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.
Robert S. Nelsen, Sacramento State's new president, started his first day on the job Wednesday.
Washington Elementary, one of seven schools in the city of Sacramento that closed two years ago because of budget cuts, will reopen next year.
Sports teams using the nickname “Redskins” are coming under increased pressure nationally to abandon the name. A bill at the state Capitol would make California the first state to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot.
School's out for summer...prompting school officials in Sacramento to ask people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on campuses.
California high schools are now formally recognizing bilingual students by awarding biliteracy medals and seals to graduating seniors in an effort to recognize students' dual language abilities.