Discrimination, lynchings, bullying and internment: The Asian American experiences that deserve our school’s attention

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a national celebration of  the vibrant and diverse traditions and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. This month comes at a pivotal time in the awareness and acknowledgement of the discrimination against Asian Americans in the […]

AB 1316 would make sweeping changes to charter school oversight requirements

By Kristin Lindgren The Legislature is once again contemplating charter school reform. In February 2021, Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, introduced Assembly Bill 1316. AB 1316 contains significant reforms aimed charter schools and, particularly, nonclassroom-based charter schools. The bill, which […]

National civics education framework aims to engage a diverse student population

Educating for American Democracy recently launched “The Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy,” a cross-ideological framework developed by a large coalition of experts to enhance K-12 civics and history education to reflect the country’s diverse student population. Funded with $1.1 million from the National Endowment […]

Expanded learning opportunities event encourages ‘broader, bolder and smarter’ use of grant funds

California’s K-12 practitioners came together on May 5 for a daylong virtual event focused on how Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant funds, available through Assembly Bill 86, can be used to support student learning recovery and well-being. A collaborative effort by the California AfterSchool Network, California […]

Californians unsatisfied with distance learning, worried schools won’t reopen by fall

Sixty-five percent of Californian adults approve of the way their local school district handled closures caused by the COVID-19 crisis, according to April’s Public Policy Institute of California statewide survey. The 17th annual survey, conducted online in multiple languages between April 1 and 14 of […]

Fighting anti-Asian sentiment: An unheralded equity issue

Editor’s note: May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a national celebration of  the vibrant and diverse traditions and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. This month comes at a pivotal time in the awareness and acknowledgement of the discrimination against Asian Americans in […]

CSBA webinar showcases ways districts can meet student needs with expanded learning opportunities

School district leaders and researchers explored the strategies, investments and best practices for expanded learning initiatives that can address the disruption of COVID-19 on education during a May 4 CSBA webinar. The second in a two-part series, “Expanding Learning: Governance for Developing Effective Learning Recovery […]

School boards in action: 5 questions with Daina Lujan, South San Francisco USD

In the midst of a global pandemic, local educational agency boards have continued working to support programs and initiatives that offer students the academic and social-emotional opportunities they need — no matter which mode of instruction they are in. CSBA’s 5 questions series gives board […]

New report examines how graduation requirements impact student outcomes

High school graduation policies play an important role in promoting equitable outcomes for students, according to a recent Public Policy Institute of California report. Does Raising High School Graduation Requirements Improve Student Outcomes? reviewed district graduation policies from the 2018–19 academic year and looked at […]