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Tempers flare as NMUSD taps new president, hears parents protest vaccine mandate
Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Wesley Smith clarified while the district might follow state mandates, it would not implement its own vaccine policy like Los Angeles Unified School District. Further, he said, it’s likely exemptions might be enacted in California for religious and personal beliefs.

Placentia-Yorba Linda school board seeks to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandate amid outbreak.
Placentia-Yorba Linda school board seeks to oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandate amid outbreak. Yorba Linda’s Travis Ranch School quarantined its sixth-grade class after a COVID-19 spike.


What does it take to be a substitute teacher in California? Here’s what is asked
To be a substitute teacher in California public schools, you must first verify basic skills by passing one of the several standardized tests before starting the permit process.


How one California school district is using its Covid relief money to help students
Lodi Unified, a diverse, mid-size district in the Central Valley, typifies what most districts in California are experiencing as they ponder how to spend their unprecedented funding windfall against a backdrop of dire and escalating needs.

Racism in early life can affect long-term health, experts say
Excessive adversity, such as racism, can activate biological reactions that lead to lifelong problems in physical and mental well-being, experts say. Early experiences literally shape the architecture of the developing brain, as Knowable cited. Since the brain is connected to the rest of the body, early traumatic experiences affect all of our biological systems, for better or worse, over time. This knowledge can help us better understand why people of color in the United States are at greater risk of developing chronic medical conditions and aging prematurely than white people.


Universal transitional kindergarten could bring relief to parents, but threatens child care providers
California parents will soon have the option of enrolling their 4-year-olds in universal transitional kindergarten at their local public school. The free public education is part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to expand the state’s transitional kindergarten, or TK, program by 2025.

San Diego Unified School District to distribute COVID-19 tests to all students
The San Diego Unified School District will provide two COVID-19 rapid tests for all of its students to self-test at home prior to returning to campus after winter break in January, it was announced Wednesday. The iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests were provided by the California Department of Public Health and will be distributed to the more than 98,000 students in San Diego Unified this week, according to the district.


Cal State University System May Soon End SAT, ACT Requirements
The California State University system is set to drop the SAT or the ACT as an admission requirement, the Los Angeles Times reported, a major step by the college system to expand access to higher education amid criticism that the standardized tests are biased against low-income people and students of color. Cal State Chancellor Joseph Castro said Wednesday that he was “very supportive” of the plan following the release of a report this month that found many qualified students are finding it difficult to get into California universities.


‘We had no one to run it’: At one Oakland school, a 5-year quest to reopen the library
Five years ago, Denise Burroughs made it her goal as school principal to refurbish and reopen the library at Carl. B. Munck Elementary. Longtime volunteers there had retired from their posts, leaving the library closed or, at best, occasionally used when a substitute teacher or other volunteer had spare time. Now, Burroughs can finally say she accomplished her aim.

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