More than half a million students live in California’s rural areas. The challenges they face at home often spill over to school: chronic absenteeism, lack of college preparation and college isolation, and limited access to technology.
Disconnected: When rural students lack the internet at home tells how two Central Valley school districts are trying to help many of their students overcome the hardship of not having Internet access at home.
A window into Northern California's Butte County, where geography and family trauma often keep students from school. The problem has been magnified by the wildfire that devastated the town of Paradise.
A federally funded pilot program is bringing college and financial aid counseling to low-income students who live in public housing projects in nine cities, including Los Angeles. Whether it expands nationwide depends on results and funding.