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.
Each spring, a group of UC Davis student scientists and their professors take a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon to study a river that sustains 40 million people. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton traveled with them.
Yuba City teachers picketed for the second day in a row outside of schools demanding a 13 percent raise for the previous school year.
(AP) - California's schools have agreed to ensure language education for 1.4 million students who are designated as English learners.
After a three-year void, California has implemented a new method to judge public school performance. The replacement for the heavily criticized A-P-I scores the state used to produce is drawing its own criticism.
Yuba City teachers went on strike this morning as about half of the students were absent as well. About 100 high school students staged a walkout before noon.