The coronavirus pandemic 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.
Gig by gig, adjunct faculty teach about half of the classes at California Community Colleges' 115 campuses. As the pandemic drives more students away, these critical part-timers fear losing their jobs.
Districts that defy California vaccine mandates, set to begin in July, could face fines, lose liability insurance coverage and some state funding.
Students can earn a Seal of Civic Engagement if they learn how to research issues and effect change by getting involved in community issues.
California’s investment in community schools has the potential to transform student experiences if it can foster the coherence that districts and schools need to flourish.
Former state Sen. Gary Hart, who died last week at 78, authored bills allowing charter schools in California, creating a statewide student assessment and a minimum school year.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2022–23 education budget proposal would represent a major investment in California's supply chain of workforce talent.
California schools must be allowed to follow state-mandated quarantine requirements without losing funding.
California districts are using pathway programs to hire more Black teachers and taking other steps to retain them.
Basing funding on enrollment instead of attendance only teaches public schools all the wrong lessons.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s May revision of the 2021-22 budget.
Leaders representing all segments of California's education system share their reactions to the governor’s proposed 2022-23 budget for the state's K-12 public schools.
Leaders representing all segments of California’s education system share their reactions to the governor’s 2022-23 January budget proposal.
Among the 24% of students who took the Smarter Balanced assessments in 2020-21, achievement gaps widened, and the youngest students struggled.
Test scores will fall, chronic absences will rise, school funding will soar, with arguments over how to spend it. Bet your Fensters on that.
School officials are struggling to keep schools open amid Covid outbreaks and staffing shortages. Conflicting messages from California state officials are making it even more difficult.