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Caps off to the Class of 2021: a roundup of OC graduation pics from social media
After nearly sixteen months of living and learning through a global pandemic, high school seniors across Orange County are finally getting the chance to celebrate with in-person graduation ceremonies — an event that seemed unimaginable just a short year ago. During a year unlike most, students, their families and school district leaders across the county worked together to create commencement ceremonies that were safe, hopeful and acknowledged the accomplishments of the class of 2021.


Corona del Mar student shows how kids can help end a global crisis in new book, ‘In Bad Water’
A school trip to Africa inspired CdM rising senior Arjun Vij to write ‘In Bad Water,” a book that introduces kids to a global issue and shows how they can help.

Some Black parents see less bullying, racism with online learning
Some Black parents see less bullying, racism with online learning Some parents of Black Los Angeles school students opted to keep their children in distance learning after schools reopened in April because they wanted to shield them from inequitable and sometimes harsh treatment on campus.


San Diego high school mourns teacher who fell ill at school
Donna Fallon, loved by students for her humor and care, was University City High School’s Teacher of the Year twice since 2016.


More students than ever will attend summer school this year. That might not be enough to close the COVID-19 achievement gap.
Millions of children this summer will participate in what's expected to be the largest summer-school program in history, powered by more than $1.2 billion in targeted federal post-pandemic assistance from the American Rescue Plan. But experts warn these much-needed summer enrichment programs aren't a panacea – and worry the students most in need of extra tutoring won't get it.


As debate over police in Fresno schools nears end, community groups push for big changes
Community advocates rallied on Tuesday in front of Roosevelt High School to demand Fresno Unified remove police officers from schools and reinvest the $3.2 million from the contracts into social-emotional services, student resources such as laptops, and afterschool programs.


Quick Guide: Ethnic studies requirement coming to California community colleges
Students pursuing an associate degree will soon likely need to take a class in one of the four core ethnic studies disciplines.

Students in California were satisfied with distance learning, but their personal well-being suffered, study finds
Students in California had relatively high marks for their online learning experiences during the pandemic but were less satisfied with their personal well-being and social relationships, according to a survey released Tuesday by Policy Analysis for California Education. Researchers asked 32,000 4th through 12th graders at 126 schools around the state in fall 2020 and winter 2021 how they felt about distance learning compared to in-person school, and their personal sense of well-being.

Child care providers rally to demand pay raise
Members of Child Care Providers United held a march and rally at the California State Capitol Tuesday, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to negotiate a contract for higher pay for family child care providers. The labor union, which represents 40,000 child care workers across the state, staged a press conference featuring a marching band as well as picketers.


LA County seeks alternatives to deputies on school campuses
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, June 8, to collect more data on the effect of having sheriff’s deputies on local school campuses, even as some school districts pushed back against changes. On a 3-2 vote, the board also took back its authority to negotiate contracts for these services, rather than allowing the sheriff to hammer out deals directly with local school districts.

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