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VIDEO: Eighth annual OC Pathways Showcase explores the growth of career education in Orange County
Nearly 150 educators, industry leaders and students gathered virtually to celebrate eight years of developing career pathway opportunities and programs in Orange County. Reflecting the theme “Your workforce is here,” the 2021 OC Pathways Showcase event on Dec. 1 brought together local business leaders and young professionals who discussed the benefits of the entrepreneurial mindset, student work-based learning opportunities and the important role each plays in career development.


O.C. Board of Education sues Gov. Newsom over COVID-19 state of emergency, again
For the second time in recent months, the Orange County Board of Education is mounting a legal challenge to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related state of emergency declaration. In August, the California Supreme Court declined to hear the board’s previous petition seeking to overturn Newsom’s emergency rule-making authorities that included allowing state officials to issue a mask mandate for K-12 students this summer ahead of the new school year. But that setback didn’t deter a renewed legal effort. This time, attorneys for the board filed a Nov. 23 complaint with the Orange County Superior Court, which doesn’t share the state Supreme Court’s discretionary authority to decline cases.


San Dieguito district to pilot vape sensors in campus restrooms
The San Dieguito Union High School District will pilot the use of vape sensors on campuses to help sniff out and snuff out increasing student use.


Here’s how it’s going at one of the first districts in in the state to mandate vaccinations
Several school districts in the East Bay were among the first in California to approve COVID-19 vaccination mandates for students — even before the state in early October announced plans to add the vaccine to its required list, the first in the U.S. to do so.


Transgender students’ rights committee comes after Chino Valley Unified restroom proposal
The statewide group will include students, school staff and community partners, said Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction.


California data system to help with education planning moves closer to reality
California this week officially kicked off its first attempt at a statewide education data system to provide trend information to help students and families with college and career planning. The board of the Cradle-to-Career system — composed of 21 legislators, education leaders and advocates — met for the first time Tuesday and took key steps to launch the long-sought program, including appointing Amy Fong as its chairwoman. Fong is the chief operations officer for California School Information Services, which runs the state’s K-12 data system for the California Department of Education.


Marin schools: State program offers free digital book access
Marin public school students have unlimited free access to a library of digital books through the holidays under a program offered by the state. The program, which started Wednesday and runs through Jan. 31, is a tool to boost literacy for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, said state education Superintendent Tony Thurmond. “This is a great opportunity for our families to share the joy of reading and establish routines that support literacy growth for our students,” Thurmond said Tuesday.

As threat of Omicron variant looms, school closures continue ticking upward
Even before the World Health Organization labeled the Omicron coronavirus strain a new “variant of concern” Friday, school closures were continuing to increase across the country. Last week, 621 schools across 58 districts announced new closures for a variety of reasons including teacher burnout, staffing shortages and virus outbreaks, according to counts from Burbio, a data service that has tracked school policy through the pandemic. Since the start of the academic year, 9,313 campuses across 916 districts nationwide have added extra days off.

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