education http://kvpr.org en New California Community College Scorecard Shows Affects of Recession http://kvpr.org/post/new-california-community-college-scorecard-shows-affects-recession <p class="p1">A new study says students at California’s Community Colleges are achieving many of their academic goals. But Community College officials say they’ll be recovering from the drastic cuts during the Great Recession for years to come. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">Paul Feist with the California Community Colleges says there’s a lot to like in the findings of the “Student Success Scorecard.”</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:01:34 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 31336 at http://kvpr.org New California Community College Scorecard Shows Affects of Recession California Bill Would Put English-only Instruction Back Before Voters http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-put-english-only-instruction-back-voters <p class="p1">A voter-approved&nbsp; law that requires all California public school classes to be taught in English would go before voters again in 2016 under a bill now in the state legislature. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p><p class="p3">Professor Patricia Gándara with the UCLA Civil Rights Project says a state-commissioned 2006 study proves that English-only instruction has few, if any, benefits.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:37:55 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 31308 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Put English-only Instruction Back Before Voters California Begins Testing New Student Assessments http://kvpr.org/post/california-begins-testing-new-student-assessments <p>California is preparing to implement Common Core education standards. As part of that change, the state is replacing standardized tests with new “assessments” meant to better judge students’ knowledge. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the state must first test the test.</p><p>In the media lab of an elementary school in Sacramento, fourth grader Aanyah&nbsp;Jacobs answers questions that pop up on a computer screen one at a time. She’s one of the more than three million California public school students testing out the state’s new assessment.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:56:07 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30366 at http://kvpr.org California Begins Testing New Student Assessments Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes http://kvpr.org/post/teachers-students-rally-save-ffa-amid-proposed-funding-changes <p>Go to a rural high school in Central California, and one of the most popular extra-curricular programs will be FFA – Future Farmers of America. But now the people who run those programs say their future is threatened in Governor Brown’s new budget.</p><p>It’s all part of a big change to the way school districts get their money from Sacramento – the Local Control Funding Formula. In general it’s been good news for schools up and down the valley, as it redirects more money to districts with high populations of low-income families, English learners and foster youth.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:32:44 +0000 Joe Moore 30232 at http://kvpr.org Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes California Students Rally At Capitol For Agricultural Education Funding http://kvpr.org/post/california-students-rally-capitol-agricultural-education-funding <p>As part of the annual “Ag Day” celebration at the state Capitol, Future Farmers of America students from around California rallied Wednesday in support of agricultural education programs. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>With the state suffering through its worst ever drought, Jim Aschwanden with the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, says only well trained Ag workers will be able to meet the industry’s future challenges.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:25:48 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 29958 at http://kvpr.org California Students Rally At Capitol For Agricultural Education Funding Drought May Hurt School Attendance in Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/drought-may-hurt-school-attendance-central-valley <p>Declining school attendance may be the latest side-effect of California’s punishing drought. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction will visit the Central Valley Wednesday to talk about the problem.</p><p>School attendance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the impact of the drought on California. But it is affected. Less water means fewer crops, which means fewer farm jobs. And when the jobs disappear, families of migrant workers move on, taking their school age children with them.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:37:09 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 29908 at http://kvpr.org Drought May Hurt School Attendance in Central Valley Is Bakersfield Really America's "Least Literate" City? Local Author Raises Questions http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-really-americas-least-literate-city-local-author-raises-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cities like Merced Fresno and Bakersfield all share one common thread, other than being major stops on Highway 99. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:04:17 +0000 Joe Moore 29851 at http://kvpr.org Is Bakersfield Really America's "Least Literate" City? Local Author Raises Questions Lawmakers Seek to Address California's "Truancy Crisis" http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-seek-address-californias-truancy-crisis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers say the state is facing a truancy crisis among elementary school students. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a package of legislation introduced on Monday that’s meant to combat the problem.</span></p><p>Skipping school can mean a lot more for students than just failing a test. California Attorney General Kamala Harris says it can cause kids to fall behind and ultimately drop out of high school.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:49:54 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 29549 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers Seek to Address California's "Truancy Crisis" California Legislature to Tackle Teacher Retirement Fund Debt http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-tackle-teacher-retirement-fund-debt <p>Some lawmakers say it’s time to get serious about paying down debt accrued by California's teachers’ retirement system. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, that will take a big financial commitment.</p><p>Assembly Democrats say they’re ready to look for ways to pay down the unfunded liability of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. The governor’s office puts the debt at more than $80 billion.</p><p>Speaker John Perez says the Assembly will begin hearings on the issue.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 02:22:56 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 27804 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature to Tackle Teacher Retirement Fund Debt State Board of Education Will Decide How Billions Can Be Spent http://kvpr.org/post/state-board-education-will-decide-how-billions-can-be-spent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The California State Board of Education will decide tomorrow how school districts can spend billions of dollars in state funding next year. From Sacramento, Katie Orr has details on what's at stake in the meeting.</span></p><p>The board will consider rules that dictate how school districts can spend money targeted toward low-income and non-English speaking students.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:01:12 +0000 Katie Orr 27215 at http://kvpr.org State Board of Education Will Decide How Billions Can Be Spent Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs http://kvpr.org/post/democrats-propose-universal-pre-k-programs <p>Providing transitional kindergarten for all the four-year-olds in California would cost about a $1 billion, but supporters say it would be worth it. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a new proposal introduced today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an elementary school near Sacramento, students in a transitional kindergarten class practice saying the date.</span></p><p>These kids are among several thousand California four-year olds enrolled in pre-K programs. Now state Senate Democrats want to make transitional kindergarten available to all four-year-olds.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:58:04 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26867 at http://kvpr.org Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs Transgender Student Law Takes Effect in California http://kvpr.org/post/transgender-student-law-takes-effect-california <p>Beginning this week all California public school districts must allow transgender students to use facilities and play on sports teams according to which gender they identify with. Supporters say the law will protect a vulnerable group of students. But opponents think voters should have a say. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>High School Junior Ashton Lee hustles between after school activities. First he makes a stop at the Gay Straight Alliance. There, as club president, he leads a discussion on how to handle holiday stress.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26628 at http://kvpr.org Transgender Student Law Takes Effect in California Looking to LA for Transgender Student Policy http://kvpr.org/post/looking-la-transgender-student-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As of this week, all public schools districts in California must allow students to use facilities and play on sports teams based on the gender with which they identity, not their biological sex. The law has generated controversy and faces a possible referendum. But a similar policy has been in place in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2005. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</span></p><p><em>(“Come on you guys, let’s go!)</em></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:12:18 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26627 at http://kvpr.org Looking to LA for Transgender Student Policy UC's Napolitano Calls for 2014-15 Tuition Freeze http://kvpr.org/post/ucs-napolitano-calls-2014-15-tuition-freeze <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of California students could see a third straight year without a tuition increase.&nbsp; New </span>UC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> President Janet Napolitano says she hopes to extend the current tuition freeze through the 2014-15 school year.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more on Napolitano’s first </span>UC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Regents meeting as president Wednesday.</span></p><p>Six weeks into her new job, the former Arizona governor and Secretary of Homeland Security is putting forth a four-pronged agenda.&nbsp; First: a tuition freeze.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:25:41 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24513 at http://kvpr.org UC's Napolitano Calls for 2014-15 Tuition Freeze Study: More California Latinos Attend College, Few Finish http://kvpr.org/post/study-more-california-latinos-attend-college-few-finish <p></p><p>College is a goal for the majority of Latinos graduating from California high schools. But as Katie Orr reports, a new report out today shows few Latinos actually finish college.</p><p>The study from the organization The Campaign for College Opportunities finds seven out of ten California Latino high school graduates enrolled in college last year. But just 11 percent of Latino adults in the state have a bachelors or graduate degree.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:15:06 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 24060 at http://kvpr.org Study: More California Latinos Attend College, Few Finish Study: Distracted Driving A Big Problem, Even Near Schools http://kvpr.org/post/study-distracted-driving-big-problem-even-near-schools <p class="p1">There&rsquo;s new evidence that distracted driving is a problem not just on the roadways in general &ndash; but specifically around schools.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">The California Friday Night Live Partnership and the Allstate Foundation asked high school students to spend an hour counting distracted drivers at nearly 70 schools across the state.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:14:00 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23188 at http://kvpr.org Study: Distracted Driving A Big Problem, Even Near Schools Geronimo's Story: Valley Teen Torn Between Gangs And Grades http://kvpr.org/post/geronimos-story-valley-teen-torn-between-gangs-and-grades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From a young age, Geronimo Garcia wore a uniform to school: high socks, shorts and a white T-shirt.</span></p><p>It wasn’t a school requirement. Rather, it was an older brother requirement.</p><p>“They used to dress me up like a little gangster,” Geronimo says. “To me I always thought that was cool, but you know, as I think of it now, I don’t think that was cool when I was young. Come on, looking at a little kid dressed up in gangster?”</p><p>Since then, his clothing has determined who he hung out with at school.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:43:06 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 21668 at http://kvpr.org Geronimo's Story: Valley Teen Torn Between Gangs And Grades Propane Tank Explosion Injures 3 At Fresno Christian High School http://kvpr.org/post/propane-tank-explosion-injures-3-fresno-christian-high-school <p>A fire and explosion inside a food vendor's trailer at Fresno Christian High School sent two men to the hospital and injured another on Friday night.&nbsp;</p><p>Just before 6:30 p.m. a blast from a 20-gallon propane tank sent shrapnel as far as 150 feet across Alluvial Avenue. The explosion ripped off the roof and the sides of the trailer, where vendors were serving food prior to the start of a football game on campus. Officials with the Fresno Fire Department say that prior to the explosion employees detected a propane leak and a fire.</p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 05:28:39 +0000 Joe Moore 21565 at http://kvpr.org Propane Tank Explosion Injures 3 At Fresno Christian High School Teacher Discipline Bill Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/teacher-discipline-bill-passes-legislature <p class="p1">A bill that would streamline the process for disciplining or firing a public school teacher or other employee charged with child abuse has cleared the California legislature.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Democratic Assembly member Joan Buchanan says her measure is a big improvement over the status quo in the public schools when it comes to getting rid of bad employees.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:30:31 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21543 at http://kvpr.org Teacher Discipline Bill Passes Legislature California Bill Would Immediately Begin New Academic Test Standards http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-immediately-begin-new-academic-test-standards <p>A bill that would immediately start phasing in California’s new computer based standardized school achievement assessment has passed out of a key senate committee. The bill would allow most districts to opt-out of the old system.</p><p>The new Common Core academic standards will be in place this academic year. Assembly member Susan Bonilla authored the bill. She says it gives most districts a chance to evaluate students based on those standards now.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:27:00 +0000 Max Pringle - Captial Public Radio 21083 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Immediately Begin New Academic Test Standards