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.
Newsom says there is "nothing more foundational to an equitable society than getting our kids safely back into classrooms," cites major progress in vaccinating school staff.
The state board will consider if districts can use locally selected tests where Smarter Balanced assessments are not feasible.
Newsom’s plan to reserve 10% of vaccines for teachers could lead to more schools reopening, but it could take too long to satisfy many parents if teachers insist on being fully immunized before returning
California’s school accountability tool makes it too easy for districts to receive high scores for English learners’ progress, advocates say.
Lawmakers would offer $2 billion to bring back elementary school students after April 15; Newsom favors a speedier timetable.
School staff will get both vaccines before facing children, and staff and students will be required to take asymptomatic tests weekly.
State and federal guidelines are similar in many respects, but California is stricter on when Covid rates permit schools to reopen.
Panel convened by Newsom administration presents post-pandemic roadmap for higher education, including streamlining admissions and transfer process.
Disagreements over vaccinations and extensive Covid testing appear among issues yet to be resolved for elementary students to return to class.
A waiver that allows teacher candidates to teach while completing required exams and courses is the latest action to ease teaching requirements.
Voluntary CDC guidelines leave many issues up to local communities to decide, including vaccinations and testing.
The spread of the coronavirus and the digital divide are obstacles for testing students' English skills.
Hours after Gov. Newsom said schools could reopen before teachers are vaccinated, five school unions rebut that and other points.
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.