News Briefs | FYI
September 30, 2019
Data show need for more teacher recruitment
With schools back in session and many states facing teacher shortages, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and ICMA-RC have released a new research infographic outlining employment trends and demographics for the primary and secondary public school workforce. Among the findings: 
  • Those working in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) represent 45 percent of the total state and local government workforce.
  • Employment projections forecast a growing need for education professionals, especially for elementary and middle school teachers, by 2026.
  • The vast majority of the K-12 public school workforce is female. Some 73 percent of local government education employees are female.  
  • Eighty percent of public school teachers are White. Nine percent are Hispanic, 7 percent are Black, and 2 percent are Asian. By comparison, 66 percent of the total state and local workforce is White.
  • The median age of K-12 public school teachers is 41.4 years.
“The research makes clear there is a growing need for education professionals, yet state and local governments already are having a tough time attracting and retaining teachers. This baseline data will help to better understand the efficacy of targeted recruiting methods and enable a deeper look at the role retirement benefits play as a workforce management tool for K-12 education,” said Gerald Young, SLGE senior research associate and author of the infographic, which can be viewed at

Lynwood USD joins League of Innovative Schools

Lynwood Unified has been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts that work together to improve outcomes for students through the use of learning technologies. The network is organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization that strives to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research. Lynwood Unified was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning and commitment to equity and excellence. “We are honored to be included in this national network, which will work to create new practices that prepare young people to thrive in a changing world,” LUSD Superintendent Gudiel Crosthwaite said. “As a district, we continually strive to inspire our students through technology; we now have valuable partners in that effort.” The League of Innovative Schools, launched in 2011, accepts new members through an open application process annually. With its newest members, the League includes 114 school districts in 34 states. The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2019 meeting on Oct. 16 in Loudoun County, Virginia, where more than 250 educational leaders, partners and researchers will convene.
IQC could get more review time on ethnic studies curriculum

A bill awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature could give the Instructional Quality Commission more time to revise the state’s controversial Ethnic Studies model curriculum. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said the California Department of Education is recommending the IQC take more time to revise the draft before sending it to the State Board of Education for action in 2020. Earlier in September, the Legislature approved AB 114, which would extend the timeline for completion of the ethnic studies model curriculum draft through March 2021. If the IQC acts to extend the timeline for completing the draft, the CDE anticipates holding feedback sessions, panel discussions and listening sessions with ethnic studies teachers, ethnologists, experts, districts and other interested parties to gather input. State Assemblywoman Shirley Weber has agreed to serve on the ethnic studies panel and consult with the CDE and SBE staff to complete the model draft curriculum. Weber is a 40-year educator of Africana Studies who has helped establish ethnic studies in K–12 curriculum throughout the state. In August, a number of stakeholders, including members of the state Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, and SBE President Linda Darling-Hammond, expressed concerns that the draft needed more balance to accurately reflect the experiences of different cultures.
Nominations open for Negotiator of the Year
ACSA is accepting nominations for the 2020 Negotiator of the Year, which will be presented during the Negotiators Symposium, Jan. 22-24 in San Diego. This recognition is awarded by the ACSA Human Resources Council to the person serving as chief negotiator for a school district or county office as a full-time employee of that district. For more information on selection criteria and to fill out the nomination form, visit
. Nominations are due by Nov. 15, 2019.
Schools to Watch program applications due Oct. 10
The California Schools to Watch program identifies middle-grades schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and defined by organizational structures and processes centered on student growth. Educators are encouraged to visit
to explore the profiles of over 120 model middle-grades schools and review eligibility criteria using the Principal’s Checklist. Those who wish to apply can then request an application through the website. Applications are due to the California League of Middle Schools PO box by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
Workshop teaches how to crowdsource for classrooms is a website and nonprofit organization that connects public school teachers in need of classroom materials and experiences with individual donors who want to help. Horace Mann, a national partner with, offers a free workshop to help schools learn how to take advantage of this resource. To request a workshop, visit
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