California Educator

February/March 2023

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Compiled by Julian Peeples Quotes & Numbers $6.1 billion Amount of federal COVID-19 emergency funds that states passed on to districts that were used to meet students' academic, social, emotional and other needs, according to a recent report from U.S. Department of Education. > 2,700 Number of school districts nationwide who used Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds for mental health supports, including hiring additional school counselors and school psychologists, and providing professional development for staff, according to K-12 Dive. 50 Percentage of California LGBTQ youth who identified school as an LGBTQ-affirming space, according to The Trevor Project's 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. 30 percent identified home as an LGBTQ-affirming space. Kim Cosier " Teaching is a fickle beast. It is sometimes thankless, overwhelming and exhausting. It is also affirming, heartwarming and exciting. These two experiences occur simultaneously, making teaching a job where heart and passion need to be a factor." — KATI BEGEN, high school science educator and Fresno Teachers Association member, in a January EdSource column. " Thank you to family and friends who witnessed today as we embarked on a new journey to recruit 10,000 counselors for our schools and to help young Californians learn to read by third grade." — TONY THURMOND, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, on his Facebook page following his Jan. 2 swearing-in ceremony in Sacramento. " Parents and teachers have been with us the whole time. Fighting and pushing and believing in ourselves and what our kids deserve." — DAN NELSON, president of Ventura Unified Education Association, upon reaching a tentative agreement and ending a lengthy and difficult bargain in December. Number of school shootings nationwide in 2022, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database. A total of 332 people were shot in those tragic incidents. 302 University of California workers who went on strike for 40 days late last year — the largest higher education strike in American history. (The strike has since been settled.) 48,000 13 F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 2 3 I

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