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Ripon High Student Completes Apprenticeship


Ripon High student Aaron ‘Luke’ Ruba has completed the Apprenticeship Reaching Career Horizons program.

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.

Jordan Giannoni to Represent Area 5 in San Joaquin County Board of Education


First time candidate and Lodi native Jordan Giannoni will put her Doctorate in Education from John Hopkins University to use representing her area on the school board.

Lodi High Considers Schedule Change


Lodi High is considering a schedule change from 6 to 7 periods with students attending six classes on Wednesdays and four on the other days.

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.

Toy Community Center to Open Soon


Located at Yosemite and Fremont Avenues in Manteca, the two-story 8,000 square foot building is being renovated to as a meeting and connection space for local teens and is expected to open with limited services summer of 2024.

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.

Ripon Unified School District Adds Teachers


Ripon Unified hired new five certificated teachers for the 2024-2025 school year and an additional two from position switches.

Stein High School Recognized as Model Continuation School


George & Evelyn Stein High School in Tracy was recognized as a 2024 Model Continuation High School by the California Department of Education.

Jefferson School Named a California Distinguished School


Jefferson School in Tracy was honored with its fifth California Distinguished School award by the California State Department of Education.

Fewer Students, Higher Absenteeism Affect California Public School Financing


California’s public schools depend on state aid for the lion’s share of their operational income. Two trends – declining enrollment and high absenteeism – are creating financial headaches.

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

Manteca High Awarded


Manteca High was named a 2024 California Distinguished School by the California State Board of Education.

Calla High Brings Back Sports


Following a hiatus of over 10 years, Calla High’s sports program is back, recently completed the volleyball, flag football, and basketball seasons, and currently participating in softball.

California Schools Gained Billions During COVID-19. Now the Money is Running Out


California schools got $23.4 billion in federal pandemic relief money. Low-income schools that got the most may be hardest hit when the funds expire this year.

San Joaquin County Tightens Security Process to Reassure Voters


With just days remaining for voters to cast their votes in the March 5 primary election, the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters has added security measures to help reduce any concerns of voter fraud.

What California College Students Think About Online Classes


EdSource asked students at California colleges and universities why they are choosing between online or in-person options.

Why Do We Leap Day? We Remind You (So You Can Forget for Another 4 Years)


Leap day means several things to Alexander Boxer, a data scientist and the author of “A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for Our Destiny in Data.”

Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election


On one side: Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. On the other side: Protect Kids California, a parents rights organization.

Property-Poor Districts Demand Fairer Funding for School Facilities


Lawyers representing organizations in property-poor school districts are pressing Gavin Newsom and legislators over a school bond for the November ballot.

Research: Immigration Enforcement Hinders Education; Schools Offer Support


Immigration enforcement lowers students’ ability to succeed academically and negatively affects their overall learning experience.

Arts Education Takes Flight Outdoors in Mariposa County


Teachers and students tap into a native tradition in which art and nature have always been inextricably linked.

Academic Rigor Versus Cultural Relevance Is a False Choice


By reframing them as mutually reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive, we can transform education for every child.

New California Teaching Standards Increase Focus on Family Engagement, Social-Emotional Learning


The state is to implement long-awaited new guidelines in 2025 despite some calls for a year’s delay.

Who’s Running for Sacramento County School Boards? Here Are the Candidates


Some Sacramento County voters will be asked to weigh in this March on who should represent them on two local school boards, the Sacramento County Office of Education and Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Lodi Unified Weighs Using Existing Staff or Outsourcing for Extra Security Services


Lodi Unified School District officials say extra security is needed on construction sites, and are hoping to find an outside firm to provide that service.

UC Merced to Feature on ‘The College Tour’ Show


UC Merced will be highlighted on an Amazon Prime show that showcases universities around the world.

Strategic, Sustainable Residencies Can Help Solve the Teacher Shortage


If educator candidates are paid a living wage and receive plenty of support, they are more likely to remain in the profession.

FAFSA Delays Are Leaving Students in Limbo. California Campuses Don’t Expect Help


California colleges doubt the U.S. Department of Education’s plans will do much to help campuses struggling with delays in awarding financial aid.

California Universities Are Required to Offer Students Abortion Pills. A Lot Just Don’t Mention It


One year after California became the first state to require its public universities to provide the abortion pill to students, basic information on where or how students can obtain the medication is lacking.

Aspiring Bilingual Teachers Gain New Perspectives by Crossing the Border


San Diego State’s Dual Language & English Learner Education department requires students in the credential program to visit schools in Tijuana.

CSU Plans to Expand Student Grants to Cover Full Tuition and Living Expenses


The financial aid expansion is aimed at making good on a pledge last fall when trustees approve a tuition hike.

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