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High praise for state’s Cradle-to-Career Data System in new case study

The Cradle-to-Career system, an information system that will link data across early childhood, K-12, postsecondary and workforce sectors, has received high praise for its projected impact on the education system.

June 29, 2022 | EdSource
Gov. Newsom strikes deal on state budget: big increase for K-12, plan to expand Cal Grant, too

The California State Budget will provide $500 million from the state for Golden State Pathways, funding partnerships between school districts and higher education employers, along with career opportunities and regional employment needs. The funding includes an expansion of the Cal Grant, and a 13% increase in the TK-12 general funding formula.

June 28, 2022 | EdSource
California Schools Should Opt for Inclusive Ethnic Studies

Debates have flared up over what kind of ethnic studies should be adopted as school districts in California prepare to spend the $50 million the state released for ethnic studies curriculums.

June 26, 2022 | EdSource
California Prop. 13’s 'unjust legacy' detailed in critical study

A new analysis of the enduring impact of Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that voters passed as a backlash against rising property taxes, concluded it has contributed to a widening wealth gap, a severe housing shortage and, for decades, inadequate funding for public schools.

June 22, 2022 | EdSource
Advocates for community schools support more funding but call for fixes to program

Supporters of the community schools movement want lawmakers to invest more in the state’s seven-year initiative to bring critical services to thousands of schools in low-income areas, but they say “flaws” in the program’s launch should be addressed in the next round of funding.

June 17, 2022 | EdSource
At this Oakland high school, restorative justice goes far beyond discipline

Fremont High School has seen its enrollment jump 20% even as districtwide enrollment has dropped, and the number of students who qualify for college admission has nearly tripled. Much of the credit, students and administrators say, goes to a restorative justice program that’s evolved beyond its original mission of resolving disputes to encompass a total transformation of school culture.

June 16, 2022 | EdSource
High school graduates eager to move ahead to college and jobs, leaving Covid behind

High school is over for most in California’s Class of 2022, and it couldn’t be soon enough for some graduates. After more than a year of distance learning and another year of Covid restrictions on campuses, many are looking for more independence.

June 15, 2022 | EdSource
Bill would give $25,000 to aspiring school counselors, social workers

Tony Thurmond is pushing for a bill that would provide up to $25,000 in grants for students pursuing careers in school counseling, social work and other fields related to youth mental health. Senate bill 1229 aims to bring 10,000 new mental health professionals to California young people, who’ve struggled with soaring rates of depression, anxiety and stress.

June 14, 2022 | EdSource
With pressures on teachers at a boiling point, California needs new pathways into the profession

The pandemic exacerbated teacher shortages that must be addressed, and it also shined a light on the need to find new ways to engage and empower our young people. With thoughtful implementation to reach the communities and students who need it most, Golden State Pathways promises to help us do both, writes Teach Plus California's Sarah Lillis and Linked Learning Alliance's Anne Stanton.

June 13, 2022 | EdSource