received subsidies for at least one child in the last year. About 10,000 family child care providers sent in ballots, with 97% of providers voting for the union. The group already existed as a membership organization, but was not recognized as a union until now.


Stanislaus deaths reach 95. Health officer talks of 669 schoolkids with COVID-19
positive tests include 669 children from 5 to 18 years old, said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, the public health officer, in an online statement Monday. The past nine days have brought 204 cases in that age range, she said, more evidence that schools must reopen with care. None of the children has died, according to the California Department of Public Health.


'It's Time To Demand What We Deserve": California Child Care Providers Unionize
Child care providers have overwhelmingly voted to be represented by a union in collective bargaining with the state over better pay and other benefits. "We waited 17 years for this," Zoila Toma, a home child care provider from Signal Hill, said in a Zoom call celebrating the election results. "It's time to demand what we deserve, what our families deserve, what the people in California deserve."


Can Online Learning Be Better This Fall? These Educators Think So
Wayne Banks is a middle school math teacher and principal in residence for KIPP charter schools. These days, like many teachers around the country, the 29-year-old is working from his apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Banks has never been formally trained to teach online, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to make his classes as engaging and challenging as possible. Now, with many of the nation's largest school districts beginning the fall semester online-only, Banks is part of a national effort to improve the quality of distance learning. The goal: Deliver better online learning, at no charge, to any district that wants it.


National Teachers Union Approves Potential Educator ‘Safety Strikes’
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told members Tuesday that the union’s leadership would support potential teacher “safety strikes” amid calls to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The union’s executive council approved a resolution last week backing such action as a last resort and on a case-by-case basis, Weingarten revealed in a speech during the union’s annual convention, held online this year.

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