Sue is a writer and editor who has been at EdSource since 1999. She is responsible for writing articles for EdSource Today, and researching, writing, and editing some reports. Frey also serves as secretary for Friends of African Village Libraries, a nonprofit that builds libraries and promotes the culture of reading in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Ohio State University and a B.A. with honors in Journalism from San Jose State University.
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No cost-of-living increases, a rising minimum wage and a threat of cutbacks in federal funding are making it difficult for after-school programs to prosper.
May 2, 2017
About 70 percent of schools in California offer full-day programs.
March 30, 2017
A new EdSource report underscores the benefits for children of attending full-day programs.
March 27, 2017
Lindsay Unified, a small rural district in California's Central Valley, has embraced performance-based learning.
November 15, 2016
Head Start teachers face a number of obstacles in teaching native languages.
June 6, 2016
Recent changes have helped foster youth, but researchers say the state should offer more services.
May 15, 2016
The bill would reinstate funds diverted to K-12 schools during the recession.
April 29, 2016
Half of the districts are offering only stand-alone classes for transitional kindergartners.
April 24, 2016
Preschool students can remain enrolled in their home school if they move.
April 13, 2016
The reimbursement rate for program providers has not increased in 10 years.
April 6, 2016
States with the highest concentrations of poverty receive less antipoverty funding per child.
March 24, 2016
California needs to spend almost $1,100 per student more each year on facilities.
March 22, 2016
California needs a preschool funding strategy that ensures quality, a new study says.
March 21, 2016
Districts could charge enrollment fees for families who aren't low-income.
March 10, 2016
The budget proposal would consolidate preschool programs into one grant.
February 28, 2016
Harvard University is coordinating the initiative that includes six cities. .
February 23, 2016
Summer programs can stem learning loss while students are out of school.
February 18, 2016
Social Justice Humanitas Academy in San Fernando Valley is considered a model community school.
February 12, 2016
President's proposal invests in children from birth to age 5.
February 9, 2016
Books are best in encouraging adults to use content-specific words with their children.
January 26, 2016
Students, who are supported by after-school staff, can earn college credits.
January 25, 2016
The tracker provides funding, demographic and enrollment data.
January 12, 2016
Advocates worry nonprofit and private preschool providers will suffer.
January 7, 2016
California likely to see a slight increase in federal funds.
December 21, 2015
Federal law follows what California has already done for foster youth.
December 10, 2015
The bill makes permanent a grant program for early education.
December 6, 2015
The district is part of a growing national movement that is "catching on" in California.
December 2, 2015
Integrated math combines elements of Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and geometry.
October 27, 2015
Users can select which data elements they see and export those results to Excel.
October 1, 2015
Children whose family income was below the poverty line were the most adversely affected.
August 7, 2015
The proposed amendment would create two new subgroups of students: foster and homeless youth.
August 3, 2015
The Senate version of the bill features a competitive grant program.
July 24, 2015
Advocates are encouraged that the program is receiving bipartisan support.
July 22, 2015
An increase in employee costs are straining budgets.
July 20, 2015
The one-time funding supports multi-tiered approaches to discipline.
July 16, 2015
The one-day training is seen as the first step in dealing with chronic trauma.
July 10, 2015
Picture books are more likely than speech to include uncommon words.
July 8, 2015
Districts want to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten.
June 24, 2015
The standards would require a six-hour day and 180 days a year.
June 19, 2015
Program would allow younger 4-year-olds to enroll in transitional kindergarten.
June 18, 2015
The budget supports preschool and programs for infants and toddlers.
June 17, 2015
The governor has pushed for a more fiscally conservative budget.
June 15, 2015
Spending would increase for preschool and child care for low-income families.
June 10, 2015
Most teachers and parents believe access to music and arts education is very important.
May 21, 2015
Governor proposes adding 2,500 part-time preschool slots.
May 14, 2015
Board votes to spend $2.3 million to train district staff on alternative practices.
May 14, 2015
The state meets only four of 10 standards, according to a national institute.
May 11, 2015
The standards would encourage students to take charge of their learning.
May 3, 2015
A final decision is expected in May.
April 22, 2015
The national trend is not catching on in California, the study found.
April 17, 2015
The method aligns with the Common Core approach to learning.
April 9, 2015
Researchers focused on pre-literacy and language skills.
April 6, 2015
Researchers criticize "fragmented approach" to early education.
April 2, 2015
Retaining and attracting quality staff is difficult, respondents say.
March 30, 2015
Teachers must meet needs of both 4- and 5-year-olds.
March 25, 2015
Plans offer "slim evidence” of attention to foster youth, authors say.
March 10, 2015
Vouchers benefit low-income families.
February 24, 2015
Foster youth who live with relatives don't receive services.
February 22, 2015
Few districts have addressed suspension and expulsion rates, report finds.
February 18, 2015
Mixing academic software programs with traditional classroom instruction – often referred to as blended learning – is moving from high schools and middle schools to the early grades, even reaching some 4-year-olds in transitional kindergarten.
February 11, 2015
Children in state-supported, high-quality early childhood programs were less likely to be placed in special education, according to a study released Tuesday.
February 3, 2015
Californians are divided on whether to extend the temporary tax increases approved by voters under Proposition 30 that have helped lift schools out of the recession, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
January 28, 2015
For many children in rural communities, an after-school program is their only opportunity to get help with homework, take part in extracurricular activities and socialize outside of school. But small rural school districts struggle to provide transportation, find qualified staff and enroll enough students to generate adequate funding to keep these programs going.
January 27, 2015
About 20 percent of very-low-birth weight babies were not referred to a high-risk follow-up program in 2010 and 2011, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine study. Larger healthier babies, those born in smaller neonatal units, and African-American and Hispanic babies were less likely to be referred.
January 27, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives education committee released a white paper Wednesday that calls for strengthening the federal Head Start preschool program by coordinating existing early learning programs, improving quality and enhancing parental involvement.
January 21, 2015
The governor’s proposed budget, unveiled last week, allocates $500 million in an Adult Education Block Grant, with a provision that existing K-12 adult ed programs be funded for another year. The funding would restore the money many programs lost during the recession.
January 15, 2015
New state data show a steep drop in suspensions and expulsions of California students, continuing a downward trend. Altogether, 20 percent fewer students were expelled and 15 percent fewer students were suspended in 2013-14 than in the previous year.
January 14, 2015
Advocates for expanding preschool to low-income 4-year-olds were disappointed with the 4,000 additional enrollment slots proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in his 2015-16 budget released Friday. Some were hoping for at least 10,000 additional slots.
January 12, 2015
California ranks well above other states in preschool and kindergarten enrollment, but still ranks 45th overall in its efforts to support the education of its youngest children, according to a report by Education Week released today.
January 7, 2015
The often controversial practice of holding struggling students back a grade appears to be losing favor, according to a national study of retention rates released Thursday. Overall retention rates for grades 1 through 9 declined by almost half between 2004-05 and 2009-10.
December 11, 2014
The vast majority of California foster youth plan to graduate from college, but a much smaller percentage have the academic background they need to succeed, according to a survey of 17-year-old foster youth. The survey is part of a five-year study that is evaluating the impact of extending foster care benefits beyond age 18.
December 9, 2014
An after-school program at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere to help students grasp the Next Generation Science Standards, which are starting to be implemented statewide. The standards include integrating engineering design into science education.
December 4, 2014
Most Californians say that the state's public universities are not adequately funded, but an overwhelming majority oppose raising student fees or paying higher taxes to support the schools, according to a poll released Monday night by the Public Policy Institute of California.
December 1, 2014
A review of 30 well-designed studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance. Students who were below grade level in English gained the most from these programs, according to some of the studies.
November 19, 2014
Community groups in East and South Los Angeles have spent the past decade making L.A. Unified officials listen and respond to their needs, long before districts were required to do so under California’s new Local Control Funding Formula.
November 16, 2014
Hayward school officials, police, businesses and churches are taking a gentle approach to reducing high truancy rates among students. Merchants are refusing to serve school-aged youths during school hours, and if students persist, police take them back to school to get them help staying in class.
November 9, 2014
In a national ranking, California is at the top in providing quality after-school programs based on the percentage of students involved, parent satisfaction and other factors, according to a survey released Thursday by the Afterschool Alliance, an advocacy group for expanded learning.
October 16, 2014
Jefferson High School in Los Angeles – where some students waited two months for their class schedules and were assigned to classes with no content, given menial administrative tasks or sent home early – may be an extreme example of lost instructional time but it is not an isolated case, according to a class-action lawsuit.
October 14, 2014
A new law, which takes effect in January, allows homeless students who move frequently to get partial credit for schoolwork they have done. It also provides flexibility in graduation requirements for students who enter a new high school during their junior year or later.
October 12, 2014
Educators who want to implement more positive disciplinary practices can now access an online national repository of research-based alternatives to suspension and expulsion: the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD).
October 6, 2014
As accountability for student progress in California becomes more local, a new report by advocacy group EdTrust-West focuses on how school districts can better educate their English learners, who comprise nearly one in four students in the state.
September 23, 2014
California’s bold initiative to provide extra support to foster youth in school is proving difficult for most districts to implement, advocates say. Initial reviews of district accountability plans show that many are either ignoring this new subgroup or treating foster students the same as other low-income students.
September 15, 2014
Interactive technology that allows students to create and explore substantially improves academic achievement, particularly for underprivileged youth, according to a review of more than 70 studies on the use of technology in the classroom.
September 10, 2014
Foster students are significantly less likely to enter community college than other students, and about half of those who do don’t return after their first year. Senate Bill 1023 would develop a pilot program to offer these students more support.
September 9, 2014
Fourth- and 8th-grade students who reported more absences from school had poorer scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), generally referred to as the nation’s report card, in reading and math in 2013, according to a report released Tuesday.
September 2, 2014
Summer programs target the phenomenon known as "summer melt," in which high school seniors who graduate and are accepted to college never show up. Low-income or first-generation college students are the most likely to melt away.
September 1, 2014
Senate Bill 1221, authored by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, which would give funding priority to summer programs for students and sets new quality standards for all out-of-school programs, has passed the Legislature and is awaiting approval by the governor.
August 21, 2014
Students involved in relatively minor offenses on school campuses will no longer be cited or arrested under Los Angeles Unified's new policy, which takes effect this school year and spells out alternatives district police officers must follow. Community advocates have been working with the district to change the approach taken by school police.
August 19, 2014
The Freedom Schools summer camp in South Los Angeles is part of a national summer program that helps low-income African-American and Latino students build their literacy skills, understand their history, and become leaders in their schools and communities. The schools are modeled after programs founded during the Civil Rights Movement.
August 3, 2014
Instability -- multiple homes and multiple schools -- is one of the biggest obstacles to academic success for foster children. But about two dozen high school students in foster care in Southern California are benefiting from one constant in their lives: a program each summer at UCLA aimed at keeping them on track academically and preparing them for college.
July 27, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown and advocates for less punitive disciplinary policies have compromised on a bill that would prevent administrators from expelling students for “willful defiance,” according to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, who is sponsoring the bill. It would also prevent schools from suspending and sending home K-3 students.
July 22, 2014
Seven California school districts are among 60 in the nation that are joining President Barack Obama's initiative, "My Brother's Keeper," which supports African-American and Latino boys, beginning in preschool.
July 21, 2014
Data released today from a national poll shows that a third of families with school-age children had enrolled at least one child in a summer program in 2013. That is an increase from five years earlier when only a quarter of families had enrolled their children in summer programs.
July 17, 2014
Three large school districts in California are rewriting the rules about how and when police should be involved on their campuses, complementing broader efforts to implement less punitive disciplinary practices. Oakland Unified, San Francisco Unified and Pasadena Unified are revamping their policies to ensure that police are called as a last resort.
June 24, 2014
The Los Angeles Unified School District will begin using a new student need index to direct additional funding to the neediest schools under a plan expected to be adopted by the school board today. The plan relies on counting students twice if they are low-income, English learners, foster or homeless students.