Monthly Archives: October 2021

By Cal Matters October 19, 2021 School districts have two choices: Bite the bullet and make budget cuts now, or delay them and face even more painful decisions. Michael Fine, CEO of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, a school finance agency, delivered a warning to district leaders last week about deficits in CA’s…

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Rick Labib-Wood Director & Human Capital Services Leader Anyone unaware of this year’s school transportation crisis probably does not face a need to get children to school. Yes, there really was a school field trip forced to hire a party-bus with embarrassingly unintended consequences. For a deeper read into this story, check out Zachary Crockett’s article. While…

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The school year was supposed to start smoothly after a year of remote and hybrid learning, but student quarantines due to COVID-19 close contacts and the ongoing pandemic are disrupting school attendance rates, causing school leaders to take more comprehensive and thoughtful approaches to prevent student absences and recover lost instructional time. Pre-pandemic concerns about…

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School district leaders across San Diego County and the country say they can’t find enough substitute teachers, bus drivers, special education aides, substitute custodians, after-school program aides and front-office staff. Sometimes principals, non-classroom teachers, district office staff, even human resources directors, have been teaching in the classroom because schools can’t find enough subs. To entice…

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Nearly two dozen senior officials have fled California’s top education agency since Tony Thurmond became state schools superintendent in 2019, with several of them accusing him of creating a toxic workplace that burned through staff with decades of experience. Nine former state education officials said that morale is so low and turnover so high that…

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One Wisconsin school district built a new football field. In Iowa, a high school weight room is getting a renovation. Another in Kentucky is replacing two outdoor tracks — all of this funded by the billions of dollars in federal pandemic relief Congress sent to schools this year. The money is part of a $123…

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An increase nationwide in disturbances at school board meetings due to charged opinions over COVID-19 masking protocols, critical race theory and transgender students’ rights, as well as threats and intimidation directed at school officials is leading local school officials to consider security measures for central office staff. Historically, district administrators have been hesitant to invest…

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Effectively communicating with families has never been more important, but many districts are finding it increasingly difficult to connect with key stakeholders. There are several reasons for this, and most of them can be addressed through concise, targeted and engaging school communications. Compounding these challenges are the sometimes inconsistent or even lengthy messages sent to…

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