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San Benito County Education Digest

Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election


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


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


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


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

Arts Education Takes Flight Outdoors in Mariposa County


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Town Hall Gathers Input on New Campus Design


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


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


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

Hollister School District Board of Trustees Reaffirms Overnight Field Trip Ban


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

San Juan Bautista Library Inherits Theater and Literature Collection


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


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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