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Cal State Faculty Begins Walkouts Over Salary Hikes


The California Faculty Association is seeking a 12 percent pay increase, while university officials counter with 5 percent in each of the next three years.

State Invested $53 Million in Teaching Low-Performing Kids to Read. Here's How it's Paying Off


In 2020, the state agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed too many students were not learning to read. As part of that agreement, the state spent over $50 million on 75 schools with the lowest reading scores.

Right-Wing Takeover of SoCal School Board Stirs Angst


Students and teachers alike are decrying the actions of the Temecula Valley Unified School District board, which became conservative in majority following the recent elections of three members. The board’s actions include banning critical race theory and mandating parental notification if their child is transgender.

With DACA Eligibility for Undocumented Students Dwindling, California Colleges Struggle to Find New Ways to Help


Most undocumented college students in California are not eligible for DACA anymore, creating new dilemmas for students and colleges around employment, financial aid and the threat of deportation.

USC Grad Students Avoid Strike After Reaching Deal with University


A graduate student workers union and the University of Southern California have agreed to a three-year labor contract that averts a looming strike. The deal calls for pay increases each of the three years.

California Schools Need Funding for New Math Guidelines


State officials passed a 1,000-page document in July outlining new guidelines for teaching math in California. Funding has not been allocated, though the state superintendent intends to introduce legislation that could change this.

Dosick Wins Natomas School Board Seat


Updated vote tallies confirm candidate Scott Dosick has won the Trustee Area 4 seat in the Natomas Unified School District special election.

School Board Members Who Banned Pride Flag Face Recall Campaign


Two members of the Sunol Glen Unified School District board have been served with recall notices. This came after the board approved a resolution that banned schools in the Alameda County district from flying the LGBTQ+ pride flag.

California’s Black Educators Call on Parents to Get Involved with school funding


The Black in School Coalition dedicated one year to passing AB 2774, which would target low-performing students in California. After the bill passed the state’s Assembly and Senate, Gov. Newsom vetoed it.

Sarama Concedes in Special Election for SJUSD School Board Seat


In a statement following the latest vote count update, candidate Moe Sarama conceded in his bid for a seat on the San Juan Unified School District’s governing board.

UCLA Project Explores Solutions, Responses for Addressing Hate


The three-year social impact project, launched in October 2022, brings together scholars to explore topics such as the impact of social media hate speech on youths, racial bias in health care settings, and even the neurobiology underlying hate.

Backlash Politics: How Conservatives Have Success Rolling Back California Progressivism


Lacking power at the state level, conservatives are leaning into local governance to protest California’s progressive politics. The fight in Huntington Beach could be a harbinger of what’s to come.

It's About to Get Easier for California College Students to Study in Their Own Language


Assembly Bill 1096, taking effect Jan. 1, will let community colleges in the state provide courses in non-English languages, regardless if a student is also taking ESL. Previously, a student had to sign up for the latter to qualify for the former.

Community College Enrollment Rebounding Post-Pandemic, and Students Over 50 Are a Big Reason Why


California’s community colleges are seeing enrollment gains for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Older students—those over 50—are some of the first to return.

Perez Declares Victory in SJUSD School Board Race


Citrus Heights resident Manuel Perez declared victory in the race for a vacant seat on the San Juan Unified School District’s governing board.

Natomas School Board Race Remains Tight


Preliminary vote tallies from the Natomas Unified School District special election show former board member Scott Dosick holding a narrow lead in the six-way race.

Davis Science Café Celebrates 100th Event


Once a month at the G Street Wunderbar in Davis, a crowd drinks to science. That’s thanks to Davis Science Café, a free event series hosted by UC Davis and open to all.

California’s Young Workers Are Essential to the Economy. Why are They Stuck in Low Wage Jobs?


Young people are stuck earning low wages, working long hours—often while going to school—and often without benefits or work protections. Their hardships may hamper the state’s economy for years to come, researchers say.

Extracurricular Clubs, Sports Programs Help Young Camp Fire Survivors Heal


Five years ago, the Camp Fire disrupted lives, followed quickly by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving students in Paradise with few options to connect with others outside of the internet.

Israel-Hamas War Stirring Disputes on College Campuses in California


UC Berkeley, Stanford and UC Davis are among the schools that have had incidents related to the Israel-Hamas war. Schools are working to keep students safe and prevent disputes escalating to violence.

Bella Vista High School Float Exposed Undercurrents of Racial Insensitivity


Last month a float on the theme of “cops and robbers” featured a young, Black man behind bars. The school’s Black student union has sent a list of resolutions to the principal asking for changes to school policy.

UC Berkeley to Relinquish More Than 4,000 Ancestral Remains


Tribes like the Muwekma Ohlone have been asking UC Berkeley for decades to give back ancestral remains from burial sites around the Bay Area. The school is in the process of repatriating 4,400 remains and 25,000 tribal items.

New UC Davis Research Explores Why Males and Females Respond Differently to Social Stress


Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but among boys and girls, the likelihood is the same.

Sac State Could See Faculty Strike in Upcoming Months


Over 95% of California Faculty Association members across the Cal State university system have voted to authorize a strike if necessary, union leaders announced.

Community College Student Services: An Urgent Need. But Has California Law Kept Up Since the ’60s?


State law requires community colleges to spend at least half their general fund on instructors. But administrators say they want more flexibility to pay for the growing need for student services.

If State Lacks Cash to Expand Cal Grant Program, Cuts to Middle-Class Aid May be Inevitable


Some advocates believe the state should expand the Cal Grant program for low-income students next year, even if that means pulling money from a financial aid program that benefits middle class students.

School Board: Money Flows Into Citrus Heights Special Election


Campaign finance disclosures show the Nov. 7 special election for a key school board seat in the San Juan Unified School District is drawing some significant interest from donors, including a $10,000 donation from a teachers association political action committee.

California Colleges Miss Deadline for Student Parents’ Priority Registration


Signed by the governor in September 2022, AB 2881 aims to help student parents in California by offering them priority registration. Advocates are optimistic the law will formalize data collection, allowing them to better serve this student population that represents 1 in 5 students nationally.

Sac State Professor Builds Communication Conduits


Dr. Ernest Uwazie, director of the university’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, facilitates life-changing conversations between victims and offenders.

California Student Test Scores Remain Low


Despite an influx of money to counter learning loss during the pandemic, English language arts and math test scores remain low.

State Program Could Give Many K-12 Students Money for College


One year after California launched a program creating college savings accounts to address inequity, only 6% of the accounts have been claimed. Now officials are increasing outreach.

Colleges Take Steps to Weed Out AI-Written Application Essays


With the growing use of AI, campus officials are trying to set clear guidelines for college application essays.