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Tuesday, December 14, 2021


Garden Grove Unified opens new Wellness Centers
Garden Grove Unified is offering students greater accessibility to mental health services by opening new Wellness Centers at various campuses across the district. As part of the district’s “Choose Wellness” campaign, the centers provide students a quiet place to process emotions and offer services such as one-on-one counseling, support groups and crisis intervention.


LAUSD to consider vaccine mandates for more charter schools
The Los Angeles Unified School District is scheduled to vote on a proposal to expand both its staff and student vaccination mandates to include all district-authorized charter schools.


Breed tries to rein in S.F. school board with unprecedented charter amendment
Mayor London Breed is pushing an ambitious school board oversight plan that threatens to withhold city funding from classrooms if Board of Education members don’t change their behavior. The Children’s First Initiative, a proposed San Francisco city charter amendment, would tie city funding for the school district to good governance by the school board and restructure city government by adding a Children’s Agency.

Nearly 1,000 S.F. students protest sexual harassment and assault: ‘We aren’t being heard’
Nearly 1,000 students walked out of classrooms Friday and converged on City Hall and school district headquarters to protest a culture of sexual assault and harassment and what they say is a lack of response by officials.


California continues to ease testing requirements for teachers
Teacher candidates in California were given more time to complete tests required to earn a teaching credential and learned what coursework could be taken to replace some tests at a meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing last week. In July, the state budget trailer bill, which provides details for implementing new K-12 programs in the budget, gave teacher candidates who were unable to take some required tests, due to Covid-related issues, until Dec. 31 to complete the tests. It also gave the Commission on Teacher Credentialing the power to extend the deadline.

When 'making the grade' takes on new meaning
During EdSource’s latest Roundtable series, “The Future of Grading: When Failure is Not an Option,” educators and experts acknowledged the need to reevaluate how students are graded. A huge shortage of seats at California’s public four-year institutions has made applying for college feel like a scene from the “Hunger Games.” A study by the College Futures Foundation estimates that the number of students who meet University of California and California State University admission requirements but can’t enroll because of the limited seats could nearly double over the next decade.


San Diego Unified Board to Consider Code of Conduct to Curtail Hate Speech
The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday will consider adopting a set of rules for debates and public comment periods at its board meetings in response to a rise in hate speech and unruly behavior at public meetings both locally and nationally. The board will consider the Code of Civil Discourse, authored by the National Conflict Resolution Center, at its Tuesday meeting. Most often the unruly or vitriolic speech is made in response to hot- button topics such as vaccine mandates and the mistaken belief schools are teaching critical race theory, officials said.

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