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Signatures and Vetoes 2020
by Carol Kocivar | October 11, 2020 | 1 Comments

In an ordinary year about 1,000 bills make it through the legislative process to become law in California. This year a lot of cans were kicked down the road. Here's a roundup of education-related bills that were passed or vetoed, and a list of what's likely to come back next year.

Trump vs Biden on Education Issues
by Carol Kocivar | October 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

The education policies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden reflect deep philosophical differences. Biden has called for increased support for public schools. Trump has proposed to cut funding for public schools and redirect some of the money toward private and religious schools.

The Ed100 Academy Day 4: Working Together
by Kaylee Nguyen | September 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Ed100 Summer Academy for Student Leaders wasn't just about learning — it was also about connecting for a purpose. Here's a recap of the final day of the conference, what we have learned, and why students in grades 8-12 are already registering for next year's conference.

Patriotism and the Role of Public Schools
by Carol Kocivar | September 19, 2020 | 2 Comments

Powerful new teaching materials help students learn about the role of race in America's past. If he had the power, President Trump says he would ban them in favor of "patriotic education." Carol explains what California's social science frameworks have to say about the matter.

Want Young People to Vote? Start Earlier.
by Rylee Vizvary | September 12, 2020 | 1 Comments

Universal public education is a critical ingredient of a functioning democracy. It should be even more so. The voting age should be lowered so that students learn to vote as part of growing up, argue these students from GENup.

Attention, High School Juniors!
by Zaid Fattah | September 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

The student position on the California State Board of Education is the most powerful leadership role a high school student can play in American government. It's not an advisory position -- it's a full seat at the table in the room where it happens. Zaid Fattah explains why and how to apply.

The Ed100 Academy Day 3: Think Big and Learn from History
by Kaylee Nguyen and Jeff Camp | September 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

The third day of the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders was all about developing an effective vision for change in education. Students in high school today have lived through major disruptions in the education system. Has it worked? What are the big ideas for what comes next, and what is at stake?

Can Proposition 15 Untangle California's Funding Problems?
by Carol Kocivar | August 30, 2020 | 9 Comments

Californians will soon be bombarded with messages about Proposition 15, which asks whether taxes on commercial and industrial property should be based on market value. As mail-in ballots arrive in October, the politics will be intense. Carol summarizes what you need to know.

Developing Informed Student Leaders at the Ed100 Academy Day 2
by Kaylee Nguyen and Jeff Camp | August 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

On the second day of the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders, hundreds of students learned how to get access to data and policy tools that can make them powerful as advocates. They were also invited to connect with six remarkable organizations.

Stress, Anxiety and the Start of School
by Shereen Walter | August 16, 2020 | 1 Comment

As school begins with a whole new set of challenges, parents, families and students are struggling with new sources of stress and anxiety. What are the experts recommending to manage it all? Shereen and Carol round up some great advice for schools and parents to help kids cope.

The Academy Day 1: Education and Equity
by Kaylee Nguyen and Jeff Camp | August 9, 2020 | 1 Comment

The theme of the first day of the inaugural Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders was Education and Equity. Here's a rundown of what happened, starting with how students prepared for it.

The Coronavirus vs. Arts Education
by Carol Kocivar | August 3, 2020 | 4 Comments

When budgets tighten, districts may be tempted to shirk on their obligation to provide students with a full curriculum, which by definition must include the arts. Carol explains ways for school communities to use the new Learning Continuity Plan to stand up for the arts.

The Making of the Academy
by Jeff Camp | July 28, 2020 | 4 Comments

Hundreds of students participated in the inaugural Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders. Here's the story of how it happened, and how it almost didn't.

Program Guide for the Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders (Summer 2020)
by Jeff Camp | July 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

This post describes the sessions and speakers for the 2020 Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders, which was held online July 20-23. Over a thousand high school student leaders applied and 500 participated.

One Way Your School Can Address Racism
by Carol Kocivar | July 12, 2020 | 3 Comments

Schools should teach US history, warts and all. This post provides resources for school communities to learn deeply about the lingering effects of America's racist past.


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