June 1, 2019

EdSource delves into student absenteeism in rural California in a two-part series by reporter David Washburn this week. Interviews with students and counselors in Butte County put a human dimension on disturbing data about why children struggling with poverty, isolation and parents facing a range of challenges are staying out of school in disproportionately high numbers.

Rural California: An Education Divide

Also this week, we discuss how Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed huge increase in funding for special education – what normally would be an unbridled cause for great celebration among advocates for students with disabilities — has become a major disagreement between the Legislature and the governor. And we note the defeat in the state Senate of a bill calling for a moratorium on charter schools — the latest twist in the year’s ongoing battle between pro- and anti-charter forces.

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