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September 2019

September 27, 2019

News and notes related to San José Unified and education policy

San Jose high school opens wellness center to help students cope with stress, anxiety (FOX2KTVU, Sept. 25, 2019) Some Silicon Valley high school students have a new space to learn how to cope with daily stress. Pioneer High School in South San Jose last month opened what they organizers call a “Wellness Center.”  It’s a room on-campus that features couches, bean bag chairs, gentle music, and soft lighting. Also seen on Univision14, Sept. 25, 2019) Preparatoria de San José abre un centro para estudiantes que padecen estrés, ansiedad y depresión and HERE. The story was also rebroadcast on several local radio stations.

First 5 highlights one of our very own: San José Unified Early Education Manager Claudia Paterson in this YouTube video. Listen as she discusses San José Unified’s highly rated preschool program.

San José Unified Moves Closer to Teacher Housing Plan, (NBC Bay Area, Sept. 23, 2019) The San Jose Unified School District on Monday moved one step closer to a plan it hopes will lead to more teacher housing. School board trustees approved a $600,000 predevelopment analysis of four different possible teacher housing sites. Those in favor said it’s well worth the money.

San José Unified School leaders vote to study sites for affordable teacher housing, (San José spotlight, Sept. 24, 2019) At a funding rate just short of $12,000 per student per year, San Jose Unified School District officials say they struggle to pay teachers enough to stay in Silicon Valley, one of the nation’s costliest housing markets. Now, district leaders are exploring solutions that include building affordable teacher housing on district property — a concept pursued by the district for a little more than a year — however, there is plenty of pushback.

San José Unified narrows potential teacher housing sites to two schools, (The Mercury News, Sept. 25, 2019) After months of pushback from parents and other residents, a San Jose school district is moving away from the idea of converting two beloved schools into teacher housing. The San Jose Unified School District board this week narrowed a list of 10 possible sites down to four for further evaluation, eliminating high-performing Leland High School and Bret Harte Middle School in tony Almaden Valley for now.

California PBIS Coalition: 14 SJUSD schools just received statewide recognition for their PBIS implementation, “reflecting excellence in the measurement of fidelity as well as for efforts in implementing the core features of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.”
Allen at Steinbeck, Simonds, and Willow Glen Elementary earned the Bronze-level award and Booksin, Carson, Gardner, Graystone, Lowell, River Glen, Terrell, Trace, Willow Glen Middle, Gunderson, and San José High achieved the Silver-level award.
Seven schools were also recognized at the Silver level last year: Bachrodt, Empire Gardens, Gardner, Lowell, Simonds, Schallenberger, and Terrell.

Governor Newsom Signs Law Banning Schools Student Suspensions For Grades 4 Through 8, (KPIX, Sept. 10, 2019) Starting in 2020, principals and administrators will be banned from suspending students for “willful defiance” of teachers, staff, and administrators. Senate Bill 419 bans schools from suspending students in grades 4-8 for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff.

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