For the first time, California releases data for every school on students who were chronically absent last year -- defined as those who miss 10 percent or more of instructional days during the school year.
New state data shows 46 percent drop in school suspensions over the last five years. The suspension rate for African American students in 2016-17 was 9.8 percent, for Latino students 3.7 percent, for white students 3.2 percent, and for Asian students 1.1 percent.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law about 100 bills related to education or children's issues. Most came from the Assembly. Some 26 were vetoed based on an EdSource tally of the bills that made it to his desk this year.
Over a quarter of the state’s nearly 10,500 schools report zero homeless students meaning homeless students in those districts aren't receiving the specialized assistance required by state and federal law.