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Sunburst Youth Academy is enrolling now for its January 2022 class
A free residential leadership academy is currently seeking applicants for its program that gives local teens who’ve faced significant obstacles a second chance at life. Operated by the California National Guard in partnership with OCDE, Sunburst Youth Academy is a five-and- a-half-month, military-style program where youth can earn high school credits while developing leadership, pride, confidence and academic skills. During their time at Sunburst, cadets live on base, attend high school during the day and work on physical fitness, life skills, team-building and goal-setting activities before and after school.


LAUSD’s independent study program is overwhelmed. Students with disabilities pay the price
Months into the school year, many students are grappling with nonexistent or slow-to-arrive accommodations and services, such as aides, interpreters and therapists, according to interviews with parents and teachers.


Will Anaheim High School’s ‘Colonist’ Mascot Stick Around?
The fate of the Anaheim High School’s 100 year old mascot — the Colonists — could be decided this month amid a debate on whether the image should stay after local indigienous people have called it out as offensive. The board’s expected decision comes after the district gave the high school’s students a chance to vote last month on whether they wanted to keep the mascot and the name, get rid of both or keep the name and change the mascot.


Elementary Educators Ask Community to Help Send Students to Outdoor Science School
Usually, San Juan Elementary School teachers and staff hold fundraisers to ensure students can attend an outdoor science school (OSS) with the Emerald Cove Outdoor Science (ECOS) Institute in San Bernardino County—an opportunity where students get to have unique hands-on lessons in ecology and other topics. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on their usual fundraising activities, school members involved with the program are asking the community to pitch in with donations—particularly businesses and charitable organizations.


Understaffed. Burned out. Teachers at Sacramento high school injured breaking up fights
It’s unclear what caused the fights that have plagued the school since the start of the school year, but several teachers said the pandemic has likely caused stress and tension among students.


Central Valley school counselor wins national award for ‘relentless’ work with students
When Alma Lopez was in middle school in the Central Valley, she learned about college for the first time, not from her teachers or counselors, but when she saw someone wearing a Fresno State T-shirt. Until then, she did not know what college was. But that T-shirt made a deep impression, offering a glimpse into opportunities she did not know existed. Lopez later earned two degrees from Fresno State and now works as a middle school counselor herself, ensuring that middle school students are well familiar with college and career options long before they’re seniors.


Oakland's Impending Student Vaccine Mandate Could Strain District's Distance Learning Program
Oakland's Sojourner Truth Independent Study distance learning program is expecting a large, new wave of enrollments after Jan. 31. That’s when Oakland Unified School District students age 12 and over who aren’t fully vaccinated or haven't received exemptions will have to transfer to the program — or get on the waitlist — or unenroll from the district altogether. But questions remain about whether the program, which serves K-12 students, is prepared to handle the influx.


Education job fair offers hundreds of positions to work in schools
The ongoing shortage of substitute teachers and other school personnel has prompted San Diego County school districts to come together this weekend. There is a major education job fair happening Saturday with opportunities for hundreds of job applicants. The Careers in Education Job Fair is cosponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University and the San Diego County Office of Education. There are both teaching jobs and non-teaching jobs being offered.


Controversial math guidelines have had mixed results at San Francisco Unified
Joselyn Marroquin, a freshman at Lincoln High in San Francisco, challenged herself by taking two math classes this year. Because the San Francisco Unified School District requires students to wait until 9th grade to take Algebra 1, Joselyn enrolled in both Algebra 1 and Geometry at the same time so she can make it to AP Calculus by her senior year. “The stress of taking two classes and having homework for each was difficult to manage,” Joselyn said. “It was hard at first, but I got used to it.”


Vaccines, grades, tests, math: Equity becomes flashpoint in California schools
Equity. That’s one of the buzzwords that will likely dominate conversation in California’s capitol next month, when state lawmakers return to Sacramento to consider, among other things, possible legislation to remove the personal belief exemption from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s student COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Stressed school leaders have mixed feelings about that, with some warning it could push thousands of kids — disproportionately from underserved communities — out of the classroom and into remote learning, widening an educational achievement gap that only grew during the pandemic.

California parents knowingly sent child to school with COVID
Northern California parents knowingly sent their COVID-19 positive child and a sibling to school last month in violation of isolation and quarantine rules, causing a coronavirus outbreak in an elementary school, officials said Saturday. The parents could face a fine or a misdemeanor charge for violating Marin County’s health order, under which people who test positive for the virus must isolate themselves for at least 10 days.

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