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Year 2021

Current news releases from the California Department of Education's (CDE) Communications Division.

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October

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2022 California Teachers of the Year
News Release #83—October 15, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Co-Chairs for Task Force to Improve Black Student Achievement
News Release #82—October 14, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Launches New Vaccine Outreach Effort with Community Health Network AltaMed, Expanding on Prior Work Protecting Vulnerable Students, Families
News Release #81—October 11, 2021

2021 California STEAM Symposium Keynotes & Early Registration Prizes
News Release #80—October 11, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces the ‘Angst: Building Resilience’ Statewide Initiative Available to All Public Middle and High Schools in California to Assist in Addressing Student Mental Health Needs That Have Increased During COVID
News Release #79—October 7, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announced as Co-Chair of Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education
News Release #78—October 6, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Joins Governor for Early Childhood Legislation Announcements
News Release #77—October 5, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Effort to Provide One Million Books as Part of Statewide Literacy Campaign
News Release #76—October 4, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Co-Chairs for Statewide Literacy Task Force
News Release #75—October 1, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Student Vaccine Mandate Announcement as Pivotal Moment for California Schools
News Release #74—October 1, 2021


September

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Blair High School in Pasadena to Promote Literacy
News Release #73—September 30, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Delivers Supplies and Support on School Visit to Wildfire-Affected Lassen County
News Release #72—September 29, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Schools in Wildfire-Affected Plumas County, Seeks Donations for New Playground
News Release #71—September 27, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Schools in Wildfire-Affected Plumas County for First Day of School
News Release #70—September 24, 2021

State Superintendent Thurmond Names Betty Reid Soskin Newest California Education Ambassador
News Release #69—September 23, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates California Schools Recognized as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools
News Release #68—September 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Creation of Task Force and Legislation to Ensure Every California Student Learns to Read by Third Grade
News Release #67—September 21, 2021

Superintendent Tony Thurmond Gathers Panel of State Leaders to Build Robust and Historic Levels of Mental Health Services
News Release #66—September 15, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Nominates and State Board Approves Mary Nicely as Chief Deputy of the California Department of Education
News Release #65—September 9, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Delivers Donations and Meets with Educational Leaders Affected by the Caldor Fire
News Release #64—September 3, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to Meet with Students, Families, and Education Leaders Affected by Caldor Fire
News Release #63—September 1, 2021


August

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Roosevelt Elementary in Long Beach to Celebrate First Day of School
News Release #62—August 31, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Appeals Directly to Families on Vaccine Importance for Students and Schools
News Release #61—August 27, 2021

Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant: Local Literacy Lead Agency Awards
News Release #60—August 27, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Hosts Discussion of Latest COVID-19 Science, Safety and State Assistance for Schools
News Release #59—August 25, 2021

2021 Back-To-School Pre-Conference Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM
News Release #58—August 24, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Girls Academic Leadership Academy in Los Angeles to Celebrate First Day of School
News Release #57—August 17, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Steps Up Outreach Efforts on Vaccine Urgency With Virtual Town Hall
News Release #56—August 12, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland to Celebrate First Day of School
News Release #55—August 9, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 National Youth Science Camp Delegates
News Release #54—August 3, 2021

July

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Convenes Panel of Health and Education Experts to Showcase Ways for Schools to Channel Dollars into Safe In-Person Learning
News Release #53—July 29, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Appoints Alesha-Moreno Ramirez as New Director of the Multilingual Support Division
News Release #52— July 27, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Hosts Teen Talk on Vaccine Awareness and Safe Return to Campus
News Release #51—July 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Hosts First American Indian Education Oversight Committee Meeting Since 2017
News Release #50--July 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Comprehensive Education Budget Package, Universal Investments for Students, Families, and Educators in California
News Release #49—July 16, 2021


June

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Champions Key Components of California Budget
News Release #48—June 29, 2021

State Superintendent Thurmond Names Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dolores Huerta, and Karen Korematsu to Serve as California's Education Ambassadors
News Release #47—June 15, 2021

California Department of Education Announces First of its Kind Statewide Online Community of Practice and Collaboration Network for Educators
News Release #46—June 4, 2021

Seventy High School Students Named “National Cyber Scholars” After Winning Nationwide Competition to Identify Rising Stars in this Critical Sector
News Release #45—June 4, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces New Statewide Benefit Program to Help Feed Children Amid Child Care Closures
News Release #44—June 2, 2021


May

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Eisenhower Elementary School Open for Safe, In-Person Instruction Using Model Practices
News Release #43—May 27, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 California Classified School Employees of the Year
News Release #42—May 27, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Senator Henry Stern, and Partners Unite in Support of Bill that Counters Hate Through Education
News Release #41—May 25, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Praises the Highest Level of Funding Ever for Public Education in Governor’s Budget Update
News Release #40—May 14, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits San Diego County Schools Open for In-Person Learning that Utilize Strong Safety Measures and Social-Emotional Supports
News Release #39—May 13, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Praises Governor’s Proposed $15 Billion for Schools Plan for Putting Needs of Students and Families First
News Release #38—May 12, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
News Release #37—May 5, 2021


April

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 California Exemplary Arts Education Awards
News Release #36—April 29, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Additional 2021 California Distinguished Schools
News Release #35—April 27, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates High-Performing Middle Schools Selected as 'Schools to Watch’
News Release #34—April 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 California Green Ribbon Schools Award Honorees
News Release #33—April 22, 2021

California Department of Education Releases 2020–21 Statewide School Enrollment Data
News Release #32—April 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 Civic Learning Award Recipients
News Release #31—April 21, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Chauvin Trial Verdict
News Release #30—April 20, 2021

New Equity Bill to Level the Educational Playing Field Advances with Bipartisan Senate Education Committee Support
News Release #29—April 14, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 Model School Attendance Review Board Winners
News Release #28—April 14, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Educators and Scholars Urge Support for First-of-its-Kind Legislation to Diversify the Teaching Workforce
News Release #27—April 13, 2021

U.S. Department of Education Approves California’s Assessments Plan
News Release #26—April 7, 2021

First-of-its-Kind Legislation to Diversify the Teaching Workforce Advances with Unanimous Assembly Education Committee Support
News Release #25—April 7, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor’s Goal to Fully Reopen California as Early as June 15
News Release #24—April 6, 2021


March

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Joins Educators and Experts to Discuss Strategies for Sustaining Safe In-Person Learning
News Release #23—March 25, 2021

$6 Billion in Reopening and Expanded Learning Funding Amounts for TK-12 Schools Now Available
News Release #22—March 19, 2021

State Board of Education Approves Historic Ethnic Studies Guidance for High Schools
News Release #21—March 18, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 California Distinguished Schools
News Release #20—March 18, 2021

Governor Newsom and State Superintendent Thurmond Announce Deployment of up to 3 Million Free Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests to Help High-Needs Schools Safely Reopen Classrooms
News Release #19—March 18, 2021

State Board of Education Approves Additional Testing Flexibility for Schools This Spring
News Release #18—March 16, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $240,000 in Grants to Address Inequities that Deepened During Pandemic
News Release #17—March 11, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Underscores How Rapid COVID Testing Can Facilitate Safe Reopening of Schools
News Release #16—March 10, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Model Continuation High Schools for 2021
News Release #15—March 4, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Legislative Deal on School Reopening
News Release #14—March 1, 2021

February

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates Adult Education Providers in Receiving National Recognition for Programs That Can Lead to Immediate Job Skills
News Release #13—February 26, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Convenes Discussion with Educators, Students on African American Studies During Ethnic Studies Virtual Classroom Session
News Release #12—February 25, 2021

State Board of Education Votes to Seek Federal Assessment, Accountability And Reporting Flexibilities Due to Impact of COVID-19 on Schools
News Release #11—February 24, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to U.S. Department of Education Guidance on Standardized Testing
News Release #10—February 23, 2021

State Superintendent Thurmond Announces New Grading Guidance for Student Progress in Distance Learning
News Release #09—February 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces California High School Students for the 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program
News Release #08—February 16, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $1 Million Competition to Spur Innovation that Closes the Digital Divide for California Students, Educators and Families
News Release #07—February 2, 2021


January

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Applications for Summer Meal Programs
News Release #06—January 29, 2021

Strategies to Address Pandemic’s Impact on Student Learning Focus of State Superintendent’s “Pathways to Recovery” Event
News Release #05—January 21, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates Woodlake High School for $100,000 Award as Finalist in U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project
News Release #04—January 14, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Experts Discuss Approaches to Understanding and Countering Islamophobia
News Release #03—January 13, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2021 Education Budget
News Release #02—January 8, 2021

State Superintendent Thurmond Announces California Schools Recognized as National ESEA Distinguished Schools
News Release #01—January 7, 2021

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