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.
(AP) - The head of the school district in Reno, Nevada where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student is praising the quick response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.
Sacramento City Unified already has anti-deportation policies in place. This evening it will vote to be known as a “Safe Haven” for undocumented children and children of undocumented parents.
California schools can now apply to receive millions of dollars of computer supplies—part of a decade-old payout from a class-action settlement against Microsoft.
The head of the National Society of Black Engineers, Karl Reid, was in Sacramento Tuesday to take part in a forum at Washington Elementary School to get more low-income children of color on the right pathway to careers in science and engineering.
A new program aims to ensure that every first grader attending an economically disadvantaged school in Sacramento county has books at home.