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What We’re Reading: Week of January 10, 2022

January 14, 2022

Happy Friday, Linked Learning field! It’s been an exciting week, with Governor Gavin Newsom proposing over $2 billion in college and career preparation investments in his 2022-23 Budget. Today we share coverage of the California budget proposal, along with stories on the latest college enrollment numbers, career technical education, and more. Thanks for reading with us!

Career-Technical Education
No Dead Ends: How Career and Technical Education Can Provide Today’s Youth With Pathways to College and Career Success, Jobs for the Future
To address the false dichotomy—college versus job preparation—in our nation’s public education system, JFF offers practitioner-informed policy considerations, rooted in a commitment to equity, that federal and state officials can use as a guide to strengthen CTE college and career pathways for today’s youth.

Higher Education
Colleges enrolled 1M fewer undergrads in fall 2021 than before the pandemic, Higher Ed Dive
Colleges enrolled around 1 million fewer undergraduate students in fall 2021 compared to fall 2019, according to data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center that captures the toll the pandemic has taken on the higher education sector.

California’s undergraduate enrollment dropped by about 250,000 during pandemic years, Los Angeles Times
California’s fall 2021 undergraduate enrollment dropped by nearly a quarter-million students since pre-pandemic fall 2019, according to a survey released Thursday.

Superintendents share lessons learned after challenging start to 2021-22, District Administration
Strong leadership and communication have been critical to administrative offices and all staff throughout schools.

New law on mental health curriculum goes into effect with start of the new year, EdSource
Senate Bill 224 requires all school districts that offer health classes to include mental health as part of the curriculum. The California Department of Education has until Jan. 1, 2023 to incorporate mental health into the state standards, and districts have until Jan. 1, 2024 to begin teaching the new material.

Funding for schools, community colleges to break $100 billion in Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget, EdSource
Funding for schools and community colleges will rise to more than $100 billion for the first time under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for next year, as state revenues continue to surge amid a pandemic that is filling hospitals and continuing to throw businesses and Californians off-kilter.

The right priorities? Reactions to Gov. Newsom's K-12 budget for 2022-23, EdSource
Read Anne Stanton's response to Governor Newsom's K-12 budget proposal in EdSource.

The right priorities? Reactions to Gov. Newsom's 2022-23 higher ed budget, EdSource
Read Anne Stanton's response to Governor Newsom's higher education budget proposal in EdSource.

Student Success
OPINION: Too many students just aren’t interested in what is being taught, Hechinger Report
Too many students are disengaged from the content of school. This is particularly concerning because engagement and cultural relevance have both been proven to have a positive impact on student outcomes, writes Relevant Learner's Noah Dougherty.