California’s school finance system allocates extra funding for English learners, students who are low-income or homeless and children in foster care. Collectively, these students are often referred to “high needs students.” Though many students fall into more than one category, each of these groups faces unique challenges. In the stories below, EdSource shines a light on these challenges as well as strategies to address them. See also: Foster youth, Homeless youth, English learners, and Low-income Students.
Low-income districts have priority funding for a nine-hour day and 30-day summer school; lacking staff, they'll have an extra year to plan.
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School districts throughout California are preparing to offer services ranging from translation to food to mental health support for Afghan refugees.
If Congress beefed up the yearly Pell Grant award, UC students would be able to use more of their financial aid to cover additional basic living expenses and reduce their housing and food insecurity, while borrowing less.
As we enter yet a new phase of the pandemic, we must prioritize care and compassion for our students, families and educators.
A counselor who insisted he apply for financial aid opened an unseen world of possibilities for the author as a young student.
Legislators say the need is urgent as researchers estimate the number of homeless students in California has increased during the pandemic.
Higher rates of graduation and college enrollment are tracked to course, but researcher urges caution in interpreting the study.
Focusing only on "learning loss" rather than all the ways students and teachers have grown can lead us into deficit-thinking and lowered expectations for our students.
Some teachers are focused on giving students who are learning English as a second language lots of time to talk and write about their feelings.
"My kids put their heart into their studies, and I feel like I'm clipping their wings," said Ruiz Arévalos, who was forced to stay in Mexico two years ago.
Growing up in the Imperial Valley instilled a commitment that all high school students have equal access to courses leading to college.
School districts are uniquely positioned to help students of color and students experiencing poverty get reliable broadband at home.
Funding should be based on students' needs, not attendance, to help achieve more equitable academic outcomes, researchers say.
Tutoring, field trips and plenty of love made the difference for Oakland students 'adopted' by a real estate agent.