“In most school districts, the second-largest yearly expense after salaries is the energy bill.”
That’s a quote from Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking earlier this month at an elementary school in Washington, D.C.
She was announcing a new, multibillion-dollar federal push to renovate public schools in ways that are healthier both for children and the planet – and often, that save money too.
Source: Schools are going green with money from the federal government : NPR
Two Solano students have been named by the Community College League of California to the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-California Academic Team.
Solano Community College students Andrea Solis Olguin and Cherry Quitugua are among 114 students honored.
PTK recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations. Building on the success of the national All-USA Team Program, PTK launched the All-State Academic Team Program. The purpose of this program is to provide recognition at the state level for these top community college students.
Source: Two Solano students honored by the Community College League of California – The Vacaville Reporter
By Richard Bammer
The Army, in its own way, came calling.
Rodriguez High School senior Trisha Macagba answered and picked up a $220,000 college scholarship along the way.
How did it happen to this straight-A student, with a weighted GPA of 4.67, and student board member for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District?
Work, work, work primarily, but also some old-fashioned luck that, in large part, Macagba, a native of Baguio, Philippines, made herself.
Source: Road to her $220K scholarship paved with hard work, drive, love, and luck – The Vacaville Reporter
By Diane Barney
In keeping with Women’s History Month, Soroptimist International of Vacaville honoredfour young women for their dreams, dedication and determination via Zoom during its March 15 meeting, including one who was chosen to compete at the regional level.
Amada Madrigal not only earned a first-place award of $2,000 in the Live Your Dreamprogram through the Vacaville club, she will advance as the District II winner to the Founder Region level, where she could earn another $5,000. Should she continue on as a finalist in the Soroptimist International of the Americans competition, she could earn another $10,000.
The Vacaville club voted to send her to the Founder Region conference in Hawaii April 29-May 1, where she will be honored for her award.
Source: Soroptimist honor young women with awards – The Vacaville Reporter
Spring is the time for new growth and the Vacaville Garden Club is pleased to announce that for the first time the club will be offering a scholarship to a student interested in pursuing a career in a horticulture or an agricultural-related field at a two- or four-year college, university or technical school.
The opportunity to apply is open to all students graduating from high school in Vacaville and guidelines and applications are available at high school counseling offices.
Source: Vacaville Garden Club offering scholarship
The California Retired Teachers Association, Division 24, Solano County, is offering scholarships to encourage college graduates who are local residents and planning to enter the teaching profession in Solano County but who need to complete work for a valid California Teaching Credential.
The group is offering scholarships of $1,000 or more to go toward expenses of earning a California Teaching Credential.
In 2021, $2,500 scholarships were awarded to eight recipients.
Source: Scholarships offered through Solano retired teachers chapter
By John Fensterwald, EdSource
Diverting funds intended for California’s high-needs students for other spending “dampens” the potential to significantly close the achievement gap between high-poverty and low-poverty students, new research from the Public Policy Institute of California has found.
School districts on average are directing only 55 cents of every dollar of extra funding from the Local Control Funding Formula to the schools that high-needs students who generate the money attend, research fellow Julien Lafortune concluded in a policy brief and full report.
Lafortune examined school-level financial data reported to the state for all districts with more than 250 students and with more than 10 schools. He was able to do the research using federally mandated school-level data available for the first time.
Source: Nearly half of money for high-needs students not getting to their schools, analysis finds – The Vacaville Reporter
The Vacaville Chamber Educational Foundation will award scholarships up to $2,500 to Vacaville students who are pursuing post-high school education.
The foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its goal is to develop the local workforce through a variety of programs. The awards will range from $500 to $2,500 and be given to those students pursuing accredited education at state-approved vocational trade schools, community colleges and traditional colleges.
The scholarships may be used for various expenses, including tuition, books, training fees, industry-specific equipment and other career-related expenditures.
Source: Vaca chamber foundation announces scholarships
Two Solano County residents are among those to share in $46,000 in scholarships to college students from the Friends of the California State Fair.
Keaton Stout of Vacaville and Alexandria LaRoche of Vallejo each received $1,000 scholarships.
Twenty-three cities were represented among the winners.
Source: Solano County students earn State Fair scholarships
By Suzanne Carlson
The California Retired Teachers Association, Division 24, which covers all of Solano County, is proud to announce the winners of the C. Shirley Michele Scholarship Fund for 2021.
Each of the eight well-deserving recipients received a check for $2,500.
The recipients are:
• Jennifer Babas graduated from Fairfield High and then earned a degree from California State University Sacramento. She is receiving her teaching credential from University of California, Davis. Before deciding to become a teacher, she worked as a medical assistant with NorthBay Healthcare in Fairfield.
Source: California Retired Teachers Association hands out $20K in scholarships
By Kimberly K. Fu
Seven Solano County scholars — six from Dixon and one from Vacaville–are sharing $12,000 in college agricultural scholarships awarded by the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.
The Friends, the service-oriented and fundraising arm of the fair, annually awards scholarships to Solano County residents enrolled in an agricultural-related field at either a four-year university or a two-year community college in California. The organization, headed by president Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, has awarded $222,750 in college scholarships since 2003.
Natalie Victorine of Dixon, a 2021 graduate of Dixon High School, received the $3000 Ester Armstrong Scholarship, the top award. She will major in agricultural communications this fall at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Source: Friends of the Dixon May Fair award seven scholarships – The Reporter
Travis Credit Union recently awarded 20 local high school students the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship, one of the annual scholarships TCU awards to assist its young members with the increasing cost of higher education.
All of the winning students received a ‘Gala in a Box,’ which included the scholarship award announcement of $2,000 to help with college expenses, as well as a $200 gift card. TCU board members as well as executive leadership members coordinated live Zoom calls with the families to join with them virtually in opening the ‘special delivery’ box to celebrate their achievement.
For 17 years, TCU has been awarding 20 local, college-bound seniors with a $2,000 Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship. To qualify, students must be high school seniors, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a 500-word personal statement essay on their plans for the future.
Source: Travis Credit Union awards scholarships to 20 local high school students – The Reporter
Natalie Victorine, a 2021 Dixon High graduate, was awarded the top agriculture scholarship from the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.
Victorine, who will major in agricultural communications this fall at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, received the $3,000 Ester Armstrong Scholarship. The award is named after the industry veteran and 2006-09 interim chief executive officer of the Dixon May Fair, who died of cancer.
Six other Solano County students will share the remaining $9,000 in scholarships awarded, the Dixon May Fair group announced in a statement.
Source: May Fair scholarships awarded to 7 Solano County students
By Diana Lambert, EdSource
California schools collectively have billions of state and federal dollars to spend on programs to help students catch up on the learning they lost while school campuses were closed. But many districts do not have enough fully qualified teachers to fill regular classrooms, let alone to launch new academic programs this fall.
The state’s schools have struggled with teacher shortages for years, especially in the areas of special education, math, science and bilingual education, but the problem has worsened since the pandemic began. Research by the Learning Policy Institute, which consisted of interviews with district leaders from eight of the largest and nine of the smallest school districts in the state, found that the number of teacher candidates earning credentials declined during the pandemic.
Source: California school districts receive unprecedented windfall but lack teachers to help students catch up – The Reporter
By Richard Bammer
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has received a $147,000 grant that, over three years, is expected to improve the district’s early identification, enrollment, attendance, and academic success of children who lack permanent shelter.
The Fairfield-based district, Solano County’s largest with more than 21,500 students across 30 campuses, is one of 73 districts statewide to receive the grant money, the district announced in a press statement earlier this week.
The grant will further support the district’s efforts to make sure students experiencing homelessness have equal access to the same educational opportunities given to all other students, district officials said in the prepared statement.
Source: FSUSD receives $147K grant for homeless children, youth education – The Reporter
The California Department of Education (CDE) today has posted estimated local education agency (LEA) allocations from the $6.6 billion made available as part of the Assembly Bill (AB) 86 External link opens in new window or tab. COVID-19 relief package. The funding provided by AB 86 will accelerate the safe return to in-person instruction across California and provide schools the resources to expand academic, mental health and social-emotional supports, including over the summer.
“As more school districts across California announce plans to bring students back into classrooms, we at the CDE are providing the technical support our schools need to access resources in a timely way so educators can focus on providing a safe return to in-person learning, accelerate learning, and begin recovering,” said State Superintendent Tony Thurmond.
A breakdown of how the $2 billion for In-Person Instruction (IPI) Grants and $4.6 billion for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants were determined for each LEA are available on the CDE IPI and ELO Grants Funding Results web page.
Source: $6 Billion in Reopening/Expanded Learning Funding – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)
By Richard Bammer
After a year of COVID-19, of staying in or working from our homes, of relying on Zoom gatherings for so much of life, and so much more, help is on the way for Solano County and Vacaville area residents.
President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Thursday and it means that individuals who meet certain income requirements and filed IRS tax returns in 2019 or 2020 will be getting a $1,400 stimulus check in the mail or electronically deposited to a bank account.
It also means there will be critical funding to re-open schools, more vaccinations, more employment as school districts, cities, counties and area transportation agencies will be getting millions in financial relief.
Source: Coronavirus: Solano welcomes feds’ help – The Reporter
Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) voted to pass the Senate-amended “American Rescue Plan” (H.R.1319), in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law this week.
The legislation includes much-needed relief to:
- Put students safely back in classrooms
- Put vaccines in arms
- Put money in people’s pockets
- Put Americans back to work.
The bill includes funding to safely re-open schools, distribute vaccinations in every American community, send an additional $1,400 stimulus check to individuals, support small businesses, and extend unemployment benefits. The legislation codifies President Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan into law and includes funding to support specific COVID-19-related initiatives in Congressman Garamendi’s Congressional District.
Source: Garamendi Secures Critical Funding To Reopen Schools, Distribute Vaccines, Extend Unemployment Benefits, & Send $1,400 Stimulus Checks | Davis, CA Patch
Seventeen Solano students were recognized Saturday during a virtual Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Chinese American Association of Solano County and awarded scholarships to aid them in their academic journeys.
“The strength of our communities and the future is directly dependent upon theeducation of our youth,”said C.C. Yin, founder and chairman of CAASC, in a press statement.
During the last 24 years, due to generous corporate sponsorships and community support, 306 students have been granted CAASC scholarships totaling in excess of $220,500, organizers said.
Source: 17 Solano students awarded college scholarships – The Reporter
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today more than $4 billion in additional COVID-19 emergency relief is now available to governors to ensure learning continues for students of all ages and at all schools. This emergency relief aid, the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, has two components: supplemental GEER awards (GEER II) and the Emergency Assistance to Non-public Schools (EANS) awards, which comprise $2.75 billion of the total. These funds are authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (CRRSA) Public Law 116-260, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, CRRSA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion Secretary DeVos expeditiously provided this spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“As I’ve said from the beginning of this pandemic, parents are counting on strong and decisive state, local, and school leadership to ensure their students can continue to learn in ways that work for them,” said Secretary DeVos. “While some state and local education leaders have risen to the occasion, far too many parents are frustrated by a stunning lack of access to in-person learning for their kids. Every governor needs to utilize these taxpayer funds to safely reopen schools and ensure all students have the option to learn in person if that is what they want or need. The impact of school lockdowns has been disastrous for our students—especially those from low-income families. And, far too many private school students have suffered because interest groups, politicians, and lobbyists predictably played politics and protected their own lucrative gigs with taxpayer funding. I was pleased to see, this time around, that Congress finally acknowledged what this Administration has said all along: All students and all educators at all schools — private, parochial, and public — are affected by this pandemic, and they all need and deserve support for PPE, cleaning supplies, learning materials, and more.”
Source: Secretary DeVos Announces More than $4 Billion Available in Emergency Education Grants for Governors to Help Students Continue Learning | U.S. Department of Education