STATE: Stanislaus County Schools Confronting Teacher Shortage

MODESTO (CBS13) — The shortage of teachers in California continues to be a huge problem, and several districts are coming up with creative ways to help recruit and retain qualified educators. The Stanislaus County Office of Education is one of… Read full article at CBS News

STATE: May preliminary hearing set in Ref…

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday set a May preliminary hearing date for L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez, making it more likely that Rodriguez, who faces criminal charges, will be on hand to cast important votes… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: Portantino introduces bill to require suicide…

State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced legislation this week that would require all public, charter and private schools to print a suicide prevention hotline number on the back of their students' identification cards. The measure, SB 972,… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: Vista Donors Pay Students’ School Lunch…

VISTA, CA -- More than 70 students and their families in Vista Unified School District saw their school lunch balances paid for, district officials announced Tuesday. The generous move was made by an anonymous donor and a school employee. District… Read full article at Patch.com

STATE: Trump’s proposed cuts to science education…

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to science education — which Congress is debating this week along with other aspects of the federal budget — would devastate K-12 science classrooms as schools are rolling out ambitious new curriculum standards and trying… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: California asks nearly 250 schools to…

It’s often said that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is. That’s why the California Department of Education sent letters to nearly 250 schools last month — including more than half of the schools in… Read full article at EdSource

NATIONAL: A school district drops ‘To Kill…

A Minnesota school district is dropping two classic novels, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” from its required reading list because of the books’ liberal use of a racial slur. Officials at Duluth Public Schools say… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: Theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook…

KENNEBUNK, Maine — A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job. Superintendent Katie Hawes learned of Michael Herman’s actions after a parent at Kennebunk… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: A year after ascending, DeVos hails…

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proclaimed Wednesday that her proudest accomplishments in her first year in office were shrinking the role of the agency, rolling back Obama-era initiatives and erasing outdated regulations. The secretary reflected on her tenure exactly a year… Read full article at The Washington Post