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.
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California removes hurdles to building teacher housing
California school districts will now be able to avoid some local regulations when building affordable staff housing on its property.
October 4, 2022
Gang-related shooting at Oakland school prompts calls to end gun violence
Police say all the victims - adult students and staff - are affiliated with one of the schools. No details were released on what triggered the shootings Wednesday afternoon.
Diana Lambert, Ali Tadayon, Carolyn Jones, And Thomas Peele
September 28, 2022
California lifts vaccine mandate for school staff
State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón rescinded a public health order requiring that all school employees show proof of vaccination or be tested at least weekly. The new policy is effective Sept. 17.
September 14, 2022
What you need to know to become a teacher in California | Quick Guide
The teacher shortage prompted California lawmakers to ease testing requirements, waive exam fees and begin new programs to recruit and retain teachers.
September 14, 2022
Thousands without childhood vaccinations unable to return to school
Families fell behind on wellness checkups during the pandemic, others became vaccine hesitant and still others had vaccine fatigue. The result has been a decline in childhood vaccinations and more students who can't attend school on campuses.
September 1, 2022
What’s new this school year? Changing Covid protocols, universal TK, later start times and more
California's school year will begin with fewer Covid protocols, universal transitional kindergarten, more afterschool programs and community schools, and later start times for older students.
August 10, 2022
Poorer students still get the least qualified teachers, but California has made progress
There are 40% more teachers in poor schools who lack the required qualifications than in the richest schools, an EdSource analysis found.
Diana Lambert, John Fensterwald, And Daniel J. Willis
August 4, 2022
Nearly 1 out of 5 classes in California taught by underprepared teachers
A new state database of teacher assignments shows that 17% of K-12 classes in 2020-21 were taught by teachers without the credential or training to teach the course.
Diana Lambert, Daniel J. Willis, And Yuxuan Xie
June 30, 2022
High school graduates eager to move ahead to college and jobs, leaving Covid behind
Across California, graduating seniors look forward to moving beyond the high school years that were dominated by Covid.
June 15, 2022
Covid challenges, bad student behavior push teachers to limit, out the door
Covid challenges and student misbehavior push thousands of teachers to their limits and beyond.
June 2, 2022
California Covid cases rising as school year ends with few renewed restrictions
Few districts are tightening up masking and other restrictions that were in place at the start of the year, even for large gatherings like graduations and proms.
May 13, 2022
Challenged by Covid, the Class of 2022 looks ahead to better days
Many high school students struggled academically during distance learning, but others used the time to double down on academics or to cultivate hobbies and interests.
May 6, 2022
Growing suburban Sacramento school districts spared state's declining enrollment
New housing construction in suburbs around Sacramento have saved some school districts in the region from the belt-tightening that comes with declining student enrollment.
May 2, 2022
Where are all of California's school librarians?
California has fewer credentialed teacher librarians in its school libraries per student than almost every state in the nation, a fact that research shows could be hurting students academically.
April 14, 2022
End of school mask mandate brings relief, lingering concerns
The end of California's mask mandate for schools Monday meant students and school staff no longer have to wear masks to school, but many still did.