With COVID-19 spread beginning to recede, and state legislatures firming up K-12 spending for next year, school officials and policy makers are confronting a thorny perennial challenge: maintaining and improving school buildings so they’re safe and appealing for students, staff, and the broader public to visit daily. It’s a formidable task, given the dismal state…

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With the Supreme Court’s ruling on a cheerleader’s free speech complaint, schools got some much-needed clarity on when they can discipline students for their actions off campus. The 8-1 decision states that schools cannot punish a student for their speech off campus unless it “materially disrupts classwork or involved substantial disorder or invasion of the…

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School districts across the United States are hiring additional teachers in anticipation of what will be one of the largest kindergarten classes ever as enrollment rebounds following the coronavirus pandemic. Educators are also bracing for many students to be less prepared than usual due to lower preschool attendance rates. Kindergarten is not required in most…

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California’s largest teachers union voted Saturday to throw its weight behind Gov. Gavin Newsom, pledging to defend the Democratic governor in an upcoming recall election. “California educators stand in strong opposition to the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom,” union president E. Toby Boyd wrote in a statement. “From our classroom vantage point during the pandemic,…

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Legislators want to spend $650 million a year to continue a pandemic program for free meals for all California public school students. The proposal will be decided in budget talks this week. Early in the pandemic, the only source of milk for some struggling families was from school lunches. Even for families who weren’t as…

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CA schools could be facing the largest number of teacher retirements ever, but factors like enrollment drops should take the sting out of it. Earlier this year, the STRS issued an ominous statement: teacher retirements in CA are projected to hit nearly record-breaking heights in 2021. The statement said that the numbers will be almost…

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The U.S. Department of Education recently released a 61-page FAQ a school district’s use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. Most notably the FAQ says that a state education agency or a state legislature may not limit or limit districts’ access or spending of the funds. The FAQ — which addresses ESSER…

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