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It’s Time for a CDE Office of Private Schools

During the course of a November 2, 2021 Zoom meeting with private school leaders, SSPI Thurmond committed to the creation of an advisory council on private education. Offering few details about the body’s composition and purposes, Mr. Thurmond hinted that its members would be drawn from both the private and public education sectors, and…

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Retain the Personal Beliefs Exemption

On October 1, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans that would make California the first state in the nation to require all age-appropriate children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for enrollment in a public or private school. Through a mandate issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), students…

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The USDE Flunks a ‘Significance Test’

Can someone please explain what the policy makers at the U.S. Department of Education were thinking when they set the eligibility requirements for participation in the American Recovery Plan – Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools program? ARP-EANS is a federal emergency assistance program for which Congress appropriated $2.75 billion “…to provide services or assistance…

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Ethnic Studies and Private Schools

After a contentious battle that raged on for years (and according to some, decades) the California Legislature has passed, and Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill making completion of a semester-long course in ethnic studies a requirement for graduation from a public high school. The graduation requirement will take effect in the 2029-30…

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Not So Fast

With so much attention devoted to yesterday’s gubernatorial recall election, relatively few Californians are aware of efforts underway to place an ambitious and sure-to-be-controversial school choice initiative before the state’s voters in 2022. The proposed amendments to the state constitution would establish state-administered education savings accounts (ESAs) for every child eligible for enrollment…

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