Student activism, changing leadership and continuing challenges helped define California education in 2018. After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, California students joined peers nationwide in marches to demand action on gun violence. Voters elected a new governor and state superintendent following contentious campaigns defined by ambitious education agendas and massive spending. In a comprehensive project encompassing 36 studies, researchers shed new light on gaps in the state’s education system. And, in Butte County, communities grappled with what the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history would mean for children and their schools.
The biggest stories of California education in 2018 will continue to play out long into the new year. Here’s a look back at EdSource’s coverage of some of those issues: