Skipping school can mean a lot more for students than just failing a test. California Attorney General Kamala Harris says it can cause kids to fall behind and ultimately drop out of high school.
Harris joined state lawmakers in introducing a package of legislation designed to curb truancy among elementary school students. She says showing up in class is critical to a student’s future success.
“If a child, at the end of third grade, is not at reading level, they are four times more likely than other students to be a high school dropout," Harris says.
Harris’ office estimates one million elementary students are truant each year, with a quarter of those missing at least 18 days of school. Truant students cost school districts more than $1 billion a year in lost state funds.
Among other things, the bills would help districts comply with truancy tracking requirements and work with parents to address causes of truancy.
Don't like your driver's license photo? You may soon have a say on what ends up on your ID. Drivers would be able to choose their picture under a bill introduced in the California Senate. Fees on the extra pics would pay for driver's ed classes.
A student training program at UC Davis offers low-cost surgery for pets who live in shelters or whose owners can’t afford it.
One of England's top universities has decided to withdraw its plans for a campus in Placer County, near Roseville. University of Warwick made the announcement Thursday.
Starting January, a new law will require schools serving low-income teens and pre-teens to provide feminine hygiene products free of cost.
The Sacramento City Teachers Association called off a strike planned to start Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the Sacramento City Unified School District on a new contract.