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.
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.
The budget still slashes investments to expand subsidized preschool, build more child care centers and train more early childhood teachers.
If voters repeal the state ban on affirmative action in college admissions, some expect only moderate change among racial groups at UC and CSU while others predict significant shifts to match California's overall population.
California schools will not be able to reopen safely unless they receive additional federal dollars, said California schools chief Tony Thurmond.
The proposed cuts — $915 million — are more than the amount spent for teacher development in the five previous years combined.
The additional money would pay for extra staff to help students with disabilities catch up after schools reopen.
The authors of the bills say the legislation is needed to help teacher candidates complete their credentials during the coronavirus pandemic.