By Kyle Hyland for School Services of CA President-elect Joe Biden has begun unveiling who will fill his high-level cabinet positions after he is sworn-in. While we are still waiting for him to announce who he plans to tap for Secretary of Education, we know that, because of the platform presented by the former vice…

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Throughout the pandemic, teachers’ unions in many states and large districts have played a powerful role in negotiating school closures and reopenings. And with coronavirus cases surging around the nation, the labor groups are continuing to flex their political muscle, most often pushing for a more conservative approach to getting teachers and kids back in…

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COVID-19 is a catalyst for families who were already skeptical of the traditional school system—and are now thinking about leaving it for good. The problem is that in the chaos of the pandemic, it’s not clear how much common good any kind of school is doing. COVID-19 has created a strange natural experiment in American…

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Nine months after shutting down youth, high school and adult recreational sports, the California Department for Public Health quietly issued a detailed guidance Monday creating a pathway to resume competition in the state. Just don’t expect it to happen anytime soon. No competitions are allowed before Jan. 25, although that date will be reassessed by…

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With COVID-19 upending in-person learning and acclimating schools and students to virtual models, could snow days soon be a thing of the past? The pandemic-era shift to online learning raises questions for the future of other emergency closures, along with key takeaways to gain buy-in. Trading snow days for online learning days allows instruction to…

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With preschool and kindergarten attendance dipping this year — in some areas significantly — schools are implementing multiple strategies to keep learning and funding continuing. Early childhood educators are reaching deep into their teacher tool kits to keep their youngest students engaged in socially distanced in-person learning environments. What’s more difficult is adapting those lessons…

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Posted December 8, 2020 by School Services of California During the December 7th floor session that officially kicked off the 2021–22 Legislative Session, lawmakers used this narrow opportunity to introduce legislation that represent their highest priorities, including some significant education measures. Being prepared to introduce a bill on day one is a clear indication of…

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