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October 2019

October 11, 2019

News and notes related to San José Unified and education policy

Governor Signs Bill to Push Back School Start Times, (NBC Bay Area, Oct. 14, 2019) California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended the Legislative session on Sunday by rejecting expansions of full-day kindergarten programs and paid family leave for teachers while signing a new law that bans high schools from starting the day before 8:30 a.m. Marianne Favro reports

Newsome Signs Bill For Later School Start, (KRON4, October 14, 2019) California to mandate later school start times.

California Becomes First State to Delay School Start Times, (NBC Bay Area News, Oct. 14, 2019)  Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new law that bans high schools from starting the day before 8:30 a.m. Kris Sanchez reports.

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Nueva ley exige que estudiantes en California inicien sus clases entre las 8:00 y 8:30 de la mañana (Univision14, Oct. 15, 2019) New law requires students in California to start clases between 8 and 8:30 in the morning.

Muslim students in CA bullied twice the national average, report finds, (KTVU Fox2, Oct. 16, 2019) Over the past two years, the biannual CAIR bullying report, entitled “Singled Out: Islamophobia in the Classroom and the Impact of Discrimination on Muslim Students,” shows bullying toward Muslim students in California has declined. It’s down from 52 percent to 40 percent of those Muslim students who were surveyed. But the report’s editor, Ammad Rafiqi, says that’s still twice the national average.

Teacher Salaries Not Enough To Pay Rent in Bay Area ( NBC News, 8:45 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019) It’s hard out there for a teacher. And sky-high housing prices, fueled by the tech industry, are making it nearly impossible around the Bay Area. A new statistic shows that some teachers in the Silicon Valley could put their entire salary toward rent and still not have enough. Scott Budman reports.

Teacher Salaries Not Enough To Pay Rent in Bay Area, (NBC News Oct. 16, 2019) It’s hard out there for a teacher. And sky-high housing prices, fueled by the tech industry, are making it nearly impossible around the Bay Area. A new statistic shows that some teachers in the Silicon Valley could put their entire salary toward rent and still not have enough. Roz Plater reports.

Pioneer High School opens wellness center to help students cope with stress, anxiety, (The Almaden Times, Oct. 4, 2019)  The number of teens, ages 13 to 17, experiencing some form of anxiety disorder has been steadily rising with seven in ten teens today saying they see anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers, according to a 2018 Pew Research Survey.

Letter: Respect San José’s choices about school start times, (The Mercury News, Oct. 6, 2019, Letters to the Editor from Nancy Albarrán). Gov. Gavin Newsom should veto SB 328. This bill would mandate a later start time for middle and high schools. In 2018, our community considered shifting to a later start time. After dialogue with students and parents about the potential benefits and tradeoffs of a later school start time, our district decided not to shift the school start time to later in the morning

School start times should remain a local decision, (EdSource, Oct. 4, 2019) In the quest to improve the wellbeing of adolescents, some advocates and policymakers have suggested starting school later for middle and high school students so they can get more sleep.

SJUSD focuses on other sites for employee housing, (Almaden Times, Oct. 4, 2019) Almaden residents can breathe a sigh of relief as San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) has currently shifted its focus to other sites for potential affordable employee housing.  However, it’s a cautious optimism as Leland High School and Bret Harte Middle School have not been removed from the original list of nine properties created as part of the district’s Master Plan.

San Jose Schools Back to Basics During PG&E Power Shutoff, (NBC Bay Area, Oct. 11, 2019) Before the power came back on in parts of San Jose, some schools in the dark decided to stay open and handled the outage with a lesson about getting back to basics. At Williams Elementary School, for instance, the lights did come back during the school day on but in an empty classroom.

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