CalSchoolNews’ Top Stories of 2020

It’s hard to remember a more challenging year for education than 2020. Faced with the worst pandemic in over a century, American schools became the frontlines in two historic battles — one epidemiological, the other political.

Teachers and school staff found themselves in the eye of 2020’s storm. A number of education officials have gotten sick or died. Those who stayed home to teach virtually were forced to navigate a world that no one could have imagined 10 months ago, let alone prepared for. And they did it with very little help from the federal government. School board meetings went virtual too, leading to some very interesting moments. 

With the new year just days away, we’re looking back at the stories you cared about most. Without further ado, here are CalSchoolNews’ Top Stories in 2020:

1. School Board President Drinks Beer During Board Meeting 

2. Corona-Norco Embezzlement Scheme May Be Bigger Than First Thought 

3. Special Needs Students Can Return to Class 

4. Westminster School Board President Resigns. Could Board President Be Next? 

5. Beaumont Unified Superintendent Placed on Leave 

6. California Schools Brace for Severe Cuts 

7. Newsom Unveils Grim Budget Proposal 

8. Watch Arcadia Unified’s Heartwarming Tribute to Staff and Students During School Closures 

9. Huntington Beach School District to Lay Off Dozens of Teachers, Shutter Elementary School 

10. A Look at LAUSD’s Upcoming Board Elections