The coronavirus pandemic has upended education in California, shifting the focus from a series of major reforms initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013 that changed how funding was allocated to schools and the accountability systems for schools and districts. Nonetheless, efforts to make California’s systems of education more equitable from cradle to career, continue.
In this section, you will find articles about the legislation and policies that affect California’s public schools and universities.
Low-income districts have priority funding for a nine-hour day and 30-day summer school; lacking staff, they'll have an extra year to plan.
State officials eye legislation aimed at addressing the longstanding issue of struggling early readers.
Visiting an Oakland Unified middle school, Newsom said he feels humbled and energized by the recall victory, and urges Covid safety measures.
Legislators say the need is urgent as researchers estimate the number of homeless students in California has increased during the pandemic.
Higher rates of graduation and college enrollment are tracked to course, but researcher urges caution in interpreting the study.
Assembly Bill 438 would force districts to determine which support staff to retain three months before the state budget is passed and six months before the school year begins.
Covid test shortages and inconsistent protocols at schools are leaving California parents confused and frustrated.
State leaders recognize crisis some districts face but don't backtrack from applying independent study to students sidelined by delta variant.
At least five rural schools temporarily closed this week to stop Covid outbreaks from spreading. More are planning to close next week.
Independent study is now the only option for quarantined students; superintendents warn the regulations are too constraining.
Independent study is this year's at-home alternative to in-person instruction for parents worried about contracting Covid. How will it work?
Inefficiencies in the transfer process from community colleges to UC and CSU that cost California students time and money can be streamlined by proposed bill.
The district is giving students and staff until Nov. 19. Students who don't meet that date will need to enroll in independent study.
Teachers' and classified staff unions support governor's decision to require vaccinations or regular testing for school employees.
Families have a right to independent study instead of in-person instruction; worry about the delta variant may determine how many choose it.