School Boards in Action: Colton Joint USD uses social media to tell district’s story

“Social media is a way to tell your individual story as a board member,” said Colton Joint Unified School District Board President Bertha Flores during the local educational agency’s “Tell Your District’s Story: Easy Engagement Tips and Tools” workshop at CSBA’s 2022 Annual Education Conference […]

California School Dashboard release marks a new starting point for improvement

The 2022 California School Dashboard was released on Dec. 15 following a two-year pause prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw widespread school closures, federal assessment waivers and declines in student academic achievement and overall well-being. Chronic absenteeism proved to be a particularly troubling indicator, […]

Commission on Teacher Credentialing wraps up the year with reflections on ethnic studies; new leadership

The Dec. 8-9 meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing featured the presentation of several required end-of-year reports and a passionate discussion about subject matter competence and history, social sciences and ethnic studies. The meeting was the last for Chair Tine Sloan and Commissioner […]

Survey finds most adults support teaching controversial topics in high school

Lawmakers across 37 states introduced nearly 150 bills in 2022 designed to limit educators’ latitude to address racism, inequity, bias, structural injustices, and gender and sexuality issues in school. At least 20 states enacted laws or executive orders to prevent civic learning and discussion of […]

More federal coordination needed on cybersecurity; State recommendations for LEAs

With K-12 schools becoming increasingly common targets of cyberattacks including phishing attempts, ransomware, distributed denial-of-service and video conferencing disruptions, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the report Critical Infrastructure Protection: Additional Federal Coordination Is Needed to Enhance K-12 Cybersecurity in October. The impacts of […]