Behind the high suspension rates in rural areas are family struggles with poverty, mental illness, addiction and parental incarceration, a dearth of resources to address those needs and underfunded schools.
Our newsroom wants to tell the stories of students and their families in rural California who are suffering from high rates of chronic absenteeism, and help in the search for solutions.
Many school officials say they feel overlooked, under-resourced and overwhelmed by the needs of their students and families.
Wildfires, floods and soaring housing costs have left thousands of families homeless in outlying areas of the state.
Mobile science labs, Skype lessons with scientists and robotics workshops are among the offerings at some remote schools.
Educators in California's rural schools face challenges that are different but just as daunting as those of their urban counterparts.