Addressing students’ social-emotional needs is a top priority two years into pandemic, Thurmond says

The Public Policy Institute of California on March 29 hosted a virtual conversation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on what lessons have emerged in K-12 education in the two years since the pandemic began. As California and the nation embrace a new, […]

California school leaders, researchers discuss impacts of declining enrollment

California is estimating a 9 percent drop in K-12 enrollment, with some counties experiencing double that amount, by 2030. To complicate the picture, other counties are expecting to see enrollment increase as much as 10 percent. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have accelerated the decreases, […]

New study finds negligible effect of remote learning on students — until the data is disaggregated

A new study from Curriculum Associates found that remote instruction may not have affected student’s learning as much as previously reported, at least on average. Like previous research, this study found that almost all groups of students were negatively impacted by school closures during the […]

Parents, educators share experiences with pod learning during pandemic

Families who created education pods for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic preferred them to what was being offered in schools prior to the public health crisis, according to Center on Reinventing Public Education report “Crisis Breeds Innovation: Pandemic Pods and the Future of Education.” […]

CALL TO ACTION: Urge Congress to support extending waiver authority to USDA for school nutrition programs

Please contact U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla and your local Congressional representative to urge their support to extend school meal wavier authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Sept. 30, 2023, within the pending consolidated appropriations bill that Congress is working […]

Schools should expect state guidance on independent study for students with disabilities

On Feb. 28, 2022, in the litigation action E.E. v. State of California, a judge in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction that ordered the California Department of Education to provide guidance to local educational agencies requiring […]

CDPH memo provides guidance for local masking decision-making

The California Department of Public Health issued a memo March 7 reminding education stakeholders that the statewide universal indoor masking requirement in K-12 schools will transition to a strong recommendation that staff and students continue to wear masks indoors, effective end-of-day March 11. The memo […]

Safer air saves lives and improves learning in mask-optional classrooms

This post is contributed by CSBA business affiliate LifeWings Peak Performance As a preventative measure to cope with the pandemic and promote utility savings, the state allocated $650 million in Assembly Bill 841 grants to improve air quality and plumbing in California classrooms and facilities. […]