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 plan to raise tuition at the University of California is expected to be approved Thursday.
Over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown, a UC Board of Regents committee has approved President Janet Napolitano’s proposal to raise tuition 5 percent in each of the next five school years – unless the state increases UC funding.
Using art to teach a student math may sound odd, but a group of educators says it can and should be done. And they’re using a change in how California students are taught as a chance to spread their message.
Leaky roofs, broken-down air conditioning, and faulty fire alarms are some of the problems that the Manteca Unified School District hopes to fix with a $159-million bond measure.
Legislative Republicans are calling on Democrats to reverse a law included in this year’s California budget package that restricts the ability of school districts to build large reserves.