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.
The nonprofit Inverness Institute interviewed veteran teachers about life in the classroom during another difficult year impacted by a pandemic; two principals involved with the study sum up the findings in an interview with EdSource's John Fensterwald.
Four months ago, Tami Rossell was living out of her van with her three youngest children and parking each night in city-designated safe parking zones. Today, she helps feed the homeless families who were once her neighbors in the lots.
Gig by gig, adjunct faculty teach about half of the classes at California Community Colleges' 115 campuses. As the pandemic drives more students away, these critical part-timers fear losing their jobs.