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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 | 9 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.

School Boards Demystified
by Denise Jennison | March 25, 2020 | 1 Comment

Local school boards are the heart of California's public school system. But what do they actually DO? This post begins a series to demystify the role and function of school boards.

Learning at Home, 2020
by Carol Kocivar | March 21, 2020 | 1 Comment

With many schools on hold throughout California, parents must decide how to educate children at home. Here's a curated list of resources worth knowing about, and a suggested sanity plan.

What Will Students Write About the Pandemic?
by Jeff Camp | March 16, 2020 | 1 Comment

Some students, creatively inspired, will produce amazing work in the coming months. Some of that work will be of lasting importance. It might just change the world. Imagine that you are a student living in the future, perhaps a few years from now. How might you answer questions like the ones below?

Healthy Food for Hungry Minds
by Tia Shimada | March 7, 2020 | 1 Comment

Governor Newsom has proposed significant new investment in California's school meal programs. Tia Shimada of California Food Policy Advocates argues that making the most of such an investment will require a new, inclusive approach.

Paying Back, Voting Forward
by Jeff Camp | February 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The ballot on March 3 includes more than just the presidential primary. There are some state and local measures of real importance to schools. Here's how to learn more.

Vouchers: A Dangerous Choice?
by Carol Kocivar | February 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

California voters have twice rejected vouchers as a way to provide school choice. The Trump administration is pushing to spend massively on them. Here's what you need to know.

Special Education Costs Flood School Budgets
by Carol Kocivar | February 3, 2020 | 2 Comments

Federal and State laws require districts and charter schools to meet the special education needs of each student. The costs of special education have grown much faster than federal and state funding for it. School district budgets are getting swamped.

Listen to This
by Jeff Camp | January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some of the podcasts I follow are frivolous, but one I regard as essential: This Week in California Education, a weekly podcast by EdSource.org.

Why Accreditation Matters for California Schools
by Leslie Reckler | January 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

Schools seek accreditation every few years to demonstrate that their courses are rigorous and valuable. There's a lot to learn from the process. Leslie Reckler explains how it works.

How the State Budget Affects Your School
by Carol Kocivar | January 12, 2020 | 5 Comments

Governor Newsom just released his proposed budget for the state. Carol summarizes what it means for public education, and how to learn more about it.

Are Charter Schools Good or Evil?
by Jeff Camp | January 7, 2020 | 3 Comments

Are charter schools good or evil? It's a false choice, but the topic has become polarized. Here's what you need to know to have productive conversations about it.

Why Does Ed100 Exist?
by Jeff Camp | December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed100 got its start about ten years ago. California's education system has changed a lot in that time, and Ed100's job has been to explain it as plainly as we can so that people can get involved and make a difference. This post is a look back and a peek ahead.

Ed100 Winners Announced
by Jeff Camp | December 11, 2019 | 2 Comments

Congratulations to Joe Serna Jr. Charter School, the winner of the $1,000 prize in the Ed100 drawing! Congratulations also to the other four winners of the $250 prizes...


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