Fermin is EdSource’s career and college readiness reporter, based in Southern California. Fermin previously worked for 13 years as an education reporter at The Orange County Register. He covered k-12 education and the California State and University of California systems. Fermin earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal State University, Fullerton.
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California would be first state to exempt income taxes for teachers. The income tax bill joins others bills aimed at easing state's teacher shortage.
March 19, 2017
Most teachers receiving layoff notices will eventually have them rescinded in coming weeks as districts receive better state budget estimates.
March 16, 2017
The current metric for college and career readiness focuses too heavily on college preparation, critics have said.
March 2, 2017
Advanced Placement exam scores in California have grown steadily over the past decade, with the state now ranking 5th nationally for the percentage of students earning scores that qualify for college credit.
February 21, 2017
The new federal education law eliminated the subsidy for low-income students.
February 8, 2017
Amid the state's teacher shortage, California issued more than 10,200 intern credentials, permits and waivers to underprepared teachers so they could work in classrooms in 2015-16.
February 8, 2017
California's public colleges and universities are among the most affordable, but many students still graduate with significant debt.
January 31, 2017
The incentive is aimed at increasing the number of math, science, bilingual education and special education teachers.
January 18, 2017
Supporters of new funding for teacher recruitment programs said they're disappointed in Gov. Jerry Brown's initial state budget proposal.
January 16, 2017
City College is one of the largest community colleges in the nation.
January 13, 2017
According to the National Science Board, women remain largely underrepresented in the nation’s STEM workforce.
January 10, 2017
A new law will allow more high school students in California to take college courses on their high school campuses. It's part of an effort to have more students better prepared for college.
January 3, 2017
School employees in 25 school districts or county offices of education who want to become teachers are eligible to receive annual grants of up to $4,000 as part of an effort to add more teachers to the workforce.
December 20, 2016
The grants support programs that allow students to get a bachelor's degree and teaching credential in four years.
December 8, 2016
Although most were able to fill their positions, many offered residency programs and financial incentives to do that.
December 7, 2016
The OC Pathways Showcase highlighted the growth of career pathways programs across Orange County, where 14,000 students currently receive mentoring and internships as part of partnerships with industries.
December 1, 2016
Among the 211 districts that participated in the survey, 75 percent indicated having a shortage of qualified teachers for the current school year.
November 30, 2016
California State University's Graduation 2025 Initiative could help free up more space for campuses to admitted more qualified applicants.
November 16, 2016
Los Angeles Unified School District's new Fire Academy prepares students for careers as firefighters, part of an effort to offer more specific career-themed training.
November 14, 2016
Despite an increase in the number of candidates in teacher preparation programs, too few are seeking careers in math and science.
October 31, 2016
Nearly 1,000 school districts, county education offices and charter schools across California will share $200 million in state grants as part of an effort to prepare more high school students for college.
October 26, 2016
Most of California's largest school districts filled nearly all their job openings.
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September 30, 2016
The plan includes offering more course sections and improving academic support for students.
September 20, 2016
Education officials want to ensure the indicator measures both areas of study.
September 6, 2016
Still, only a third of juniors met or exceeded standards in math.
August 24, 2016
The goal is to keep students competitive in a global market.
July 28, 2016
The metric will be one part of the state's new accountability system.
July 13, 2016
Students can graduate high school with an associate degree.
July 4, 2016
Funding is aimed at increasing the number of skilled workers.
June 30, 2016
The state ranks near the bottom nationally in the rate of bachelor and associate STEM degrees.
June 13, 2016
State officials are considering a number of possible measures.
May 25, 2016
About 82 percent of the state's high school students graduated last year.
May 17, 2016
One-fourth of California students who didn't graduate attended charter schools, including those targeting potential dropouts.
May 12, 2016
Students who meet minimum admission requirements will be guaranteed a spot.
April 28, 2016
About 3.6 percent of UC students are African-American.
April 27, 2016
The proposed funding would increase the number of college preparation courses.
April 12, 2016
High school students get hands-on instruction in teaching.
April 11, 2016
"A shot of confidence" and new opportunities for some; others are still waiting.
March 31, 2016
Audit report claims fewer California residents are admitted to UC campuses.
March 29, 2016
Some believe the trend is undermining the mission of a public university.
March 2, 2016
Nearly a third scored high enough to potentially earn college credit.
February 24, 2016
They urge the state to increase its investment in early childhood education programs.
January 31, 2016
Students are getting hands-on training in a number of fields.
January 26, 2016
Advocates lay out their recommendations for ensuring equity.
January 22, 2016
It’s the sixth straight year the nation’s largest public university system has received a record number of applications.
December 21, 2015
The programs integrate academics with real-world work experience.
December 17, 2015
More than 215,000 high school seniors in the state have applied for fall admission.
December 15, 2015
Under the plan, the number of nonresident students will decline.
November 10, 2015
Educators focus on getting more students interested in STEM careers.
October 30, 2015
An estimated 40,000 students statewide are eligible.
October 29, 2015
Bill also suspends high school exit exam for three years.
October 7, 2015
However, in math, the percentage identified as college-ready has dropped.
September 28, 2015
The law would apply to students who have been trying to graduate since 2006.
September 11, 2015
About one-fourth say they have not heard about the new standards.
September 8, 2015
Record numbers of students took the tests, this year's numbers show.
September 2, 2015
Some have praised the test, while others claim it punished certain students.
August 30, 2015
The bill would grant waivers to award diplomas to students as far back as 2006.
August 28, 2015
But most say they believe the standards will benefit students.
August 25, 2015
Some students struggle with the requirement to meet UC and CSU standards.
August 23, 2015
The program aims to help students become college ready.
August 9, 2015
Teachers share insights about implementing the Common Core.
July 31, 2015
While they don't believe they're ready, most want to obtain a college degree.
July 30, 2015
The teens are getting hands-on experience at job sites throughout California.
July 23, 2015
The program is expanding to reach students in earlier grades.