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Monday, October 18, 2021


Two OC educators are among five 2022 California Teachers of the Year
Of California’s 319,000 public school teachers, five have been named 2022 California Teachers of the Year — and two are from classrooms here in Orange County. Alondra Diaz, a third-grade teacher at Ralph A. Gates Elementary School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and Sovantevy “Sovey” Long-Latteri, a special education teacher at La Sierra High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, were announced Friday as recipients of the state’s top honor for educators. Both will hold the distinction and serve as educational ambassadors through the 2022 calendar year.


2 OC educators named California Teachers of the Year
Two Orange County educators are among the five 2022 California Teachers of the Year announced by the state Department of Education on Friday, Oct. 15. Alondra Diaz, a third-grade teacher at Ralph A. Gates Elementary in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and Sovantevy “Sovey” Long-Latteri, a special education teacher at La Sierra High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, were named among the state’s top educators by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. Diaz, who teaches general education and dual Spanish immersion at the Lake Forest school, will represent the state in the national competition for Teacher of the Year.


97% of LAUSD teachers, administrators meet COVID-19 vaccination deadline
About 97% of Los Angeles teachers and 97% of administrators met the school district’s Friday deadline to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a level of compliance that officials hoped would result in minimal disruption to classroom teaching in the sprawling district.


Hey, teens! Get vaccinated, and you could win a full scholarship to S.F. State
Alongside the free race car rides, surfing lessons and round-trip tropical vacations offered around the country as incentives for getting a COVID-19 vaccination, San Francisco State University dangles this tempting carrot for city residents: four years of free tuition for 10 prospective students ages 12 to 17. That’s worth nearly $30,000 at current prices, or $7,444 a year, for students who would otherwise pay out of pocket. Applicants who qualify for federal Pell Grants and state Cal Grants will also go for free and won’t have to pay the difference if they win. Winners whose tuition and fees are fully covered by grants will get an additional $2,000 a year

California ordered this Marin County school district to desegregate. Is it working?
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.


Inland Empire schools work to solve contact tracing ‘puzzle’
Riverside and San Bernardino county districts use seating charts and tracer teams in hopes of keeping the coronavirus at bay.


How LAUSD’s staff vaccine mandate might affect students today
Some Los Angeles Unified students who show up to school Monday, Oct. 18, may be surprised to find they have a new teacher, or that their favorite bus driver or campus aide is no longer there to greet them.


Projected K-12 drops in enrollment pose immediate upheaval and decade-long challenge
The unexpected drop in statewide school enrollment last year of 160,000 students may prove to be a blip, ready to rebound as the coronavirus recedes. Or that one-year 2.6% drop could be an oversize harbinger of what demographers are predicting will be a decade-long enrollment decline in California.

California districts anticipate major hits to their 2022-23 budgets as enrollments drop
Despite this year’s return to in-person learning, districts throughout the state are seeing major declines in both enrollment and average daily attendance and fear the reductions could result in significant funding cuts next school year. Without state intervention, many districts face substantial cuts in state funding and could be forced to make significant budget cuts in the 2022-23 school year due to a fall in enrollment and attendance to which funding is tied. Districts’ baseline funding depends on the number of students enrolled, minus the daily average number of absent students.


As state tightens vaccine rules, some parents, school employees urge walkouts today
Statewide vaccine mandate for school employees kicks in to high gear on Monday, with jobs on the line and pushback from some school employees, parents and students.


California school walkout as thousands of parents defy child vaccine mandate
Thousands of children will not be in school on Monday as parents protest California Governor Gavin Newsom's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, by taking their kids to the state capitol to protest.

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