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Transitional kindergarten was introduced after a 2010 California law changed the cutoff birth date for kindergarten entry from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1.
Definitions of “sanctuary” vary from district to district, but in most cases it means that school staff will not allow federal immigration agents on campus without a warrant, subpoena or court order.
Cal Grants are among the most generous state-funded student aid programs in the nation and can cover entire tuition at CSU and UC.
Information about social and emotional learning for parents, teachers, administrators and students.
Find out how many charters are in California and in the U.S., what the major fault lines are between charter schools and their opponents, and what some of the functions of charters are that make them distinct from traditional public schools.
This EdSource guide offers advice and links to resources for students who did not graduate from high school.