Identification of homeless youth is vital as housing instability increases

About 2,600 students experienced housing instability in San Mateo County — one of the wealthiest counties in California — between 2016 and 2019. As  rates of homelessness increase as a result of the pandemic, local educational agencies must improve identification efforts to ensure students receive […]

Equity-oriented restorative justice resource library available

UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools (the Center) in early April hosted the webinar, “Equity-Oriented Restorative Justice Tools for Schools,” which aimed to show how restorative justice practices can change the relationship students have with their school community while addressing racial disparities in disciplinary […]

Education and advocacy leaders convene to discuss supports for immigrant youth and families

Californians Together hosted its annual Statewide Convening for the Support of Immigrant and Refugee Students virtually on Feb. 28 with leaders from school, professional and community organizations discussing resources and state-funded programs that address the needs of immigrant and refugee populations. Ruth Barajas, Californians Together […]

CDE task force, youth panel webinar aim to support Black students

This Black History Month, CSBA spotlights programs helping to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Efforts to support Black students and community members shouldn’t be exclusive to the month of February. Recognizing the systemic and institutional racism that has impacted the education and lives of Black […]

Thurmond shows support for SB 830 and enrollment-based funding for LEAs

“The time has come to make a change,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said during a Feb. 10 press conference in support of Senate Bill 830. The bill, authored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), would move California’s education funding base away […]

Building a pipeline of Black school counselors

This Black History Month, CSBA spotlights programs helping to close opportunity and achievement gaps. This week (Feb. 7–11) also marks National School Counseling Week. Recognizing the benefits of a diverse teacher workforce, local educational agencies throughout the state have developed career pathways and partnerships with […]

Federal office finds high-need schools require more disaster recovery support

School districts that serve more students of color, economically disadvantaged youth and other vulnerable groups are more likely to have relied on emergency aid to recover from natural disasters like floods, fires and storms, according to new research from the federal Government Accountability Office. Of […]

Learning self-efficacy, improving outcomes for African American students in Bakersfield

This Black History Month, CSBA spotlights programs helping to close opportunity and achievement gaps. In Bakersfield City School District, a program for African American students is empowering young people to challenge common notions and media portrayals of what it is to be a Black youth […]