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Defiant Oakland Unified faces county intervention amid a $90 million shortfall
Oakland school officials are now facing county intervention amid a $90 million budget shortfall. While district officials argued that they don’t need help balancing their budget, the state disagreed.


In a San Francisco high school, the scars of remote schooling linger
There’s chaos all around as Am’Brianna Daniels takes her seat in math class, stares at her paper and tries to catch up. Classmates are chattering, checking their phones, not paying much attention to the teacher at the whiteboard, who is trying to prod his precalculus students to describe the difference between the red and blue graphs on the screen in front of them.


Why some California school districts are changing how students earn grades
Some of California’s largest school districts are trying an unconventional tactic to help students re-engage in school after distance learning and boost their chances of acceptance into the state’s public colleges: by dropping D and F grades. Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unified, Sacramento City Unified, San Diego Unified and other districts are phasing out grades below a C for high school students. If a student fails a test or doesn’t complete their homework, they’ll be able to retake the test and get more time to turn in assignments.

Alpine Union to allow in-person learning off campus for unvaccinated students
Alpine Union School District, a small district in San Diego County, has plans to allow unvaccinated students to keep learning in person, with district teachers, but off campus, to get around the state vaccine mandate. According to The Washington Post, the district’s superintendent, Rich Newman, wrote a letter to parents saying, “This unique program is the first of its kind designed to provide in-person learning to students who would not be able to attend school on campus if not vaccinated.”

Lottery admissions to San Francisco’s top high school to stay in place for next school year
A lottery system for admission to San Francisco’s top high school will likely stay in place for another year despite a judge’s ruling that the city’s school board violated state law when it ditched competitive admissions, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Superintendent Vince Mathews told the newspaper that there is not enough time to return to merit-based admissions to Lowell High School for the next academic year.


LAUSD Monitoring System Leaked Names Of Students Who Tested Positive For COVID
The computer system used by the Los Angeles Unified School District to keep track of coronavirus sent out emails about students who tested positive to people outside their families. More than a week later, the district has not provided any guidance to those who received the information. According to LAUSD spokesperson Lourdes Valentine, Microsoft “inadvertently sent emails containing COVID-19 test result information to a limited number of unauthorized people, including other Los Angeles Unified parents” on Nov. 22.


Judge denies parents group's request to block San Diego Unified's vaccine mandate
A judge denied a temporary restraining order request Thursday from local parents group Let Them Choose to block the San Diego Unified School District's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, though another hearing was scheduled for later this month to revisit the issue. The group is seeking to suspend enforcement of the district's vaccine policy prior to Dec. 20, when all students over age 16 must receive their second vaccine dose.


Parents divided as OC school board considers ban on critical race theory
Race relations in the United States is the elephant in the room that working mother Natalie Cruz wants to be addressed in schools. "It doesn't help when they don't acknowledge everybody's diversity at school or when they do, they just kind of put a happy face over it," Cruz said as she drove to pick up her son from school.

Former LAUSD leader introducing ballot measure to pay for arts education
Local artists and leaders are working on a way to get $800 million to California public schools. The Music and Arts Education ballot measure would fund art and music programs out of reach for many students. Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner is leading the effort, along with the support of artists such as, Issa Rae and Dr. Dre.

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