October 31, 2022 | EdSource
If voters in San Diego pass Measure U next week, San Diego Unified would be able to build 500 units of housing for teachers and other district employees, including classified staff.
October 13, 2022 | EdSource
School board elections, once considered minor local down-ballot races by voters, have taken on new significance this year. Across California, conservative groups have leveraged parental angst, fueled by Covid-19 school closures, to recruit and train candidates to run for school boards.
October 12, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
From Nov. 14, 2021, to Feb. 25, 2022, a total of 387 drivers were recorded illegally driving past school buses in Sacramento. The violations were equivalent to 1.3 drivers ignoring bus signals per day.
October 10, 2022 | ABC News - Good Morning America
A 2-year-old boy has been reunited with his parents after a suspected carjacking in Michigan, thanks to the teamwork of two school bus drivers.
October 08, 2022 | NPR
There's been a surge in hoax calls about active shooters at schools across the country during the last three weeks. Many of them fit a strange, new pattern.
October 07, 2022 | ABC7 Los Angeles
School custodian Jack Sanchez is getting the recognition he deserves for his quick thinking actions that saved a choking kindergartner's life.
October 01, 2022 | EdSource
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills today that change the way elected officials in California, including school board members, can be recalled.
September 29, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
CalPERS Board candidate Yvonne Walker won 49.81% of the vote, just shy of a majority, so CalPERS will mail runoff ballots to retirees Nov. 4.
September 26, 2022 | The Guardian
Before California became the first state to implement a universal meals program for its 6.2 million public school students, Alyssa Wells would keep granola bars in her classroom for students who complained of being hungry.
September 26, 2022 | EdSource
The push to address chronic absenteeism comes as the district hones in on its focus to close learning gaps.
September 25, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
In his veto message, Newsom said that though the intent to make kindergarten compulsory is “laudable,” it would cost the state up to $268 million each year. Newsom has been praised by early-education advocates for a plan to boost access to preschool and transitional kindergarten, reiterated that learning for the state’s youngest students is critical.
September 24, 2022 | Champion Newspapers
In a show of solidarity amid negotiations, Chino Chapter 102 packed a school board meeting with Associated Chino Teachers following the district's counterproposal which included an offer below the current cost of living adjustment of 6.5 percent.
September 22, 2022 | LAist
Data from the L.A. County Department of Public Health shows a coronavirus outbreak in LAUSD’s central office building has sickened 71 employees and exposed another 100 adult workers since it began on Aug. 24. Workers contend this outbreak was a direct, avoidable consequence of a policy that now largely forbids LAUSD employees from working remotely.
September 18, 2022 | Capital Public Radio
California has poured billions of dollars into special grants and programs to ease the state’s persistent teacher shortage. One of those programs, the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program, offers financial assistance and academic guidance to school staff who want to complete an undergraduate degree and earn a teaching credential.
September 14, 2022 | EdSource
Teachers and other school staff who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to be tested weekly to remain on campuses after this week. State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón rescinded a public health order requiring that all school employees show proof of vaccination or be tested at least weekly. The new policy is effective Sept. 17.
September 14, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
California union members could receive tax credits to reimburse a portion of their dues payments under a bill awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature. Assembly Bill 158, approved by the Legislature in June, would provide $400 million worth of the credits starting in 2024.
September 09, 2022 | MERCED COUNTRY TIMES
Beatrice McCutchen grew up in the south of Merced and went through the city school system as a kid. She currently works for the Merced Union High School District as a health technician, and she also serves as the president of Chapter 252 of the California School Employees Association.
September 08, 2022 | School Transportation News
The rate of motorists nationwide that are illegally passing stopped school buses isn’t slowing down despite the continuous increases in technological and community outreach solutions, according to the industry’s association of state administrators.
August 31, 2022 | ABC News
A former school janitor-turned-teacher has become the principal of a California elementary school.
August 30, 2022 | EdSource
Los Angeles Unified School District board members currently earn more than five times the cap in the education code for a district its size.
August 29, 2022 | EdSource
Planting trees and grass, installing shade structures and misters and creating native plant gardens are among the steps Los Angeles Unified is taking to cool down schoolyards and make students more comfortable outside.
August 26, 2022 | aflcio.org
Despite the challenges of organizing during a deadly pandemic, working people across the country (and beyond) continue organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.
August 26, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Under the plan, the federal government will forgive up to $10,000 for those who earn less than $125,000 annually and up to $20,000 for those who received a Pell Grant for low-income students. About 92% of California borrowers will be eligible for the new loan forgiveness.
August 26, 2022 | EdSource
California laws protect LGBTQ+ students from harassment and support their right to identify as they wish.
August 16, 2022 | EdSource
California districts are continuing to offer free meals to all students, and extra funding this year is allowing them to incorporate more healthy, local ingredients.
August 15, 2022 | EdSource
The state policy of not including unopposed candidates on school board and special district ballots means that some candidates will win election without voters knowing who’s being elected. This potentially paves the way for candidates with extreme positions gaining seats on school boards without voters’ knowledge.
August 09, 2022 | EdSource
As school bells across the state ring at a different time than usual this year for middle and high school students due to a new law mandating later start times, administrators have had to tackle some new challenges, including navigating student and parent needs.
August 06, 2022 | School Transportation News
As school buses prepare to roll again for the new school year, the state’s $170 billion education budget signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newson in June will provide district school transportation operations with up to 60 percent reimbursement of all home-to-school transportation costs.
August 04, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Two out of every three California residents qualified this year for a health insurance premium of $10 or less through Covered California, but those rates will skyrocket next year without congressional action.
August 04, 2022 | EdSource
Daisy Gonzales has been named the interim chancellor of California’s 116-community college system.
August 03, 2022 | CNN
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to update its guidance for Covid-19 control in the community, including in schools, in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the plan.
August 02, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Unified school leaders on Tuesday officially stepped back from COVID-19 safety protocols that have been among the most far-reaching in the country, choosing instead to mirror current county requirements and join most other school systems throughout the region, marking a reordering of priorities as the pandemic seeps into a third academic year.
August 01, 2022 | EdSource
The bill would require the state to separate out test scores in English language arts, math and science for subgroups of English learners.
July 31, 2022 | KNSD-TV
“We’re looking for people across the district, both classified teaching and non-teaching positions,” said Meg Jacobson, Assistant Superintendent at La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools. “We’re seeing a shortage, especially with our classified staff. For example, classroom aides are who we are looking for support in the classroom.”
July 30, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Unified estimates that between 10,000 and 20,000 students are not enrolled or stopped attending last year, with the problem most pronounced in the youngest grades. As school officials work to identify and enroll the children, the district also is scrambling to fill about 900 classroom teaching positions and to find more than 200 bus drivers.
July 20, 2022 | EdSource
For the first time, students with significant cognitive disabilities would be able to earn a high school diploma — a gateway to better jobs.
July 19, 2022 | The Desert Sun
The College of the Desert chapter of the California School Employees Association said COD IT staff “have been working around the clock to resolve the issues and help create an architecture that will mitigate future problems.” IT staff have been working with their colleagues from Imperial Valley College to address the problems.
July 19, 2022 | The Washington Post
School officials reluctant to reinstate mask-wearing requirements when students return to the classroom this fall are rushing to improve indoor air quality to combat what one expert called the “worst version” of the virus: omicron subvariant BA. 5, which has shown a remarkable ability to evade immunity and reinfect Americans.
July 18, 2022 | ABC News
Indoor mask mandates returned Monday for the San Diego Unified School District schools and offices as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations tick up in the county.
July 15, 2022 | The Desert Sun
The Coachella Valley Unified School District is working to upgrade its bus fleet, but hard feelings continue over bus route delays and one trustee's comments that offended employees.
July 14, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
One projection issued by the state suggests that coronavirus-positive hospitalizations will continue to rise for the next two weeks before declining. If the model is right, the number of predicted hospitalizations at the peak will be “nothing like prior surges that we’ve seen,” California state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said in a briefing to the California Medical Assn. on Tuesday.
July 12, 2022 | EdSource
A panel of federal judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments this week about whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is legal.
July 12, 2022 | EdSource
The parents of an Aptos High School student sued the Pajaro Valley Unified School District last week, claiming that the district’s removal of school police officers was a contributing factor to the death of their son.
July 05, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
For the third straight year, the arrival of summer has brought fresh uncertainties about the COVID-19 outlook in California.
July 05, 2022 | San Francisco Chronicle
California kids will be allowed to go to school without face masks when classes resume in the fall. But public health officials still will recommend face coverings for students and staff in an effort to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at K-12 schools.
July 03, 2022 | Daily Democrat
The Woodland Joint Unified School District reached contract agreements with significant pay increases for both teachers and staff in June. District employees, represented by the California School Employees Association Chapter 118, will receive 10% pay raises, with 6% in the first year and 4% the second year.
July 01, 2022 | EdSource
With no fanfare outside of a press release, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion state budget Thursday that includes a record $128 billion for TK-12 schools and community colleges.
June 29, 2022 | EdSource
Critics of the Carson v. Makin decision are warning that charter schools could be drawn into the next skirmish over religious expression.
June 28, 2022 | MarketWatch
Anxiety over inflation impacts everyone, but women may feel it more acutely. A combination of factors, including a gender imbalance in household duties and pandemic-induced financial insecurity driven by rising childcare costs, are impacting women’s mental wellbeing and, in turn, the children they care for.
June 25, 2022 | EdSource
The Education Commission of the States has named California this year’s recipient of the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The commission praised several of the state's programs, including using funding to hire additional paraprofessionals.
June 23, 2022 | The Desert Sun
About a dozen Coachella Valley Unified bus drivers and transportation employees made public comments at Thursday's board meeting to defend their professionalism and call on Trustee Jesus Gonzalez to apologize for comments he made about bus drivers two weeks ago.
June 22, 2022 | EdSource
Anew analysis of the enduring impact of Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that voters passed as a backlash against rising property taxes, concluded it has contributed to a widening wealth gap, a severe housing shortage and, for decades, inadequate funding for public schools.
June 21, 2022 | Santa Clarita Valley Signal
The William S. Hart Union High School District and its chapter of the California School Employees Association have reached a tentative agreement that includes a 4% on-schedule raise and the district will cover the full cost of dental and vision benefits.
June 21, 2022 | EdSource
California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is resigning effective Aug. 1 to become CEO of the College Futures Foundation, he announced Thursday in a statement.
June 20, 2022 | WSJ
Educators say they are worn down by the Covid-19 pandemic, understaffed schools and political battles. Districts warn of a worsening shortage.
June 16, 2022 | aflcio.org
“It’s good to be home,” President Biden began, as he took the stage at the AFL-CIO Convention, which took place this week in Philadelphia.
June 09, 2022 | KGET-TV
Pam Padilla says when the district’s print shop was vandalized, instead of repairing it, the district decided to outsource the work and transfer her to work in the cafeteria. Padilla happens to be a staunch critic of the board and its troubled leadership.
June 07, 2022 | EdSource
The good news, at least for schools and community colleges, is that even if state revenues were to plummet, they’d be far better positioned to weather a sizable downturn than in the past — for reasons of foresight and luck.
June 06, 2022 | KFSN-TV - ABC30
Hundreds of Madera Unified employees participated in active shooter training as part of the district's annual Classified Employee Conference.
June 06, 2022 | sacbee.com
California’s population is falling. And the decline is especially pronounced in the state’s K-12 schools, which are eyeing the numbers as not only representing the total students they teach, but the money they receive to do so.
June 03, 2022 | EdSource
School districts and charter schools would get $4.5 billion more than Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing for the Local Control Funding Formula, under a draft 2022-23 state budget that the Legislature released this week.
June 02, 2022 | KTLA-TV
School officials under pressure to balance accessibility and safety confront a variety of decisions about the seemingly mundane act of going in and out of a building or classroom. But as the attack on Robb Elementary School showed, such choices can sometimes spell the difference between life and death.
June 02, 2022 | kcra.com
A week after 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, the Twin Rivers Unified School District is evaluating safety and security at its more than 50 sites.
June 02, 2022 | Ttownmedia.com
The Patterson Unified Chapter of California School Employees Association (CSEA) presented annual awards and recognition to Patterson Joint Unified School District staff members at a year-end celebration at Northmead Elementary.
May 30, 2022 | Tehachapi News
Outstanding employees of Tehachapi Unified School District were honored by the district's school board, including Sandy Resendiz, a custodian at Golden Hills Elementary School. She has worked for the district since 1998 and is president of the local unit of the California School Employees Association.
May 26, 2022 | lbschools.net
Grover Khem, a custodian at Jefferson Leadership Academy, has earned the Classified Employee of the Year Award from the Long Beach Unified School District. The award was announced during a recent celebration in honor of classified employees at the Teacher Resource Center.
May 26, 2022 | California Healthline
A fourth-grade camping trip led to one outbreak, a high school prom to another. But even with covid cases rising as schools head into the final stretch of the academic year, most California districts have not moved toward reinstating mask mandates.
May 25, 2022 | losaltosonline.com
MVLA was selected as one of only 10 districts of the more than 700 in California to participate in the Appreciating Classified Employees program, in which MVLA leaders followed along with one or two CSEs to gain a deeper understanding of what their jobs look like on a daily basis.
May 25, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
A national, youth-driven wave of unionizing could soon reach the California State Legislature, where a new proposal would allow collective bargaining for the first time for legislative employees.
May 19, 2022 | Viewpoints Online
Classified employees of the Riverside Community College District expressed that they feel unrecognized and underappreciated during classified employee week.
May 18, 2022 | Cerritos Community News.
CSEA member Silvia Cobian was recognized as Montebello Unified’s 2022 Classified Employee of the Year.
May 17, 2022 | EdSource
The superintendent of Alameda County apologized last week after her office spent about $600,000 in Covid relief funds on stipends for mostly managers and not union members.
May 16, 2022 | South Pasadena News | The South Pasadenan
Custodians, instructional aides, playground supervisors, food services staff, general office employees, technology staff, health staff, maintenance staff, extended day staff and more go above and beyond what is required to support the SPUSD community.
May 13, 2022 | EdSource
Nationwide, new Covid infections have increased substantially in the past month, with California adding more than 158,000 new cases during that time.
May 13, 2022 | EdSource
The TK-12 budget includes a 10% increase in general funding under the Local Control Funding Formula, which school districts and legislative leaders had made their #1 priority. It would increase to $73.4 billion, according to the Department of Finance.
May 13, 2022 | The Pajaronian | Watsonville, CA
School custodian Raúl Gonzales has put in 42 years at various schools since 1979. He is now a full-time custodian at Ohlone Elementary School, where his impact on the campus earned him a brass plaque in 2017 naming the school’s academic and administration building after him.
May 11, 2022 | School Transportation News
Two of California's 2022 Classified Employees of the Year work in pupil transportation and were honored for their dedication to California’s public-school students.
May 05, 2022 | The Coast News
Dozens of the nearly 200 San Marcos Unified School District staff who received layoff notices in March breathed a sigh of relief this week after being informed that their jobs were, in fact, safe.
April 30, 2022 | EdSource
Legislative leaders agreed this week that giving schools billions of dollars more in unrestricted funding would be their top priority in negotiations with Gov. Gavin Newsom over next year’s bountiful state budget.
April 26, 2022 | EdSource
Facing huge questions about enrollment next year and long-term projections of a double-digit decline statewide over the next decade, charter school leaders say they have been consumed with keeping schools open and have put off thinking about growing again.
April 22, 2022 | NPR
"In most school districts, the second-largest yearly expense after salaries is the energy bill." That's a quote from Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking earlier this month at an elementary school in Washington, D.C.
April 22, 2022 | Sierra Sun Times
“Our members, including instructional assistants and attendance clerks, know that student absences actually cost money and demand additional resources to track down absent students and prepare make-up assignments," stated California School Employees Association President Matthew “Shane” Dishman.
April 20, 2022 | EdSource
After years of prioritizing English-only classes for students who spoke other languages at home, California is now pushing to expand bilingual programs for all students. But the state has a huge hurdle: It needs more bilingual teachers.
April 18, 2022 | sacbee.com
A proposal before the CalPERS Board of Administration would put a two-year limit on “retired annuitant” appointments — which allow retirees to collect both a government paycheck and a pension — but would allow extensions in some circumstances.
April 15, 2022 | The San Diego Union Tribune
Inflation has raised the stakes in school union negotiations statewide as public school salary growth has failed to keep up with rising living costs. In San Ysidro, union leaders say the issue of pay has become pressing especially for classified employees, a sometimes-overlooked group that makes considerably less than their certificated teacher colleagues.
April 15, 2022 | Long Beach Press-Telegram
Gilbert Bonilla Jr., president of CSEA’s Long Beach Chapter 2 said the district’s classified workers are struggling to make ends meet, with exponentially increasing costs of living in Long Beach and Los Angeles County generally. “How else are people going to be able to stay in Long Beach and survive in Long Beach?”
April 14, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California will not require schoolchildren to be immunized for COVID-19 after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he is pausing a state mandate set to go into effect before the upcoming academic year.
April 13, 2022 | Long Beach Post
The Long Beach Unified School District has reached a tentative agreement with the Long Beach chapter of the California School Employees Association on a new contract, ending a year-long dispute that included threats of a strike.
April 11, 2022 | EdSource
For Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislators, the new numbers will add urgency to decisions on how to fund schools post-Covid. Schools are funded largely by students’ average daily attendance, but drops in enrollment will affect their bottom lines and ability to meet expenses.
March 31, 2022 | EdSource
State education leaders put their support behind Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to pay for literacy coaches and specialists at schools with low reading scores.
March 29, 2022 | LAist
School districts across the state are scrambling to hire an estimated 11,000 teachers and 25,000 teacher assistants to expand transitional kindergarten. In addition to the teachers and aides already working in early childhood centers, this also creates an opportunity for paraprofessionals, to consid
March 28, 2022 | EdSource
In his 2023 fiscal year budget released Monday, President Joe Biden proposed $88.3 billion in new discretionary spending for schools and colleges, an increase of 15.6% over last year’s spending.
March 27, 2022 | The Press-Enterprise
The “endorsement draft” of conservative Christians who plan to run against school board members in Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula this November is part of a national trend that’s turned public schools into political battlefields over COVID-19 mandates, LGBTQ acceptance and what children should learn about race.
March 23, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento schools closed Wednesday morning as teachers and school staff went on strike and stood at picket lines at about 80 campuses across the city. Many of Sacramento City Unified’s 2,800 teachers and 1,800 classified school employees from SEIU Local 1021 planned to stand outside of their empty,
March 23, 2022 | EdSource
For two decades, K-12 enrollment in California was stable, hovering between 6.1 million and 6.2 million students. But within the state, there was movement: sharp enrollment declines in coastal counties, where housing prices outpaced incomes – and sharp increases inland, as families moved east to bigger lots and cheaper homes.
March 21, 2022 | sigtrib.com
Amid vocal union activism outside the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 16, the board learned there was still no progress on its final stage contract negotiation with the California School Employees Association (CSEA).
March 18, 2022 | The Sacramento Bee
Interest rate hikes the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday come with a modest upside for public pension funds such as CalPERS and CalSTRS. While the interest rate hikes raise borrowing costs for consumers, they also improve returns on stable, long-term investments, and California’s two largest pension funds, with a recent combined value of about $790 billion, benefit from stability.
March 15, 2022 | Coronado Times
Coronado Unified School District annually recognized five outstanding classified employees at its March 10 Board meeting.
March 15, 2022 | EdSource
The end of California's mask mandate for schools Monday meant students and school staff no longer have to wear masks to school, but many still did.
March 14, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
A few weeks ago, Lorena Gonzalez, former politician and current union troublemaker resigned from the state Legislature and signed up to lead the California Labor Federation. She said nothing you can legislate ever makes the world as good for workers as a union contract.