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OCDE hosts first-of-its-kind virtual College and Career Discovery Fairs
In support of its vision that Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success, OCDE is hosting multiple College and Career Discovery Fairs to help local students and families explore options for their post-secondary journeys. Presented in collaboration with Cosi College Fairs and Strivescan, the three-day virtual event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 3:45 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct. 21 from 4 to 7:45 p.m.


Death threats, violence, intimidation mark another pandemic school year
Some teachers vowed to quit if vaccines become mandated. Families had pulled children out of sports to avoid weekly coronavirus testing. Outraged and crying parents had flooded school board meetings, disparaging masks as a “dirty piece of cloth."


San Diego County schools are struggling with a labor shortage
It was already difficult before the pandemic to get teachers to come to work at tiny Mountain Empire Unified, a rural school district with 1,700 students in East San Diego County. Now a nationwide labor shortage, exacerbated by COVID-19, has been making it worse.


Fewer than 4% of California students opted for independent study this year, data shows
Just under 4% of California students are enrolled in independent study this school year, forgoing — at least temporarily — the chance to return to in-person learning, according to new data released by the California Department of Education. The preliminary data shows that statewide, 3.8% of students have opted to study at home because they or their families are at high risk of contracting Covid or they thrived under distance learning last year and want to stay with it.

Thurmond names Literacy Task Force co-chairs
Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the California Board of Education, and E. Toby Boyd, president of the California Teachers Association, are among the newly named co-chairs of the state’s Literacy Task Force, announced State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond last week. Other co-chairs include Barbara Nemko, superintendent of the Napa County Office of Education; Francisco Escobedo, executive director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation; Barbara Flores, president of the California Association of Bilingual Education; Camille Maben, executive director of First 5 California; and Dianna MacDonald, past president of the California State PTA.


San Diego Unified opens school choice application window for 2022-23 school year
The San Diego Unified School District School Choice application window for the 2022-23 school year opened Monday, giving students the opportunity to enroll in magnet programs or schools outside their neighborhood boundaries.


Garland taps FBI in response to ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against educators
Recent school board meetings have been packed with protestors who denounce Covid-19 mask mandates, political interpretations of critical race theory and other highly-politicized issues.

Legal analyst weighs in on California’s school vaccine exemptions
Legal analyst Dan Eaton says the process for students getting a medical exemption is straightforward, but requesting a religious exemption is more complicated.

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