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October 1, 2020 | Iish Ryaru

Governor Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 1835, which specified supplemental and concentration funds be spent to increase or improve services for unduplicated pupils, and AB 331, which would have added the completion of a semester-long course in ethnic studies as a state high school graduation requirement. Additionally, the State Board of Education is accepting applications for the 2021-22 Student Board Member position up until 5:00 PM on October 8.

October 1, 2020 | Robert Curtis

On September 28, 2020, the Linked Learning Alliance hosted the first workshop of our Professional Learning Series: Linked Learning 101. This foundational workshop, spread across two half-day sessions, is designed for educators who are considering or adapting new approaches to integrated college and career preparation.

September 28, 2020 | Linked Learning Alliance

With most schools opening virtually, more than 1 million California young people without access to internet, devices at home struggle to access college- and career-focused virtual learning experiences.

September 25, 2020 | Iish Ryaru

This week we highlight two timely opportunities to learn about important data-focused initiatives that are underway in California. The California State University Board of Trustees announced their selection of Dr. Joseph Castro as the next Chancellor of the system. On Monday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond launched the Education to End Hate initiative to confront hate, racism, and bigotry. Lastly, we share insights about a recently released brief from the Center for American Progress.

September 24, 2020 | Iish Ryaru

The Center for American Progress (CAP) released “Preparing American Students for the Workforce of the Future,” providing a framework for a K-12 research agenda designed to surface policy solutions to best prepare students for college, career, and civic life.

September 23, 2020 | Linked Learning Alliance

Today the California State University Board of Trustees selected Joseph Castro to lead the California State University (CSU) system. The Linked Learning Alliance applauds the Board for selecting a strong advocate for California’s students. In a time defined by sweeping challenges and change, we are heartened to see a bold and proven leader poised to guide the nation’s largest public university system.

September 16, 2020 | Linked Learning Alliance

It is with profound soundness that we share with the Linked Learning field news about the passing of Joan Bissell, one of our greatest leaders and champions, on September 11, 2020. Joan leaves a legacy that will continue to have a lasting impact on students’ lives - the future leaders of California and our nation.

September 11, 2020 | Iish Ryaru

This week was filled with California State Board of Education (SBE) news. The SBE announced that applications are being accepted for the 2021-22 Student Board Member position. On Thursday, the SBE adopted new career measures to be included in the College/Career Indicator. Finally, the Governor’s office announced that Brooks Allen has been nominated Executive Director of the State Board of Education, and the SBE unanimously approved the Governor’s nomination.

September 3, 2020 | Iish Ryaru

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released two Requests for Application (RFA): one for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant and another for the Specialized Secondary Program Grant. The State Legislature also adjourned its 2019-2020 session. While a number of bills stalled, several others passed the Legislature and are now waiting for the Governor's action.