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 two finalists for California’s state schools chief faced off in a debate Tuesday night in a race that pits teachers unions against charter school advocates.
Sacramento City Unified School District has been warned for months to balance its budget and is now being ordered. Which programs or positions will be cut has not been determined.
Sacramento, School District Hold Special Meeting To Discuss Increasing Number Of Kids Who Go To CollegeMonday, August 27, 2018
The city says its youth unemployment rate is among the worst in the country and will only get worse if this generation of kids doesn't pursue education after high school.
This week the Legislature — which had been considering a bill to make California the first state to require ethnic studies for high school graduation — backed away from creating such a statewide mandate, settling on a pilot program instead.
There's a raging debate over how California reports schools’ test scores to parents and the public. Advocates for struggling students say a "growth model" — measuring how students perform over time — is key to closing the achievement gap.