Webinar spotlights federal resources to support newcomer and immigrant youth

The U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar Sept. 6 to provide local educational agencies with examples of best practices, partnerships, tools, lessons learned and more in supporting newcomer students at the local level. That same day, the department issued a Dear Colleague Letter on […]

State actions will determine if BEAD program helps middle class families afford broadband

The federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program provides $42.45 billion to help states expand the availability of affordable high-speed internet — now an essential tool for education, employment and more. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the federal agency that administers BEAD, […]

Humboldt COE is expanding its global partnership program

Humboldt County is known primarily for its Redwood National and State Parks, but education leaders are actively boosting the region’s profile as a key player in providing youth a “global education.” Since 2019, the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE) has partnered with Taiwan to […]

Research highlights long-term economic impacts of addressing barriers to high school graduation

Addressing the systemic inequities that lead to higher rates of chronic absenteeism and disciplinary infractions and lower high school graduation rates among the most impacted student groups would benefit the children themselves, as well as society as a whole, according to a recent brief from […]

Study examines how one district is improving outcomes for foster youth

Family disruptions, trauma, out-of-home placements and school changes are common experiences among children in foster care, and often result in higher rates of disciplinary problems, grade repetition, special education placement and dropping out of high school, as well as lower academic achievement, and increased barriers […]

New brief compares state early literacy policies

At least 89 bills have been introduced throughout the country this legislative session that address reading instruction, third-grade intervention or literacy in general, according to the Education Commission of the States. According to the commission’s updated 50-State Comparison on K-3 Policies brief, recent legislative activity […]

Experts call for lawmakers to continue funding the Affordable Connectivity Program

Congress must continue funding the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to further efforts to provide online access to all, according to a June 5 Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation panel. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) administers the $14 billion ACP, which provides up to $30 […]

California must incentivize and support further efforts to expand TK programming

In an effort to expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-old children in California by 2025–26, local educational agencies have focused their efforts on developing facilities and ensuring suitable staffing, but state leaders must turn their attention to promoting high-quality teaching and learning if universal TK […]

New report recommends state and federal spending changes to better support homeless youth

Identifying and supporting homeless youth can be as difficult as it is crucial to ensuring equitable outcomes among some of a local educational agency’s most vulnerable students. Approximately 1.3 million students in the United States were identified as experiencing some form of homelessness in 2019–20 […]