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Pomona museum’s mobile art program breaks ‘barriers’ at schools
The American Museum of Ceramic Art brings its Mudmobile and art lessons to schools in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. In partnership with the Pomona Unified and Los Angeles Unified school districts, the program brings educational art lessons focused on ceramics to students at under-resourced K-12 schools within 60 miles of Pomona.


Educators report a rise in school threats, fights and misbehavior, and blame COVID
Months after students returned to campuses — and a week after four were killed in a shooting at Michigan high school — multiple schools in Southern California and elsewhere have reported receiving threats of violence.


With standardized testing out, what’s next for University of California admissions?
The University of California’s historic move to abandon standardized exams may not be the last of changes coming to the admissions process for the public university system. That’s the expectation of college access advocates and admissions experts who say ditching the SAT and ACT should be only the first step in making admissions more equitable across UC, which has nine undergraduate campuses. UC has stopped using those exams at all in admissions and made clear last month that it has no intention of replacing them with a different standardized test.

State offers funds to help combat social isolation in kids
The California Department of Education is offering $2 million in grants to community organizations that partner with schools to provide programs that help students build healthy social connections. The goal of the program is to offset the social isolation experienced by many students since the pandemic began. The program was funded in the 2021-22 California State Budget.

Stockton school board members personally liable for legal fees in lawsuit
In a cautionary decision for school boards rife with incivility, a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge has ruled three Stockton Unified school board members are personally liable to pay the $19,600 in legal fees of a fourth member whom they sued in July for alleged slander, disclosure of private facts and invasion of privacy.

Child care industry struggles with job recovery
Job recovery in the child care industry continues to be challenged, according to a recent analysis by the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). The early care and education sector, a workforce dominated by women of color, has suffered extensive job losses due to Covid-19, exacerbating a crisis that existed long before the pandemic.


For kids grappling with the pandemic's traumas, art classes can be an oasis
School's a little different this year, so art teachers are using their classes to help kids cope. After spending months trying to get used to remote learning, now kids are struggling to adjust to being in school in person again. Health experts recently declared the decline in children and adolescents' mental health a "national emergency." As schools grapple with the social and emotional effects of the pandemic on students, music, theater and other art teachers are trying to help.


Judge mulls bid for injunction vs. LAUSD student vaccine mandate
A judge said Wednesday he is inclined to deny a request by two parent groups for a preliminary injunction against the Los Angeles Unified School District's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students, but he took the case under submission after a raucous hearing in which he twice admonished the crowd against outbursts.

Pasadena appeals court to rehear lawsuit over schools closed during pandemic
A federal appeals court in Pasadena agreed Wednesday to vacate its previous ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom's COVID-19 order barring private schools from in-person teaching was unconstitutional and will have the case reheard by a full panel of judges.

Superintendents of Mother Lode school districts warn of mass exodus over vaccine mandate
Michael Merrill, superintendent of the Summerville Union High School District in Tuolumne, and all five superintendents in Calaveras County sent off separate but similar letters in recent weeks that stated half or more of their current and incoming students could leave if required to vaccinate against the deadly virus, which has killed 233 people between the two counties in less than two years.

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