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Thursday, June 3, 2021


Angels Baseball Foundation honors eighth-grade standout students
Sixty-two Orange County eighth-graders have been honored for their outstanding work in a program that prepares students for college. And seven of those students earned a $10,000 college scholarship to be remitted upon enrollment in a four-year college or university. The recognition is part of the annual AVID 8th Grade Standout program organized by the Orange County Department of Education and supported by the Angels Baseball Foundation. Like many events, the annual awards ceremony — which usually takes place in front of a packed crowd at Angel Stadium — took place virtually this year. But that did not stop organizers from celebrating the honorees.


More San Diego Unified students missed classes, received poor grades during COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures pulled down grades and increased chronic absenteeism in San Diego Unified schools, according to statistics district leaders revealed this week. The grades and absenteeism rates are significantly worse for Black students, Latino students, English learner students and students with disabilities than for White students.


S.F. schools see enrollment drop as families flee the district
San Francisco’s public schools are facing an exodus of families during a crisis-filled and difficult pandemic year, which could mean long-lasting fallout for city schools, potentially pitching the district into deeper financial distress in years to come. As the school year rolled to a close in recent weeks, the district counted 50,955 students in its schools, the lowest enrollment in decades and a 3% drop compared with the end of the 2020 school year, according to a report prepared for a school board budget committee meeting Wednesday.


Budget proposal would ease testing requirements for California teachers
California teachers may soon have more flexibility when it comes to the tests they are required to take to earn a credential. The state’s Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees on education are recommending that legislators approve a proposal in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 state budget that would allow candidates to earn a teaching credential without taking two tests currently required. If it is approved, candidates wouldn’t have to take the California Basic Educational Skills Test, or CBEST, or the California Subject Examinations for Teachers, or CSET, if they have earned a grade of B or better in qualifying coursework or tests that apply toward requirements for a degree.

Head Start California calls for more funding as TK expands
On the heels of state officials calling for big investments in the early childhood arena, Head Start California is calling for lawmakers to earmark $50 million for the organization in the 2021-22 budget. Spurred by the unprecedented state surplus, legislators and the governor have pushed to invest in programs such as transitional kindergarten, or TK, and state-subsidized child care. That’s why Head Start officials are now asking for help as TK expands and takes away some of the 4-year-olds it currently serves.

Stanford study finds students can’t determine what’s fake on the internet
High school students demonstrated a near-total inability to detect fake news on the internet, researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education found in the largest study of its kind. Rather than use a survey of students’ online media skills, the researchers devised tasks for 3,446 high school students who matched America’s student demographics. They were shown an anonymously produced video on Facebook claiming to show ballot stuffing during Democratic primary elections and were asked to determine whether it provided strong evidence of voter fraud. Less 0.1% percent were able to determine that the video actually featured footage of voter fraud in Russia.


Newsom wants transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. What does that mean?
Among his K-12 education proposals was a $2.7 million commitment to creating a new grade — transitional kindergarten (TK) — available for all California 4-year-olds by 2024-25. It nearly echoes Assembly Bill 22, which also proposed a universal rollout of TK in California.


Students ask Capistrano School District to address anti-Asian hate crimes
A 17-year-old student can’t forget the moment she says a boy walked up to her, pulled his eyes upwards, and hurled racial slurs at her. Those words hurt Stephanie Hu.  “Racism is a very true and real thing that our students of color face. To ignore that is ignoring the voices and struggles of our students of color,” Hu said.

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