Jane Meredith Adams
Jane is a senior reporter covering student health at EdSource Today. Her work with data journalist John C. Osborn on “How Vaccinated are California Kindergarteners” won first place in data reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2014. Jane is a former staff reporter for the Boston Globe. She is also the co-author of The Last Time I Wore a Dress (Putnam/Riverhead), the story of a teenage girl’s journey through the mental health system. The book won a Lambda Literary Award. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Health and Parenting. She has reported for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, Baltimore Sun and other publications. Prior to joining EdSource, she worked for five years at a K-8 school in Oakland. She holds an A.B. in government from Harvard University and an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Writing from San Francisco State University. She has been a USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellow.
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Cell phones and social media can leave teenagers depressed and isolated, new research has found. Some schools are encouraging students to put down their phones and talk to each other.
October 1, 2017
Some LGBT students find themselves accepted by their peers, but not by teachers and administrators at school, said Vinnie Pompei of the Human Rights Campaign, who will speak at the EdSource Symposium in October.
September 18, 2017
New California Dyslexia Guidelines are meant to improve how reading is taught to all students by all teachers, not just reading specialists.
August 20, 2017
If schools could improve their work environments, and stop the flood of teachers leaving the field, the teaching shortage would go away, according to a report from the Learning Policy Institute.
August 15, 2017
All social-emotional learning, all the time as California moves to start a conversation between after-school and summer programs and their school-day counterparts.
August 8, 2017
As California's strict vaccination law turns a year old, vaccination rates have reached their highest levels.
July 27, 2017
Information about social and emotional learning for parents, teachers, administrators and students.
July 27, 2017
The Kern High School District in the Central Valley admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to settle because changes in school discipline reflect current policies.
July 24, 2017
The students retained those skills when researchers tracked them months or even years later.
July 17, 2017
Many California schools aren't reporting whether girls have equal access to high school sports teams, a new study from Legal Aid at Work finds.
July 12, 2017
Parents described the nightmare of a child who is unable to learn to read and the need for schools to provide services to address dyslexia.
June 25, 2017
Will social and emotional learning turn out to be just a fad? Researchers propose strategies to prevent that fate.
June 15, 2017
Stockton Unified spent nearly $3 million on school policing from state money targeted for low-income, English learner and foster youth students, the ACLU found in a data analysis.
June 6, 2017
A suicide cluster in Clovis Unified has fast-tracked district efforts to do more to address students' mental health.
June 1, 2017
What is social and emotional learning and why should schools get involved in it? A guide offers answers.
May 14, 2017
Most teachers in California say they need more training in alternatives to suspensions, survey finds
A California Teachers Association survey found that 40 percent of teachers had received little or no training in alternatives to suspensions.
May 7, 2017
The statewide rate for kindergartners who are vaccinated reaches 95.6 percent.
April 27, 2017
The percentage of kindergartners who received all required vaccines rose to 95.6 percent in 2016-17.
April 12, 2017
Suspension rates are a new indicator of school success.
April 11, 2017
Entering middle school marks a turning point for students.
March 22, 2017
The California Department of Education said it would end its legal challenges and follow a “corrective action plan” for special education monitoring issued in 2014 by the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Francisco.
March 19, 2017
If the suspension rate were lowered by 1 percent in one graduating class in California, the state would avoid $180 million in economic losses, researchers at the University of California have found.
March 10, 2017
Transgender students in California remain protected from discrimination under state law, as state legislators say Trump is no friend of the LGBT community.
February 23, 2017
The recommendations are part of a push to create measures of school conditions and climate that help districts create change.
February 21, 2017
Teaching teachers how to develop their own social and emotional skills is the first step to helping students, according to a new report.
February 16, 2017
A new law bans the use of "Redskins" as a mascot at California high schools, but allows schools to continue to use logos of American Indians and for students to dress up in American Indian costumes.
January 23, 2017
From yelling to whispering, a teacher's tone of voice in the classroom affects learning and student behavior, some educators say.
January 4, 2017
The final report comes amid suggestions that the administration of Donald Trump will be less aggressive about enforcing civil rights laws in schools and colleges.
December 12, 2016
The video is designed to help educate students, school staffs and parents about gender discrimination.
December 4, 2016
School officials, especially in California, are placing increased emphasis on respect for all students and civil discourse.
November 27, 2016
President Obama established DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — in 2012 through an executive order. With a stroke of a pen when he takes office, Trump can eliminate the program.
November 9, 2016
A new campaign reminds teachers of their positive impact on students who have been abused or have witnessed violence.
November 7, 2016
The researchers say their findings support efforts to diversify the teaching workforce.
November 1, 2016
Courses such as civics, technology, music and the arts, aren't luxuries that are just nice to have, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said in a statement.
October 23, 2016
Half of chronically absent K-5 students are found in 20 percent of districts.
October 19, 2016
Educators are more focused on how students and teachers interact.
October 12, 2016
The videos are designed to help teach social and emotional skills.
September 28, 2016
Seven Californians are on the Aspen Institute commission.
September 20, 2016
A team of 13 educators will lead the development of social and emotional learning guidelines.
September 19, 2016
The price of a two-pack of Epi-Pen auto-injectors has gone from $100 to more than $600.
September 16, 2016
The new data map is based on information collected by the federal Office for Civil Rights.
September 7, 2016
Oakland Unified is facing compliance deadlines to prove it is monitoring students at private special education schools.
August 18, 2016
If the injunction is granted, the personal belief exemption will temporarily be reinstated.
August 12, 2016
With the new vaccination law, California becomes a worldwide leader in promoting childhood vaccinations.
August 8, 2016
The investigation concluded that the district violated federal education and disability law.
August 4, 2016
Unwanted sexual comments and jokes are against the law at schools, but enforcement has been minimal.
July 24, 2016
A disproportionate number of African-American students are suspended or expelled.
July 8, 2016
The lawsuit is seeking detailed information about student arrests.
June 28, 2016
School discipline and foster youth practices are targeted in state investigations.
June 24, 2016
Officials examining Tobinworld and other schools in California.
June 9, 2016
Researchers put the cost at $755,000 for each student who drops out.
June 2, 2016
A new "military student identifier" will track students' progress as they move.
June 1, 2016
Some campuses have sought exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.
May 31, 2016
California has provided equal access to facilities for transgender students since 2014.
May 16, 2016
At issue is whether special ed students need to comply with the new vaccination law.
May 9, 2016
School districts are supposed to spend $400 million a year on those services.
April 18, 2016
The program uses parent-teacher teams to share information.
April 3, 2016
California funding formula requires districts to include school climate as a priority.
March 17, 2016
The state seeks to include students with disabilities in funding for high-needs students.
March 14, 2016
California is working with the Ad Council to provide communication tips for schools.
February 24, 2016
Advocates are pushing to make chronic absenteeism rates a measure of school success.
February 21, 2016
Some parents struggle with the logistics of getting children to school.
February 10, 2016
The new federal education law requires the change.
February 4, 2016
Officials cite "the critical link" between health and education.
January 21, 2016
More than 92 percent of California kindergartners are fully vaccinated.
January 19, 2016
The letter was sent after a 9-year-old was slapped by a teacher's aide.
January 15, 2016
The auditor will examine teacher discipline practices in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
January 14, 2016
The biggest decline in suspensions was in the "willful defiance" category.
January 13, 2016
The state investigates allegations of abuse at Antioch special education school.
January 7, 2016
The new vaccination law lacks clarity about whether special education students must be immunized.
January 6, 2016
School districts ask adults to model calm behavior.
December 17, 2015
Teacher preparation programs will have new curriculum by 2017-18, the state says.
December 13, 2015
The investigation resulted in 22 arrests, including an autistic student.
December 1, 2015
Lower rates of suspension were correlated with higher academic achievement for every racial group in the state, the study found.
November 23, 2015
The Student Voice campaign encourages meaningful connections with teachers.
November 17, 2015
The school districts are charged with failing to provide mandated PE instruction.
November 9, 2015
First national, comprehensive study looks at math and reading achievement.
October 27, 2015
Schools will be required to assess struggling readers specifically for dyslexia.
October 25, 2015
Native American groups have campaigned for the change for more than 50 years.
October 12, 2015
California has been a national leader in mandating healthy school lunches.
October 8, 2015
The referendum needed to collect 365,880 signatures but got 149,135.
October 6, 2015
The course will combine education on sexual health and HIV prevention.
October 1, 2015
Some parents believed those students would be exempt.
September 23, 2015
The Medi-Cal reimbursement program brings millions in federal funds to schools.
September 21, 2015
School districts lose $1 billion in funding every year due to absenteeism.
September 16, 2015
The state suspends certification for two Tobinworld schools.
August 27, 2015
Some PE teachers believed the rodeo proposal didn't meet state content standards.
August 24, 2015
The data focuses on student performance in the state's priority areas.
August 17, 2015
Schools accused of denying African-Americans and Latinos access to classes.
August 14, 2015
A new guide offers advice and explains legal issues.
August 6, 2015
Moving from elementary to middle school causes a substantial drop in test scores.
July 28, 2015
More than 30,000 schoolchildren in California have gay or lesbian parents.
July 6, 2015
Almost every school district in California will be affected.
July 1, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: Governor signs bill ending personal belief exemptions.
June 30, 2015
Teachers file 69 complaints against nine California schools in the network.
June 18, 2015
Some PE teachers object to giving credit for sport outside school supervision.
June 14, 2015
Proposed law would protect doctors from liability in prescribing epinephrine.
May 27, 2015
The changes are part of a legal settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
May 19, 2015
The first-of-its-kind lawsuit uses special education laws to demand trauma services.
May 19, 2015
Money would pay for some recommendations of statewide task force.
May 17, 2015
PE specialists free up time for classroom teachers.
May 13, 2015
Support grows for state bill to improve Title IX training.
April 26, 2015
A request for academic intervention alleged classes without content.
April 23, 2015
The least-trained staff often are involved in restraining students.
April 20, 2015
California Department of Education no longer required to collect data on reported incidents.
April 19, 2015
Four schools in the state currently use the name for their teams or mascots.
April 16, 2015
Federal agency froze payments after audit found unallowable claims.
March 26, 2015
Allegations would go through a complaint process already in place.
March 16, 2015
Survey included students in grades 7, 9 and 11.
March 9, 2015
The report calls for a greater integration of special education into schools.
March 6, 2015
About half the students who are eligible eat school breakfast.
March 3, 2015
Funds were allegedly collected for students who never participated.
February 26, 2015
Recommendations also include integrating special and general education.
February 19, 2015
Many pregnant teenagers in the Central Valley are highly motivated to graduate from high school and continue their education, but some schools make the task more difficult, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.
February 13, 2015
In the midst of a nationwide measles outbreak tied to unvaccinated children and adults in California, the nation's leading autism advocacy group has changed its position and now clearly states there is no link between vaccinations and autism.
February 10, 2015
With huge numbers of California children still uninsured, schools are beginning to take the lead in letting families know that affordable health care coverage is available.
February 8, 2015
After winning a court order to improve academic conditions at one Los Angeles high school last fall, lawyers in a class action suit asked Thursday for an additional court order to compel the state to improve instruction time at five other California high schools in the 2015-16 school year.
February 7, 2015
As schools tout the importance of exercise in an era of childhood obesity, a California parent and his lawyer have agreed to a settlement with dozens of districts across California that will force elementary schools to prove they are providing at least the minimum amount of physical education required by state law.
February 1, 2015
Nearly every school district says it wants to reduce student suspensions, but only some have created plans with the kind of detail, funding and statistical savvy that make it more likely they'll succeed, according to a report released Wednesday that analyzed plans to improve "school climate" in the 50 largest school districts in California.
January 29, 2015
The largest outbreak of measles in California in years is prompting school officials to redouble their efforts to convince parents to vaccinate their children.
January 26, 2015
It’s a belief repeated every day by teachers, principals and parents of rule-abiding children: Suspending disruptive students will allow the rest of the class to settle down and learn. But a new, large study calls this rationale into question.
January 8, 2015
A slew of new laws affecting students’ physical, emotional and behavioral wellbeing will change how schools operate this year, in ways large and small. The laws regulate basic needs grants for truant students, pesticide use and expulsions for "willfully defiant" behavior, among other issues.
January 7, 2015
School-based health centers in California will take the lead in educating school staff and families nationwide about asthma attacks triggered by dust, mold, smoke and chemical cleaning products, according to a new federal grant.
December 31, 2014
State finance officials last week granted the California Department of Education $3.4 million to fight a lawsuit that demands the state fix disruptive conditions in some high-poverty schools where students allegedly are being denied the fundamental right to an education.
December 17, 2014
California's enthusiasm for healthy school lunches appears unlikely to change under a proposed Congressional budget bill that would allow states to weaken new federal school nutrition requirements, including one that schools serve only breads and pastas that are "whole grain rich."
December 15, 2014
Eight California farm-to-school programs received federal grants on Tuesday with the goal of making broccoli cool on the North Coast, bringing traditional Karuk Tribe foods into Humboldt County schools and supporting local farmers across the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.
December 2, 2014
At long last, some school food service departments in California are going shopping, under orders from the California Department of Education to spend millions of dollars in federal and state school lunch funds that districts have failed for years to use for student meals.
November 12, 2014
Citing an “ever-increasing” number of complaints about the bullying of students with disabilities, the federal government issued a letter this week reminding schools of their legal responsibility to stop such bullying or risk violating federal anti-discrimination laws.
October 23, 2014
A state judge Wednesday ordered the California Department of Education to intervene at a south Los Angeles high school where some students have spent eight weeks in classes during which they received no instruction.
October 8, 2014
With districts working this fall to put into action their first locally created school accountability plans, the California Department of Education rolled out a new online resource center on Thursday designed to help schools change.
October 2, 2014
For decades, the state Department of Education has provided free braille and large-print textbooks to visually impaired students. But under the new school finance law, spending authority has shifted from Sacramento to school districts, including the responsibility for choosing and purchasing general education textbooks.
September 10, 2014
More than 269,000 California public school students – about 4 percent of all students, double the national average – don’t have a consistent place to call home at night, according to a state report released Wednesday. More than half are in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.
September 10, 2014
Proposing a fundamental change in the way the California Department of Education operates, a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office Thursday suggested the department move beyond its current focus on federal compliance, an emphasis it said school districts find "increasingly reactive and punitive."
August 29, 2014
The decision of the Compton Unified School District board to allow campus police to keep semi-automatic rifles in the trunks of their cars has sparked controversy. But Compton is just the latest school district in California where school police are authorized to use assault-style weapons.
August 21, 2014
Superintendents say teachers are the group most likely to object to policies that would reduce student suspensions, according to a new national survey on school discipline released Monday by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the nonprofit advocacy group the Children’s Defense Fund.
July 29, 2014
After showing up for four rounds of meetings at the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing – and sending 866 letters of opposition to Sacramento last month alone – physical education teachers lost the fight to prevent military instructors from being able to earn a new special teaching authorization in physical education.
July 10, 2014
Positive school climate boosts student achievement test scores in California, research study from WestEd says.