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After 8 hours, 250-plus speakers, California board adopts ethnic studies model curriculum

With a March 31 deadline set by the Legislature looming, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a voluntary high school ethnic studies curriculum Thursday after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and two of the state’s civil rights heroes — labor organizer Dolores Huerta and social justice activist Karen Korematsu — urged them to during a daylong hearing on Thursday.

March 19, 2021 | EdSource
Teachers reflect on a year of Covid: students struggling, others thriving

Students and families aren’t the only ones whose lives have been upended by the pandemic. Teachers, too, have had to adjust to an entirely new education landscape — one marked by uncertainty, frustration and seemingly endless hours on Zoom

March 19, 2021 | EdSource
Enrollment declines at California’s community colleges far greater than earlier predictions

In a dramatic illustration of the impact of the pandemic on many students’ college plans, enrollments at California’s community colleges are down an average of 11% to 12% systemwide, far higher than the preliminary estimates of 5% to 7% after schools opened last fall.

March 19, 2021 | EdSource
No one is sure what to expect': Schools, colleges add more counseling services to address student mental health

Schools and colleges are preparing for a rush of student mental health needs as campuses reopen.

March 16, 2021 | EdSource
Distance learning changed California education. What’s here to stay?

As schools across California welcome back more students on campus, some distance learning practices look likely to survive the pandemic.

March 15, 2021 | EdSource
One year later: Covid’s impact on California education

For most of California's 10 million K-12 and college students, the beginning of March marks one year of learning online. Though a return to in-person instruction is now on the horizon for many as the number of new Covid-19 cases drops and millions receive vaccines, the last year for the education community has been characterized by anxiety, disruption, reckoning and uncertainty. Here's a glance through key milestones over the past year, and EdSource's reporting about them.

March 12, 2021 | EdSource
Find out how much California school districts and charter schools will get in Covid relief

This database shows how much money districts are expected to receive from 1) the March 27, 2020 CARES Act; 2) the Dec. 27, 2020 $900 billion Covid relief bill; and 3) the March 11, 2021 $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. The CARES Act “state allocation” refers principally to funds from the $4.4 billion that Gov. Newsom chose to allocate to schools that could have been used for other purposes. The “federal allocation” refers to funds that went directly to school districts.

March 11, 2021 | EdSource
California schools to get $15.3 billion in federal aid under American Rescue Plan

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden signed Thursday will send $15.3 billion in assistance to California’s K-12 schools.

March 11, 2021 | EdSource