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.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is scheduled to visit John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento today to see one of Kennedy's after school programs - a robotics lab. Torlakson is urging state lawmakers to approve more funding for similar programs.
Ralph Hexter addressed the media for the first time Thursday as Interim Chancellor at UC Davis.
(AP) — State officials want a Las Vegas judge to speed up his decision on Nevada's sweeping new school choice program.
Four hundred people have already signed up to attend the event being held this afternoon and evening.
(AP) — State officials have hired an organization that will help recruit high-quality charter school operators to expand into Nevada's neediest neighborhoods.