Nico covered higher education and K-12 topics for EdSource until December 2018. 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.
All articles by Nico Savidge
Low public tuition, robust aid keep California among states with low per-student college debt
Student debt levels in California were nearly flat compared to the year before, matching a national trend.
September 18, 2018
Spending on California schools chief race expected to set records again
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
California lawmakers pass limits on restraint and seclusion in schools
The bill would also reinstate requirements for schools to collect and report data on student restraint, and ban certain restraint techniques.
August 31, 2018
Superintendent candidates agree on need to review California’s charter school law
Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck said they support transparency and accountability for charters.
August 27, 2018
California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed
There are plenty of online colleges but none are like what California is planning.
August 2, 2018
Quick Guide: Tuition-free college in California
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
Higher ed advocates to next California governor: increase funding, especially for non-tuition costs
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
California superintendent candidates oppose big money from special interests
Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond also challenge attempts to categorize either of them as “pro” or “anti-charter.”
May 23, 2018
Gubernatorial debate includes pledges for universal preschool from Democrats
In contrast, the Republican candidates oppose providing state-subsidized preschool for all California 4-year-olds.
May 9, 2018
GOP candidates for governor say California schools need changes, not more funding
Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen offer vastly different visions for education than their Democratic opponents.
May 7, 2018
More questions surface on accuracy of California school absentee data
The California Department of Education adds warnings to its website of inaccurate chronic absenteeism data.
April 1, 2018
Chronic absence rates high at many California continuation schools
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.