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Teaching credential, preparation program enrollment numbers continue climbing

7 May
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Continuing a multi-year pattern, California saw a 3.1 percent increase in teaching credentials issued in fiscal year 2018–19, however, the state also witnessed a slight decrease in the number of fully credentialed teachers serving in its public schools. And for a state still grappling with a teacher shortage, particularly in high-cost areas, the promising trend of significant increases in teacher preparation program enrollment persists. These are several of the key takeaways from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s recent report...

Two district perspectives on COVID-19 closures for small and rural districts

6 Apr
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Even before COVID-19 led to widespread and long-term school closures, California’s small and rural school districts faced extensive resource and educational gaps. Now, small and rural school districts must contend with specific challenges as they move to distance learning. Trustees and administrators in these communities are relying on ingenuity and community partnerships to adapt to ever-evolving circumstances and guidance. Providing student meal distribution An immediate priority for most districts has been ensuring students have access to adequate nutrition, especially at...

Information for Schools on Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

12 Mar
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Each day, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has a greater impact on our lives. Epidemiologists have indicated that the outbreak is accelerating and will likely be with us for some time. As stewards of a community’s most valuable resource — its children — school trustees have a responsibility to treat this outbreak with the utmost seriousness. It is critical that school boards take logical, research-based measures to help mitigate the spread of the virus. At the same time, those concerns must...

Bilingual teacher development grant takes root in 10 districts

17 Jan
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By Amy Boles, director of educational services at Oak Grove School District In November 2016, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 58, a state ballot initiative that creates more opportunities for students to become bilingual and biliterate. The measure passed with 73.5 percent of the vote and was supported across all 58 counties. A report released in June 2017 by Californians Together, Unveiling California’s Bilingual Teacher Shortage, said that the wide support reflects the high regard that the public holds for...

Financial aid report illustrates need for schools to boost student participation

21 Nov
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With financial aid critical to many of California’s low-income youth and students of color seeking to attend college, a new report from the Education Trust–West finds that the students who would benefit the most are attending high schools with some of the lowest application completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. While schools and districts in some areas have made progress, the authors of Hidden Figures: A Framework to Increase Access to Financial Aid find that much...

Audit finds state, LEAs not doing enough to identify and support students experiencing homelessness

12 Nov
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A new report from the State Auditor finds local educational agencies are not doing enough to identify youths experiencing homelessness, in turn limiting the opportunities to support these students. The report cites that many of these shortcomings stem from the California Department of Education’s inadequate oversight and management of the state’s homeless education program. Included in the Legislature-ordered audit is an interactive graphic that allows users to see how many students each LEA reported as being homeless in academic year...

CEO’s note: The 2019–20 State Budget Act: A reflection of our values? Maybe …

30 Oct
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By CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy While speaking about the release of his first state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “I know it’s rote and cliché to say it’s a reflection of our values, but it is a reflection of our values.” This year’s budget is the largest spending package in the state’s history, one that pumped more than $3 billion above the Proposition 98 guarantee into schools and school supports. The “Affordability Budget” makes its mark...

Resources can guide leaders through difficult decisions during wildfire season

29 Oct
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A challenging combination of raging wildfires, poor air quality and planned power outages meant to prevent further fires has already led to myriad school closures up and down the Golden State this fall — with significant time left in the state’s wildfire season. California’s dynamic weather patterns, climate change, historic winds and dangerously low humidity will likely pose severe risks well through November, if not beyond. Considering the paramount importance of student and staff safety, school district and county office...

With model curriculum process paused, expert panel discusses ethnic studies

21 Oct
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Shelved due to its controversy amid an overwhelming amount of public interest and input, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Oct. 15 hosted a panel discussion on the next steps in the redevelopment and implementation of the Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum. The State Board of Education will now vote on the curriculum in 2020, after the California Department of Education conducts statewide listening sessions and coordinates visits to school districts that have implemented strong ethnic studies programs, said...

Survey finds district leaders value community trust but often lack confidence in ability

7 Oct
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There is a vast chasm between the percentage of district and school leaders who think building community trust is very important and the percentage of those leaders who are very confident in their ability to do so, according to new national survey results. Roughly 65 school board members were among the 538 district and school-level leaders who responded to the survey from K12 Insight. The 2019 State of K-12 Customer Experience Survey results find further confidence gaps in areas such...