This week, Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald are joined by EdSource reporter David Washburn to discuss the surge of activities in and outside of California high schools coinciding with this April’s “high school voter education weeks” and a new law that could result in the pre-registration of hundreds of thousands of teenagers when they get their driver’s license or state student ID.

Louis and John also talk about the millions of dollars that pro-charter school backers are giving to support gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, suddenly making K-12 education a front-and-center issue in the race. Lastly, they look at implications of the shockingly high childhood poverty rate in California.

You can read:

  • David Washburn’s stories on efforts to register teenagers to vote here and here.
  • Reporter Carolyn Jones’ article on childhood poverty data here.
  • Louis Freedberg’s coverage of gubernatorial campaign donations here and here.