Districts can now begin efforts to build education workforce housing with less red tape

Survey after survey, study after study, lack of affordable housing close to the campuses in which they work continues to be one of the most cited reasons for why teachers and other school employees leave their positions or the education field entirely. This presents a […]

Parent interest in COVID interventions suggests adjustments are needed

Throughout the 2021–22 school year, local educational agencies have developed interventions targeting students’ social-emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, but recent data show programs and resources may not be reaching the students and families most affected by the pandemic. Released in June by the Urban […]

Low-income youth need expanded access to Medicaid services

The state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) must do more to ensure children in the California Medical Assistance Program (Medi‑Cal) receive preventive health services, according to a Sept. 13 report from the California State Auditor’s office. Schools can play a significant role in accomplishing this. […]

SBE wraps up 2022 by looking ahead on LCAPs, assessments and student need

The State Board of Education’s Nov. 2–3 meeting shined a spotlight on student voice, saw the adoption of changes to the California Spanish Assessment and California School Dashboard principles, as well as new resources to help teachers access and utilize disaggregated English learner student group […]

California’s Yurok tribe is revitalizing language in and out of the classroom 

More than 150 years of targeted eradication of Native Americans in the U.S. and suppression of their languages and culture through federal boarding schools and other means forced many young people to abandon their ancestral ties. Spanning parts of Del Norte and Humboldt counties, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The pandemic’s effect on learning policy and practice in 2020–21

Local educational agencies statewide planned to provide technology, assess student learning, implement tiered levels of support and prioritize services for special student populations during the 2020–21 school year, but methods of doing so largely varied across districts, according to recent research. The most notable differences […]

Report details how one county’s juvenile justice program effectively engages students

Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Road to Success Academies (RTSA), a comprehensive educational model for juvenile court schools that serve young people detained for extended periods of time, is successfully reigniting student engagement, according to a new study. Centering Care and Engagement: Understanding Implementation […]