As districts move to offer more in-person learning this spring, many teachers, parents and students remain hesitant, worrying whether schools — and their specific campuses and classrooms — are safe. This is especially true for families of color. In Los Angeles, less than a third of surveyed families plan to return in person. But officials…

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CASBO has announced that Jennifer Marrone will be the next San Diego/Imperial Section State Director. Jennifer is the food services business manager for the San Diego Unified School District. Jennifer volunteered to serve out the remaining term of our recently elected Vice President Tina Douglas and ran unopposed for the position. Jennifer’s term of service…

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) recently released the Annual Report to the Fund Participants (Report) regarding the School Employees Fund (SEF) for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. The Report includes a rate increase from 0.05% to 1.23% in the 2021–22 fiscal year—a historically large increase. The SEF is a joint, pooled-risk fund…

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With a massive infusion of federal aid coming their way, schools across the U.S. are weighing how to use the windfall to tackle problems that existed long before the coronavirus, AP’s Collin Binkley writes. The $123 billion — offering some districts several times the amount of federal aid they receive in a single year —…

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The pandemic has pushed teachers out of the workforce in droves, and many schools don’t have a strong safety net of substitutes or college graduates to fill the gaps as children come back into classrooms. It is widely believed that teaching has been one of the toughest pandemic-era jobs, with pivots to remote learning and…

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After a difficult year of pandemic-accelerated enrollment losses and hobbled fundraising, six elementary schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will close in June as one of the nation’s largest private educational systems struggles to keep many of its schools afloat. The schools largely enrolled children of working-class Latino families in many of…

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A recent report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center finds 2020 was a “record-breaking” year for cyberattacks against U.S. schools, with 408 publicized incidents marking an 18% increase over 2019. Data breaches and leaks (36%) and ransomware (12%) accounted for close to half of specified K-12 cyber incidents, while another 45% fell into an “other”…

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