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Sacramento County Education Digest

California Boosts Spending to Help Students Earn Math and Science Degrees


A program for low-income, first-generation STEM students at community colleges is receiving millions of dollars to expand across the state.

Fundraiser for Solving Sacramento in September


Join the folks participating in the Solving Sacramento journalism collaborative on September 5.

Sacramento State and Sierra College Plan Joint Campus


Sacramento State and Sierra College signed an agreement on June 28 to codevelop a joint Placer County campus in Roseville.

Area Community Colleges See Enrollment Uptick


Community Colleges in the Sacramento area are reporting an increase in student enrollments following COVID shutdown declines.

Does a Proposed $10 Billion Bond Favor Richer California School Districts?


Small and low-income school officials say the bond measure deal is unfair. The money is allocated through matching grants, so wealthier districts that can raise more local funds will get more money from the state.

Sacramento County Civil Grand Jury Cites Failures in Meeting Disabled Student Needs


The Civil Grand Jury report found that Sacramento City Unified School District is failing students with disabilities, and has been since 2017.

Free Lunches for K-12 Through August 9


The Lunch at the Library is offering free meals for kids K-12 at 14 locations throughout Sacramento County.

Sacramento Regional Tranisit Free Student Program Extended


Funding has been secured to continue the Sacramento Regional Transit RydeFreeRT program for local K-12 students.

CalMatters Hosts Big Ideas Festival


The two-day CalMatters Ideas Festival wrapped on June 6 with more than a dozen events examining critical policy issues impacting the lives of millions of Californians.

The Future for California Workers Is Apprenticeships


A panel of labor experts at the CalMatters Ideas Festival say California workers should have more access to more apprenticeships that pay more. Barriers still exist, especially for women and low-income Californians.

A Look at Police dispatches to Schools


EdSource reports that police are dispatched thousands of times per school day across California.

EPA Grants Fund Elk Grove Electric School Buses


On May 29, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced grants to fund electric school busses, including $5.5million for the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Raising Kids in California? They May Have College Savings Accounts You Don’t Know About.


The state is directly investing money for low-income students and all newborns to attend college. After two years, the program is still not widely known by the students who need the most financial assistance.

Sacramento School District Bond Measure Goes to Voters


Explaining the Sacramento City Unified School District bond measure which will be on the November ballot.

UC Student Workers Expand Strike to Two More Campuses as They Demand Amnesty for Protestors


After University of California students were arrested or suspended for protests, student workers are striking at three campuses. The Office of President says the strike violates the union contract.

UC Davis Workers Join Strike


On May 28, UC Davis academic workers joined the strike protesting the University of California response to pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

‘We Have to Do Less With Less’: Cal State Faces Extra $500 Million Budget Gap


Two major forces are at play: Gov. Gavin Newsom scaled back his promise of increased financial support for Cal State, while university officials agreed to 5% salary increases earlier this year.

Sacramento Library Tax Measure on November Ballot


In its May 21 meeting, the Sacramento City Council voted to put a measure on the November ballot to combine two existing library parcel taxes and extend them indefinitely.

Sacramento State to Host Office for Black Student Advancement


Sacramento State will be home to the central office for the $10 million Black student advancement drive on all 23 California State University campuses.

Why UC Grad Students Are Going Out on Strike


The job action starting today at UC Santa Cruz isn’t about pay, but instead is in response to how UC deployed police to clear pro-Palestinian encampments on campuses.

School District Adds School Days to Avoid Penalties


The state Board of Education granted a waiver to a penalty of $40 million to the Sacramento City Unified School District for a lapse of eight days of instruction due to a teacher strike if the district makes up the days over 2 years.

These California Schools Connect Kids to Community Services. Will They Survive Budget Cuts?


Gov. Gavin Newsom launched the community school initiative with $4.1 billion in grants to connect students and their families to medical care, counseling and other services.

Rural Counties Far From Universities Struggle to Recruit Teachers


Nine counties located more than an hour away from universities with teacher preparation programs face particular difficulties.

San Juan Unified School District Seeks Feedback on Facilities Master Plan


San Juan Unified ihas invited the community to contribute feedback at nine upcoming community forums. The district plans to address facilities plans of each high school and all associated schools that feed into the high school.

Paris Hilton Speaks Up for California’s ‘Troubled’ Teens


Heiress Paris Hilton is on a mission to shine a light on the "troubled teen industry," a largely unregulated multibillion-dollar industry that is gaining public scrutiny for alleged abuse of vulnerable youths.

California Attempts to Increase Access to State Financial Aid for Students as FAFSA Problems Persist


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, underwent updates aimed at broadening its accessibility to students from low-income and undocumented backgrounds. But the National College Attainment Network reported a 36% decrease in FAFSA applications following several technical difficulties with the online portal.

Researcher Lands Prestigious Grant for UC Davis Health


Gun Violence Expert Dr. Shani Buggs Talks Need For More Funding, Diverse Perspectives.

Bill to Mandate ‘Science of Reading’ in California Schools Faces Teachers Union Opposition


The move puts the fate of AB 2222 in question, but supporters insist that there is room to negotiate changes that can help tackle the state's literacy crisis.

California’s Disabled Students Left Behind During Emergencies: ‘They Just Weren’t Ready for Someone Like Me’


After bringing his story all the way to the University of California Board of Regents, a disabled UC Berkeley student has prompted the UC to ensure emergency evacuation chairs are in every multi-storied building in the 10-university system.

Elk Grove Unified Schools Considers Bond Measure


Elk Grove Unified School District trustees are exploring whether and how to put a $600M bond measure on the November ballot to finance the repair and building of new facilities in the district.

South Natomas Library to Close Temporarily


According to an email sent to library patrons and posts on social media, the library will be closed March 30-April 12.

Q&A: How the 50-Year-Old Case That Transformed English Learner Education Began


An interview with Lucinda Lee Katz, the first grade teacher of the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Lau vs. Nichols.

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