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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The Unions Get Their Due(s)

President Joe Biden wasted no time in signaling to the nation’s teachers unions that better times were at hand. On his first full day in office, National Education Association President Becky Pringle, and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten found themselves in the White House as guests of Dr. Jill Biden, herself an…

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Money for Nothing?

On May 12, 2021, private schools throughout California received word, via an email sent from the California Department of Education, that their applications for federal Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) funding had been approved. The notifications also revealed the amount of funding each school was eligible to receive in the form of services…

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