California school districts are offering robust summer school programs with an emphasis on fun to help reconnect students to their schools.
The pandemic heightens regular challenges superintendents face during normal times and adds to tensions with school boards and teachers.
School board President Gabriela López said she wants “to provide more opportunities for community input.”
The unexpected announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom that schools should consider resuming as early as late July was met with immediate pushback.
California State Sen. Connie Leyva is moving to repeal a 40-year-old law requiring public school teachers on extended sick leave to pay for their own substitute teachers.
Under the California Education Code, teachers on extended medical leave pay for the substitutes replacing them. The cost is deducted from their paychecks.
A number of school districts, especially in high-cost regions of the state, are constructing apartment complexes to help attract and retain teachers.
San Francisco is the only city in California where parents without U.S. citizenship are allowed to vote in school board elections, but only 49 registered, amid warnings that ICE could find their addresses.
Intensive teacher training led to John Muir Elementary seeing a spike in math scores
San Francisco Unified incorporates social and emotional learning in math curriculum to provide richer academic lessons and improve student outcomes.
San Francisco and Los Angeles unified districts among those organizing activities to engage students in communication.
New law is intended to ensure all qualified students proceed to advanced math.
Study reviewed traditional and charter public schools in 50 cities nationwide.
Another bill that aims to suspend the exit exam for three years is pending.