The Oakland Unified School District’s parcel tax to fund college and career programs passed Tuesday by a wide margin. The measure is believed to be the first in California to specifically target career programs at high schools.
In a national ranking, California is at the top in providing quality after-school programs based on the percentage of students involved, parent satisfaction and other factors, according to a survey released Thursday by the Afterschool Alliance, an advocacy group for expanded learning.
Jefferson High School in Los Angeles – where some students waited two months for their class schedules and were assigned to classes with no content, given menial administrative tasks or sent home early – may be an extreme example of lost instructional time but it is not an isolated case, according to a class-action lawsuit.
Summer programs target the phenomenon known as "summer melt," in which high school seniors who graduate and are accepted to college never show up. Low-income or first-generation college students are the most likely to melt away.
A summer internship program at one of the nation’s premier biomedical research labs puts high school and college students on the front lines of cutting-edge medical research. The goal is to increase diversity in medical research and introduce students to the work world.
Senate Bill 1221, authored by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, which would give funding priority to summer programs for students and sets new quality standards for all out-of-school programs, has passed the Legislature and is awaiting approval by the governor.
The tradition of heading back to school after Labor Day is disappearing. A survey by EdSource of the state's 30 largest districts, serving one-third of the state's 6 million students, shows that only seven will start school after the holiday.
Surprised by data showing that thousands of high school students are just one or two courses shy of meeting state university admissions requirements, the University of California has launched a summer program to help students make up the courses they’re missing and put them on a solid footing for college.
The Freedom Schools summer camp in South Los Angeles is part of a national summer program that helps low-income African-American and Latino students build their literacy skills, understand their history, and become leaders in their schools and communities. The schools are modeled after programs founded during the Civil Rights Movement.
A summer program helps San Francisco high school students get back on track academically – and gives them an introduction to higher education and jobs. “What I took from this program is confidence,” one student said. “If you really want something, there should be no reason you can’t go out and get it.”
Instability -- multiple homes and multiple schools -- is one of the biggest obstacles to academic success for foster children. But about two dozen high school students in foster care in Southern California are benefiting from one constant in their lives: a program each summer at UCLA aimed at keeping them on track academically and preparing them for college.
Data released today from a national poll shows that a third of families with school-age children had enrolled at least one child in a summer program in 2013. That is an increase from five years earlier when only a quarter of families had enrolled their children in summer programs.