Our Children’s Education Should be a Priority as California Recovers from Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed California and the nation into uncharted waters, especially with the impact on our schools. With the economy in decline and unemployment on the rise, school funding is likely to dip, triggering cuts across the system. This financial impact will come when our schools need more money, not less, to serve our state’s children. As we look toward recovery, Californians should make the kind of significant investments in our public schools that reflect their true importance to our students, families and future.

Distance Learning Playbook for California School Districts

Sam Olivieri

At this time of unprecedented challenge, districts have to both manage a rapid response to the current school closures and also prepare for the possibility of supporting students remotely for longer periods ahead, a process for which there is no roadmap. Learning Apart, Staying Connected: A Distance Learning Playbook was created for California school districts to support the development and roll-out of distance learning plans across the state.

Current Circumstances Accentuate the Need to Educate the Whole Child

Roman Stearns

This moment of disruption is an opportunity to stop and ask how best to educate the whole child. There are important lessons to be learned from the Scaling Student Success community, in which school districts have engaged community stakeholders to create a Graduate Profile – a succinct, one-page document defining the skills, competencies, and mindsets necessary for future success in college, career, and civic engagement.

Evidence to Inform Recovery

PACE’s Response to COVID-19

The closing of California’s physical learning spaces has significant implications for educational equity and access. In the coming weeks and months, PACE’s efforts will be focused on supporting real-time crisis response and helping the state build toward recovery. This commentary, the first in a new series designed to raise up evidence quickly to inform crisis response and recovery, details our approach.

April 1, 2020 | EdSource

A week after state and federal authorities directed school districts to continue offering special education during school closures, the level and quality of those services remains a patchwork in California.

March 14, 2020 | Redlands Daily Facts

With U.S. stocks just suffering their worst day since the 1987 crash, followed immediately by one of their best single days, some economists are saying buckle-up and worrying that the coronavirus may help send the economy into a recession. The...

Summary of the 2020 PACE/USC Rossier Poll results presentation

Dan Silver

This commentary provides a summary of a session at the 2020 PACE Annual Conference in which the results from the PACE/USC Rossier 2020 Poll were presented.  Topics discussed included findings on voter perceptions of schools generally, and also their perceptions on issues related to teacher salaries, college affordability and admissions, gun violence, and school funding.

March 8, 2020 | CalMatters

Ballots from last week’s election are still being counted and it will be weeks before the final numbers are tallied, but with that caveat, it appears that a $15 billion school bond issue — the only statewide ballot measure —...

March 6, 2020 | EdSource

School districts have turned to parcel taxes in recent years to raise money for school programs, class-size reduction and teacher salaries. California voters were uncharacteristically stingy this week when they rejected more than half the local school bonds and tax measures...

March 3, 2020 | San Jose Mercury News

Special education in California should be overhauled to focus on the individual needs of students, with better training for teachers, more streamlined services and improved screening for the youngest children, according to a compilation of reports recently released.