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Louis Freedberg is executive director of EdSource. For more than two decades, Freedberg has analyzed and reported on local, state, and national education policy . Before coming to EdSource, Freedberg was the founding director of California Watch at the Center for Investigative Reporting. He spent 15 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was an award-winning education reporter, Washington correspondent, columnist, and member of the editorial board. He has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in child development from Yale University.
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New president will issue executive orders on DACA, student loans and immigration enforcement on his first day in office; more ambitious proposals will have to wait for Congressional approval.
January 20, 2021
President-elect Biden nominates San Diego Unified’s Cindy Marten, who taught for 17 years, to fill number two slot at the U.S. Department of Education.
January 19, 2021
The funds are included in Newsom's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, and will cover the first year of a what is expected to take 5 years to fully build out the system.
January 12, 2021
Gov. Newsom’s “Safe Schools for All” plan offers hope for reopening more schools for in-person instruction, but school districts have to traverse many obstacles to get there, with little time to do it.
January 6, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom says that funding for expanded school year will be in his January budget, but provides no details.
December 30, 2020
An EdSource survey of the state’s 58 counties shows most California students are learning online, and many districts that had not reopened for face-to-face instruction are postponing their plans, if only temporarily, during current health crisis.
December 24, 2020
Amid rampant spread of Covid-19, teacher opposition makes the prospect of a large-scale return of students to campuses less likely anytime soon.
December 18, 2020
Long sought after ’cradle to career’ education data system for California comes with hefty price tag
A year-long planning process culminates in recommendations for the data system expected to be sent to Gov. Newsom this week.
December 16, 2020
Hopes of returning to campus in January after winter break dim, as 51 out of 58 counties enter the state’s “purple” tier indicating that virus is widespread there.
December 1, 2020
Biden’s nominee for homeland security chief likely to change immigration policies affecting children and youth
Alejandro Mayorkas’ background as a refugee from Cuba shapes his views on immigration policies.
November 24, 2020
Over 90% of California students now attend schools that are not permitted to offer in-person instruction in regular classes unless they began offering them before their county was in the purple tier.
November 16, 2020
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond emphasizes safety as number one consideration in re-opening schools, and says that data will need to be monitored very carefully in the coming weeks to determine whether schools can open in January.
November 16, 2020
Work on new ‘cradle to career’ data system accelerates, amid concerns about continuing state financial support
Unlike most states, California does not have a data system to track students’ pathways from K–12 schools to college and into the workplace.
November 16, 2020
President of State Board of Education says taking on top job in Washington would undermine ability to achieve education goals in California.
November 8, 2020
With Senate likely to remain in GOP hands, it is not clear how much of his detailed pro-teacher agenda, with a heavy emphasis on community colleges and affordability, could be implemented.