Native American attendance rates lower than general population; Humboldt County officials aim to address root causes

Native American youth in California are still missing far too much school each year, according to statewide data released Nov. 10. During the 2018–19 school year, American Indian or Alaska Native students had an absence rate of 13.6 percent, lower only than foster and homeless […]

CSBA webinar shines a spotlight on current inequities and how to avoid future pitfalls

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, district and county office of education officials are increasingly forced to reckon with longstanding inequities related to the digital divide, and how to address student learning in the long-term. In a Nov. 19 CSBA webinar, “Equitable Support for California […]

IQC moves Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum with edits to State Board

The task before the IQC in its November meeting was to review edits for the second draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum — including written and verbal public comment, California Department of Education edits and edits from IQC commissioners — and approve agreed-upon edits. […]

LAO report fuels CSBA advocacy for increased school revenue and support

New projections from the Legislative Analyst’s Office bring some unexpectedly positive news for California’s education budget. A new analysis of the outlook for school and community college funding in the coming year shows that, despite lags in certain sectors, the state’s economic recovery has exceeded […]

CSBA Director-at-Large, Native American reflects on teaching Native studies curriculum

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. CSBA talked to Crystal Martinez-Alire, CSBA’s Director-at-Large, Native American and trustee in the Elk Grove Unified School District, […]

Updated parent poll shows more parents dissatisfied with distance learning than in the spring

Parents are more dissatisfied with their child’s current distance learning experience than in the spring, according to a new parent poll released Oct. 15 by the Education Trust–West. Compared to a similar poll conducted by the organization in March, parents are far less likely to […]

State audit of local suicide prevention policies finds lack of stakeholder engagement

State law mandates that all school districts, county offices of education and charter schools adopt policy on student suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention after consulting with specified stakeholders. Beginning in the 2020–21 school year, the policy must apply to all grades K–12. A report issued […]