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Nearly 20 Silicon Valley education leaders tell Liccardo to stop politicizing reopening schools

Nearly 20 school board trustees from across the South Bay are demanding San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo stop politicizing school re-openings. The trustees penned a letter, signed by leaders across nine school districts, criticizing Liccardo’s new advocacy group, Solutions San Jose, which launched a campaign with a petition to quickly reopen schools in the 19 districts across...

Debate heats up over teaching ethnic studies in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County’s landmark resolution supporting ethnic studies is being challenged by some who claim it is un-American, prompting supporters to launch a petition to save the school board’s efforts to bring race-related education to classrooms. Eight months after the Board of Education passed the resolution, supporters believe it has come under fire from what...

East San Jose education leaders at odds with push to reopen schools

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s efforts through his new advocacy organization to reopen San Jose schools is sparking frustration for some — particularly communities of color.  Liccardo launched a petition through Solutions San Jose — sending two emails within 24 hours — to gather signatures demanding COVID-19 vaccines be prioritized for teachers and to reopen...

County to reinvestigate Black student’s death, SJSU president says

San Jose State University President Mary Papazian announced this week the county coroner and district attorney will reexamine the suspicious death of student Gregory Johnson Jr., according to an email obtained by this news organization. “SJSU recognizes that for many members of our community, the circumstances surrounding Gregory’s death are emblematic of longstanding systemic racism...

San Jose school district accused of hiring allegedly shady contractor

A labor watchdog organization is accusing the San Jose Unified School District of hiring contractors and subcontractors that allegedly skirted California labor laws. The labor watchdog Foundation for Fair Contracting wrote letters to district Superintendent Nancy Albarrán in December accusing Glendora-based California Commercial Pools Inc., a contracting firm, of failing to comply with the state’s skilled and...

Alum Rock school district appoints new trustee

After its newly-elected trustee ditched the job before taking office, the Alum Rock Union School District selected a replacement — Minh Pham. The district’s four sitting trustees voted unanimously to accept Pham as their fifth member late Thursday night. “While we had two good candidates, Mr. Pham’s depth and breadth of experience made him the better...

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