Senate Bill 923 would create a statewide grant program, the EdPrize, to expand apprenticeships in fields such as health care, clean technology and other fields. The money would come from the $250 million Career Pathways Trust.
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.
UPDATE: Late Friday, Aug. 29, California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a one page notice of appeal on behalf of Gov. Jerry Brown and the state indicating that the state will appeal the Vergara ruling.
Proposing a fundamental change in the way the California Department of Education operates, a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office Thursday suggested the department move beyond its current focus on federal compliance, an emphasis it said school districts find "increasingly reactive and punitive."
Nine California high schools have been selected to participate in a pilot program that will introduce students to careers in the construction trades while also completing the courses required for university admission.
A summer internship program at one of the nation’s premier biomedical research labs puts high school and college students on the front lines of cutting-edge medical research. The goal is to increase diversity in medical research and introduce students to the work world.
The State Board of Education next week will consider and possibly settle a debate over one word in the proposed final regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula. The decision would end a year-long disagreement over spending flexibility.
Legislation that would make it easier for the state and school districts to track chronic absenteeism, an early indicator of students at risk of dropping out, will soon reach Gov. Jerry Brown, where it faces an uncertain fate.
California’s community colleges intend to increase graduation and transfer rates by nearly a quarter of a million students over the next decade, officials said Wednesday in announcing an "ambitious goal" to boost student success rates.
An EdSource survey of a sampling of county offices of education found that they approved nearly all school districts’ inaugural Local Control and Accountability Plans, laying out spending and academic priorities under the state’s new funding formula, by the Aug. 15 initial deadline for the review.
A number of measures – grades, participation in Advanced Placement courses, SAT test scores, for example – can help indicate whether students are ready for college. Career readiness, on the other hand, is far less clearly defined.
The decision of the Compton Unified School District board to allow campus police to keep semi-automatic rifles in the trunks of their cars has sparked controversy. But Compton is just the latest school district in California where school police are authorized to use assault-style weapons.
Senate Bill 850 would set up a pilot program allowing 15 community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in specialized areas. The bill cleared the Legislature on Thursday and is headed to the governor.
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.
Despite promises and new policies meant to hold more students back until they’ve mastered grade-level material, a University of Minnesota study currently under peer review found that student retention is actually on the decline. Researchers are investigating the reasons why.