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Cal State board officially eliminates SAT/ACT for admissions

CSU’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to eliminate using standardized tests like the SAT and ACT for admission to its 23 campuses.

March 22, 2022 | EdSource
Newsom draws contrast with other states on new education reforms in State of the State Address

In a brief mention in a short State of the State Address on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom contrasted “reforms” in other states to prohibit the teaching of race and gender in schools to the “real transformation of our public education system” by “creating choices, real choices for parents and unprecedented support for their kids.”

March 8, 2022 | EdSource
Newsom nominates three members to the State Board of Education

On Feb. 28, Newsom announced his nominations to the 10-member board; they must be confirmed by the state Senate. They include Gabriela Gonzalez, Brenda Lewis, and Sharon Olken.

March 7, 2022 | EdSource
Legislators seek to add counselors to California schools

A bill co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond could put 10,000 new mental health counselors in public schools.

March 4, 2022 | EdSource
California made a historic investment in school counselors. Is it enough?

For the first time in more than a decade, California invested significantly in school counselors last year as the pandemic spurred a mental health crisis among young people. But even with more funds and a soaring need, California’s school student-to-counselor ratio still ranks near the bottom nationally.

March 1, 2022 | EdSource
New Los Angeles Unified superintendent outlines priorities in 100-day plan

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho plans to seek input from families, teachers and other stakeholders in the Los Angeles Unified School District as he embarks on his first 100 days on the job. By the end of May, Carvalho aims to have several plans underway across the district to address an array of topics, including equity among students, staffing and enrollment issues, and academic program expansions.

February 25, 2022 | EdSource
Peer counseling gains popularity as California schools beef up student mental health services

As schools look for new ways to address student mental health amid the Covid pandemic, more are turning to a practice that costs almost nothing and, if done well, can lead to life-changing results for all involved: peer counseling.

February 18, 2022 | EdSource
Top concern for superintendents: Student, staff mental health

The mental health of students, teachers and principals was the top concern among superintendents surveyed recently by the Rand Corp. Concerns about mental health outweighed worries about student engagement, discipline, student and teacher attendance and declining enrollment.

February 14, 2022 | EdSource
California offers graduation honor to encourage active civic engagement

The State Seal of Civic Engagement recognizes not only that students understand the democratic process but also apply their knowledge to address issues or problems they care deeply about in school or the community.

February 8, 2022 | EdSource