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Bill to Mandate ‘Science of Reading’ in California Schools Faces Teachers Union Opposition


The move puts the fate of AB 2222 in question, but supporters insist that there is room to negotiate changes that can help tackle the state's literacy crisis.

California’s Disabled Students Left Behind During Emergencies: ‘They Just Weren’t Ready for Someone Like Me’


After bringing his story all the way to the University of California Board of Regents, a disabled UC Berkeley student has prompted the UC to ensure emergency evacuation chairs are in every multi-storied building in the 10-university system.

Q&A: How the 50-Year-Old Case That Transformed English Learner Education Began


An interview with Lucinda Lee Katz, the first grade teacher of the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Lau vs. Nichols.

Youth Alliance Distributes Donated Laptops


200 laptop computers were donated to Youth Alliance by AT&T, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Human-I-T, for distribution to Hollister and Gilroy residents lacking "digital basics".

Fewer Students, Higher Absenteeism Affect California Public School Financing


California’s public schools depend on state aid for the lion’s share of their operational income. Two trends – declining enrollment and high absenteeism – are creating financial headaches.

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

California Schools Gained Billions During COVID-19. Now the Money is Running Out


California schools got $23.4 billion in federal pandemic relief money. Low-income schools that got the most may be hardest hit when the funds expire this year.

Students Rally Against Tuition Increase


Dozens of students and faculty from California State University, Monterey Bay participated in a CSU-wide walkout to protest the recent CSU Board of Trustees decision to raise student tuition.

What California College Students Think About Online Classes


EdSource asked students at California colleges and universities why they are choosing between online or in-person options.

CSU Monterey Bay Team Studies Water From the Sky


In October, CSU Monterey Bay received a $1.13 million grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to support its ongoing role in a project called OpenET.

Carmel Unified Board Members Served Recall Notices


Four Carmel Unified School District board members were served with recall notices—the first step in an effort to remove them from their elected positions.

Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election


On one side: Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. On the other side: Protect Kids California, a parents rights organization.

Property-Poor Districts Demand Fairer Funding for School Facilities


Lawyers representing organizations in property-poor school districts are pressing Gavin Newsom and legislators over a school bond for the November ballot.

Cal State Faculty Vote to Ratify New Contract


Members of the California Faculty Association approve a two-year agreement that the union and administration hammered out after a strike last month that lasted one day.

Research: Immigration Enforcement Hinders Education; Schools Offer Support


Immigration enforcement lowers students’ ability to succeed academically and negatively affects their overall learning experience.

Carmel Unified Superintendent Contract Approved, Despite Community Opposition


Carmel Unified School District’s governing board approved Sharon Ofek as the district’s new superintendent. Ofek’s contract runs until June 30, 2026 and starts her base salary at $285,000 a year.

Changes Coming to Carmel Unified Board Meetings


Carmel Unified School District’s governing board meetings will look a lot different in coming months, as the board shakes up its agenda structure and revamps the public comment section.

Arts Education Takes Flight Outdoors in Mariposa County


Teachers and students tap into a native tradition in which art and nature have always been inextricably linked.

Pacific Grove Unified Seeks Out Partners to Help Crack Down on Racism


Pacific Grove Unified has taken additional steps to improve the district’s culture, this time by partnering with the National Coalition Building Institute and the Black Leaders and Allies Collaborative.

Academic Rigor Versus Cultural Relevance Is a False Choice


By reframing them as mutually reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive, we can transform education for every child.

New California Teaching Standards Increase Focus on Family Engagement, Social-Emotional Learning


The state is to implement long-awaited new guidelines in 2025 despite some calls for a year’s delay.

Monterey Peninsula Unified Governing Board to Approve Marina Field, Salary Bump


Monterey Peninsula Unified’s governing board will vote to approve Marina High School’s field project, as well as a 10% salary and benefits increase for district faculty and staff.

The Green Roof Project: Planting Seeds With Purpose


Environmental studies students have rolled out a campaign to gather support from faculty and students, and they believe they now have the research to support implementing a green roof on campus.

Court Denies Plaintiffs Attorney Fees in Latest Monterey High Stadium Court Ruling


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has once again prevailed in its pursuit of completing a stadium renovation project at Monterey High School, according to the latest court ruling.x

UC Merced to Feature on ‘The College Tour’ Show


UC Merced will be highlighted on an Amazon Prime show that showcases universities around the world.

Strategic, Sustainable Residencies Can Help Solve the Teacher Shortage


If educator candidates are paid a living wage and receive plenty of support, they are more likely to remain in the profession.

FAFSA Delays Are Leaving Students in Limbo. California Campuses Don’t Expect Help


California colleges doubt the U.S. Department of Education’s plans will do much to help campuses struggling with delays in awarding financial aid.

California Universities Are Required to Offer Students Abortion Pills. A Lot Just Don’t Mention It


One year after California became the first state to require its public universities to provide the abortion pill to students, basic information on where or how students can obtain the medication is lacking.

Aspiring Bilingual Teachers Gain New Perspectives by Crossing the Border


San Diego State’s Dual Language & English Learner Education department requires students in the credential program to visit schools in Tijuana.

Parents’ Lawsuit Forces California to Spend $2 Billion on Learning Loss. Here’s What Will Change


Learning loss during the pandemic hit California’s low-income students hardest. An agreement requires the state to focus spending there.

CSU Plans to Expand Student Grants to Cover Full Tuition and Living Expenses


The financial aid expansion is aimed at making good on a pledge last fall when trustees approve a tuition hike.

CSU Student Assistants Prepare to Unionize


About 20,000 student assistants at all 23 California State University campuses are coming together for a vote that would create the largest undergraduate student worker union in U.S. history.

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