California higher education supporters say the state legislature needs to change an arcane state law that inadequately funds efforts
to diversify community college faculty. An EdSource investigation revealed the system's failings.
From Pre-K through college, 2020 was a time for interrupted learning. Amid the switch last March from in-person classes to nearly all virtual, students and their families counted their losses by year’s end: Lost time with their teachers. Lost hours of face-to-face learning. Lost opportunity with friends to play and have fun.
To capture the impact, EdSource followed 16 families from across California, as well as entering college freshmen in an ongoing year-long project. This documentary illustrates the education struggles they faced and how some students put off the start of their college careers, so they could support their families when the pandemic claimed their parents’ jobs.
Technology and communication problems left Kusema Thomas II out of virtual classes and chronically absent. This video, “How one Los Angeles student missed six weeks of virtual school,” is part of a continuing project by EdSource on how California families are struggling with learning during the Covid crisis. It includes photos and videos contributed by participating families.
This video, “Education during Covid: California families struggle to learn,” is part two of a continuing project by EdSource on how California families are struggling with learning during the Covid crisis. It includes photos and videos contributed by participating families.
During each two-year session of the Legislature, lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills on K-12 education, most of which amend or expand California's voluminous Education Code. EdSource tracks about two dozen of the most important bills. Information on all bills can be found at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.