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OC wildfire update: Capistrano Unified schools remain open as firefighters work on the Coastal Fire
As the Coastal Fire reaches 200 acres in size with a 15 percent containment rate, the Capistrano Unified School District announced that Moulton Elementary School students will continue to receive their lessons at Wood Canyon Elementary School on Friday.


Santa Ana Unified readies ethnic studies graduation requirement for next school year
Teacher Yuri Lara developed an ethnic studies English class that helps students think critically about race, ethnicity and identity through literature while fulfilling the district’s new graduation requirement.


This Orange County High School Baseball Team Just Won Its First League Title in 54 Years
The final stretch of the year has arrived for more than 200 high school baseball teams across Orange County. This time of year is a weekly fight to extend the season as long as possible until they are the last team standing. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes things go according to plan, sometimes they fall apart before your eyes. That’s not just life, that’s baseball. And while the season ended for one Division 7 program this week, it was a season unlike any other for these Fountain Valley families.


Falling Short: Capo Unified Deals with Underfunding from State
The tubas used by music students in San Clemente High School’s marching band are 20 to 25 years old, according to music teacher Tony Soto. The musical education department at San Clemente High does aim to purchase new instruments for students to use, but it has to rely on fundraisers and donations to do so. Recent federal relief funding the Capistrano Unified School District received as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, partly went to purchasing much-needed new instruments.


S.F. school district picks new superintendent, who seeks to end divisive politics
The superintendent of Hayward schools has emerged as the top pick for San Francisco’s new superintendent, ending a months-long national search for a leader to take over the struggling district as it seeks to end more than two years of controversy and upheaval.


California Covid cases rising as school year ends with few renewed restrictions
As the first school year back on campus comes to a close, Covid infection rates in California again are on the rise, but with one distinct difference: Few districts are tightening up masking and other restrictions that were in place at the start of the year, even for large gatherings like graduations and proms.

California set to launch hundreds of community schools with $635 million in grants
Next week, California will jumpstart a seven-year initiative to convert potentially thousands of schools into full-service, parent-focused community schools. Approved a year ago by the Legislature, the $3 billion California Community Schools Partnership Program will be the nation’s most ambitious effort to create schools serving the multidimensional health and learning needs of children.


San Diego County Outdoor School hiring staff to help students
The current shortage of teachers and school staff has now found its way to the great outdoors. Cuyamaca Outdoor School is the longest-running and largest outdoor education program in California. Next fall, more than 11,000 students are expected to attend the week-long camps operated by the San Diego County Office of Education.


California governor to update budget proposal with new money
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will likely announce another record-breaking budget surplus on Friday, giving him and state lawmakers lots of money to spend in a year the governor is expected to cruise to reelection for a second term. The surplus in California’s general fund could be as high as $68 billion, up from the initial $29.6 billion surplus Newsom announced in January. “Our revenues are up significantly above January,” said Keely Martin Bosler, director of the California Department of Finance.

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