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Thursday, January 19, 2023


The power of food: 14-year-old cancer survivor attends Culinary Arts Academy
As a young child, Anaya Green enjoyed watching cooking competitions on television. “Watching shows on Food Network sort of made me forget about being sick,” said Green, who was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma when she was just 2½ years old and given only a 4% chance of surviving.


This isn’t fridge art. Students are beautifying San Diego schools with long-lasting public installations.
Community organizations are working with students to create permanent artwork at their schools, such as mosaic murals and sculptures.


Court reconsiders order involving San Jose school district, Christian group
The Ninth Circuit will reconsider a ruling requiring San Jose Unified to grant official recognition to a Christian athletes group that excludes LGBTQ students as leaders.


Inside the child care crisis: Q&A with a veteran provider
In her 20 years as a child care provider, Donise Keller has learned to take a lot in stride. She often puts in 12-hour days. She scrapes by on less than $20,000 a year. But she does it because she loves working with the children in her care, who she fondly refers to as her babies.

Temecula’s divided school board ends special meeting before it begins
A special meeting of the Temecula Valley Unified School Board was never called to order Wednesday night after a majority of the school board members voted not to approve the agenda, which called for a closed session on personnel matters. Hundreds packed the room after word of the meeting led to speculation that the newly-elected conservative majority on the board was attempting to fire Superintendent Jodi McClay.


Attendance data shows growing pains for LAUSD ‘acceleration days’
In a recent presentation to the LAUSD school board, Chief Academic Officer Frances Baez and Chief of School Operations Andres Chait discussed the successes and failures of the initial acceleration days – or, as a teacher would say, the glows and grows. On the glowing end, more than 80% of students who attended the bonus school days were high-need students including English language learners, middle and high school students with at least one D or F grade, and elementary school students performing below standards. The attendance numbers, however, showed room for growth. While more than 70,000 students signed up for acceleration days only about 40,000 attended one or both days in person.


San Diego teachers raise concerns over transitional kindergarten
A group of around 100 San Diego Unified teachers gathered last week to say they need more support as schools add more 4-year-olds to the transitional kindergarten program. The event was a listening session between the San Diego Education Association and San Diego Unified Superintendent Dr. Lamont Jackson. Julia Capper, president of the San Diego chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children, was at the meeting. She said teachers want clearer guidelines on how and what they should be teaching in universal transitional kindergarten, or UTK.

Chula Vista district using gardens as classrooms for conservation
Chula Vista Elementary School District is taking the lead in teaching students how to compost and conserve through gardening. The district has 37 gardens on campuses across the South Bay, maintained by students, parents, and teachers who volunteer their time. The climate crisis and state laws targeting composting and conservation make school site soil a fertile learning ground.


Sonoma Charter School faces financial challenges
Sonoma Charter School is facing financial challenges to maintain a positive cash flow projection, prompting the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, which provides financial oversight for the school, to call attention to the issue.

Justices seem to lean toward deaf student in education case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed sympathetic to the arguments of a deaf student who sued his public school system for providing an inadequate education, a legal challenge important for other disabled students and their families. The question for the justices involves a federal law that guarantees disabled students an education specific to their needs. During 90 minutes in the courtroom, liberal and conservative justices suggested they were inclined to rule for the student, Miguel Luna Perez.

SCOTUS could change the rights of students with disabilities to sue for damages
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether students with disabilities can seek financial relief under a federal law prohibiting discrimination even if they’ve already settled a case under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Comments and questions from the justices seemed to lean toward yes.

Book truck aims to get high school teens excited about reading
In the fight to improve literacy, Elizabeth Dragga is looking to recruit as many students as possible. She recently set up for an after-school event at Manual Arts High School with help from the school’s Book Club, hoping their excitement about books will be contagious.

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