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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Guest author Lisa Mori from F3 partners with SSC to write this article on how operations are impacted by SB 95, which expands COVID-19 supplemental sick leave. The Governor recently signed SB 95 creating uniform, statewide policy to ensure employees have access to COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave through September 30, 2021. SB 95 reinstates…

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Six school districts that profited from one of CA’s largest cases of charter school fraud must repay $1 million to the state, a judge ruled recently. The school districts were paid millions in oversight fees by A3 charter schools, yet the districts failed to hold A3 accountable, said San Diego Superior Court Judge Frederick Link….

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