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Coronavirus unlikely to be spread by children, research suggests

As schools contemplate reopening amid rising COVID-19 cases, an awkward truth is emerging: We’re the problem, not our kids. For months, we’ve kept children carefully isolated, pleading with them to behave, wear masks, wipe their boogers and not hug Gram and Grandpa. We’ve assumed this new virus acts just like the flu and common cold — so classrooms full of kids would create one giant cootie colony. But a growing body of research suggests young children aren’t responsible for most viral transmiss...
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Teacher’s union calls for LAUSD schools to remain closed with classes 100% online

After LAUSD campuses closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district began offering free meals to students via Grab & Go Food Centers like this one at San Fernando Senior High School, seen on April 20, 2020. United Teachers Los Angeles leaders are saying that conditions are not right for teachers and students to return to campuses this fall. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — The board of directors and bargaining team for the union repres...
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Torrance, Hermosa Beach Catholic schools at heart of SCOTUS discrimination decision

The Supreme Court sided with two South Bay Catholic schools — one in Torrance, the other in Hermosa Beach — in a ruling Wednesday, July 8, that expands the number of employees at religious schools and other institutions who can’t sue for employment discrimination. The 7-2 ruling stemmed from cases involving two teachers whose contracts were not renewed and argued their respective schools discriminated against them. In one case, Agnes Morrissey-Berru sued Our Lady of Guadalupe school, in Hermosa ...
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‘Slow down,’ parents, local school officials declare, as Trump urges full reopening

With President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatening to withhold funding from schools that won’t reopen fully in the fall, it pitted his administration squarely against current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — as well as California’s school leaders, local health officials in Los Angeles County and many local school administrators. It also leaves many parents and educators confused and uncertain. “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, sch...
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Cuts to LAUSD police budget could affect valuable mentor programs, advocates say

A popular program that mentors students — and in some cases fosters the type of future law enforcement officers that advocates for police reform say are badly needed — could be impacted when the Los Angeles Unified School District cuts funding to its police force by 35%. While details have yet to be finalized, the Los Angeles School Police Department will face a $25 million reduction, likely to result in the loss of roughly 65 campus police officers as well as reductions to mentoring programs su...
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Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don’t reopen

By COLLIN BINKLEY President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if America’s schools don’t reopen in the fall despite the coronavirus, and he lashed out at federal health officials over reopening guidelines that he complained are impractical and expensive. As Trump increased his pressure on state and local officials, New York City announced that most of its students would return to classrooms only two or three days a week and would learn online in between. “Most scho...
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Former UC Irvine chancellor Drake to lead statewide UC system

Michael V. Drake, the former chancellor of UC Irvine, was unanimously selected Tuesday to be president of the Black leader of the 10-campus University of California system. Regents emphasized Drake’s experience, innovation, collaborative approach and likability as well as the diversity he brings to the post. Drake, who turns 70 Thursday, retired last month after six years as president of Ohio State University. He will replace retiring University of California President Janet Napolitano. “We had ...
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USC, CSU praise international students in wake of ICE directive

LOS ANGELES — Southern California university officials said Tuesday they are reviewing a directive from federal immigration authorities that could force thousands of international students out of the country if schools offer only online courses due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students cannot remain in the country if they are taking solely online courses. “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to student...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, China, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Long Beach, Lausd, University Of California, Usc, Ucla, Southern California, U S Customs


USC, UC, CSU, Loyola Marymount praise international students in wake of ICE directive

LOS ANGELES — Southern California university officials said Tuesday they are reviewing a directive from federal immigration authorities that could force thousands of international students out of the country if schools offer only online courses due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students cannot remain in the country if they are taking solely online courses. “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to student...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, China, California News, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Long Beach, Lausd, UC, University Of California, Usc, Ucla


DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic

By COLLIN BINKLEY Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Anything less, she says, would fail students and taxpayers. DeVos made the comments during a call with governors as the Trump administration launched an all-out effort to get schools and colleges to reopen. Audio of the call was obtained by The Associated Press. “U...
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$9,500 in scholarships split among 6 Southern California journalism students

Six Southern California journalism students have received scholarships from one of the premier professional media associations in the region. The Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter annually gives out scholarships to student journalists based on their published print or broadcast work. In all, SPJ/LA awarded $9,500 in scholarships this year, the organization announced Monday, July 6. Three of the six winners are from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journa...
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If LAUSD stays online for fall, there will be an ‘ambitious set of expectations,’ says superintendent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday there’s still no timetable on when school facilities may reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the district may need to create a balance of online and in-person classes for the next academic year that starts Aug. 18. “As we look ahead to the start of a new school year, the challenge is to build on the foundation that’s been put in place over the past few months and apply the learnings to provide the best possible educ...
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Community colleges struggle with students’ food needs as pandemic increases demand

By Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource With reduced work hours and a baby on the way, Maraya Bermudez stocks up on groceries for the week at the food pantry on her community college campus. She frequented the Fullerton College food pantry sparingly during the school year, but she now goes every week to pick up bags that often include rice, beans, vegetables, fruits, milk and snacks. A former foster youth, she has also been eligible for debit cards from her college that she can use for groceries and ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Community, Orange County, University Of California, Cal State Fullerton, WIC, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Cabrillo College, Los Angeles County, Assembly, CSU


Assembly bill would shield school districts from coronavirus lawsuits

A new education bill — which State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach — introduced this week seeks to limit liability related to the coronavirus for school districts this fall. O’Donnell, who chairs the Education Committee in the California Assembly and is a high school history teacher, said his bill will help protect districts from COVID-19-related lawsuits as they try to reopen this fall. Many school districts, under the guidance from the state and their respective counties, will t...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Long Beach, Local News, Orlando, Southern California, West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, Assembly, Education Committee, Donnell


USC backs off plan for fall in-person classes, citing coronavirus spike

The Tommy Trojan statue is seen on the USC campus. (2019 photo by Reed Saxon/Associated Press) LOS ANGELES — Reversing course from an announcement made one month ago, USC officials now say undergraduate fall courses will primarily remain online during the fall semester. “Public health guidelines continue to change, and Los Angeles County has yet to approve our plans for returning to full campus operations,” according to a joint letter released Wednesday night by USC Provost Charles F. Zukoski ...
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Cal State faculty call for reforms to improve racial justice across system

Faculty across California State University are calling for a series of reforms meant to advance racial justice across the 23-campus system, from requiring students to take a class in ethnic studies to disarming campus police. The California Faculty Association, the union representing faculty across the Cal State system, on Wednesday released a report titled “Anti-Racism and Social Justice Transformation Package,” which also calls on CSU to create Black studies departments at every campus, offer ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Elise, Black, Southern California, Board of Trustees, CSU, California State University, Latina, Cal State Long Beach, San Diego State, Cal State Northridge


Asian American groups call for crackdown on racism in coronavirus era

A coalition of Asian American groups has called on the state to establish a task force to investigate hundreds of racist incidents in California against people of Asian descent since the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China, hit the U.S., including one at Torrance’s Wilson Park that was caught on video and went viral on the internet. Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate, which has aggregated data on these incidents, said during a Wednesday, July 1, teleconference that Asian Americans ...
Tags: Crime, News, Education, California, China, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Coalition, Community, Local News, Donald Trump, Public Safety, Gavin Newsom, Trump, South Bay


Defendant in Southern California semen-tainted flute case agrees to plead guilty

An international music program founder who allegedly distributed semen-tainted flutes to schools in Orange and Los Angeles counties and traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minors is expected to plead guilty to federal and state charges in October. John Edward Zeretzke, 61, of Ventura, who formed Flutes Across the World in 2009 and has worked with thousands of children across the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of production of child pornography and six sta...
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LAUSD board hears arguments for and against cuts in police department

Activists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement took their arguments once again to the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, June 30, urging board members to “defund” the school district’s independent law enforcement agency. This time, the proposal aimed to slash funding for the district’s police force by 50%. The board had not taken a vote on the matter as of about 3 p.m. Tuesday, after going into closed session about 2:30 p.m., following hours of public testimony on the police i...
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Record number of LAUSD students learn online while school’s out for summer

A record 100,000 students are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified’s digital summer school, which started Monday, June 29, with enrichment classes designed in partnership with celebrity filmmakers, musicians and sports stars. This is the first time summer school has been made available to all students in the LAUSD, and Superintendent Austin Beutner said that’s because the district believes it may help mitigate learning loss due to the pandemic that forced schools to close back in March and transition...
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LAUSD remains undecided about schools reopening this fall

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 29, that no decision has been made about students returning to school facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the academic year starts Aug. 18, but he said officials are working on a plan. Beutner’s statements were presented along with a survey from LAUSD that showed 59% of families said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school for the fall semester, while 21% said they are uncertain and 20...
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As LA public schools plan for fall, calls grow for improved online learning

As the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of slowing down, calls are growing for the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve upon a hastily launched system of online learning for the coming academic year. A report compiled by parent advocacy organization Speak Up found the district’s distance-learning program has been “inconsistent at best and discriminatory at worst.” The report added that live online instruction, mandatory grades and consistent scheduling are critical to online sch...
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Teachers union calls for elimination of LAUSD police force

The United Teachers Los Angeles union is calling for the elimination of the Los Angeles Unified School District police department, it was announced Friday, June 26. The UTLA “House of Representatives” passed a motion Thursday night to eliminate LAUSD school police and redirect funding to mental health and counseling for students, said Anna Bakalis of the union. Thursday’s UTLA House of Representatives vote was 154-56, and follows a 35-2 vote by the UTLA Board of Directors on the same motion on J...
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‘Zoom University’ students stuck with unwanted leases

Liana Chavez was halfway through her freshman year at Cal State Fullerton when she and three sorority sisters signed a lease for next year at the University House Fullerton student housing complex, one block south of campus. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, shutting down almost all in-person classes at the state’s fourth-largest four-year university. Although all but one of her classes — a lab — will be online during the fall, the Northern California resident can’t get out of that lease unless...
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LA archbishop calls for support to keep America’s 6,000 Catholic schools open

LOS ANGELES — Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gómez called Wednesday for nationwide support to keep Catholic schools open, saying many around the country face permanent closure because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The archbishop’s views were expressed in his weekly column in the Arcodiocese’s multimedia news platform Angelus News and were made in the context of an expected ruling by the end of the month by the U.S. Supreme Court on education funding. RELATED ST...
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Hundreds of protesters march, urge cutting LAUSD school police department

UTLA board member Cecily Myart-Cruz speaks to protestors at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles asking to de-fund the LAUSD school police Monday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) UTLA board member Cecily Myart-Cruz speaks to protestors at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles asking to de-fund the LAUSD school police Monday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds About ...
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L.A. Archdiocese Catholic school campuses to reopen in Fall

Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will resume on-campus instruction this Fall, the Los Angeles Archdiocese announced in a statement Tuesday, June 16. The school openings at more than 250 campuses across the three-county region will follow guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which include physical distancing, regular sanitation, frequent hand washing and face coverings. Each school will also customize a plan to meet their specific needs. The...
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Hundreds of schools vulnerable to outbreaks because of vaccine reluctance, data suggests

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014 led California lawmakers to tighten up vaccine requirements, eliminating personal and religious exemptions for school attendance.. Doses of the MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccine and the Tdap for whooping cough at the Health Care Agency, Orange County in Santa Ana. (File photo by Michael Goulding, Orange County Register/SCNG) That law took effect in 2016, but the state’s most recent vaccination data — from the 2018-19 school year — show t...
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LA Unified chief calls to end school police use of pepper spray and policy allowing chokeholds

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 15 that he will recommend the district’s school board eliminate school police officers’ use of pepper spray and policies allowing carotid choke holds before the next academic year. He also tapped a small group of community members to help conduct a budget review of the Los Angeles school police, “to look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma,” and present concrete changes t...
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Graduation: LAUSD TV special honors 28,000 graduates around the district

Honoring 28,000 graduates left without traditional graduation pomp and circumstance amid the coronavirus pandemic, LAUSD has created an hour-long TV special, “Los Angeles Unified Celebrates the Class of 2020.” The show will air at 6 p.m. Monday, June 15, on lausd.net and KLCS-TV.   The show includes: Superintendent Austin Beutner Members of LAUSD’s Board of Education Student board member Frances Suavillo Gov. Gavin Newsom Sen. Kamala Harris TV host/comedian Ellen DeGeneres Rapper Lil Jon a...
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