Lee Romney has been on contract to EdSource since October 2017. After receiving her masters degree from the UC Berkeley School of Journalism in 1992, she spent 23 years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, county politics, law enforcement, and Los Angeles County’s minority small business community. She became a roving state reporter in 2001 and two years later joined the paper’s San Francisco bureau. In addition to covering a large geographic beat that stretched to the Oregon border, Lee produced enterprise and investigative pieces on mental health care and criminal justice. After the LA Times, Lee worked for a year on contract to Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting before attending the Transom Story Workshop for audio storytellers. She currently covers education for KALW Radio’s news report, Crosscurrents, while also reporting for EdSource.
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Behind the high suspension rates in rural areas are family struggles with poverty, mental illness, addiction and parental incarceration, a dearth of resources to address those needs and underfunded schools.
January 17, 2019
Many school officials say they feel overlooked, under-resourced and overwhelmed by the needs of their students and families.
October 7, 2018
Report finds those students lose substantially more instruction time due to discipline than their white counterparts.
May 3, 2018
Like the boys’ initiative, the goal is to boost cultural pride and academic performance, lower suspension and dropout rates and create greater understanding of the students’ singular experiences and needs.
March 15, 2018
Study finds African-American students make up just over 5 percent of California’s public school enrollment, but account for nearly 18 percent of suspensions, with black boys and young men accounting for most of those.
February 20, 2018
An estimated 1 in 4 schools in the state are implementing the approach.
January 31, 2018
Commission is studying how to make social, emotional, and academic development "part of the fabric of every school."
January 24, 2018
One Bay Area school district uses early intervention and outreach to combat chronic absenteeism.
December 18, 2017
For the first time, California releases data for every school on students who were chronically absent last year -- defined as those who miss 10 percent or more of instructional days during the school year.
December 5, 2017
California is part of a national effort to restrict pushing children out of preschool for disruptive behavior.