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Renovated Marine View Middle School in Huntington Beach holds reopening ceremony
Andrew Estrada couldn’t help but smile as he explained the benefits of the new art laboratory at Marine View Middle School in Huntington Beach on Monday afternoon. Estrada has been a teacher at Marine View for 22 years, and now his students finally have the space to create in a larger setting than just his classroom. The art lab was just one of the many improvements to the Ocean View School District campus, which has reopened after undergoing $26 million worth of renovations funded by Measure R.

LAUSD to spend $5 million on gift cards, prizes to encourage students to get vaccinated
The incentive program, already underway, is part of a broad-based effort to boost vaccination rates by Nov. 21, the school district’s self-imposed deadline for students 12 and older to receive the first of two doses.


Placentia-Yorba Linda School District Moves to Ban Critical Race Theory
Critical race theory, which has caused uproar in school districts across the country, could soon be barred from being taught in Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District classrooms. Despite the expected ban, district officials have said critical race theory is not being taught in classrooms and many educators say the theory acknowledges racism has been embedded in social structures, institutions and laws and is taught in higher level college law courses. The district’s board of trustees at their Tuesday night meeting voted 4-1 on a first reading of a resolution banning the theory, potentially joining a list of states who have already outlawed it.


LA County to survey 80 school districts on mental health needs
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the assessment, citing the need to coordinate resources amid an inflow of federal and state funding for K-12 schools.


Task Force on Improving Black Student Achievement maps out direction at first meeting
California’s Task Force on Improving Black Student Achievement decided to launch five working groups to study the school-to-prison pipeline, teacher diversity, academic achievement, mental health and housing insecurity at its first meeting last week.

Does Los Angeles Unified’s powerful school board contribute to leadership turnover
As Los Angeles Unified begins interviewing candidates for yet another superintendent, it must face a tough question: Has its unusual board governing structure blurred the lines between board member and superintendent and contributed to the steady churn in district leadership? The seven board members, each representing a different geographic area of the massive district, work full time and earn a salary of $125,000. Each member has a staff of five or more, along with other perks and supports that have resulted in what is in effect a parallel power structure in the district.


Bakersfield City SD board approves new voluntary testing-to-stay plan
The Bakersfield City School District announced a new voluntary COVID-19 testing plan on Tuesday night. Superintendent Mark Luque said the plan — sometimes referred to as “test-to-stay” — will prevent absences, which will prevent disruption to students.


Just Months After Removing Police From Schools, Pomona To Bring Officers Back To Campuses
Pomona turned heads this summer when its public school district left out school police services from its 2021-22 budget. But after more than three hours of public comment and debate stretching late into Monday night, the Pomona City Council voted 5-1 to approve a new contract between the Pomona school district and the Pomona Police Department that will place two school resource officers back on high school campuses.

Here Are The COVID-19 Requirements For LA Unified Students Coming in Spring 2022
Los Angeles Unified School District is loosening some of its coronavirus protocols for students in the new year. Although students 12 and older will have to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by January 10, 2022 to attend school in-person, here’s what is changing: Instead of weekly COVID-19 tests for all students, LAUSD will only require unvaccinated kids to continue regular weekly testing. And if that applies to your family, you don’t have to worry about tests over the winter break. L.A. Unified isn’t starting tests until the first week of the spring semester.


Parents sue for medically fragile children who need distance learning
The California Department of Education is scrambling Tuesday to meet a court order protecting a number of students with special needs. The order forces the state to provide a distance-learning option for the 15 students in the lawsuit by Nov. 12, but that hasn't happened yet. The students are considered medically fragile and unable to return to in-person learning that could expose them to COVID-19. A San Diego student and his family are among the plaintiffs in an alleged case of disability discrimination.


Data: School enrollment falling across California
In the past five years, enrollment at public schools across the state has fallen by more than 230,000 students, a trend that’s likely to continue, according to new data from the California Department of Finance.

Families in Corona-Norco Unified School District use shoes to protest potential vaccine mandate
Some parents, students and staff within the Corona-Norco Unified School District are in direct opposition to any COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Last week, they left hundreds of shoes pointing away from district offices.  It was a symbolic gesture Kelley Young helped coordinate. “We were able to gather 550 pairs of shoes between kids and staff and things of that nature and put them out in front of our district. Along with handwritten notes that really talk about where we are coming from in regards to these mandates being put into place,” Young said.

LAUSD board members look to expand COVID vaccine mandate to charters
On a day they heard an earful from parents upset about a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education asked Tuesday that the district explore expanding the mandate for students and staff to include LAUSD-authorized charter schools operating on private sites. The district's current mandate applies to LAUSD campuses and charter schools that are co-located on district school facilities.

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