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.
Californians looking to earn bachelor’s degrees will soon have another option at community college. A pilot program was approved today.
California elementary school teachers and administrators will soon be returning to work after the holiday break. A new state law starting January 1 will affect how they discipline some students.
A new partnership between Sacramento State University and Sierra College is part of a long-term plan for a new campus in Roseville.
A new bill in the legislature proposes the first steps to locating a California State University campus in the City of Stockton.
University of California students again tried to block a tuition increase proposal – without success.