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.
The head of the National Society of Black Engineers, Karl Reid, was in Sacramento Tuesday to take part in a forum at Washington Elementary School to get more low-income children of color on the right pathway to careers in science and engineering.
A new program aims to ensure that every first grader attending an economically disadvantaged school in Sacramento county has books at home.
More than 200 middle and high school students from San Joaquin County got the chance to see what a career in science, technology, engineering, or math might be like.
Sacramento Regional Transit has identified a way to find entry-level mechanics to replace the dozen or so mechanics who retire or leave the agency every year.
Some Sacramento high school students are getting their poetry in front of a lot of people this fall. You'll have to get on a bus to read them.