In response to efforts in many California school districts to reduce suspensions and expulsions, EdSource is convening an Educators Network for Effective School Discipline to help school and district officials as well as teachers share best practices and collaborate on successful strategies.
A review of 30 well-designed studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance. Students who were below grade level in English gained the most from these programs, according to some of the studies.
Even though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, a new report concludes.
A ground-breaking national study that would track the health of children from birth to adulthood may not happen after all. It has been put on hold over concerns about its costs and whether the research methods planned are outdated.
At long last, some school food service departments in California are going shopping, under orders from the California Department of Education to spend millions of dollars in federal and state school lunch funds that districts have failed for years to use for student meals.
Hayward school officials, police, businesses and churches are taking a gentle approach to reducing high truancy rates among students. Merchants are refusing to serve school-aged youths during school hours, and if students persist, police take them back to school to get them help staying in class.
Citing an “ever-increasing” number of complaints about the bullying of students with disabilities, the federal government issued a letter this week reminding schools of their legal responsibility to stop such bullying or risk violating federal anti-discrimination laws.
In a national ranking, California is at the top in providing quality after-school programs based on the percentage of students involved, parent satisfaction and other factors, according to a survey released Thursday by the Afterschool Alliance, an advocacy group for expanded learning.
Jefferson High School in Los Angeles – where some students waited two months for their class schedules and were assigned to classes with no content, given menial administrative tasks or sent home early – may be an extreme example of lost instructional time but it is not an isolated case, according to a class-action lawsuit.
A new law, which takes effect in January, allows homeless students who move frequently to get partial credit for schoolwork they have done. It also provides flexibility in graduation requirements for students who enter a new high school during their junior year or later.
A state judge Wednesday ordered the California Department of Education to intervene at a south Los Angeles high school where some students have spent eight weeks in classes during which they received no instruction.
Educators who want to implement more positive disciplinary practices can now access an online national repository of research-based alternatives to suspension and expulsion: the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD).