Amy Gaskin, Santa Monica College Cloud computing at Santa Monica College’s Center for Media and Design. Amy Gaskin, Santa Monica College Cloud computing at Santa Monica College’s Center for Media and Design. Looking to bring new talent into cloud computing, Amazon Web Services has turned to California community colleges and high schools.
Gov. Newsom Now Projects $18 Billion Shortfall in Revenue for K-12, Community Colleges – NBC Bay Area
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration projects $18 billion less of funding for K-12 and community colleges amid the pandemic.
How California community college foundations are trying to help students – Local News Matters
A student walks back to her car after picking up eggs, milk, produce and dried goods from the weekly drive-thru food pantry at Santa Monica College. A student walks back to her car after picking up eggs, milk, produce and dried goods from the weekly drive-thru food pantry at Santa Monica College. (Photos by Mikhail Zinshteyn for CalMatters) In the third week of April, Shannon Hill approved the donation of some $35,000 in emergency aid to 40 students at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Hill,...
Students Go Weeks Without Schoolwork as ‘Distance Learning’ Standards Vary – NBC Bay Area
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit analyzed distance learning guidelines for dozens of school districts across California and found education standards vary...
Prom? Canceled. Graduation? Canceled. High Schoolers Share Their Worlds With Us
Four Bay Area high schoolers take us inside their daily lives under stay-at-home orders.
Families Surprise San Jose Teacher With Special Honor – NBC Bay Area
Students and parents from a San Jose nursery school honor their teacher, Miss Aimee, with a special parade and party from a distance.
San Jose Races to Close the 'Digital Divide' as Coronavirus Moves Learning Online
Census data from the latest American Community Survey estimates that more than 20,000 households in the city lack internet access.
Schools surprised by Governor Newsom's announcement about possibly reopening campuses early
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Governor Newsom announced that schools may open as early as July to make up for the lost time and inequality in educating kids online. The details have yet to be worked out, still, it took many school districts by surprise.This late in the distance learning program, San Francisco Unified was still handing out laptops to students who are trying to do their work online."I just got a computer and I get to do class work on this so I get to maintain my grades." said Douglas ...
Classwork, communication daunting for million California students with no computers; more donations needed
The “digital divide” has long been a problem before coronavirus swept through the globe. But this tech gap has been amplified as the deadly disease has prompted school campuses to close and forced students to learn online for the rest of the school year.
'I have cried every single week': Bay Area teachers adjust to distance learning
When second grade teacher Abbie Schultz dials into Google Hangouts at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, she's typically greeted by eight second graders smiling back at her. There are 23 kids in her class.
To grade or not to grade? For some local schools, that's been a divisive question
Up and down the Midpeninsula, while some students, parents and teachers breathed a sigh of relief that their schools would not be giving letter grades during the unprecedented closures, others rallied in opposition.
San Francisco school boards votes to give all students "A's"
“This is an unprecedented situation. To continue to have grades as an accountability system doesn’t really seem to meet this moment very well.”
Bay Area colleges receive tens of millions from federal coronavirus stimulus
UC Berkeley, San Jose State and San Francisco State each landed more than $28 million in grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last month by Congress.
Over a million California students still lack access to remote learning https://calmatters.org/politics/2020/04/california-students-lack-computer-access-remote-learning/
Over a million California students still lack access to remote learning
California is trying, with the help of companies and philanthropists, to procure more tech devices for children not equipped for remote learning.
California moves to close digital divide as schools shift online – Local News Matters
A student works on a laptop while at home learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Rocketship Public Schools) California students who lack the resources necessary to participate in computer-based distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic are at the heart of a new task force announced Thursday by the California Department of Education. The divide between students who have internet access and computer devices at home and those who don’t has never been more appa...
California State University suspends SAT/ACT testing for 2021-22 admissions, joining the UC system – Local News Matters
Students mingle on the campus of San Francisco State before the coronavirus shutdown. (Photo by Larry Gordon/EdSource) Applicants to the 23-campus California State University won’t have to submit scores from the SAT or ACT for admission in fall 2021, and the following winter and spring terms, according to an announcement released Friday. Coming after a similar action by the University of California on April 1, the move means that both of California’s enormous public university systems have su...
Teachers & the National Emergency Library: Stories from the Frontlines of Online Schooling
The numbers are staggering. According to UNESCO: 91% of the world’s learners have been impacted by school closures. 1,576,021,818 learners are cut off from their classrooms 188 countries have shut down schools nationwide. Obscured in those figures are the individual teachers, librarians and students struggling to carry on classroom instruction without the books they need. Since this pandemic began, we have heard from hundreds of them, reaching out to figure out some way to keep teaching and l...
A's for all? Coronavirus impacts college grading policies
Disrupted by coronavirus, California students are pushing for college grading policies that account for the pandemic's impact on their school year.
Funk: Distance learning amid COVID-19 crisis explained
As we all adjust to the new normal, while fighting the spread of COVID-19, the impacts on educators, students and families has increased the fear and anxiety among all of us. Although schools across the Bay Area have been closed, we are thankful for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-26-20 to continue funding schools at...
Schools in Santa Clara County, including Palo Alto, will stay closed for the rest of the academic year
BY SARA TABIN Daily Post Staff Writer Schools in Santa Clara County will be closed for the rest of the academic year because of the COVID-19 outbreak. In Palo Alto, [...]
Santa Clara County Extends Stay-at-Home Order, Finally Discloses Hospitalization Stats
Public health officials announced the revised mandate at a news conference in which they also unveiled new social distancing criteria.
California classrooms not expected to reopen this school year due to coronavirus, superintendent says
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond notifies counties that current safety issues and social distancing mean schools will not reopen this academic year.
Groups Call for OUSD to Suspend Planned School Closures, Mergers – NBC Bay Area
A group of Oakland activists and parents on Tuesday called on the Oakland Unified School District to suspend all proposed school closures, mergers and charter...
How Academy of Art Students Are Taking Analog Classes Digitally – NBC Bay Area
Amid stay-at-home orders, the Academy of Art has opened up a treasure trove of online tools to help instructors continue teaching art and design classes while...
Teachers, students caravan with signs and balloons during quarantine
People have been trying to spread cheer, from a distance.
How California’s Largest Community College District Is Making the Switch to Teach Online in Response to COVID-19: “Do Your Best at This Moment”
One of the nation’s largest community college systems is navigating through a chaotic two weeks before it unexpectedly but with paramount necessity transitions to a fully online set of institutions. Just a few scenes from its preparations: A video creation team films science instructors conducting lab experiments. The resulting video will then be posted online for students to view on-demand. Professors comfortable with virtual instruction volunteer as teachers’ aides to their less seasoned co...
Right Now, Being a High School Senior in the Bay Area Is a Waiting Game
High school seniors across the state are wondering if they'll receive final grades and graduate on time, which could also impact their ability to enroll for college.
Live Blog: San Diego Unified To Transition To Distance Learning After Spring Break
This is a breaking news blog for all of the latest updates about the coronavirus pandemic. Get our complete coronavirus coverage here → COVID-19 by the Numbers Data updates daily around 5 p.m. Local data source: San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency. State, national and world data source: Johns Hopkins CSSE San Diego Unified To Transition To Distance Learning After Spring Break – 7 p.m., March 24, 2020 San Diego Unified School District will move to distance learning after spring bre...
University of California retreats from tuition increase plan—at least for now – The Reporter
UC leaders said it would be unseemly to vote on tuition hike during the health emergency.
University of California retreats from tuition increase plan—at least for now – Daily Democrat
UC leaders said it would be unseemly to vote on tuition hike during the health emergency.
California schools likely closed through summer
Newsom doubts schools will reopen before summer, leaves eviction bans up to local governments. Online learning is put to the test at colleges.
Bay Area school closures: What districts told parents in early March
How school closures first unfolded in the Bay Area in early March. See our FAQ for the latest changes to school closures.
Exclusive: Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free
In an exclusive interview, the billionaire CEO of the world's most popular video conferencing tool discusses working from home, meeting increased demand and what Zoom is doing to help people cope with COVID-19.
School bonds usually are a cinch in California — what happened this time?
For 20 years, Californians have routinely supported school bonds. This time, up and down the ballot, the returns aren't looking so positive.
UC Santa Cruz Fires 54 Striking Grad Students
As we head into Super Tuesday, voter registration in California is at an all-time high. More than 20 million voters are currently registered in the state. Voter registration campaigns and the state’s successful motor voter law have likely put younger and more diverse Californians on the voter rolls. Reporter: Hayley Gray
Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills https://www.kron4.com/news/teacher-unions-children-terrified-by-active-shooter-drills/
Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The nation’s two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday that they can harm students’ mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting. The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association joined with the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund in calling for an end to unannounced drills or drills that simulate gun violence. “Everyw...
What state voters need to know about proposed $15B school construction bond https://www.localnewsmatters.org/2020/02/04/what-state-voters-need-to-know-about-proposed-15b-school-construction-bond/
What state voters need to know about proposed $15B school construction bond – Local News Matters
The March 3 California ballot includes a $15 billion state bond issue to help schools, community colleges and universities with construction costs for their facilities. Last fall, the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom placed the measure on the ballot by approving Assembly Bill 48. It will appear on the ballot as Proposition 13. Does it have anything to do with the Prop. 13 property tax initiative that voters passed in 1978? No. They just happen to have the same number. Every 10 years, the sta...
Proposition 13 would spend $15 billion on California schools
In a statewide survey published last month, the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found that about 53% of likely voters supported the measure, with 36% opposed and 10% undecided.
The Invisible Indoor Air Pollutant in California’s Classrooms – NBC Bay Area
Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Davis recently released a study looking at ventilation in California schools – several right here in the Bay Area. Their findings: 85 percent of classrooms had levels of carbon dioxide, or CO2, above acceptable levels of 1,000 parts per million, having the potential to impact students’ health and academic performance. “We…
San Jose teachers given surprise checks totaling more than $36,000
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Ahead of the 2019 Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium, the Pac-12 and College Football Playoff Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers will surprise 12 deserving teachers throughout the San Jose area with donations totaling over $36,000.The 12 teachers work at nine different elementary and middle schools and will receive different amounts of checks.ABC7 was there for the first two surprises for teachers at Franklin Elementary School.Franklin Elementary S...
Stanford says admissions-scandal mastermind approached 7 coaches, snagged only 1 https://www.onenewspage.com/n/Front+Page/1zkl56u8lj/Stanford-says-admissions-scandal-mastermind-approached-coaches.htm
Stanford says admissions-scandal mastermind approached 7 coaches, snagged only 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A Stanford review found the mastermind behind the national college-admissions scandal had approached seven coaches with promises of generous payments for recommending athletically unaccomplished applicants for admission to the elite university as sports recruits, the university said Tuesday. Only one, the former sailing coach who pleaded guilty earlier this year, went […]