Monthly Archives: February 2018

Recruiting, Supporting, Retaining: African-American Teachers and the Teacher Shortage

28 Feb
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African-American teacher
California faces an acute shortage of teachers statewide. The demand for teachers is even greater in school districts with a large number of low-income students and diverse populations. As part of CSBA’s blog series exploring African-American student achievement in honor of African-American History Month, this post looks at the hiring and retaining of African-American teachers. While public schools are projected to be majority nonwhite by 2020, teachers of color are underrepresented. In California, approximately 68 percent of teachers in the...

More than $300,000 in Scholar Dollars grants available to California K-8 schools

26 Feb
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Scholar Dollars
ScholarShare 529, California’s official 529 college savings plan, is now accepting entries for its Scholar Dollars grant program. All of California’s public and charter schools serving grades K-8 are eligible for the program, but they must register online by the March 7 deadline. The grants are intended to help schools pay for critical and underfunded class materials, extracurricular activities and after-school programs. Last year, 20 schools were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for a wide range of school needs...

State auditor stresses importance of school safety plans

21 Feb
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school safety
On Nov. 14, 2017, a school secretary heard gunshots from her office and quickly ordered a school lockdown. School staff at Rancho Tehama Elementary School collected students from the playground, barricaded the school and sheltered in place as a gunman rammed through the front gates of the school. He exited his pickup truck armed with a semi-automatic rifle and, finding himself locked out of the school, fired instead at the walls and windows before he reportedly became frustrated and left....

Recent studies show U.S. public schools facing resegregation

14 Feb
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Girl Writing in Notebook
Today’s student population is becoming increasingly diverse, yet American public schools are not reflecting that. Almost 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education (1954) deemed school segregation unconstitutional in the United States, recent studies are showing that the vision of a desegregated school system has yet to be fully implemented. Even worse, a reality where segregation is a word for the history books is slipping further and further away. According to the Civil Rights Project at the University of California,...

Celebrating African-American History Month: A Snapshot of African-American Students in California

7 Feb
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science students
With almost 400,000 African-American students attending California K-12 public schools, our state is home to the sixth largest population of African-American students in the country — larger than the overall student population of 15 other states. Unfortunately, large opportunity and achievement gaps exist for this group of students. Awareness of the issues leading to these gaps will allow board members and other educational advocates to build effective strategies and target supports where they will be most useful. In honor of...