Diana Lambert covers teachers and teaching. Before coming to EdSource, Diana was an education reporter for The Sacramento Bee for more than a decade. She has won numerous awards, including the 2017 James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalism, and both a first-place honor for investigative reporting from The Inland Press Association and the McClatchy President’s Award in 2016. Before becoming an education reporter Diana was a bureau chief for the Sacramento Bee. She began her career at age 17 as a part-time proofreader for the Lodi News-Sentinel. Diana earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento.
All articles by Diana Lambert
Student absences, teacher shortages and high Covid rates marked the return to school. Some teachers are asking districts to tighten safeguards.
January 14, 2022
School officials are struggling to keep schools open amid Covid outbreaks and staffing shortages. Conflicting messages from California state officials are making it even more difficult.
January 7, 2022
California school districts are reducing the number of credits needed to graduate, changing school schedules and adding tutoring to help seniors earn their diplomas.
January 4, 2022
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing extends the deadline for candidates to complete required tests and approves coursework to replace some tests.
December 14, 2021
California districts in areas with low vaccine rates offer incentives to get school staff vaccinated
Some California school districts, struggling with staffing shortages, are paying teachers and other staff to get their Covid-19 vaccine.
November 22, 2021
Children 5 and older are now eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccination, but widespread misinformation about it has left parents with questions.
November 10, 2021
School districts offered expansive summer school programs that focused on fun and reconnecting students to their peers, teachers and schools.
November 4, 2021
A Sacramento organization is suing the state, alleging officials knew about discriminatory disciplinary practices for years and did nothing.
November 1, 2021
California’s school vaccine mandate is moving closer to reality with the imminent approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for kids, but many are confused.
October 29, 2021
Thousands of California school staff and students didn’t attend school Monday in protest of a state order requiring students to be vaccinated.
October 18, 2021
School superintendents, already dealing with severe staff shortages, are concerned that testing and vaccine mandates could make matters worse.
October 15, 2021
The California Department of Education formed its Emergency Services Team last October to help schools deal with emergencies like wildfires.
October 6, 2021
School districts throughout California are preparing to offer services ranging from translation to food to mental health support for Afghan refugees.
September 20, 2021
At least five rural schools temporarily closed this week to stop Covid outbreaks from spreading. More are planning to close next week.
September 3, 2021
California's already dire substitute shortage has become a crisis for some schools. Districts are responding by increasing salaries, asking parents for help.