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Will School Budgets Survive?
by Carol Kocivar | May 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

A tsunami is about to wipe out California school budgets like sandcastles on a beach. Unless Congress acts, kids are going to get hurt, and the damage will be long-lasting. California's Education Coalition is calling on parents to speak out, before it's too late.

How California Budgets for Education
by Carol Kocivar | May 17, 2020 | 1 Comment

Every year, California creates a budget for public education. How does that work, actually? Who creates and influences it, and when are the decisions made? How can you get involved and have an influence? This short post explains the basics with tons of pointers to learn more.

Education Data in a Fog, as Usual
by Jeff Camp | May 5, 2020 | 2 Comments

When COVID-19 arrived, schools closed without much central coordination. A similar process may play out in reverse as each district decides how and when to re-open, and each family weighs its own choices. State and national education data systems aren't set up to track this.

Summer Matters More Than Ever
by Jennifer Peck | April 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Schools and community organizations need to work together to create engaging summer programs, especially now. The key to success is to design programs that support the emotional needs of students, whether online or in person. Jennifer Peck explains.

Can a Crisis Finally Close the Digital Divide?
by Carol Kocivar | April 20, 2020 | 2 Comments

Just like that, America's public schools have moved online. Unfortunately, millions of students are fenced out of the digital campus, lacking sufficient internet connections and devices at home. What will it take to give every student access to school?

California School Budgets: The damage is even worse than it looks
by Jeff Camp | April 9, 2020 | 4 Comments

California's education budget is already in worse shape than most people realize. The economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could clobber education for years. Without prompt federal support, students and teachers are in for a world of hurt. This post breaks it down.

Commit Significant New Federal Funds to Support Schools
by Carol Kocivar | April 6, 2020 | 5 Comments

The public education system as we have known is on course to be damaged, badly, by Covid-19. Without decisive action, especially at the federal level, the road will be rough and the harm will last for many years. The plan urgently needs to include summer school.

With Schools Closed, How Are Kids Getting Fed?
by Jeff Camp | March 29, 2020 | 1 Comment

Even in normal times, millions of families in California depend on school to help feed their children. In the context of a pandemic, basic food service is more urgent than ever. School food systems are rising to the challenge. How are kids getting fed?

Student Stress: COVID-19
by Carol Kocivar | March 27, 2020 | 2 Comments

A new schedule. Restricted access to friends. Living in close quarters. With schools closed, kids are under stress, too. Here's what parents need to look for, and practical steps you can take to help kids adjust.

Open Meetings: How the Brown Act Works
by Leslie Reckler | March 25, 2020 | 5 Comments

The Brown Act, California's open meeting law, plays a big role in how school boards work, even in a pandemic. If you want to influence your board or understand how change happens, you need to understand the rules. Leslie Reckler explains.

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