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Year 2021

2021 news releases from CDE's Communications Division.

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December

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Plan to Build Statewide Mentoring Program, Calls for Participation
News Release #101—December 23, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Launches Plan to Recruit 10,000 Mental Health Clinicians to Support California Students
News Release #100—December 21, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Advisory Board to Guide $3 Billion Community Schools Strategy to Transform California Schools
News Release #99—December 9, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $2 Million in Grants Available to Community-Based Organizations to Counter Social Isolation Experienced by Students
News Release #98—December 8, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces California High School Students for the 2022 U.S. Senate Youth Program
News Release #97—December 1, 2021


November

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Renaissance Digital Reading Partnership to Support Statewide Literacy Campaign
News Release #96—November 30, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to Spotlight Best Practices to Support Literacy and Biliteracy, to Donate One Million Books, and Help Sign Up 100,000 New Library Users
News Release #95—November 22, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Efforts to Expand Gender Neutral Restrooms in California Schools
News Release #94—November 19, 2021

State Superintendent Thurmond Congratulates California Schools Recognized as National ESEA Distinguished Schools
News Release #93—November 18, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Plan to Transform California Schools, Embarks on Statewide Listening Tour
News Release #92—November 17, 2021

State Superintendent Thurmond Leads Task Force and Programs to Support Black Student Achievement
News Release #91—November 15, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Formally Launches Task Force to Improve Reading and Pledges to Help More Students Secure Library Cards
News Release #90—November 12, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Success of Football Program at California School for the Deaf in Riverside
News Release #89—November 10, 2021

State Board of Education Acts to Improve Teacher Quality, Update Arts and World Language Instruction, Clarify Local Accountability and Increase Support for Vulnerable Students
News Release #88—November 4, 2021


October

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Allegiance STEAM Academy to Celebrate Literature Day
News Release #87—October 29, 2021

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Expanded Learning Leaders in Honor of National Lights On Afterschool
News Release #86—October 28, 2021

Chief Deputy Superintendent Mary Nicely, Lead for Information and Technology Branch, Announces First Ever Report on Student Stability Rates
News Release #85—October 26, 2021

"Get to Know CDE" Virtual Open House to Feature Work to Confront 21st Century Education Challenges—Global Pandemic, the Opportunity Gap, Wildfire Recovery
News Release #84—October 22, 2021

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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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
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