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Deaf education vote is the latest parents’ rights battleground in L.A.
L.A. Unified School District is poised to vote on a controversial proposal that may reshape education for thousands of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.


Do masks work against COVID in a classroom where not all kids are wearing them?
The spread of the common cold in Bay Area classrooms prompted a reader to ask just how much masks will protect children against COVID-19 if not everyone is wearing them. The Chronicle Advice Team consulted experts for answers.


More racist images, social media accounts emerge, targeting Black students in Fresno
Leaders of the Black Student Unions at Bullard and Edison high schools identified multiple accounts at middle and high schools that have been posting photos of Black students from Fresno-area middle schools and high schools without their consent.


Students from across California share experiences with campus gun violence
Since the Columbine school shooting in 1999, more than 292,000 students have faced gun violence in their schools. As of April 2022, there have been 23 school shootings in the U.S. this year, according to Education Week’s school shooting tracker. With the recent introduction of California bills such as SB 906, requiring parents to disclose their possession of firearms at home, debates about whether states and schools are doing enough to keep their students and staff safe have only intensified. As California leads the nation in the number of mass shootings in the past 40 years, students, teachers and parents are seeking ways to ensure safety in schools.

Dr. Dre gives $10 million for performing arts center at Compton High
Famed rapper Dr. Dre was on hand Saturday at the groundbreaking of a new campus for Compton High School — which will include a state-of-the-art performing arts center he funded, according to the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, donated $10 million to the project.


LAUSD failed students with disabilities during the pandemic: parents, advocates, attorneys on how the district should help them now
When the pandemic hit, 10-year-old Luis, who has autism, quickly started to regress. Luis’s mother said the boy stopped socializing after his fourth grade class at his Los Angeles Unified school in Southeast L.A. shut down. She asked that the family not be identified in order to protect her son. He began having behavioral issues. He fell way behind in his academics — all after not receiving his mandated services of behavior, speech, and occupational therapies or his one-on-one aid over Zoom.

Marin schools hit with COVID-19 surge
About 20 Marin schools are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, the county’s public health officer said Monday.

What expanded access to transitional kindergarten means for Valley districts
Schools across California are preparing to add hundreds of young students to their universal transitional kindergarten or TK classes this Fall. Right now, TK is available to children who turn five between September 2 and Dec 2, which is about 400 students in Clovis Unified.

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