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COVID-19 update: Unvaccinated school employees will no longer be required to test weekly
School employees who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to undergo weekly testing as of Sept. 17, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday. The vaccinate-or-test requirement for K-12 staff had been in place since August 2021 based on a public health order issued by CDPH Director Dr. Tomás J. Aragón. Even as California issued updated guidance for schools in June, the directive for unvaccinated employees had previously remained unchanged.


National Merit Scholarship announces 2023 semifinalists for Orange County
More than 200 Orange County high school students just made a pretty selective list. They are National Merit semifinalists. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Evanston, Ill.-based National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of more than 16,000 semifinalists competing nationally for nearly $28 million in scholarships that will be awarded next spring. Northwood High School in the Irvine Unified School District boasted the highest number of honorees in Orange County: 37. University High, also in Irvine, had the second-highest number with 27 semifinalists.


SFUSD paid $14M for new payroll system. Now, it needs a $2.8M fix
The San Francisco school board is expected to vote Wednesday on a contract to bring in new management consultants to help fix the clunky new payroll system.


What you need to know to become a teacher in California | Quick Guide
Gov. Gavin Newsom and California legislators have poured billions of dollars of state money into special grants and programs to recruit, train and retain educators in order to ease the state’s persistent teacher shortage. Lawmakers also have made temporary and permanent changes to teacher credentialing requirements since the pandemic, including waiving fees, to make it easier to become a teacher in California.

Centers for parents of students with disabilities get extra funding
Six centers in California that provide services to parents of students with disabilities will get additional grant funding after playing a key role in helping families during the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. The Parent Training and Information Centers, among a network of 65 nationwide, help parents navigate the special education system and connect to services that address students’ academic, behavioral, emotional, mental health and social needs.


LAUSD Gives Superintendent Emergency Powers To Spend On Cyberattack Response — Without The Usual Public Scrutiny
Los Angeles Unified school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to give Superintendent Alberto Carvalho emergency powers to respond to the Labor Day weekend ransomware attack, which left many students without access to online systems for most of last week. For the next year, Carvalho and L.A. Unified School District administrators will be able to pay for equipment, software, services or outside experts to aid in cyberattack recovery efforts — without the public scrutiny that’s typically required for such expenditures.


An Alhambra teacher and his students want to uncover missing murals at Post Office
Alhambra High School teacher Jose Sanchez and his students are showing the public what three New Deal-era works looked like, what they meant and why they may have been painted over long ago at the Alhambra Post Office.


LAUSD board approves emergency declaration after cyberattack
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved an emergency declaration Tuesday in response to a cyberattack on the district's computer systems. The resolution allows Superintendent Alberto Carvalho to sign emergency contracts to "ensure the continuation of public education, and the safety and security of its data, networks and servers" without advertising or inviting bids for any dollar amount necessary, for a period of one year.

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