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New Program to Provide Ineligible Applicants a Path to UC Admission

The University of California is launching a new dual admissions program in fall 2023. High school graduates with at least a 3.0 grade point average but without all the required A-G courses would be given a conditional offer of admission to a specific UC campus, but will first need to go to community college.

(Sept. 23, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Bill to Ban Community College Remedial Classes Awaits Signature

Awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature is a bill that would mostly ban remedial math and English classes, which can’t transfer with credit to four-year universities. Once signed, the bill will affect more than 40 colleges.

(Sept. 6, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Dual-Immersion Programs Could Fight Enrollment Declines

Dual-language immersion programs, which teach all students in English and another language, are so much in demand that some school districts have been able to stop declining enrollment or even grow enrollment in a school by beginning a dual-language program.

(Aug. 29, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
New Joint Powers Authority Aims to Provide Kids with Healthy Food

Nevada Joint Union School District, in partnership with Sierra Harvest, is launching a farm-to-school food program for the district. Sierra Harvest has run similar programs for 13 years, and will now be expanding to bring fresh, healthy food to thousands of local students in a mostly rural region.

(June 23, 2022) → Read the full The Union report
Nevada Joint Union School Board Welcomes New Member

Stephanie Hatch-Leishman will be filling the seat left vacant by Trustee Jamie Reeves, following a unanimous vote from the Nevada Joint Union High School District board.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full The Union report
Student-Written Policy Change Voted Down

A student-written revision of the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s harassment policy was voted down after a 2-to-2 vote. The proposed changes were aimed at addressing microaggressions among students.

(May 19, 2022) → Read the full The Union report
Applications Due for Vacancy on Nevada Joint Union Board of Trustees

Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees member Jamie Reeves is resigning on May 31, and the board will review and consider applicants for a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy on June 8.

(May 4, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
Nevada County Library to Expand Hours

The Nevada County Library is returning to its pre-pandemic schedule. New hours will include Saturdays at the Truckee, Madelyn Helling, Grass Valley, Bear River, and Doris Foley Library branches, as well as evening hours at multiple branches.

(April 27, 2022) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
UC System to Cover Tuition for California Residents Who Are Native Americans

The University of California system this fall will begin to pay the tuition for California residents who are Native American. The decision could affect more than 600 students. UC President Michael Drake said the move would “advance critical efforts to expand student diversity and make the University of California more affordable.”

(April 26, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
California Delays Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate for Schools

California is delaying a coronavirus vaccine mandate for schoolchildren until at least the summer of 2023. The state was the first to announce a mandate, but it will not take effect until federal regulators give final approval to the vaccine for children.

(April 14, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
Pleasures and Treasures of the California State Library

There are approximately 6 million items in the inventory of the California State Library. Four million of those are books, and nearly 2,000 of those are law books.

(April 13, 2022) → Read the full Comstock's Magazine report
Can California Prevent the Collapse of Community College Enrollment?

After community college enrollment collapsed in late 2020, California lawmakers came up with $120 million to help stem the tide of departing students. So far, progress has been uneven.

(March 21, 2022) → Read the full CapRadio report
SYRCL Launches Watershed Scavenger Hunt

The South Yuba River Citizens League launched its Know Your Watershed Scavenger Hunt to help raise funds for its Environmentalist of the Year scholarship, awarded to a local college-bound high school student.

(March 15, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
School Districts to Put More Kids in Transitional Kindergarten

State legislation taking effect in the fall requires all school districts to add free programs for children who turn 5 between Sept. 2, 2022, and Feb. 2, 2023. Known as transitional kindergarten, this pre-K year teaches students important life skills.

(Feb. 25, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
If UC Berkeley Must Cut 3,000 Students, Should It Favor Californians?

Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman capped UC Berkeley enrollment at 2020-21 levels, after Berkeley citizens sued over the toll that enrollment growth would take on the city. A Court of Appeals rejected UC Berkeley’s request Feb. 10 to undo that cap. Now UCB is looking to the state’s highest court.

(Feb. 20, 2022) → Read the full CapRadio report
COVID-19 Surge Halts Activities in Tahoe-Truckee School District

In a letter to parents, the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District said it is pausing multiple school activities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The district is experiencing a large surge with a total of 163 active cases and over 400 people in quarantine.

(Jan. 6, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
Pivotal School Funding Rule May Change

California schools currently only receive money for students who are present in class. A new bill might change this policy.

(Jan. 3, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Teacher Dismissed After Eschewing COVID Rules

A Truckee high school teacher was let go after refusing to get a COVID vaccine or get tested. She is one of many who could be facing loss of employment due to new protocols.

(Nov. 23, 2021) → Read the full Moonshine Ink report
School Board Hears Presentation on Group’s Opinion of ‘Critical Race Theory’

The first in-person meeting of the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees since the beginning of the pandemic was held Nov. 10. A group gave a presentation on “critical race theory” even though CRT is not on the curriculum of any K-12 in Nevada County.

(Nov. 11, 2021) → Read the full YubaNet report
Truckee Library Conceptual Design Revealed

A new conceptual design has been released showing the future of the Truckee library. The city expects to break ground in 2025 and reopen the library with its upgrades in 2026.

(Oct. 29, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
Teachers Reach Settlement With Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

The Tahoe Truckee Education Association has achieved a settlement with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District that will bring a starting salary for a beginning teacher with a California teaching credential to almost $61,000, helping attract and retain high-quality teachers.

(Oct. 19, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
School Board to Hear From Group that Opposes Critical Race Theory

The Nevada Joint Union High School District’s Board of Trustees will hear next month from a group presenting critical views on critical race theory. Board trustee Jim Drew pushed to get the group on the agenda, even though the district superintendent says outside groups “have not been allowed to give presentations unless they had a direct connection to the district.”

(Oct. 15, 2021) → Read the full The Union report
Emergency Connectivity Fund Available in Nevada County

Librarians, teachers, and school administrators may qualify for funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, which covers costs of computers, wi-fi hotspots, modems and routers, and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use.

(Oct. 8, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
Nevada County Library Closes the Book on Overdue Fines

Nevada County Community Library joins many other libraries across the country that have permanently dropped fines on late items, seeking to give greater access to library materials. From now on, any late items will be accepted without a fine.

(Aug. 2, 2021) → Read the full YubaNet report
California Child Care Providers Reach Contract With State

More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15 percent pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.

(June 25, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Tahoe Truckee School District, Teachers Union Ink Deal

The Tahoe Truckee Education Association and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District have come to an agreement, averting a potential strike in the fall.

(June 24, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
Tahoe Truckee Unified Faces Friction With Union

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and its union are struggling with salary negotiations for the current 2020/21 school year and what Tahoe Truckee Education Association members see as an ever-widening gap between their income and the local cost of living.

(June 11, 2021) → Read the full Moonshine Ink report
Big Brothers Big Sisters Raise $100K for Kids

The local nonprofit agency’s ninth annual Golf For Kids’ Sake fundraiser raised more than $100,000 for mentorship programs in South and North Lake Tahoe areas, including Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe.

(June 11, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
The Show Must Go On—Even at a Distance

During a pandemic, with mandated remote instruction, performing arts teachers are faced with particular challenges.

(May 6, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
Truckee High School Seniors Saluted With Banners

For the second year in a row, Visit Truckee-Tahoe has posted banners for all 167 students in downtown Truckee, each showing their senior portrait.

(April 15, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report
Life After High School

Through the district]s Career Technical Education Pathways classes, Tahoe Truckee Unified students learn real-life skills they can use whether they go directly to work or on to higher education.

(April 9, 2021) → Read the full Moonshine Ink report
Truckee High teacher helps Latinx students

Craig Rowe says La Fuerza Latina, which he founded three years ago, is producing "a lot of full rides to Berkeley, the Claremonts, Stanford, Tufts."

(April 2, 2021) → Read the full Sierra Sun report