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BUSD takes step toward building affordable housing for teachers, staff

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The front entrance of the Berkeley Adult School where Curative runs a COVID 19 test facility using one of Gehl’s custom made kiosks to streamline the efficiency of testing. Nov. 23, 2020. Photo: Pete Rosos

Cornelius Smith pulls into the parking lot at Oxford Elementary at 8 a.m. He leans the driver’s seat back to get some shut-eye, two hours before his shift starts. 

By day, Smith works as a school safety officer at the high school. By night, he is an armed officer at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco. He sleeps when he can, crashing for a few hours in the evening at his cousin’s place in Emeryville or at his parent’s in Hercules, and in his car in the mornings. The drive home to Antioch takes up to an hour and a half, depending on traffic, and he makes it back only on the weekends.

Smith would love to live in Berkeley, but with the sky-high cost of housing, “it’s way too expensive.” Many teachers live paycheck to paycheck, and classified staff like Smith earn even less. School safety officers at Berkeley Unified make as little as $29,000 each year, and the median salary for district employees is $45,833

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Family, friends hold surprise retirement parade for popular Turlock High School teacher

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular Turlock High School agriculture teacher is calling it quits after more than 35 years on the job.

Joe Digrazia is retiring and Wednesday friends and family members made sure his socially-distanced parade was one to remember.

The best part — it was all a surprise.

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Sacramento-Area Substitute Teacher Dies From Coronavirus Complications

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A substitute teacher for Sacramento City Unified School District has died from complications of the coronavirus, district officials confirmed Monday.

The identity of the teacher has not yet been released. This is the second death in Sacramento County. Public Health officials said both individuals who died from complications of COVID-19 were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions.

The instructor, who also was a temporary volunteer, worked at Sutterville Elementary School in February.

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Sonoma County educator who lost home in Tubbs fire selected a California teacher of the year

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There was Katya Robinson, locking horns with one of her students. Again.

“Do you want to go to recess? Then go sit down,” she told AJ Staggs one morning last week.

He is a bespectacled, charismatic 5-year-old and the unofficial mayor of Room 21 at Park Side Elementary in Sebastopol. That’s where Robinson teaches a kindergarten through third grade class for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

It’s where she does the pioneering, creative work that earned her recognition as one of California’s five extraordinary public school educators named 2020 teachers of the year.

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