Education http://kvpr.org en Fresno State Breaks Ground On New Research Center http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-breaks-ground-new-research-center <p>Fresno State officials broke ground today on a $24 million agricultural and engineering research center.</p><p>The 30,000 square-foot facility will host labs and foster collaboration among students and faculty in the university’s agricultural, engineering and science and math colleges.</p><p>The Jordan Research Center aimed at solving agricultural challenges will be located on the corner of Barstow and Woodrow avenues.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:00:31 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34188 at http://kvpr.org Fresno State Breaks Ground On New Research Center Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-students-win-big-international-science-and-engineering-fair <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, 1700 high school students from over 70 countries met in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including 5 students from Fresno and Clovis.</span></p><p>Beatrice Choi, a sophomore from Fresno’s University High School, brought home third place in Chemistry.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:47:34 +0000 Kerry Klein 33120 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair Bilingual Education A Hot Topic In California, 16 Years After Prop 227 http://kvpr.org/post/bilingual-education-hot-topic-california-16-years-after-prop-227 <p>Back in the late 1990's, California voters passed Proposition 227, which imposed strict restrictions on bilingual education in California's public school classrooms.</p><p>Supporters of the effort said English immersion was the best way for English learners to succeed and assimilate into society. Critics said by teaching core subjects only in English, non-English speakers were at a disadvantage in the classroom.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 02:26:44 +0000 Joe Moore 32999 at http://kvpr.org Bilingual Education A Hot Topic In California, 16 Years After Prop 227 Fresno State Holds Its First LGBTQ+ Graduation http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-holds-its-first-lgbtq-graduation <p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;group of 18 students from schools across Fresno State were hooded with rainbow banners today in a first for Fresno State:&nbsp; a lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and questioning graduation ceremony.</span></p><p>“I was really inspired because I noticed a lot of openly gay people, but we didn’t have a ceremony of our own, a reception of our own,” says Curtis Ortega with Fresno State’s United Student Pride Club. “We were kind of there as openly gay students, but I felt we needed our own expression and graduation ceremony.”</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 00:59:44 +0000 Ezra David Romero 32809 at http://kvpr.org Fresno State Holds Its First LGBTQ+ Graduation California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance http://kvpr.org/post/californias-drought-triggers-drop-school-attendance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools on the east side of Fresno County are already feeling the impact of California’s ongoing drought.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Education officials from the Kings Canyon Unified District say they have seen a significant drop in attendance this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Superintendent Juan Garza says families have been forced to relocate, taking their school aged children with them.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 01:47:53 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32560 at http://kvpr.org California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance Opponents Remains As Common Core Nears Implementation http://kvpr.org/post/opponents-remains-common-core-nears-implementation <p>California schools are adjusting curriculum and students are already taking tests based on new Common Core standards. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, opposition to the standards continues, as demonstrated by a small rally at the Capitol Wednesday.</p><p>A small group of families and parents gathered under the trees near the Capitol to express their concern about Common Core standards. The bi-partisan group said the Common Core assessment often leaves students confused and upset.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 01:23:06 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32021 at http://kvpr.org Opponents Remains As Common Core Nears Implementation 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 New Teacher Dismissal Bill Deal Has Governor's Support http://kvpr.org/post/new-teacher-dismissal-bill-deal-has-governors-support <p class="p1">After three years of bitter disputes, there appears to be a deal in the California legislature on a bill that would make it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of abusing students.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, not all education groups are on board.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:01:14 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 31202 at http://kvpr.org New Teacher Dismissal Bill Deal Has Governor's Support 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" 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