Humboldt COE launches new network, providing rural families with high-speed internet

A new high-speed digital internet system was launched Oct. 4 in Fairhaven as part of a statewide effort to reduce California’s digital divide — especially in rural areas where broadband access has long been unavailable. The network in Fairhaven, located about 2 miles southwest of […]

Understaffing in schools is a major concern nationwide, survey shows

More than half of school leaders reported starting the 2022–23 school year understaffed, according to recently released survey data of 904 schools from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, 53 percent of public school leaders reporting feeling understaffed entering the […]

Access to computer science coursework is growing nationwide despite pandemic, report finds

The pandemic slowed growth in computer science education, but the number of high schools across the United States that offer foundational computer science courses showed a slight increase from 51 percent in 2020–21 to 53 percent in 2021–22, according to a new report. 2022 State […]

CSBA-sponsored bills AB 2584 and SB 1061 provide election reforms that will benefit LEAs

On Sept. 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two CSBA-sponsored election reform bills, Assembly Bill 2584 (Berman, D-Menlo Park) and Senate Bill 1061 (Laird, D-Santa Cruz). AB 2584 provides needed reforms to the recall process for local elected officials, and SB 1061 ensures that voters are […]

Workforce housing momentum builds as CSBA launches workshop with UCLA and UC Berkeley

By Andrew Keller Teams from a select cohort of four school districts in rent-burdened communities around the state met at Selma Community Housing in Los Angeles Oct. 13 for the launch of a pilot CSBA workshop series designed to help convert existing school property into […]

California assessments results show declines, hope for intervention efforts

State and national assessment data released on Oct. 24 confirms the decline in results that were expected in the first full administration of these tests since the COVID-19 pandemic sent the world into turmoil. California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), also known as […]

School Boards in Action: 5 Questions with Ken Mintz, San Ramon Valley USD

Ken Mintz, board president, San Ramon Valley Unified School District What does your district have planned for the 2022–23 school year to foster learning recovery and educational advancements? We offer multiple options to foster learning recovery and educational advancement options for our students. All of […]

Recent funding increases not enough to offset long-term challenges schools face

Despite record education funding levels, fiscal challenges remain, according to a fact sheet released Sept. 28 by the Public Policy Institute of California. State K-12 funding increased nearly 50 percent between 2017–18 and 2021–22, and with state, local and federal funding combined, public schools received […]

Teacher survey shows job dissatisfaction; offers retention and recruitment strategies

Data found in a new report on developing strategies for teacher retention and recruitment in California “should be a wakeup call for all of us,” according to Tyrone Howard, faculty director at UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS). A Sept. 27 webinar “Voices […]

Parents find post-pandemic hope in alternative education models, survey finds

Among the findings of the first installment of Tyton Partners’ School Disrupted 2022 series, Pandemic Driven Decline in K-12 Public School Enrollment Continues, is that a “seismic shift” has occurred in K-12 enrollment as some parents opt for homeschooling programs, charter or private schools to […]