August 2019

August 31, 2019

News and notes related to San José Unified and education policy

San Jose Looks To Fill Shortage Of Special Education Teachers By Paying Tuition, (KPIX5/CBS and KBCW 44Cable12 , Aug. 5, 2019) Facing a shortage of special education teachers, San Jose Unified School District has created a first of its kind program to fill the need. “The cost of living has increased drastically over the last several years,” said SJUSD Director of Special Education Seth Reddy. “Because of the lack of teachers the labor market is very competitive.” Also seen on Currently Us. And Airiters.

San Jose schools’ program aims to meet demand of special education needs, (KTVU/Fox2News, Aug. 5, 2019) School districts around the country and in the Bay Area face an ongoing problem surrounding the increasing needs surrounding special education students. South Bay leaders say there simply aren’t enough trained special education teachers to meet the demand and now they’re implementing a new program to address that issue. “We decided to build our own special education teacher pipeline from our employees,” said Jacqueline Murphy, Director of Human Resources at San Jose Unified School District.

San Jose school district unveils plans to hire special education teachers, (San José spotlight, August 8, 2019) The number of special education students across the country is rising, but teachers qualified to teach those students aren’t — especially in the South Bay where soaring rents and cost-of-living are squeezing educators out.
The National Center for Education Statistics reported that the number of public school students that required special education services rose 14 percent during the 2017-2018 school year. That’s seven million students.

Bay Area Schools In Need of Special Education Teachers, (KCBSRadio, Aug. 7th – aired every hour from noon until 5:30 a.m. 8/8/19) Due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, there’s a critical shortage of Special Ed teachers. KCBS’s Mike Colgan reports that demand is rising while the number of qualified teachers is falling.

‘Welcome back’ mural for San Jose elementary school defaced, (KTVUFox2, Aug. 28, 2019) San Jose Unified School District officials are searching for a vandal who defaced a recently-painted mural of Cesar Chavez. Even anti-graffiti measures weren’t enough to save the popular artwork.

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Using DreamBox purposely to maximize student support, (Aug. 2019) Several San José Unified teachers were highlighted in a recent DreamBox publication promoting the use of DreamBox in various school settings.


SJ High was one of three schools chosen from the Bay Area this past Jan. 2019 for a media center makeover thanks to the College Football Playoff Foundation.
The school received new modernized classroom furniture for its media room/library including tables, desks, chairs, as well as soft colorful seating for reading areas and creative spaces. 

Gunderson High School dedicates its field on Friday night in honor of former star James Jones, (The Mercury News, Aug. 31, 2019 and Pressreader) and NBC Bay Area, (Aug. 31, 2019).

From being homeless to becoming a Superbowl champion, football player James Jones says he has not forgotten about his humble beginnings. Gunderson High School has named its football field after one of its most famous graduates. Roz Plater reports. And ABC7News, (Aug. 30, 2019)

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