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VIDEO: Hispanic Heritage Month virtual forum celebrates Latino cultures, contributions in OC
Affordable college, mentorships and high expectations were identified as keys to success by a panel of Latino leaders during Thursday’s virtual forum hosted by County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. As the latest in OCDE’s series of online colloquiums reflecting the theme “Know My Name, Face and Story,” the event featured a handful of distinguished guests who shared their backstories and discussed educational trends, challenges and strategies for ensuring equity, opportunity and inclusion.


95% of teachers meet COVID-19 vaccination deadline, union says
About 95% of Los Angeles teachers union members have met the school district’s Friday deadline to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the union announced Thursday evening. The teachers union represents more than 30,000 teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians. The vaccine requirement applies to all Los Angeles Unified employees — about 73,000 — as well as parent volunteers and district contractors who work on campus. Employees of district-authorized charter schools also must comply.

Another blow to UC admissions tests: Nix SAT alternative exam, faculty recommend
In another blow to the future of standardized testing for University of California admissions, a faculty group has recommended nixing the use of an alternative assessment to replace the SAT in a new report to UC leaders.


Student Vaccine Requirement Draws Backlash in South Orange County
A mandate from Gov. Gavin Newsom for all California students 12 and older to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus has stirred consternation among some parents and residents in South Orange County. Hundreds of parents and community members held an organizational meeting outside the Capistrano Unified School District offices last week to speak against the mandate and consider next steps in making their opposition clear, including contacting state legislators.


LAUSD sued over student vaccination mandate
The Los Angeles Unified School District has been slapped with a lawsuit over its mandate that students 12 and older get their COVID-19 shots, a requirement which attorneys for the plaintiff contend is unlawful because it does not allow for religious or personal belief exemptions.


California ordered this Marin County school district to desegregate.
The Sausalito Marin City School District is undergoing California's first school desegregation order in 50 years. Marin County has a reputation for being a bastion for liberal politics, but it’s also the most segregated county in the Bay Area. The Sausalito Marin City school district, in particular, has been a microcosm of long-standing racial inequities.


Could new Covid testing and vaccine mandates make school staffing shortages in California worse?
Some California school district superintendents, especially those in rural areas of the state, fear that teachers and other staff members will quit rather than be vaccinated or take weekly Covid tests — a state requirement that began Friday. Many California districts are already struggling to staff schools, and even a moderate number of resignations would mean not only fewer teachers but fewer bus drivers, instructional aides and substitute teachers to keep schools running.

Educators, researchers to lead state task force to improve Black student achievement
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the co-chairs who will lead a new task force to improve Black student achievement. The task force, which will eventually include parents and community groups, will produce a report that is expected to be used to shape legislation to fund professional development for teachers and resources for Black students.


Masks And Routine Testing Help Drive Decline In COVID Cases In LA Students
The summer COVID surge continues to retreat. In California, new cases and related deaths are dropping. Los Angeles County’s transmission rate remains “substantial,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while most of the nation is “high.” L.A. County health officials say new reported cases are hovering around 925 daily, down from the high in August of more than 4,000. On average, fewer than 750 people in the county are hospitalized with the virus. Health officials still report about 12 COVID-related deaths daily.


San Dieguito School Board Punts Debate on Banning Critical Race Theory in Class
Critical race theory won’t be banned in the San Dieguito Union High School District — at least not yet. Flooded with objections over a proposed revision of its “controversial issues” policy, the North County school board Thursday night struck controversial item 10f from its agenda. The 4-0 vote to remove the issue came after Trustee Michael Allman noted that “we aren’t teaching CRT and no one is suggesting that we do so.”

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