Diverse Organizations Urge California Lawmakers to Prioritize Children in Budget
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing his 2021-22 budget.

As California Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to unveil his 2021-22 budget proposal later this week, more than 1,000 organizations have urged policymakers to make children — especially the reopening of public schools — the state’s “all-hands-on-deck” spending priority.

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‘Year Up’ Sets The Standard on Workforce Development

A gold standard study has found Year Up to have perhaps the strongest evidence to date in connecting youth and young adults to the workforce, perhaps setting the stage for increased investment in the model around the country. 


California’s New Plan for Early Childhood Education Runs Up Against COVID-19 Realities
California’s new early childhood education “master plan” outlines steps to achieve universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

A long-anticipated “master plan” for overhauling California’s child care and preschool system has just been released, drawing mixed reactions marked by sharp criticism for being out of touch with the needs of an industry particularly decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Advocates for Special Needs Kids Seek Urgent Court Order on In-Person Teaching
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Unified School District

After months of urging one of the nation’s largest school districts to safely provide quality in-person learning to the thousands of special needs students who get little from online instruction, children’s rights groups on Friday went right to the California Supreme Court and filed a lawsuit to make it happen pronto.


After Abolishing School Police, Oakland Creates a Plan for What Comes Next
Nearly six months after a momentous decision to abolish its school police department, the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education agreed at a meeting Wednesday night to endorse a safety plan that relies on “culture and climate ambassadors” instead of cops.


Oakland Schools Chart Course for Police-Free Future
Desiree McSwain-Mims at a Black Organizing Project rally on June 5, 2020. Photo by Ryan Sin

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Desiree McSwain-Mims got pegged a troublemaker in second grade.


1 in 10 New York City Students Faced Pandemic without Stable Housing

As New York City’s schoolchildren watched the coronavirus’s brutal spring rampage evolve into months of virtual learning, nearly 1 in 10 did so without having a stable place to call home.



Engagement With Remote Learning Alarmingly Low Among New York City Disadvantaged Youth

Amid a fresh wave of coronavirus infections washing over New York City — a development that has reversed the city’s halting efforts to slowly ease more students back into the classroom — comes a new report finding that thousands of students “failed to connect” at all with remote learning opportunities last spring.


Foster Youth Nationwide Gain Priority for Free Online Tutoring
In Los Angeles County, a 15-year-old girl in foster care joins an online tutoring session. Photo courtesy of iFoster.

As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide.