Title IX: LEAs should proactively update policies to remain in compliance

Following significant delay and conflict, the U.S. Department of Education issued a new set of final Title IX Regulations regarding sex discrimination on April 19, to go into effect Aug. 1, 2024. The 1,557-page Final Rule containing the regulations is available for review at the […]

Research provides snapshot of summer learning in 2023, implications for 2024 programming

Summer programming has become one of the main ways in which local educational agencies have sought to help students recover academically from pandemic-related setbacks. However, while recent research from the RAND Corporation finds that summer programs appear to have expanded and improved to address student […]

The role of obstacle-free healthcare in California’s public schools

By Thomas Shaffer In the current landscape of public school healthcare initiatives, accessibility remains a significant hurdle. Whether talking about mental or physical health services, the majority of schools are still struggling to provide adequate care for their students, staff and educators — even in […]

Governor and Legislature agree to budget deal

On June 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature announced an agreement on the state budget that largely reflected the budget proposal adopted by the Legislature earlier this month — but with some important modifications that pose concern for local educational agencies. The inclusion of provisions that were not present or disclosed in earlier summaries reinforced the wisdom of CSBA’s decision to avoid a full endorsement of any budget deals before the exact language of the terms was available.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing deep dives into its exams

During the June 20-21 meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), commissioners reviewed several reports, including an analysis of the passing rates of commission-approved examinations from the last five years; continued an ongoing discussion and data review on teaching performance assessments (TPAs) and […]

Resources and strategies to support LEAs after incidents of school violence

Experts provided trauma-informed recovery strategies and resources for rebuilding a safe and supportive school climate following an incident of school violence during a May 22 webinar from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments. U.S Department of Education Policy Advisor Kayla Patrick noted that […]

Rural Math Collaborative: Providing tailored programs and strategies to boost math achievement

Since the adoption of California’s new Mathematics Framework, the Rural Math Collaborative (RMC) has made significant strides in its efforts to improve math education in small, rural local educational agencies. Led by Lake County and Butte County in partnership with the California Collaborative for Educational […]

Survey finds majority of parents support mental health services in schools

A new survey from Action for Healthy Kids asked parents and caregivers from across the country what worries them most about their children’s health and what would resolve those concerns. According to its results, parents worry most about  their child’s time spent on electronics, their […]