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 […]

LEAs are working together to better support African American youth

The African American Student Success Network — a collaborative effort between the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) — initiated a professional learning network in 2017 to address disparities faced by African American students […]

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 […]

What LEAs can do to support foster youth and prepare them for the future

A new report details the significant overhaul needed across sectors to better support and prepare those exiting the foster care system as they transition into adulthood — and schools can play an important role in reinforcing this work. Released Jan. 24 by the Institute for […]

Computer science access grew significantly in 2023; California has room for improvement

This year saw the largest growth in the percentage of high schools offering foundational computer science since 2018, according to the 2023 State of Computer Science Education, released on Nov. 1 by the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (ECEP), Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers […]

Analysis outlines how LEAs can center equity while preparing for the ESSER fiscal cliff

Research published by The Brookings Institution in September considers the implications that the end of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) dollars will have on student equity. The analysis determined that local educational agencies serving the largest number of high-need students will have their […]

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, […]