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COVID-19 update: Governor, affirming desire to keep students in school, says vaccine exemptions remain an option
When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his plans for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, it was widely noted that personal belief exemptions would be allowed as long as the regulation is outside of the legislative process. This week, during an appearance on a national morning news show, Newsom affirmed the state’s desire to keep students in school and said exemptions remain an option for families who choose not to vaccinate their children once the mandate takes effect.


Surprise! Bikes for everyone at some 3rd grade classes in Tustin
Third-graders at two Tustin elementary schools walked into special assemblies Friday expecting to hear who among them had won a brand new bicycle. All had written essays about their dreams. But only three winning essays would be selected at each school — or so they thought. Turned out all the third-graders at Beswick and Heideman elementaries in the Tustin Unified School District got a new bicycle and helmet on Friday – compliments of the Dirtbag Mountain Biking Club in Aliso Viejo, which coordinated with a San Diego non-profit called “Bikes for Kids.”


San Diego Unified superintendent finalists will be revealed next week
The San Diego Unified School Board will announce up to three finalists for its superintendent job at its board meeting Tuesday, officials leading the superintendent search said.


Where can the S.F. school district cut to bridge a $125 million shortfall?
Time is nearly up for the San Francisco school board to submit a plan to state officials on how it will balance the budget and cover a $125 million shortfall next year.


Riverside families get free Chromebooks
Families at three Riverside middle schools are getting new — and free — Chromebooks. On Dec. 1, those eligible at Central Middle School received the laptops, paid for by donations from Frontier Communications and the California Emerging Technology Fund, a Riverside Unified School District news release states. The 500 computers also are being given to students at Chemawa and University Heights middle schools.


Fresno superintendent says this school year ‘harder’ than 2020. Will these new tools help?
With the winter holiday break around the corner, Fresno Unified schools have unveiled new online tools aimed at helping parents and students stay connected with teachers while also beefing up academic support.


Injunction request filed to U.S. Supreme Court in SDUSD vax mandate case
Attorneys for a Scripps Ranch High School student who sued to challenge the San Diego Unified School District's COVID-19 vaccine mandate filed an emergency application with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday. Following rulings from a San Diego federal judge and the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals which upheld the district's mandate, attorneys for the student identified as Jill Doe in court documents are looking to the Supreme Court to block enforcement of the policy.


He was hired to fix California schools — while running a business in Philadelphia
California’s first superintendent of equity lives in Philadelphia and has a separate job there, more than 2,500 miles away from the schools he advises as one of the highest paid officials in the state Department of Education, according to records and interviews.

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