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
- Find the rate of chronic absenteeism in your district here.
- Part 1: Lost days: Poverty, isolation drive chronic absenteeism in California’s rural school districts
- Part 2: Lost Days: Inside one rural California district’s effort to combat chronic absenteeism
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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