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.
Early childhood advocates applaud any increase in access to early education, which many see as critical to closing achievement gaps.
A waiver that allows teacher candidates to teach while completing required exams and courses is the latest action to ease teaching requirements.
Among other measures, $25 billion is intended to stabilize the child care industry.
If legislators agree with the proposal, teacher candidates will no longer have to take two of the tests currently required to earn a credential.
State must enhance flexibility and resources for school districts even after students return to campus.
The teachers union wants most California schools to remain closed for 100 days while the state comes up with a plan to slow the spread of the virus and vaccinate school staff.
About 750,000 K-12 students in California schools — about 1 in 8 — are estimated to have an undocumented parent.
School districts are facing pressure to improve ventilation at their campuses to reduce the airborne spread of the coronavirus.
Reopening would begin in stages once health officials say schools can safely open under a bill proposed by eduction leaders in the Assembly.
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.