Year In Review: Our Top Stories of 2021

For the second time in a row, 2021 marked a completely unprecedented year in education. After fifteen months, children filed back into classrooms – this time with masks, social distancing rules, and record levels of mental anguish. School districts across the state dealt with a surge of superintendent and teacher retirements all while struggling to address the coronavirus, mental health, and learning loss.

2021 was also the year that campuses and school boards became flashpoints in a new ideological battle over science and race. Board members, school staff, and even students were attacked by extremists upset over health mandates and classroom curriculum. The situation compelled the National School Boards Association to seek assistance from the FBI.

We covered it all. Or at least we tried to. And we’re grateful to all those who stuck with us for the ride. With 11 days left until the New Year, we’re looking back at the top stories that piqued your interest this year.

California School News’ Top 10 Stories of 2021

  1. Anti-Maskers Shut Down San Ramon Valley Unified School Board Meeting
  2. Tony Thurmond Unveils New Grading Guidelines
  3. How much will your school district get from the American Rescue Plan?
  4. Pajaro Valley Unified Fires and Rehires Superintendent
  5. The Push for Vaccine Mandates is Growing, But Teachers Still Get a Pass
  6. Stockton Principal Escorted Off Campus After Graduation Speech
  7. California’s Best Elementary and Middle Schools
  8. School Board President Curses at Parent During Meeting
  9. State’s Highest-Paid Superintendent Took Home $562,000 in 2019
  10. Should kids be allowed to take advanced math? California’s new framework says no.

Happy Holidays to all of you from the CalSchoolNews team!


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Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 10:26

Alameda County Superintendent L.K. Monroe has apologized after her office distributed $600,000 in COVID relief funds to managers in her office who performed additional work during the pandemic.