During each two-year session of the Legislature, lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills on K-12 education, most of which amend or expand California’s voluminous Education Code. EdSource tracks about two dozen of the most important bills. Information on all bills can be found at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
State schools chief adds lesson plans for Asian ethnic groups who felt left out and rewords sections to encourage multiple points of view.
Confusing ballot language, lack of time to get a clear message to voters and misreading public support contributed to the decisive loss of Prop. 16
With 100% of the precincts reporting, voters are rejecting return of affirmative action in California. At least several million mail-in, provisional and same-day registration ballots were still being counted.
New ethnic studies class will likely be required as part of lower-division coursework, which many students complete at community college.
The budget for the new fiscal year froze funding for schools at their 2019-20 level, preventing additional state funding for growing schools with increased numbers of students in the fall.
The governor said he favors the concept, but disagreements over the content for the course's model curriculum should be resolved first.
Three bills that would have allowed California teachers to take fewer tests to prove they are ready to teach died Monday.
Districts and charter schools that can prove they planned to grow will get additional funding in 2020-21 but the deal leaves out online charter schools.
A bill that would have shielded districts that follow safety and health precautions from being sued failed to move forward.
Assembly Bill 331 would take effect with the class of 2030; author Jose Medina accepts several amendments proposed by critics.
The debate continues on what should be in an ethnics studies curriculum; legislators must decide whether to be the first state to require it.
Charter schools and district leaders in Los Angeles are at odds over a law giving districts more authority to reject charter schools.
School funding is based on last year’s student enrollments but that eliminates money for charter schools that already had planned to expand.
The California Teachers Association says a 45-year-old law on classroom recordings prevents districts from requiring live online instruction.
California lawmakers introduced distance learning provisions around instructional time, attendance and connecting with parents.