Early childhood advocates, lawmakers and the governor are pushing to gradually expand transitional kindergarten (TK) to all the state’s 4-year-olds. But the moves are raising issues, such as the viability of the child care system and whether expanded TK might be too academic for younger 4-year-olds. Often described as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten,…

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As school systems move from pandemic crisis to recovery mode, many education stakeholders are using the moment to not just bring schooling back to normal, but to create or expand initiatives that better serve students who historically have been underserved. The School Superintendents Association is advocating for a holistic and multi-year redesign for schools that…

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In this spotlight, Inverness Institute asked some of our research colleagues located on the East Coast to survey and interview leading teachers they know from their years of work with teacher networks across the United States. Barnett Berry is a professor at the University of South Carolina, who has been on a 35-year journey to…

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The FDA’s authorization this week of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12 has many California parents wondering: Will they have to get their middle and high school kids vaccinated to send them back to classrooms this fall? For now, a requirement for middle and high schoolers this fall seems unlikely. Regulatory and…

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Last fall, Governor Newsom approved a new state law, Assembly Bill No. 1505, which gave local districts more control over the opening of new charter schools and the renewal of existing schools’ charters. In addition, the new law revises the process for appealing rejected charter school applications. Although it remains to be seen whether this…

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The weight of the superintendency is heavy these days: Beleaguered staff. Exhausted teachers. Angry parents. So as districts enter the spring—prime superintendent-resignation season—it’s a good time to ask: Will it all come to a head in a wave of superintendents racing for the exit doors? Preliminary signs indicate an uptick in superintendent retirements and resignations…

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Deciding to leave any job can be hard, but for teachers, exiting the classroom can be downright heartbreaking. And yet about 8 percent of teachers leave the profession every year, federal data have long shown. Younger teachers, and those early in their careers, are among the most likely to leave teaching. And while trends in…

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As schools dramatically adjusted their instructional approaches and began leveraging technology to a greater extent in response to Covid, the Charter Schools Facility Center, an initiative within the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, asked what impact innovative approaches adopted more widely during the pandemic may have on the charter sector’s thoughts on the future…

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