Supreme Court rules when public school not offered, public money can be used for religious school tuition

The Supreme Court ruled on June 21 that restricting the limitation of Maine’s tuition assistance program to only “nonsectarian” schools violated the Free Exercise Clause of the United States Constitution. In the case of Carson v. Makin, the Court ruled that parents could not be […]

Biden signs executive order with protections for LGBTQ young people

In honor of Pride Month, President Joe Biden on June 15 signed an executive order advancing equality for members of the LGBTQ community, including many protections for young people. Aspects of the executive order include addressing discriminatory legislative attacks against LGBTQ children and families by […]

School Boards in Action: 5 Questions with Linda Lunn, Murrieta Valley USD

Linda Lunn, trustee, Murrieta Valley Unified School District and CSBA Delegate for Region 18 What did your district do to foster learning recovery and educational advancements during the 2021–22 school year? What do you have planned for the 2022–23 school year to continue this progress? […]

Schools must consider student identities in addressing mental health challenges

With local educational agencies working to address youth mental health challenges exacerbated by the pandemic, it is important that officials understand the role students’ identities play in their school experiences and mental well-being. During a June 9 panel discussion hosted by the California Department of […]

County offices of education are succeeding in expanding access to environmental learning

As the impacts of climate change continue to impact school communities, the physical health of children and their quality of life, it is critical that county offices of education take steps to promote education in environmental literacy, resiliency and sustainability, according to a report from […]

Registration open for the California Student Mock Election

As California emerges from the primary election and prepares for the general election in November, Secretary of State Shirley Weber and the California Department of Education are encouraging schools to get students involved and excited about civic engagement through partnering to host a 2022 California […]

Addressing the needs of students living in deep poverty

With more than 5 million children living in deep poverty across America, the Learning Policy Institute’s recent report “Building School Communities for Students Living in Deep Poverty” highlights three strategies to help schools address these students’ learning and social-emotional needs. The federal government establishes poverty […]

Commission on Teacher Credentialing continues progress on PK-3 Early Childhood Education Credential

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing held a packed three-day meeting June 15–17 in which it “endorsed” key aspects in the development of the PK-3 Early Childhood Specialist Credential. The commission also received updates on the implementation of Senate Bill 488, the legislation directing the […]

CCEE staff gives updates on new structure and direct technical assistance for districts

The June 16 governing board meeting of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence included updates on the agency’s three centers as well as on direct technical assistance being offered to school districts. Transformative Systems for Equitable Educational Outcomes Center This center aims to partner with […]