In The News

The following collection of education related articles gleaned from local and national newspapers is provided to educators as a service of the Riverside County Office of Education.

STATE: California school districts forced to move to virtual…

Most California school districts were just plunging into their annual teacher recruitment season in March when schools began to close in response to the coronavirus pandemic. One by one districts canceled job fairs, pulled recruiters off the road and shifted… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Governor suspends California teacher testing requirements for candidates…

Gov. Gavin Newsom has suspended state testing requirements for teacher candidates impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in an executive order issued Saturday morning. The order allows eligible teacher candidates to earn preliminary credentials without taking either the California Teaching Performance… Read full article at EdSource

Stearns resignation is latest staff change at Santa…

Nick Stearns announced Friday he has resigned as principal of Santa Rosa Academy. Stearns (below) made the announcement on the school’s Facebook page, saying he has accepted a position as principal in another school district. School officials announced today that… Read full article at Menifee 24/7

Ovidio Machado retires as athletic director at Indio,…

Ovidio Machado asked the question many in the high school sports world have been asking the last two months. “An athletic director without sports, what does he do,?” Machado laughed. That’s the problem Machado, the athletic director at Indio High… Read full article at The Desert Sun

CalRTA awards scholarships to Coachella Valley high school…

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) recently awarded seven local high school graduates $1,000 apiece to apply to their college funding. Recipients included Katherine Dolan of Palm Desert High School, Sophia Gonzales of Shadow Hills High School and Emma Ortiz,… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Valley high school graduations: A guide to the…

Valley high school seniors are graduating after a school year that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior activities were cancelled, due to social distancing orders that shut down the country, but graduation celebrations are still set to… Read full article at The Desert Sun

UC, Cal State university systems sued over refunds…

The California State University and University of California systems have profited from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by refusing to refund unused portions of their campus fees, a pair of lawsuits filed Tuesday, April 28, in Los Angeles and Oakland allege.… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

STATE: Cash-strapped Bay Area school district braces for cuts…

The financial fallout from the coronavirus is threatening the budgets of all California schools, but cash-strapped districts like West Contra Costa Unified may be hit the hardest. The district was already spending beyond its means prior to COVID-19, and estimated… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: California college students fear pandemic will derail graduation,…

Most of California’s college students are concerned the coronavirus pandemic will prevent them from graduating. An Education Trust poll, released Thursday, found 77% of college students nationally and 75% of California students had concerns about staying on track to graduate… Read full article at EdSource

Schools should encourage but not require students to…

Students should be encouraged but not required to use face coverings when California schools reopen for classroom instruction, according to a draft of “interim guidance” from the state obtained by EdSource. However, all staff should use face coverings, according to… Read full article at EdSource

CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod is open to moving…

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and high school sports in California remain on hold, CIF Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod and his office will play a key role in the eventual return of athletics. Though it remains unclear when… Read full article at The Desert Sun

No prom. No awards night. No graduation? Class…

Isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic with almost no chance for a prom or graduation ceremony, Eagle Rock High School senior Lincoln Debenham had an idea. He tweeted a message to former President Barack Obama, asking if he would… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

McGough named acting superintendent of MUSD

Chad McGough, assistant superintendent of personnel services in the Menifee Union School District, has been named acting superintendent of MUSD. McCough will serve in that capacity until an interim superintendent is named. He fills the position left by Steve Kennedy,… Read full article at Menifee 24/7

Inland Empire schools plan for 2020-21 school year…

No one, including the California Department of Education, knows exactly what the 2020-21 public school year will look like, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. But Inland Empire school districts are working out their plans. On Wednesday, May 27, State… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise