Nico covers higher education and K-12 topics. Before joining EdSource, he covered higher education for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wisconsin. A Bay Area native, he got his start in journalism at Youth Radio, a nonprofit media outlet based in Oakland. He has also covered crime, courts, law enforcement, protests, county fairs, zoo animals, Rose Bowls and Frozen Fours for the State Journal, The Janesville Gazette and The Daily Cardinal. His work has been recognized by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
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Enrollment from California students in the Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition reciprocity program has more than tripled over the past decade.
December 2, 2018
Advocates are pushing for the overhaul so more students receive Cal Grants and so the funds cover non-tuition expenses such as housing.
November 30, 2018
The district posts lead test results online, but parents say that isn’t enough. They want the district to warn parents when high lead levels are found.
November 18, 2018
California voters support guaranteeing minimum levels of state funding for public universities, survey finds.
November 16, 2018
As of Thursday evening, election results show Marshall Tuck leading Tony Thurmond 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, a margin of about 69,000 votes.
November 8, 2018
EdVoice and the California Teachers Association are making their influence felt in dozens of campaigns for Assembly and Senate.
November 2, 2018
Negative ads tie Marshall Tuck to the Trump administration and blame Tony Thurmond for problems in a district where he was a board member.
October 22, 2018
Committees supporting Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond have raised $27.4 million, of which nearly $12 million came in in the last three weeks alone.
October 9, 2018
Child care centers will be required to test their drinking water for lead under a new law that builds on a similar requirement for K-12 schools.
October 4, 2018
Eleni Kounalakis and Ed Hernandez want to use the lieutenant governor’s office to make college more affordable.
October 3, 2018
Whoever wins the lieutenant governor’s race between Ed Hernandez and Eleni Kounalakis will have a seat on the UC and CSU governing boards.
September 26, 2018
Oakland, San Diego and Berkeley Unified are among the districts that have adopted lower limits for lead in water than the state law.
September 26, 2018
Los Angeles Unified has tested water in all of its schools for lead over the last decade, but critics say its policies put children at risk.
September 25, 2018
A new law requires schools to test their water for lead, but children could remain exposed to dangerous levels of the toxic metal.
September 24, 2018
Student debt levels in California were nearly flat compared to the year before, matching a national trend.
September 18, 2018
With few competitive races on California’s 2018 ballot, the focus of some top donors is shifting to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction race
September 17, 2018
The bill would also reinstate requirements for schools to collect and report data on student restraint, and ban certain restraint techniques.
August 31, 2018
Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck said they support transparency and accountability for charters.
August 27, 2018
There are plenty of online colleges but none are like what California is planning.
August 2, 2018
Over 1 million students already attend California colleges and universities tuition-free. A new law could add more students.
June 20, 2018
Republican John Cox wants to expand access to charter schools and push public universities to cut their costs
A Q & A with the Republican candidate for governor on education issues offers a different vision from Democrat Gavin Newsom
June 7, 2018
Advocates challenge the next governor to do more to make college affordable.
May 31, 2018
California governor’s race: Dems agree on child care, higher spending; differ on districts rejecting charters based on financial impact
The candidates differ on how they would work toward their goals to improve education in California.
May 30, 2018
Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond also challenge attempts to categorize either of them as “pro” or “anti-charter.”
May 23, 2018
In contrast, the Republican candidates oppose providing state-subsidized preschool for all California 4-year-olds.
May 9, 2018
Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen offer vastly different visions for education than their Democratic opponents.
May 7, 2018
The California Department of Education adds warnings to its website of inaccurate chronic absenteeism data.
April 1, 2018
Continuation schools can be a last chance for a diploma, but state data shows many struggle to get students to attend each day.
April 1, 2018
Gavin Newsom says increased higher education spending should be top priority in California budget talks to avoid tuition hikes
The leading candidate for governor also said he supports Jerry Brown's proposal to tie community college funding to student outcomes.
March 23, 2018
Letters were sent to schools that submitted data claiming perfect attendance, including more than half of San Francisco Unified schools.
February 7, 2018
Districts focusing on reasons for chronic absenteeism, such as illness, suspensions, transportation and family disruptions.
February 7, 2018
A report recommends California provide greater and more broadly focused financial aid to help college students afford other expenses, such as housing.