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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...

San Jose teachers could be next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Some San Jose educators, anxious to return to in-classroom teaching, are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed teachers be next in line. Vaccinations are one part of the Newsom’s $2 billion “Safe Schools for All Plan” that takes effect this month. The plan aims to open California elementary schools as soon as...

South Bay nursing students create COVID-19 book for kids

After COVID-19 scrapped their clinical rotations in 2020, five South Bay nursing students turned their focus to educating children about the virus. Elaine Pham, Liz Nguyen, Elaine Fu, Vivian Doan and Tina Tran created the 15-page book “Let’s Learn About COVID-19” containing coloring diagrams, crossword puzzles and other activities that explain the virus. Nguyen, Fu,...

Women of color denied promotion accuse SJSU president of discrimination

Seven women of color were passed over for promotions at San Jose State University in 2019, and they’re blaming university President Mary Papazian’s leadership for it. The women accused Papazian of discrimination against faculty of color after all of them were either denied tenure or promotion after passing through all the university’s required steps without incident during...

Alum Rock school district begins search for new trustee, again

More than 150 people tuned in to the Alum Rock Union Elementary School district’s special meeting this week expecting to see more candidates emerge for the district’s latest empty board seat. The board had decided the week before to finalize interview questions and take pitches from prospective applicants. However, the Dec. 16 meeting was not...

San Jose school board approves agreement for police on campus

The San Jose Unified School District reaffirmed its relationship with police this week despite protests from community organizers. The Board of Education on Dec. 10 unanimously approved updated terms and conditions for on-campus police “for the purpose of maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, staff and community members,” according to a Memorandum of...

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