K-12 DIGEST: Daily Briefing – Dec. 2, 2021

California data system to help with education planning moves closer to reality

Although completion is years down the line, Fong said it felt like a big step for board members to meet. The project’s work will include linking a slew of data systems that contain much of the information so that a student’s education experience can be accessed and analyzed. The state plans to cobble together a comprehensive set of dashboards from data collected from early childhood education, pre-K-12 schools and the state’s public colleges and universities.

Matt Krupnick – Ed Source

NYC principals union sues Education Dept. over pay disparities for preschool directors

A “staggering” wage gap between directors of city-funded, community-based preschools — who are almost exclusively women of color — and those in Education Department facilities — who are mostly white — amounts to racial discrimination, a newly filed lawsuit alleges.

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, the union representing preschool directors under the umbrella of Mayor de Blasio’s sprawling “Universal Pre-K” program, filed the suit Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court after a years-long effort to close the wage gap through negotiations went nowhere, union officials said.

Michael Elson-Rooney – NY Daily News

Massachusetts Governor signs genocide education bill

Students in Massachusetts middle and high schools will soon learn about the history of genocides around the globe as a required part of their curriculum.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed legislation to mandate lessons on the Holocaust and other mass atrocities and to help school systems develop those lessons plans. Legislators said the collective knowledge of genocides appears to be declining and said they hoped that teaching about such acts will help prevent them in the future.

Colin A. Young – State House News Service

SC education advocates say 2021 state report shows stark reminder of teacher shortage

According to the South Carolina Annual Educator Supply & Demand Report released in November, approximately 1,060 teaching/service positions were still vacant in September/October 2021.

This is an increase of more than 50% compared to last year and the largest number of vacancies reported by districts since the Supply and Demand Survey was first administered in 2001.

Melanie Palmer – WSPA

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