California released data showing continued dramatic decreases in rates of student suspensions and expulsions, though racial gaps remain (read story). That’s one topic Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald discuss in this edition of  “This Week in California Education.” Other topics:

  • How and how much LGBT history should be covered in California’s new history and social science textbooks for elementary and middle schools. Reporter Theresa Harrington forecasts what to expect when the State Board of Education meets to adopt new textbooks next week.
  • A new Seal of Civic Engagement that some high school seniors will see on their diplomas. California will become the second state to offer it (read story).

Use EdSource’s suspension and expulsion database to look up rates for all California schools for the past 5 years

Produced by Sarah Tan