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Long wait for students to enroll in some community college nursing programs

Despite the high demand for more nurses, students at some California community colleges are finding it difficult to get accepted into nursing programs.

October 12, 2021 | EdSource
Gov. Gavin Newsom signs $123.9 billion package to support K-12 education

The 22-bill package will increase broadband infrastructure, develop mental and behavioral health support, and add a new high school graduation requirement.

October 8, 2021 | EdSource
Newsom signs bills to ease college transfer and improve student housing

CA Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several bills Wednesday that would improve college affordability and make it easier for community college students to transfer to the state’s public university systems.

October 6, 2021 | EdSource
Anticipating an increase in student misbehavior, California releases new discipline guidelines

Schools should offer more counseling, suspend fewer students and address the underlying mental health challenges of students who misbehave in class, according to the state’s new school discipline guidelines.

October 1, 2021 | EdSource
Toolkit posted explaining much anticipated growth model for measuring test scores

Parents and teachers who have picked up references over the past five years to the development of a “growth model” to measure student progress on standardized test scores in California now have a Student Growth Toolkit to explain what it is, why it’s important and when it will be put into actual use.

September 21, 2021 | EdSource
Legislature reaffirms quarantined students must be in independent study to be funded

California state lawmakers adopted a measure intended to make it easier for districts to educate students during a Covid quarantine, along with a way for districts to get funding if they can prove they tried but failed to find the staff needed to meet their obligation.

September 13, 2021 | EdSource
California will give a short version of its standardized math and English tests next spring

The “Smarter Balanced” standardized tests in math and English language arts that California students will take in the spring to measure their academic progress will have fewer questions and take less time than the pre-Covid versions.

September 10, 2021 | EdSource
LA Unified becomes largest school district to mandate Covid vaccine for students

The Los Angeles Unified school board voted Thursday to require all students 12 and older be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by January, making it the largest public school district in the nation to mandate coronavirus vaccines for students.

September 9, 2021 | EdSource
High school ethnic studies bill approved by California Legislature

High schoolers in California will be required to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate, beginning in 2029-30.

September 8, 2021 | EdSource