While California’s Local Control Funding Formula shifted control over budgeting and decision making from the state to local districts, the state and federal government still retain authority over setting broad education and school finance policies. In this section, find articles about pressing challenges to California’s education system, the state’s education reforms, how school districts are implementing them, and their impact.
Special education, homeless and foster students are priority groups that can return in separate cohorts with up to 14 children and two adults.
Conflicting direction from the state added to confusion over whether schools could continue in-person instruction in Mendocino County.
Districts have incurred many new costs as a result of the pandemic and face budget deferrals and cuts as a result of the financial crisis.
Parents are skeptical that distance learning will ever work for children with disabilities.
Distance learning is not a mode of instruction most parents, students, teachers and administrators would have chosen in the absence of the pandemic.
Forthcoming guidance permitting limited openings will apply to districts in counties on the coronavirus watch list, where schools are shut down.
The governor wants to reimagine the state’s Broadband Council and ramp up efforts to connect all students to technology during distance learning.
The debate continues on what should be in an ethnics studies curriculum; legislators must decide whether to be the first state to require it.
EdSource reporters and readers met Wednesday in a virtual town hall to discuss what education will look like this fall in California.
The Legislature set minimum hours but left it to districts and unions to define instruction, engagement and set the length of a school day.
Some California students may find themselves in child care in the very classrooms they are barred from entering for in-person instruction.
Backlog of records is expected to be added to county data within 72 hours, which will allow the state to unfreeze its county monitoring list.
Charter schools and district leaders in Los Angeles are at odds over a law giving districts more authority to reject charter schools.
After the data issues are resolved, counties will be able to make decisions about elementary school waivers, state official says.
The state plans to spend an additional $650 million on special education under new law.