High school ethnic studies bill approved by California Legislature

High schoolers in California will be required to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate, beginning in 2029-30. Assembly Bill 101, authored by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, passed both houses of the state Legislature Wednesday and is now headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

Newsom: Retired teachers can come back right away, Aug. 16, 2021

Governor Newsom issued an executive order this afternoon allowing recently retired teachers to return to service immediately for "short-term staffing shortages." 
The order waives various timeline requirements that usually prohibit credentialed retirees from reentering classrooms for six months.  Links on next page.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors announces the appointment of Mr Olli-Pekka Heinonen as the next Director General of the IB. Mr Heinonen will commence his appointment on 1 May 2021.

I am honoured to join the IB community to further develop the mission of creating a better world through education. It is clear that we are suffering from a global learning and teaching crisis, and COVID-19 has magnified these challenges. I am looking forward to working together with schools and educators to develop solutions to address these challenges and find ways to develop a strong future for our students,”

Next live webcast - Monday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the 2nd “Brokers of Expertise” webcast to spotlight five different district efforts to address some of the key priorities in the new Budget Act. Most of the emphasis of the work you will hear about is focused on behavior health and student wellbeing and issues for the coming year including staffing.

May 2021 Infosheet

Congratulations on completing another year filled with incredible challenges. As you await your DP and CP results on July 5th I want to share with a reminder sent out from David Weiss, Head, IBWS-US Public Schools.

Continue for details from David Weiss, Ed.D., head, IBWS-US Public Schools.

Budget Committees Adopt State Budget Package - Updated Matrix, June 5, 2021

Following yesterday’s announcement by Legislative leadership that the Senate and Assembly had reached an early agreement on the Legislature’s proposed budget, the full budget committees in each house met late this afternoon and into the evening to formally adopt their respective proposals.
Continue for further details and an updated matrix comparing the Governor's May Revision budget and the Legislature's adopted agreement.

UC High School Articulation Webinar on Program Courses for IB

IB Diploma Program Coordinators and other school/district staff who work with A-G lists are encouraged to attend the UC Working with program courses webinar on May 19. Diploma Program courses are program courses, and this webinar will cover specifics on adding program courses, including IB DP courses, to your school A-G list.

Charter School, Independent Study Reform Bill Advances Before Deadline, May 3, 2021

Both the Senate and Assembly Education Committees appear to have wrapped up their work on bills that were authored in their respective houses last week, as Friday was the deadline for all bills with any fiscal impact to the state to have moved through their relevant policy committees. While technically policy committees can meet until May 14, at the time of this writing, neither Education Committee has a hearing scheduled prior to that date. We will be on the lookout for any last-minute maneuvering to get education bills heard and keep you up to date if anything changes.
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Governor Announces Reopening Goal, April 12, 2022

We wanted to make sure you were aware that Governor Newsom announced an aspirational date of June 15th to reopen the economy and do away with the state’s current tiered blueprint. The California Department of Public Health provided a bit more detail on the announcement, and that information can be found below. You will find a particular note for schools that reads, “Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in person instruction, in compliance with Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards and public health guidelines.” Mask mandates will stay in place even after the 15th.

We will continue to share information on this major announcement as we receive it. As always, let us know if you have questions.

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