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 Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.
Some Folsom High School students are planning to launch a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon into the path of the solar eclipse next Monday. The balloon will have four cameras on it.
A new state law that kicked in last summer requires shots for public school children. Some families are still adjusting to the law.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.
The California Community College system is out with an online video targeting Dream Act students. Those are students who have been in California for at least three years and graduated from a California High School.