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As Black college enrollment lags, study suggests strengthening families and communities

MarQuan Thornton is a senior at Adelanto High in California’s High Desert. He credits the Heritage Program at his school, aimed at Black students, for helping to keep him on track for attending college. Emma Gallegos/EdSource Across the nation, more Black students are graduating from high school — but fewer are attending college, according to a report […]

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To teach math effectively, California must focus on deep, conceptual learning

Third graders discuss possible ways to solve a new math problem. Credit: Allison Shelley for American Education Fierce wars continue to rage around math instruction, but there are many practical changes we should make for mathematics students upon which most of us can probably agree, that could transform their ability to achieve.  A promising new

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These districts and charters were fined for violating TK requirements

Credit: Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages This is the first in a series of stories on how inadequate staffing may be impeding California’s efforts to offer high-quality instruction to all 4-year-olds by 2025. Several California school districts and charter schools have been fined for violating state guidelines on average class size and/or staffing ratios

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Teachers, school boards threaten to sue over Gov. Newsom’s fix for revenue shortfall

David Goldberg, president, California Teachers Association. Credit: California Teachers Association Two powerful education groups’ opposition could derail Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to fix a massive state budget shortfall for TK-12 schools and community colleges and lead to litigation this summer with an unpredictable outcome. The dispute is over Proposition 98, the 35-year-old, complex formula that

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UC regents again postpone vote on policy to restrict some faculty speech

Public speakers address UC leaders during a March UC regents meeting at UCLA. Credit: Julie Leopo / EdSource The University of California’s board of regents on Thursday again postponed a vote on a controversial policy to restrict faculty departments from making opinionated statements on the homepages of university websites. The regents could next consider the

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Why one California university leader thinks year-round operations will aid enrollment

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus. Credit: Ashley Bolter / EdSource Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo recently announced that it will become the first public university in the state to shift to year-round operations starting summer 2025. The change would give students the option of starting in the summer and taking their academic break during

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How school districts can better manage disagreement about difficult topics

Credit: Alison Yin/EdSource School districts nationwide are grappling with whether, how and when to teach about LGBTQ and race-related issues. Deep-seated divisions are playing out in school board meetings, local social media, and directly between parents and educators. We have been surveying American adults’ beliefs about the potentially contested topics elementary and high school children

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UC has $32 billion in assets targeted by pro-Palestinian protesters, but no plans to divest

Pro-Palestinian student encampment in front of Royce Hall at UCLA on April 30, 2024. Credit: Delilah Brumer / EdSource The University of California disclosed Tuesday that it has $32 billion invested in assets that pro-Palestinian protesters demand the university divest, including weapons manufacturers that sell to Israel. The university, however, has no plans to sell

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Legislature must tackle sex discrimination and harassment on college campuses

Yin Yang /iStock Addressing and preventing sex discrimination and sexual harassment on college campuses continues to be one of the most foundational challenges to improving campus climate at higher education institutions in our country. In the fall of 2021, as the Biden-Harris administration began its reexamination of Title IX, the federal regulation that prohibits discrimination

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