New sex education standards provide educators support on more well-rounded conversations with students on sensitive topics

The National Sex Education Standards were recently updated to include advancements in research regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and the long-term consequences of stigma and discrimination — all topics that experts say are essential to keeping young people safe when covered effectively. The standards were […]

California should prepare to address long-term impacts of COVID-19 on kids’ mental health, experts say

Communities and families have been hit hard by the pandemic, and are likely facing increased stress due to the changes, fear and uncertainty caused by illness, isolation, impending homelessness, job and healthcare loss, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris said during an Aug. 20 webinar […]

New guidance outlines conditions for small cohorts of students in schools still on county monitoring list

According to new guidance released by the California Department of Public Health on Aug. 25,  local educational agencies in counties on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list can offer in-person, targeted, specialized support and services to small groups of students as outlined below. The guidance allows […]

Judge blocks U.S. Department of Education from enforcing CARES Act private school funding rule

On Aug. 21, 2020, a federal judge ruled against the U.S. Department of Education in Washington v. DeVos, a lawsuit over how much coronavirus aid public schools must set aside for private school students. The U.S. Department of Education’s interim final rule issued earlier this […]

California Census Challenge launches to improve poor response rate

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla recently announced the California Census Challenge, a statewide competition with the goal of increasing the census self-response rates of the state’s cities and counties while decreasing the need for at-home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the current lack […]

Funding influx needed to address equity concerns this school year and beyond

In the topsy-turvy leadup to the 2020–21 school year, the most recent pressing issues involve the logistics of when and how campuses could or should physically reopen. While opening dates are critical for the operations of school districts, national education observers and advocates said at […]

Special education teachers need professional development to bridge all aspects of the digital divide

The abrupt shift to distance learning this spring revealed glaring and significant disparities that have long been present in student access to technology. Campus closures also highlighted another problem: there is little understanding of how to best educate students with disabilities via distance learning. An […]