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Education

Campbell teachers lose trust in superintendent, board of trustees

Tensions between teachers and a local school district are boiling over as disputes over pay increases continue. Last week, teachers in the Campbell Union High School District presented the school board with a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Robert Bravo, detailing his shortcomings during his five-year tenure. The vote, signed by 380 teachers—85% of...

San Jose schools need better tools for reporting child abuse

As children return to school, cases of reported child abuse have increased—and teachers need better ways to help their students. San Jose’s public safety committee, which includes numerous councilmembers and the county’s Children, Seniors and Families Committee, met Friday to discuss how child sexual abuse prevention measures can be handled more swiftly with cases on...

San Jose State offers beds to homeless students all year

San Jose State University students say the school is failing to provide emergency housing for those in need. The university agreed this week to extend its one-semester, 12-bed emergency program indefinitely, but students say they have to jump through hoops to receive services. “Requiring students to take out loans is making it impossible to get an emergency...

San Jose voters approve extending taxes for schools

Early results show South Bay voters overwhelmingly favor ballot measures to extend parcel taxes for two local school districts. Out of 65,005 registered voters in the two boundaries of Berryessa and Los Gatos Union school districts, only 17,622 voters turned out for the special election on Tuesday—about a 27% turnout rate, according to the county....

San Jose school districts struggle to find teachers

The lack of full-time and substitute teachers in San Jose schools remains problematic even as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. Several San Jose school districts have elected to increase substitute teacher pay, and one created a new position to fill teaching holes left by the pandemic. Even those incentives are failing to attract educators back into...

San Jose high school locks bathrooms due to vaping

Some South Bay parents are enraged after a San Jose school closed several on-campus bathrooms because of vaping.  Administrators at Willow Glen High School temporarily closed four restrooms citing “inappropriate use” of the facilities throughout the day.  They informed parents in a letter this week that the closures will allow officials to monitor the remaining...

San Jose high school student raises $15,000 for Chromebooks

One year and 10,000 macarons later, an idea Shrobana Sengupta cooked up in a kitchen turned her into a social entrepreneur. The Presentation High School senior raised $15,000 for 72 Chromebooks through a GoFundMe account for the nonprofit Sunday Friends. The laptops were donated to low-income families helped by the nonprofit. In exchange, donors received...

San Jose schools add programs for mental health services

Schools in the South Bay have upped efforts to help students navigate mental health challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Local schools including San Jose Unified School District, East Side Union High School District and Sunrise Middle School have implemented seven key mental health practices, which a recent Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) study described as essential tools...