As of yesterday, it’s the official policy of California’s community colleges that, with few exceptions, students at the system’s 112 colleges should not be compelled to take remedial math courses.
As temperatures topped 90 degrees in the nation’s capital on Saturday, thousands of people gathered at Lafayette Square in front of the White House for a rally against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” and family separation immigration policies.
Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of people across the country are expected to march in protest of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the southern border, the forced separation of immigrant families by government officials, and the federal government’s lack of transparency regarding the location, welfare, and future of detained immigrant children.
Some of you have been reading with incredulity and disgust the newspapers, newsfeeds, and Twitter threads about the “immigration crisis” in the United States. What you have been reading — and perhaps avoiding — about “immigration enforcement” is, at heart, the latest manifestation of toxic and brutal white nationalism. And the situation is very bad.
Our new resource — Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA - Issue 2: A Handbook for Local Leaders on School Improvement — offers local leaders more detail about different school improvement strategies, as well as ways to collaborate more closely with community stakeholders to better assess need and align resources with chosen priorities.
Local school improvement planning efforts are set to begin this upcoming fall and will have serious implications for those schools defined as “underperforming” under a given state’s accountability system. It’s imperative that communities get involved and contribute to key decision-making processes at the local level.
Yesterday, Partners for Each and Every Child released a report highlighting promising engagement processes in eight California districts. The case studies illustrate how the five pillars of engagement are integral to regular, two-way dialogue with stakeholders to support and sustain educational equity.