Category Archives: equity

E-rate program regulations and innovative district solutions to digital divide explored in webinar

29 Jun
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A June 25 webinar hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute featured advocates for closing the homework gap and three school district representatives from across the nation attempting to do so right now. At least 7 million students in the U.S. currently lack broadband access and “even when schools are back full time, those 7 million or more students will still be on the wrong side of a persistent homework gap that reinforces education inequities, especially in low-income and rural...

California education officials announce plans to re-examine policing on school grounds

25 Jun
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced June 24 two ways in which the California Department of Education intends to support schools as districts throughout the state address concerns surrounding educational equity and racial justice. Since the inception of the school resource officer decades ago, many families — especially families of color — have raised questions about the necessity of police in schools while pointing to research showing that Black children in particular are more likely than their white...

Webinar highlights CSBA’s efforts on digital divide, shares district perspectives

12 May
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With school districts and county offices of education now well into widespread distance learning across California — and acknowledging that at least some form of it will continue next school year — CSBA’s latest COVID-19 webinar explored how the association is playing a role in bridging the digital divide and how districts are addressing access challenges on the ground. At a time of school closures, this divide exacerbates opportunity and achievement gaps, slows academic progress and prevents many students from...

Board members share what they’ve learned in final meeting of CSBA Equity Network

10 Mar
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Closing persistent opportunity gaps requires a commitment to educational equity. In summer 2018, CSBA launched an Equity Network with a grant from the Stuart Foundation, providing extensive support and professional development to board members across California on concepts related to educational equity. Topics addressed included implicit bias, cultural proficiency, the history of public education and the role of education leadership in disrupting a system of inequity. The second cohort of network participants met at CSBA’s offices in West Sacramento for...

Grassroots group helps build momentum in diversifying tech industry

12 Feb
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Each February, African American History Month marks a time for celebrating the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This month, the CSBA blog will highlight innovative programs that aim to boost African American student achievement. The College Board reported in 2017 that the numbers of female students and underrepresented minority students taking the Advanced Placement exam for computer science more than doubled from the previous year. Participation among these groups rose once again in...

Educational equity: The great equalizer?

31 Jan
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Kids together
By Deborah L. Keys Write Horace Mann, a pioneer of American public schools in the 19th century, famously called education the “great equalizer of the conditions of men.” But the reverse is also true. Students who receive a poor education, or who drop out of school before graduating, can end up on the wrong side of a lifelong gap in employment, earnings, even life expectancy. Too often, the difference between a life of promise and a life in peril hinges not on...