California’s school finance spending is a mixed bag, researchers find

Hundreds of billions of dollars are distributed annually to more than 13,000 school districts across the country. But do states’ school finance systems, which are largely in charge of K-12 funding, provide adequate and equitable monetary resources? Rutgers University, the University of Miami and the […]

U.S. student-to-school counselor ratio improves but still misses recommended rate

The student-to-school counselor ratio improved 5.6 percent nationally between 2021–22 and 2022–23, but there is still work to be done to reach the recommended rate of 250:1, according to data released by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) in February. In 2022–23, the student-to-counselor ratio […]

Federal edtech plan serves as a call to action for closing digital divides

The U.S. Department of Education recently published its 2024 National Educational Technology Plan, A Call to Action for Closing the Digital Access, Design and Use Divides.. The plan, which was first released in 1994 and most recently updated in 2016, frames the three divides the […]

California introduces free behavioral health apps for families, young people

A duo of free web- and app-based tools offering families with children or young adults ages 0-25 one-on-one sessions with live wellness coaches, wellness exercises, a library of multimedia resources and access to peer communities moderated by trained behavioral health professionals, were launched by the […]

Brief explores the immigration system’s impact on school communities

As of 2019, roughly 7 percent of all children in the United States — an estimated 5 million young people under age 19 — lived with an undocumented family member, most often a parent. The effects of immigration enforcement actions on Latino children of undocumented […]

Most high school graduates attend community colleges, PPIC finds

More than half of graduating high school students in California continue their academic careers at community colleges, making the ability to transfer between higher education institutions critical to attaining a four-year degree, according to the fact sheet “California’s Higher Education System,” released by the Public […]

How the state, districts can prepare for K-12 enrollment declines

With enrollment declines taking place in almost three-quarters of California school districts in the last five years and the trend expected to continue in the next decade, a report and corresponding brief published by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in December explore factors […]

Black History Month spotlight: Lessons from Eastside Union SD’s Blueprint for Equity implementation

As Black History Month begins, the Eastside Union School District’s recent work to improve educational experiences and supports for Black students and their families, covered in a case study published by The Education Trust–West, can serve as an example for other local educational agencies. “Enacting […]

Communicating before, during and after a crisis: Expert tips for LEAs

A Jan. 23 CSBA webinar featured expert tips from local educational agency leaders on best practices for crisis communications before, during and after a safety incident. Whether handling a social media, email or other anonymous threat or the presence of a trespasser or suspicious object […]

IQC approves revisions to local instructional materials adoption guidance

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) met on Jan. 24 to consider recommendations on the revised Guidance for Local Instructional Materials Adoptions, determine various leadership and committee positions and approve 2024 goals. While convening on Jan. 23 for an orientation, four new commissioners appointed by the […]