The state board unanimously adopted voluntary guidance for ethnic studies with one addition, clarifying the role of “critical race theory.”
The state model curriculum will provide guidelines, but districts will face the hard decisions on what and how to teach ethnic studies.
Districts have carried over unspent money intended for high-needs students to use however they want. The governor says the practice must end.
New ethnic studies class will likely be required as part of lower-division coursework, which many students complete at community college.
The bill, favored by student rights groups, would end a “loophole” allowing districts to freely use unspent money intended for “high-needs” students.
The debate continues on what should be in an ethnics studies curriculum; legislators must decide whether to be the first state to require it.
School districts argue budget cuts warrant spending flexibility; equity advocates argue high-needs students need resources they're entitled to.
A new website would let the public see how much any district is — or is not — spending on “high-needs” students.
State board makes it easier to follow the money; two bills would impose even stricter reporting requirements.
Here are a half-dozen K-12 and early education bills that the governor vetoed or signed on the last day crunch — and why.
Persistence pays off for Assemblywoman Shirley Weber with a compromise resulting in $300 million in one-time spending.
Candidate for state superintendent ran programs for struggling kids 20 years before running for public office.
Bill would modify the Local Control Funding Formula to add money for the lowest-performing student group; it could violate the law barring preferential treatment based on race or ethnicity.
School districts are trying a variety of strategies aimed at creating safe and welcoming school environments, but there is controversy over the role and frequency of student surveys, and how to use them.
Many praise the formula's ambitious goals but criticize its burdensome documentation requirements, inadequate funding and the lack of fiscal transparency.