California

Providing Stability for Foster Youth in California

In this exploration of the educational challenges facing California’s foster youth, Margaret Olmos, Jessica Maxwell, and Vanessa Hernandez note that ESSA “requires that county offices of education and school districts collaborate with county child welfare agencies to ensure educational stability and address protocols for school...

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California Contemplates Fifth-Year Grad Rate

According to John Fensterwald at EdSource, California “may soon join most states in creating a 5-year high school graduation rate as a way of crediting districts and high schools that help students who return to school after senior year to earn a diploma.” This new...

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California Funding Increase and Effectiveness

In this piece, Aaron Garth Smith takes a look at  California’s latest increase in education funding. Garth Smith argues that the additional funding must be accompanied by more effectiveness, citing that under ESSA, states have to publicly report school-level, per-pupil spending. “Since California has to...

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California School Climate Efforts Showing Results

“Like California, 24 states across the country are measuring school climate, including 10 that are providing resources to improve social and emotional learning, according to the Learning Policy Institute,” writes Julie Patel Liss for EdSource. “Amid a growing body of research about the role of...

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California Receives Early Development Grant

“Though California has been at odds with the federal government on many fronts,” writes Zaidee Stavely for EdSource, the “state is getting a boost from the Trump administration to lay the groundwork for expanding preschool and child care programs.” California and 44 other states have received...

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California Dashboard “Redux”

The California Department of Education has “spent the past year revising [their] dashboard and released a new version in December, in time to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act’s deadline for new state report cards on school performance.”  The decision to revise the California...

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Trump Admin, State Officials “Won’t Help” California Education

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board writes that, even though the U.S. Department of Education rejected the first two drafts of California’s ESSA plan because they were “viewed as so vague that they made it more difficult—not less—to hold schools accountable,” Secretary DeVos “pronounced herself...

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CA District Leverages ESSA to Help Military Children

According to Brennon Dixson at the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the Castaic Union School District in California is “responding to the challenges and unique circumstances military children face on a daily basis” by putting in place policies “to lessen the children’s impediments to success” through...

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