January 20, 2022 | Long Beach Post
The CSEA Long Beach chapter has never before gone on strike, but the leadership’s frustration was evident at Wednesday evening’s LBUSD Board of Education meeting, where many of their members rallied outside, carrying signs demanding more livable wages or threatening to walk off the job.
January 19, 2022 | Whittier Daily News
The current omicron-driven surge of the coronavirus pandemic is forcing huge numbers of teachers and other school employees to stay home, either because they’re infected, in quarantine, or they’re caring for someone with the virus.
January 18, 2022 | Wall Street Journal
With many teachers and staff out because of the Covid-19 variant, hundreds of parents serve as custodians, cafeteria workers and classroom aides.
January 17, 2022 | KTVU
Some Oakland Unified students plan to stay home from school Tuesday if the school district does not comply with their COVID safety demands, according to a petition from students. Over 1,000 students have signed the petition addressed to the OUSD superintendent and school board members.
January 17, 2022 | Capital Public Radio
Sacramento County set a new high for confirmed hospitalized COVID-19 patients over the long weekend — 533 on Jan. 15 and 547 on Jan. 16. The previous high was 518 reported on Dec. 22, 2020, during a deadly winter surge.
January 15, 2022 | EdSource
The return to California classrooms after the winter holiday break has been rocky, as Covid infection rates continue to climb, schools run out of substitutes to take over classrooms for ill and quarantined teachers, and district officials and staff wrangle over safety protocols.
January 14, 2022 | KPBS-FM
Labor unions and essential workers are urging lawmakers to once again provide COVID-19 paid sick leave. Advocates argue without it, people who have the virus may be going to work too early.
January 11, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Gov. Gavin Newsom projected another year of record funding for schools during his budget presentation on Monday but warned that some districts could be in financial trouble as student enrollment continues to decline.
January 11, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
California will whittle down its long-term debt in the fiscal year ahead with a supplemental pension payment of $3.5 billion, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal. As of July, the system had about 80% of the money it would need to cover all its long-term debts, up from 71% a year earlier.
January 11, 2022 | KRON-TV
Palo Alto schools are facing staffing problems, and the school district wants to take parent participation to a whole new level. The district has asked parents to help at the schools with tasks like administering COVID tests, custodial duties and classroom duties.
January 10, 2022 | EdSource
Funding for schools and community colleges will rise to more than $100 billion for the first time under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for next year, as state revenues continue to surge amid a pandemic that is filling hospitals and continuing to throw businesses and Californians off kilter.
January 10, 2022 | CNN
As Los Angeles students and staff prepare to return to school Tuesday, about 62,000 have tested positive for Covid-19, school district data show.
January 10, 2022 | KTVU-TV
California's schools are reopening after the holiday break amid a sharp spike in COVID cases and test scarcity, but some school officials are concerned that outbreaks and staffing shortages will make it difficult to stay open in the coming weeks.
January 10, 2022 | The Press Democrat
During the first week back in the classroom following winter break, Sonoma County schools experienced some of their most severe staff shortages of the academic year, along with double the number of student absences for some districts.
January 08, 2022 | Spectrum News 1 Ohio
With classes set to begin next week, the Los Angeles Unified School District began distributing thousands of take-home COVID-19 tests to students' families Friday so they can meet the requirement of logging a negative test before returning to campuses.
January 06, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Newsom intends to steer more money toward screenings for dyslexia and add more funding for early education, but school districts also want more money that isn’t committed to specific programs that they can spend on their core needs, including staff and facilities.
January 06, 2022 | Visalia Times-Delta
Confirmed virus cases have shot up nearly 500% in the last two weeks and hospitalizations have doubled since Christmas to more than 8,000. State models forecast hospitalizations could top 20,000 by early next month, a level nearly as high as last January, when California experienced its deadliest surge.
January 05, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
After weeks of travel, holiday gatherings and the continued spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant, California’s K-12 students, teachers and staff return to classrooms this month facing a positivity rate of 20.4% – nearly quadruple the rate it was prior to Christmas break.
January 05, 2022 | Ed Source
Pediatric Covid hospitalizations have shot up over the past few days, surpassing the number of pediatric hospitalizations at the peak of last winter’s surge.
January 05, 2022 | Capital Public Radio
School district officials across California are worried about losing millions of dollars all at once, resulting in staffing cuts in a time when students need more attention than ever.
January 05, 2022 | KNSD-TV
On Monday, there were 3,700 absences compared to an average Monday when 1,300 to 1,600 students call in sick.
January 04, 2022 | The San Diego Union Tribune
“Our current attendance-based funding system takes resources away from schools in lower-income communities because they experience higher rates of absenteeism,” said California School Employees Association President Shane Dishman.
January 03, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced her resignation Monday and said she plans to take over as leader of the California Labor Federation when its longtime executive-secretary treasurer, Art Pulaski, steps down this summer.
January 03, 2022 | The Fresno Bee
A new bill by Sen. Anthony Portantino would alter schools’ funding formula, shifting from one that’s based on average daily attendance to one based on total enrollment.
December 31, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
With California’s coronavirus surge worsening, the state has issued new recommendations for when people infected with the virus can end their isolation, guidance that is stricter than what was made earlier this week by the CDC.
December 30, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle
Bay Area students will flood back into schools starting Monday after spending two weeks with family and friends or even traveling to other states and countries just as the omicron wave is hitting California.
December 30, 2021 | The Sacramento Bee
California state retirees can breathe a little easier on Jan. 1, as a new law goes into effect directing CalPERS to go after employers — not retirees — in cases where the pension system discovers errors in pension calculations.
December 30, 2021 | EdSource
In a case some say could have a profound impact on disabled students’ rights, California’s largest community college district is planning to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a case centered on blind students’ access to textbooks, handouts and other classroom materials in a format they can understand.
December 20, 2021 | EdSource
As California expands transitional kindergarten, English learner advocates are urging school districts to prioritize children learning English as a second language.
December 19, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Responding to new alarms about worsening COVID-19 conditions, health officials offered up a troubling forecast about increased hospitalizations and the spread of the new Omicron variant in California and beyond.
December 17, 2021 | EdSource
Unprepared to add thousands of students to their independent study programs, several large California school districts opted this week to roll back their vaccine mandate deadlines.
December 17, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Hospitals face new challenges that they didn’t last year, when California ordered regional stay-at-home orders affecting most of the state.
December 17, 2021 | Sierra Sun
The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has reached an agreement with the local California School Employees Association chapter, approving a 5% salary increase and one-time scaled pay bonus.
December 15, 2021 | Sacramento Bee
The school year is nearly halfway complete, and school districts across the Sacramento region are still struggling to fill dozens of positions, both with permanent teachers and substitutes.
December 15, 2021 | KESQ-TV
The entire sixth-grade class at a Yorba Linda school is under quarantine this week after a high number of students tested positive for COVID-19.
December 15, 2021 | Forbes
Several more universities are cancelling events or all but shutting down their campuses as a new wave of Covid-19 cases begins to sweep across their communities. In each case, some of the new cases include the Omicron variant.
December 15, 2021 | Thousand Oaks Acorn
CSEA president Brian Farrell said, “It’s not about money. It’s about fairness. It’s about respect.”
December 11, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle
Coronavirus case rates have risen 37% in the Bay Area and 30% statewide just in the past week.
December 11, 2021 | The Mercury News
In the Bay Area, six cases of omicron have been identified among 12 Alameda County residents — including 11 workers at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center — who tested positive after attending a wedding in Wisconsin. They were vaccinated and had received boosters.
December 11, 2021 | Los Angeles Daily News
The Los Angeles Unified school board will discuss next week the possibility of delaying its plan to transfer unvaccinated students to its online independent study program until next fall, the district announced Friday, Dec. 10.
December 10, 2021 | EdSource
Alberto Carvalho will go from leading the country's fourth-largest school system to the second largest in Los Angeles.
December 10, 2021 | Santa Clarita Valley Signal
“I think the program is awesome because it gives the less-than-12-month classified employees a chance to have money over the summer when we don’t work,” said Kathy Hefferon, California School Employees Association Chapter 349 president.
December 10, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
In California, younger Latinos are dying of COVID-19 at much higher rates than their white and Asian counterparts. Younger Black people also are dying at high rates, but the disparity is starkest for Latinos.
December 01, 2021 | Lake County Record-Bee
Some California school districts, in an effort to get ahead of California Covid-19 vaccine mandate deadlines and reduce already dire staffing shortages, are paying teachers and other staff to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
November 30, 2021 | Ed Source
Widespread supply chain shortages have hit school lunch programs, too, causing school staffs to order in bulk further in advance, substitute ingredients, order more fruit and vegetables and scramble to find hamburgers and other student favorites.
November 28, 2021 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday temporarily blocked San Diego Unified’s student COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect — one day before the school district’s deadline for students to get their first dose.
November 23, 2021 | The Desert Sun
Coachella Valley Unified School District approved a vaccine mandate at its board meeting Thursday that will require all staff members, contractors and volunteers that work on school sites to be "fully vaccinated" by Jan. 10, 2022. The new CVUSD mandate is stronger than the current statewide mandate
November 23, 2021 | PBS NewsHour
Paying students to serve lunches during school hours. Bringing retired teachers back to the classroom. Hiring bus drivers for janitorial duties. Shortening in-person instruction to four days a week. Across the country, these are some of the short-term solutions to a nationwide shortage of school staff at all levels
November 23, 2021 | Antelope Valley Press
Southern Kern Unified School District teachers and classified employees will get a 3% salary increase and a 2% one-time bonus. The District also raised longevity stipends for classified employees.
November 22, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
The experience of L.A. Unified, the second-largest school district in the nation and the first large system to approve such a requirement, represents an early test of compliance levels with student vaccine mandates.
November 22, 2021 | EdSource
Some California school districts, in an effort to get ahead of California Covid-19 vaccine mandate deadlines and reduce already dire staffing shortages, are paying teachers and other staff to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
November 22, 2021 | The American Prospect
Unions aren’t just about strikes and politics—the stories the media covers. There’s a big story the media usually misses about unions: how, concretely, they improve workers’ lives.
November 18, 2021 | EdSource
Long Beach City College has launched a safe overnight parking pilot program to provide homeless students with a safe place to park every night. The pilot includes access to showers and a private security guard hired by the college.
November 18, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
With a deadline for student COVID-19 vaccinations days away — and about 72% in compliance — the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday authorized an estimated $5 million for prizes and treats as incentives, including gift cards to Amazon and Target, tickets to “Hamilton” and food trucks on campus.
November 17, 2021 | Ed Source
Charter schools enroll significantly fewer students with disabilities than traditional public schools, although students with disabilities at charter schools are more likely to be in general education classrooms, according to a new report by the Center for Learner Equity.
November 17, 2021 | California Patch.com
At its November 10th meeting, the Piedmont Unified Board of Education announced that it will recognize June 19th as a holiday for all CSEA employees. The date will be added to the proposed Work Calendar for negotiations beginning in January/February 2022.
November 17, 2021 | EdSource
The state Legislative Analyst’s Office is projecting a double-digit increase in billions of dollars and percentages in 2022-23 in education funding under Proposition 98. That’s the formula that determines the minimum funding allocation for K-14 schools. Schools and community colleges can expect an a
November 15, 2021 | Ed Source
American Rescue Plan Act funding imposes few restrictions, although addressing lost learning and underserved students must be priorities.
November 14, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Unvaccinated adolescents have been the driving force behind a stubbornly persistent Delta surge in Britain, a potential warning sign for California if inoculation rates don’t improve considerably among this age group, health experts warn.
November 08, 2021 | Associated Press
The Biden administration is encouraging local school districts to host clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to kids and information to parents on the benefits of the shots as the White House looks to speedily provide vaccines to those ages 5 to 11.
November 08, 2021 | EdSource
Amid calls for schools to diversify their teaching staffs, some are saying those efforts should extend beyond the classroom — to the counseling office.
November 08, 2021 | Rocklin & Roseville Today
“CSEA is proud of the devotion each of its members display to make sure all campuses are ready each day to welcome students and fellow colleagues,” said Charles Haddox, II, CSEA Chapter 773 President.
November 07, 2021 | The Mercury News
With some Bay Area school districts requiring students to get COVID-19 shots to return to class, Black students are being vaccinated at rates far below their peers, exacerbating long-standing racial disparities laid bare by the pandemic and raising fears that Black students could be disproportionately shut out of public school.
November 05, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Just four months ago, community activists celebrated a decision to defund school police, removing officers from high schools and bringing in proctors trained to de-escalate tensions. But after a recent shooting near a campus, the board has reversed course and brought back police, saying that student safety is paramount.
November 04, 2021 | EdSource
California Community Colleges suffered a pandemic enrollment drop of nearly 15%, higher than what the system reported earlier this year for the fall 2020 semester.
November 04, 2021 | EdSource
With this week’s approval of a Covid vaccine for children, California schools and parents began looking ahead to a new era — one that might mean fewer mask and testing requirements, but one where deep ideological divisions remain.
November 03, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles school district is not requiring students ages 5 to 11 to get COVID-19 vaccines, although the shots will be available on campus if parents want their children to be inoculated.
November 03, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle
Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City, which has 4,236 students and 514 staff, has been part of a growing movement among California school districts to provide affordable housing for teachers and other school employees. In 2018, it became one of the first in the U.S. to pass a bond measure to build teacher and staff housing.
November 01, 2021 | National Public Radio
This year, because of the pandemic, meals are free to all students, and the USDA is theoretically picking up the cost, but shortages are crimping the program and costs are rising.
November 01, 2021 | L.A. Times
“The highest case rates have been among unvaccinated teens, who were eight times more likely than vaccinated teens to test positive for COVID and are important drivers of transmission across our communities,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a recent briefing.
November 01, 2021 | EdSource
A Sacramento organization is suing the state, alleging officials knew about discriminatory disciplinary practices for years and did nothing.
November 01, 2021 | The Sacramento Bee
Multiple proposed initiatives, including one involving a former Trump cabinet member, call for California to give about $14,000 a year to parents sending their kids to private schools. Initiatives going after California’s public schools and unions aren’t new. But if those measures collect enough signatures to reach the ballot, 2022 could be a blockbuster of an election for California’s unions.
October 31, 2021 | Los Angeles Daily News
The future of an elementary school that’s been serving families in South Central Los Angeles for more than a century appears uncertain after this academic year due to declining enrollment, while a charter school on the same campus — whose enrollment has been growing — sets its sights on expanding. T
October 29, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified School District was among the first school systems in the nation to require employees to be vaccinated. The Oct. 15 deadline prompted a last-minute surge among thousands who were hesitant. No vaccine meant no entry onto a campus — and likely no job.
October 29, 2021 | EdSource
California’s school vaccine mandate is moving closer to reality with the imminent approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. But regulations around the mandate have left many confused.
October 28, 2021 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland defended a Justice Department memo aimed at combating threats and violence against teachers, administrators and other school officials while Republicans insisted that he rescind the directive. He signaled no plans to do so despite their criticism.
October 28, 2021 | EdSource
A decade after a landmark report on English learners, California still has a long way to go to help students learn English.
October 28, 2021 | The Sacramento Bee
More threatening posts circulating online and anonymous calls have prompted campuses across the Sacramento region to add security or take other precautions this week, though school and law enforcement officials have said many of the messages appear to be linked to an unsubstantiated threat that has gone viral nationwide.
October 28, 2021 | The Sacramento Bee
During COVID-19 school closures, the federal government authorized special payments to families with children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for children stuck at home without access to school cafeterias.
October 28, 2021 | Ed Source
California continued to move up in state rankings of spending per student, although it remains below the national average, according to the New Jersey-based Education Law Center, which released its annual school financing report Thursday.
October 27, 2021 | California Patch.com
MUSD Administrative Secretary Suzette Bromagem, along with Debbie Narvaes of Berryessa School District, co-authored a resolution at the 2019 CSEA Annual Conference for full Transitional Kindergarten funding for students regardless of age (4 or 5).
October 27, 2021 | LA School Report
Recruiting a diverse staff and building a “family-like” school culture are among the key action steps more than 100 Black educators recommend school leaders follow in a recent report released by Teach Plus and the Center for Black Educator Development.
October 26, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Interest in school board seats has surged, with national conservative groups and state-level efforts encouraging challenges by right-leaning newcomers amid debates over COVID-19 mask mandates, gender-neutral bathrooms and teachings on race.
October 22, 2021 | The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Classified employees within the Saugus Unified School District are now showing their COVID-19 vaccination verification or undergoing weekly testing to work in the office.
October 21, 2021 | Associated Press
Public health departments across California are gearing up to administer coronavirus vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 in the coming weeks and officials say they are planning “family-friendly” events — including at schools — to persuade parents and guardians to get their kids vaccinated.
October 21, 2021 | EdSource
State Auditor Elaine Howle faults California Department of Education for not scrutinizing spending and not doing more audits.
October 21, 2021 | Orange County Tribune
Gabriel Arana, a full-time school bus driver for the Garden Grove Unified School District, says he feels underappreciated because truck drivers are paid more than the people who are responsible for transporting kids safely to and from school.
October 20, 2021 | Sacramento Bee
His announcement Wednesday means his administration anticipates another windfall as it begins writing the 2022-23 budget proposal he’s expected to announce in January.
October 20, 2021 | Los Angeles Daily News
Accommodations may include assigning employees to remote work, placing them on temporary leave or having them draw down their “benefitted time,” a spokesperson for the district shared in an email.
October 20, 2021 | Daily Breeze
Overall, 97% of the approximately 73,000 employees in Los Angeles Unified have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot or have been granted a workplace accommodation due to a medical or religious exemption, the nation’s second-largest school district said Tuesday, Oct. 19, one day after its staff vaccine mandate went into effect.
October 19, 2021 | EdSource
Despite this year’s return to in-person learning, districts throughout the state are seeing major declines in both enrollment and average daily attendance and fear the reductions could result in significant funding cuts next school year.
October 19, 2021 | EdSource
The unexpected drop in statewide school enrollment last year of 160,000 students may prove to be a blip, ready to rebound as the coronavirus recedes. Or that one-year 2.6% drop could be an oversize harbinger of what demographers are predicting will be a decade-long enrollment decline in California.
October 18, 2021 | EdSource
It’s not clear how many California students and school staff stayed out, but the percentage of students not showing up for school was highest in rural, more conservative areas of the state.
October 15, 2021 | EdSource
Many California districts are already struggling to staff schools, and even a moderate number of resignations would mean not only fewer teachers but fewer bus drivers, instructional aides and substitute teachers to keep schools running.
October 13, 2021 | EdSource
This year, the Legislature’s focus on education was on Covid-related bills and on a record-high state budget, which includes tens of billions of new and one-time spending, along with policy decisions on how to spend the money.
October 13, 2021 | KFMB-TV CBS-8
In a letter to parents, the district said they are in desperate need of not only bus drivers, but also aides as well as substitute teachers. The district said that for the first time ever students are on waitlists for buses, they added that some schools have lunch lines that are so long, students don’t have time to eat before having to go back to class.
October 13, 2021 | EdSource
Universal transitional kindergarten will essentially become California’s version of a universal preschool program, available to all 4-year-olds regardless of income.
October 13, 2021 | Lexology
AB 438 will largely change how both school districts and community college districts will conduct classified layoffs and extend greater protections to classified employees.
October 12, 2021 | San Bernardino American News
Governor Newsom signed AB 438 (Reyes) into law, standardizing the layoff process and extending existing worker protections for classified employees. “Classified school employees are essential frontline workers at our school campuses and without their efforts school campuses would be unable to functi
October 12, 2021 | Education Week
Nationwide, more than three-quarters of district leaders and principals say they’re experiencing at least moderate staffing shortages in their school buildings this year with classified positions among the hardest roles to fill.