California settled a lawsuit over literacy by giving 70 schools with the lowest 2019 test scores extra funding to teach children to read. Less than half of all third graders in the state scored at grade level in reading.
A partnership between Alameda County's library, office of education, and probation department has led to a colorful, culturally inclusive library inside the county juvenile hall staffed with permanent staff who try to teach youth a love of reading and learning.
Tapping federal Covid money and other local funds, Kern County rejected a controversial plan to convert the McFarland library in the small San Joaquin Valley town into a police station. The library is expanding its hours from two to five days.
California legislative leaders would add $4.5 billion above the governor's proposal for the Local Control Funding Formula, and drop $700 million for early literacy and $1.5 billion for community schools.