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.
The tradition of heading back to school after Labor Day is disappearing. A survey by EdSource of the state's 30 largest districts, serving one-third of the state's 6 million students, shows that only seven will start school after the holiday.
California's scores on the ACT topped national averages, yet showed that only about one in three students is ready for college-level work. A higher number of California students are taking the ACT each year.
In the midst of her first swing through California, the president-elect of the National Education Association praised the Common Core State Standards and California’s measured approach in implementing them but warned about the use of standardized tests.
Sixty percent of adults said they oppose Common Core, according to the results of the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of attitudes toward public education. That’s a big change from last year, when two-thirds of Americans hadn’t heard of the voluntary standards. This year, 81 percent of Americans said they were aware of the standards.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education is withholding approval of the Local Control and Accountability Plan drawn up by the LA Unified School District pending clarification of the $700 million the district says it is spending on high-needs students.
Students involved in relatively minor offenses on school campuses will no longer be cited or arrested under Los Angeles Unified's new policy, which takes effect this school year and spells out alternatives district police officers must follow. Community advocates have been working with the district to change the approach taken by school police.
Students in the heart of Salinas Valley's agricultural fields are earning computer science bachelor's degrees in just three years through a partnership between Hartnell Community College and California State University, Monterey Bay. The program is seen as an incubator to help increase diversity at tech companies.
In moving to the Common Core State Standards this year, California school districts had to choose between offering a blended or "integrated" approach to math or a traditional sequence of courses, setting off strong, sometimes passionate disagreements among parents and teachers.
A judge has ruled that the state is ultimately responsible for seeing that school districts provide services to all English language learners not receiving the help they need to become proficient in English. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Southern California and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
Students Matter, the organization that has taken the lead in challenging teacher tenure and hiring and firing laws in Vergara v. California, has added one of the nation's leading – and liberal – constitutional scholars to its legal team: Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe. Students Matter filed its lawsuit on behalf of nine students in 2012.