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San Benito County Education Digest



Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election

02/21/2024

On one side: Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. On the other side: Protect Kids California, a parents rights organization.

Property-Poor Districts Demand Fairer Funding for School Facilities

02/21/2024

Lawyers representing organizations in property-poor school districts are pressing Gavin Newsom and legislators over a school bond for the November ballot.

Cal State Faculty Vote to Ratify New Contract

02/19/2024

Members of the California Faculty Association approve a two-year agreement that the union and administration hammered out after a strike last month that lasted one day.

Research: Immigration Enforcement Hinders Education; Schools Offer Support

02/15/2024

Immigration enforcement lowers students’ ability to succeed academically and negatively affects their overall learning experience.

Arts Education Takes Flight Outdoors in Mariposa County

02/14/2024

Teachers and students tap into a native tradition in which art and nature have always been inextricably linked.

Academic Rigor Versus Cultural Relevance Is a False Choice

02/14/2024

By reframing them as mutually reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive, we can transform education for every child.

New California Teaching Standards Increase Focus on Family Engagement, Social-Emotional Learning

02/12/2024

The state is to implement long-awaited new guidelines in 2025 despite some calls for a year’s delay.

San Juan School Will Rebuild on Existing Campus

02/07/2024

Superintendent Barbara Dill Varga has been anxiously awaiting word on the school’s fate from state architects.

UC Merced to Feature on ‘The College Tour’ Show

02/07/2024

UC Merced will be highlighted on an Amazon Prime show that showcases universities around the world.

Strategic, Sustainable Residencies Can Help Solve the Teacher Shortage

02/06/2024

If educator candidates are paid a living wage and receive plenty of support, they are more likely to remain in the profession.

FAFSA Delays Are Leaving Students in Limbo. California Campuses Don’t Expect Help

02/05/2024

California colleges doubt the U.S. Department of Education’s plans will do much to help campuses struggling with delays in awarding financial aid.

California Universities Are Required to Offer Students Abortion Pills. A Lot Just Don’t Mention It

02/04/2024

One year after California became the first state to require its public universities to provide the abortion pill to students, basic information on where or how students can obtain the medication is lacking.

Aspiring Bilingual Teachers Gain New Perspectives by Crossing the Border

02/04/2024

San Diego State’s Dual Language & English Learner Education department requires students in the credential program to visit schools in Tijuana.

Parents’ Lawsuit Forces California to Spend $2 Billion on Learning Loss. Here’s What Will Change

02/02/2024

Learning loss during the pandemic hit California’s low-income students hardest. An agreement requires the state to focus spending there.

CSU Plans to Expand Student Grants to Cover Full Tuition and Living Expenses

01/31/2024

The financial aid expansion is aimed at making good on a pledge last fall when trustees approve a tuition hike.

Advice From Former Superintendents on Retaining Those Still on the Job

01/30/2024

Five former California superintendents shared potential solutions for reducing the increasing turnover rate in their profession.

Should State Government Jobs Require a College Degree? Why California Is Rethinking Its Rules

01/30/2024

California is removing degree requirements from jobs, but state leaders differ about the right approach.

Town Hall Gathers Input on New Campus Design

01/29/2024

More than 80 county residents participated when the San Benito High School District held a community town hall as part of its planning to build a second high school.

Vocational Training Programs for Special Education Students Teach Work, Life Skills

01/29/2024

Districts are trying to create or expand vocational training programs that “integrate” students with disabilities into careers and into society.

Gov. Newsom’s Budget Proposal Calls for Expanding Arts Ed Pathway

01/28/2024

The proposal aims to help working artists become arts teachers in elementary schools.

Hollister School District Board of Trustees Reaffirms Overnight Field Trip Ban

01/26/2024

At a Jan. 23 meeting, parents and students lined up to ask the board to allow the trips. Some accused the board of violating the Brown Act, claiming the board changed its policy without informing the public.

Rancho San Justo Holds Grand Opening for Resource Center

01/26/2024

Rancho San Justo Middle School held a grand opening of the Bronco Well and Resource Center with about 60 people in attendance, including school and district officials and students.

Community Vision San Benito County: Indigenous and Native American Focus

01/25/2024

Concerns over the history of Indigenous people, the need for diverse education courses, and representation in government were discussed at BenitoLink’s most recent Community Vision listening session.

Education Department Says It Will Fix Its $1.8 Billion FAFSA Mistake

01/24/2024

Families have a lot of questions right now about how much help they’ll get paying for college—questions that financial aid offices can’t yet answer.

Cal State Faculty Strike Ends With Tentative Contract Agreement

01/22/2024

A Cal State systemwide strike secured what more than half a year of negotiations and partial strikes couldn’t: a deal.

Community Members Join in Gavilan College’s Topping Off Ceremony

01/19/2024

Gavilan College hosted a Topping Off ceremony Jan. 17 at the new campus, where 80 San Benito County community members signed the last beam to be placed on the new college’s main building.

Internet Trolls Flooded UC Irvine Chat Groups—Then Students Fought Back

01/17/2024

After UC Irvine-affiliated groups on the platform Discord were targeted by trolls spreading gory images, students banded together to block the attack.

Little-Known Academic Renewal Policy Offers Students a Second Chance

01/16/2024

Community college students who have taken two years off can apply to have a limited number of units cleared from their GPA.

California Needs to Ensure Teachers Can Teach Kids to Read, National Study Says

01/15/2024

The Golden State earned a moderate rating from the National Council on Teacher Quality, showing strength in some areas and weakness in others. Only 12 states earned a strong rating.

Deficit Déjà Vu: Structural Problems of California School Finance

01/15/2024

We need to have a serious discussion about supporting our education investments with stable revenue.

San Juan Bautista Library Inherits Theater and Literature Collection

01/12/2024

Milt Commons, long-time stage manager for El Teatro Campesino, willed his book collection to the San Juan Bautista City Library, where some volumes will form a new theater studies section.

Cal State Faculty Reject 'Final' Pay Offer, Set Strike For Jan. 22

01/09/2024

After months of negotiations, university officials offer a 5% pay raise. The union is seeking 12 percent and plans to strike at the end of January.

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