Washington approves Referendum 90 on sex health education in schools in early returns

Letitia Denham

Referendum 90 requires all public schools in Washington state to provide comprehensive sexual health education that is age-appropriate to every student.

Voters approved a Washington state ballot measure that would require public schools to teach sexual health education in public schools.

Referendum 90 requires all public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education that is medically and scientifically accurate, and age-appropriate for all students, according to the Secretary of State’s

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Key to education equity lies in boosting Hub schools

Letitia Denham

Boston’s exam schools are hard to get into. The rigorous test needed to gain entrance reflects the schools’ focus on achievement, student engagement and high standards for children on track for higher education.



a large brick building: BOSTON, MA. - FEBRUARY 6: Boston Latin Academy on February 6, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA. – FEBRUARY 6: Boston Latin Academy on February 6, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

But in a bid to increase diversity and boost equality,

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Portland Public Schools socks away $20 million in reserves, rural teachers call in sick after student tests positive for COVID: The week in education

Letitia Denham

Portland Public Schools spent some $8 million to provide Chromebooks for all of its students in the spring and another $10 million on coronavirus-related expenses so far this school year.

Still, the state’s largest district began this school year with more money than it anticipated through a mix of austerity measures and federal grants. And it’s putting away about $20 million as district accountants expect Gov. Kate Brown’s 2021-23 biennium

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California’s education funding is at a record high. So why are schools short on cash?

Letitia Denham

There may be no greater paradox in California government these days than the fiscal health of the state’s public schools. Education funding is almost certain to hit a record high when a new state budget is enacted next month, and yet local school districts are hitting the panic button when it comes to their finances.

That both things are true is a function of the complicated way the state funds

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Newsom: California schools hit by coronavirus budget cuts

Letitia Denham

Even as costs skyrocket in response to the coronavirus crisis, California school districts face major funding cuts that could potentially lead to teacher and staff layoffs and leave some schools struggling to safely reopen campuses in the fall, according to district officials and educators.

The proposed budget hit to schools, about $19 billion split over the next two years, worsens their existing financial challenges and does little to help with

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Most California schools reopening in August, September

Letitia Denham

Most public school districts in California are planning to reopen campuses on their regular start dates in late August and September — but the new normal amid the coronavirus outbreak will likely include masks, daily school sanitation and smaller class sizes to maintain six feet of distance, state Supt. of Instruction Tony Thurmond said Wednesday.

Also, some school districts will likely offer a combination of in-person and distance learning, something

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