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Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Trabuco Hills High marching band to perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you happen to be tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Trabuco Hills High School Thundering Mustangs Marching Unit, the only California high school selected to participate in this year’s historic parade.


El Modena High cheerleaders, dancers in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Spirit of America groups
Sixteen cheerleaders and dancers from El Modena High School in Orange will be beamed into homes across the country on Thursday, performing alongside hundreds of other teens as part of the Spirit of America groups in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The cheer and dance performance groups bring together students and members of studios from around the nation, who learn a common choreography that they rehearse together in the days before the big show on Thanksgiving Day.


The struggle to define critical race theory at one Orange County school district
The board members of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District had even turned to the trusted pages of the Encyclopedia Britannica, copying the entry for critical race theory into a public resolution that could become the legal policy of the district.


Researchers urge changes to improve California’s education funding law
California’s landmark funding reform law needs to be fixed to help meet its promise of raising the achievement of underperforming student groups, conclude two recently published research studies. While the reports’ authors and other advocates aren’t having major second thoughts about the Local Control Funding Formula, which has steered billions of dollars to designated student groups as intended, they point to new evidence that the funding formula has failed to significantly narrow the gap in achievement between targeted students — English language learners, low-income students, foster and homeless children — and those not entitled to substantial supplemental money.

Some parents skeptical of San Francisco Unified recall effort
As three San Francisco Unified school board members face a recall election in February, some parents fear that it could mean a halt to the progress that’s been made to expand opportunities for marginalized students. In a story published Monday, KQED spoke with Black and Latino parents who felt as though their voices have been drowned out in the recall election that has caught national attention. Recall advocates are frustrated with three of the district’s seven school board members since schools remained closed last school year despite private schools reopening. At the same time, the board took up other issues, including the renaming of schools and changing the admissions policy for Lowell High School, San Francisco’s elite public high school.


School leaders deal with 'confusion' created by Newsom's COVID-19 vaccine announcement
Nearly two months later, the announcement is just that: an announcement. Now local school leaders who would be in the position of enforcing a potential mandate in Kern County have bemoaned the lack of information they've received from the state.


How three Modesto-area schools are changing to better serve students with disabilities
Three Stanislaus County schools are changing the way they offer special education in order to keep those students in classrooms with their nondisabled peers for more of the school day.


Marin high school districts embrace racial justice initiatives
High schools in Marin’s largest three districts are leaning into racial justice reform activities. At the Tamalpais Union High School District, 15 students have signed up to be in a subcommittee of the district’s racial justice task force, now in its second year. The students, from several of the district’s five high schools, are joining 52 adults already on the task force, said Tara Taupier, district superintendent.

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