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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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.
Diana Lambert, Carolyn Jones, Ali Tadayon, Emma Gallegos, And Kate Sequeira
March 15, 2022
Severe driver shortage leaves some California kids waiting at the school bus stop
California has a shortage of teachers and other school staff, but school officials cite the lack of bus drivers as one of their biggest problems.
March 4, 2022
Geography, politics key factors in whether California districts will still require masking
Most school districts plan to follow the state’s recommendation and “strongly recommend” masks after March 12, although they will not require them.
March 3, 2022
California will not require masks in schools after March 11
California is recommending masking in schools instead of requiring it after March 11, according to updated health guidance released by the state.
February 28, 2022
Some California school districts are defying mask mandate
California districts, especially those in conservative areas of the state, are under pressure to allow students to attend school unmasked.
February 17, 2022
Failing to enforce California's Covid-19 vaccine mandate may put school districts in financial peril
Districts that defy California vaccine mandates, set to begin in July, could face fines, lose liability insurance coverage and some state funding.
Diana Lambert And Ali Tadayon
February 9, 2022
California high school graduation rate held steady during pandemic
California's graduation rate held steady last school year, despite Zoom schooling. But the numbers don't tell the whole story.
Diana Lambert And Daniel J. Willis
January 28, 2022
California school districts improve pay, working conditions to ease teacher shortage
California school districts are using various tactics to attract more teachers, but more remains to be done, a new report finds.
January 27, 2022
California schools get off to a shaky start after holiday break
Student absences, teacher shortages and high Covid rates marked the return to school. Some teachers are asking districts to tighten safeguards.
January 14, 2022
High Covid rates, staff shortages and confusing legislation challenge schools' reopenings
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.
Diana Lambert, John Fensterwald, And Ali Tadayon
January 7, 2022
Hit hard by Covid, California high school seniors struggling toward graduation
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
California continues to ease testing requirements for teachers
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
What California parents need to know about Covid vaccinations for children | Quick Guide
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
How California districts re-imagined summer school to focus on innovation and fun
School districts offered expansive summer school programs that focused on fun and reconnecting students to their peers, teachers and schools.