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.
Fees, Measure Q school bond funds and a donation from the McKinley Village developer are paying for a $5 million expansion of the Theodore Judah campus in East Sacramento.
(AP) — How do you teach the history of the world in California schools, where nearly two-thirds of students are Latino or Asian, many from newly immigrated families?
Sacramento State has bought a building in downtown Sacramento to use for the planned School of Public Affairs. And, it has 75 parking spaces.
A new report finds that as many as one million students in California have attended schools with water systems that didn’t meet safe drinking water standards.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is scheduled to visit John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento today to see one of Kennedy's after school programs - a robotics lab. Torlakson is urging state lawmakers to approve more funding for similar programs.