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LAUSD stands firm on staff vaccine mandate
Los Angeles Unified School District employees who don’t receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Friday won’t be allowed to return to campus on Monday, a district official said.


San Diego students’ reading performance dipped last school year during pandemic
About three out of 10 San Diego Unified students were at risk of not meeting state standards in reading last fall while schools were closed and students were learning on computers, according to just released district test scores.


Universal Transitional Kindergarten | Quick Guide
Universal transitional kindergarten will essentially become California’s version of a universal preschool program, available to all 4-year-olds regardless of income. Quick Guide: What California parents and teachers need to know about universal transitional kindergarten


Parents against COVID vaccine mandate urge Oakdale school board to ‘do something’
Parents packed an Oakdale school board meeting on Monday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, urging trustees to fight it.


LAUSD board approves pandemic-era pact with teachers
The Los Angeles Unified school board voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 12, to ratify an agreement with the teachers union on matters related to quarantine instruction, COVID-19 health-and-safety measures and employee compensation.


Palm Springs school board approves new school resource officer contracts
The Palm Springs Unified school board voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to approve school resource officer contracts for the 2021-22 school year with three police departments as well as the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.


Parents group sues San Diego Unified School District over vaccine mandate
A local parents group sued the San Diego Unified School District Tuesday to block the district's recently approved COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff and students over the age of 16. Let Them Choose — whose stated mission is "to protect families' rights to make personal medical decisions and students' right to an in-person education" — alleges that the district's vaccine mandate plan approved last month will harm unvaccinated children who will be excluded from the classroom.

Hispanic Heritage: Lincoln High School principal on a mission
Hispanic Heritage Month continues into October as a celebration of Latino culture. In San Diego County, there are mentors working every day to improve life for the younger Hispanic generation and preserve the history they come from. One of those mentors is Melissa Agudelo, the new co-principal at Lincoln High School. She is the daughter of Colombian immigrants and has been in education for 25 years. She started as an educator with Teach For America, an organization of teachers that commits to spending two years in underserved, minority communities.

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