IQC moves Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum with edits to State Board

The task before the IQC in its November meeting was to review edits for the second draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum — including written and verbal public comment, California Department of Education edits and edits from IQC commissioners — and approve agreed-upon edits. […]

Presidential race, education-related propositions still too close to call

After a long night counting votes, the election for president of the United States is left where experts predicted: in limbo while mail-in ballots are counted. Five states have still not been called — Alaska, Georgia,  Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. While the races for […]

National comparison of K-3 policies shows room for improvement

The Education Commission of the States released a comparison of K-3 polices across all 50 states on Sept. 28 that examined school readiness and transitions, kindergarten requirements, educator quality, prevention, intervention and retention, and social-emotional learning and mental health. “Following a high-quality early care and […]

Incoming California State University chancellor Joseph Castro on the value of higher education, ethnic studies and equity

Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized nationwide from Sept. 15–Oct. 15 as a time to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a proclamation issued on Sept. 15, 2020, recognized Latino Heritage Month to honor and recognize the contributions […]

Latino Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the importance of inclusive education

California has more than 15 million Hispanic and Latino residents, or just under 40 percent of its population — by far the largest population of any U.S. state. Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized nationwide from Sept. 15–Oct. 15 as a time to honor the cultures […]

CDC releases new school guidance for reopening decisions; reverts asymptomatic testing guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Sept. 15 to aid local educational agencies in school reopening decisions. Though the guidance comes well after the start of the school year for many LEAs, it provides suggested reopening criteria for states that […]

U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo limits DACA program again after Supreme Court decision

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision in University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the Trump administration may not immediately proceed with its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The […]

New tools available to center equity for English learners in Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

A new collaboration to support the needs of English learners in California by Californians Together, Sobrato Early Language Academy and Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners is teaming up with county offices of education to aid in the implementation of the English Learner Roadmap […]