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California governor proposes almost $40B for higher ed, sets long-term goals

California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a 2022-23 budget proposal Monday that would spread $39.6 billion across the state's three college systems and the California Student Aid Commission. At the same time, the governor's plan outlines ambitious goals for postsecondary attainment, equity, access and affordability.

January 11, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
Oakland students threaten to boycott classes unless school district meets covid demands

Students from the Oakland Unified School District have threatened to strike and not attend in-person classes unless the California district reverts to remote learning or complies with a list of health and testing demands that include KN95 masks for each student, more testing and expanded outdoor space for lunchtime.

January 11, 2022 | Washington Post
New law on mental health curriculum goes into effect with start of the new year

Senate Bill 224 requires all school districts that offer health classes to include mental health as part of the curriculum. The California Department of Education has until Jan. 1, 2023 to incorporate mental health into the state standards, and districts have until Jan. 1, 2024 to begin teaching the new material.

January 10, 2022 | EdSource
Disruptions in hands-on programs contributed to enrollment drop at community colleges

Disruptions to academic programs with significant hands-on components, such as construction trades and mechanical and repair technology, heavily contributed to pandemic-related enrollment declines at community colleges, a new working paper suggests.

January 10, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
Funding for schools, community colleges to break $100 billion in Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget

Funding for schools and community colleges will rise to more than $100 billion for the first time under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for next year, as state revenues continue to surge amid a pandemic that is filling hospitals and continuing to throw businesses and Californians off-kilter.

January 10, 2022 | EdSource
Decade of data highlights SEL best practices from 20 districts

Collaborating Districts Initiative participants found ways to expand and sustain social emotional learning amid leadership and budget changes — and improve student outcomes.

January 7, 2022 | K-12 Dive
Fewer High School Graduates Go Straight to College

New reports from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and some states show an “unprecedented” decline in college enrollment among high school graduates—especially the most underserved.

January 7, 2022 | Inside Higher Ed
California education issues to watch in 2022 — and predictions of what will happen

EdSource's John Fensterwald makes predictions for the year ahead in California education, and invites you to predict how likely his forecasts are.

January 7, 2022 | EdSource
Data Science Is the Future. Let’s Start Teaching It

The subject needs to be part of rigorous math prep leading to college and careers, writes Steven D. Levitt.

January 7, 2022 | EdWeek