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Teacher Appreciation Week
by Carol Kocivar | April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Too often, teacher appreciation week (the first week of May) passes by unnoticed. This year that won't do. Unless Congress acts, teachers are about to be clobbered by budget cuts triggered by the pandemic. Here's what you can do about it.

Summer Matters More Than Ever
by Jennifer Peck | April 24, 2020 | 1 Comment

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 | 3 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 | 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.

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