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Thursday, May 12, 2022


Mijares: Classified employees perform roles essential to student learning, safety and success
Even if you’re not familiar with the term “classified” school employees, you’re surely aware of their contributions. These are the dedicated workers who keep our campuses clean, answer office phone calls and provide healthy meals for students. They’re the ones who support educational technology, transport students to school and provide critical support in the classroom.


State AG Greenlights Lawsuit That Could Oust Another OC Board of Education Member
Can elected officials in Orange County serve in two positions at once? That’s a question California Attorney General Rob Bonta is sending to the courts for the second time in about a month. Both suits revolve around the Orange County Board of Education, a traditionally overlooked panel that has shot into the local spotlight over the last two years for its controversial stances on masking and COVID-19 regulations. Beckie Gomez serves two roles in Orange County government: she’s a trustee for the board of education, and she’s a member of the Tustin City Council.


OCDE, SJC Indigenous Descendants Partner for Cultural Education Tours
In order to give local educators a better understanding of San Juan Capistrano’s history, the Orange County Department of Education has recently partnered with members of the Juaneño and Acjachemen communities to provide informational tours that include visits to the city’s historic sites. The collaboration came about because OCDE wanted educators to have as much historical context as possible and was done after county education representatives met with prominent San Juan indigenous descendants, including Jerry Nieblas and Matt Belardes, said Marika Manos—the history, social science, and civics coordinator for OCDE.


Will California teachers be ready to teach ethnic studies? Some say training needed
California high school teachers will need to be prepared to teach ethnic studies in several years, but there’s debate over whether they will be. Last year, California became the first state in the nation to mandate ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement beginning with students graduating in the 2029-30 academic year. However, high schools can start offering ethnic studies courses as early as 2025.

Advocates of major changes to Cal Grant look to Newsom
For the second consecutive year, a major overhaul to California’s main financial aid program is being proposed by lawmakers who say the current system is overly complex and excludes too many students from getting aid. And for the second consecutive year, whether that proposal becomes state law is largely up to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

LAUSD to restructure deaf education
Los Angeles Unified unanimously approved a controversial resolution Tuesday that will place all deaf and hard of hearing children ages 0-to-3 in a bilingual ASL and English language program. LAUSD parents will still be able to choose among all available education programs, but the bilingual program will be the default. Those in favor say the move will elevate and encourage use of ASL in a district they say has never fully embraced it.

Report questions future of the California public education system
The sustainability of the state’s public education system is questioned in a new report from the Berkeley Institute for Young Americans. Part of the California 100 initiative, administered by the Goldman School of Public Policy, the report finds that long-term structural challenges in the state’s finance system, combined with flaws in education governance, threaten the long-term outlook of public education. The analysis examines how California manages and funds the early care and education (ECE), K-12, and higher education systems, to assess the strengths and shortcomings of the system.


Substitute teacher shortage hits California’s low-income students harder
California schools with large numbers of high-needs students — low-income, English learners and foster youth — have always struggled to find substitute teachers, but this year’s COVID-19 omicron surge brought them to a breaking point. The staffing crisis forced school administrators to find alternatives for full-day substitutes, such as math and reading coaches or a rotating cast of office staff, disrupting instruction for students who already may have been lagging academically.

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