The election of Joe Biden to the presidency opens the door to changes in federal education policy that could affect California’s schools, institutions of higher education and students in a number of ways, ranging from federal stimulus funding to schools and colleges to how student loans are handled to oversight of for-profit colleges and more.
U.S. Secretary Miguel Cardona visited Los Angeles to promote building positive relationships through mentorship and community volunteering.
The once-in-a-lifetime pandemic drove Congress and two presidential administrations to approve $69 billion in Covid relief for higher education with the highest amount, more than $9.5 billion, for California colleges and universities.
In spending the windfall of funds available for districts this year, leaders must plan for the long term, avoid quick fixes and resist the temptation to say yes to more than they can actually do well.
With unprecedented billions of dollars, advocacy groups want details on how funding will help students targeted for extra assistance.
California school districts have plenty of money for robust summer school programs this year, but teachers may just be too tired to sign up.
Advocates say being able to provide students free meals without checking eligibility is crucial to addressing child hunger during the pandemic.
See how the over $15 billion in new federal aid to California’s K-12 schools will be spent using this interactive database.
Relative unknown figure on education landscape, Cardona will be sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday.
The state board will consider if districts can use locally selected tests where Smarter Balanced assessments are not feasible.
Asked whether he would be comfortable going into a classroom and teaching, Fauci says “It’s tough because I’ve not been in that situation.”
State and federal guidelines are similar in many respects, but California is stricter on when Covid rates permit schools to reopen.
The spread of the coronavirus and the digital divide are obstacles for testing students' English skills.
Biden addressed the issue on Jan. 26 in his first press conference since becoming president.
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.
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.