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What We’re Reading: Week of June 27, 2022

July 1, 2022 | Linked Learning Alliance

Happy Friday, Linked Learning Field! As we move into the long July 4th weekend, we are excited to share that Gov. Newsom’s 2022-23 State Budget granted $500 million dollars for the Golden State Pathways program. We also reflect on stories covering youth mental health support, racial equity in the classroom, workforce development, and more. Enjoy your long weekend, and thanks for reading with us!

State Budget News
Gov. Newsom signs state budget with record funding for education, EdSource
California Governor Gavin Newsom officially signed the State Budget last night, guaranteeing $500 million dollars to the Golden State Pathways program. The funding also includes an expansion of the Cal Grant, a 13% increase in the TK-12 general funding formula, and more.

K-12 Equity
Making math classes more welcoming for black students, Edutopia
There can often be mismatches with Black students' performance in math regarding a teacher's lower expectations of those students, compared with the higher expectations the students put on themselves. So what are some solutions to provide opportunities for teacher-student relationship building, and more awareness of racial justice?

Mental Health
This California School Opened a Safe Space for Students 12 Years Ago. Now the Idea is Spreading, Hechinger
Space spaces, like the Bear Cave social-emotional hub at Yosemite Middle School, can work well to help students connect with counselors and support, as well as reduce the stigma around youth mental health.

Workforce Development
Good jobs are out of reach for many 20-somethings in the U.S., Brookings Institution
Studies show that roughly 60% of 30-year-olds who were disadvantaged socioeconomically in their early youth are continuing to struggle economically as adults. While there are effective and positive practices of youth development, there is still uneven recognition and support.

Community Partnerships
How 12 Educators and Mentors are Weaving a Strong Society, Starting with Schools, The 74 Million
Over the past six months, members from The 74 traveled around the states to help find, celebrate, and elevate teachers and educators who worked to make their classrooms safe and productive spaces for their students to succeed.