This week, Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald examine an often overlooked area of California education: continuation high schools, serving some of the state’s vulnerable students most at risk of dropping out. Reporter Nico Savidge discusses reasons behind very high rates of chronic student absenteeism that he discovered at some of the schools.

John and Louis discuss whether the State Board of Education will approve compromises negotiated with the federal government on California’s proposed plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act; the board meets on April 12.

And they give listeners a preview of CA School Road Trip, a new podcast from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence that visits schools taking on difficult academic challenges.

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