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VIDEO: Secretary of State encourages high school students to pre-register to vote
Young people have the potential to be a powerful voice in elections, but only if they get involved and make voting a habit. Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond are encouraging students to become active voters once they are old enough to cast a ballot through High School Voter Education Weeks, which spans Sept. 19 through Sept. 30.

VIDEO: Virtual forum stresses importance of building relationships with Latino and Hispanic-identified students
As the latest in OCDE’s series of online colloquiums hosted by County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares to reflect the theme “Know My Name, Face and Story,” the 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month virtual forum on Sept. 19 brought together a panel of distinguished speakers who spoke from their memories of personal stories and perspectives on building student agency.


L.A. Unified cyberattackers demand ransom
The hackers who targeted the Los Angeles Unified School District have made a ransom demand, officials confirmed Tuesday, an indication that the attackers have extracted sensitive data or believe they can bluff the district into thinking that they have. Officials did not disclose how much cyber-ransom is sought from nation’s second-largest school system.

In nonpartisan race for California superintendent of public instruction, it’s all politics
The superintendent of public instruction is the only nonpartisan statewide office in California, but it seems impossible to separate politics from the race between Democratic incumbent Tony Thurmond and Republican challenger Lance Christensen.


New report identifies needs of local educational agencies
The California School Boards Association has a new report with a wide-ranging survey of superintendents and financial staff from local education agencies (LEAs) that serve more than 1.3 million K-12 students across the state.


San Diego Unified’s Latest Bond Ask, Measure U, Explained
For the fourth time in 14 years the San Diego Unified School District is putting a bond measure on the ballot. Here’s what that means.


S.F. schools welcome 1,000 more students than expected this year: ‘An optimistic sign’
San Francisco schools saw about 1,000 more students than expected this fall, a slowing of a financially devastating decline in enrollment and bolstering hopes that fewer families will flee the district in the wake of the pandemic.


Settlement requires state to monitor Contra Costa school that restrained students
According to the lawsuit, Marchus School had used extreme tactics — such as physical restraints and isolation — to punish students and control their behavior, in violation of their individualized education programs. Such tactics are legal in California under Assembly Bill 2657, but only if the student poses an immediate threat to themselves or others. The tactic of seclusion and restraint is never allowed as a disciplinary tool. The settlement, announced early this month, requires the state to closely monitor Marchus School for two years to ensure students are safe and not subject to such extreme measures, and to train staff on positive discipline.

Hackers demand ransom from Los Angeles Unified
Los Angeles Unified School District has received a ransom demand from the hackers who targeted its data system and disrupted its website on Sep. 3. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho would not disclose the amount the hackers demanded or elaborate on the data they claimed to have in their possession, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We can confirm that there was a demand made,” Carvalho told the Times. “There has been no response to the demand.”


San Diego County Library offers laptops to help close the digital divide
The San Diego County Library system obtained 7,000 Chromebook laptops and Wi-Fi hot spot devices available to check out with a county library card.


Analysis: On a per-student basis, school staffing levels are hitting all-time highs
When the first Baby Boomers started attending public schools in the 1950s, a typical American school district employed about 58 workers for every 1,000 students enrolled. In the 2020-21 school year, staffing levels hit all-time highs, and the typical public school district employed 135 people for every 1,000 students it served.

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