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2017 California school test scores: Why are they flatlining?

Breaking with its steadily upward trend, California’s annual test scores have stagnated, with fewer than half of students proficient in math and …

Students

California school board will allow transgender books in elementary schools

Should children in kindergarten be taught about transgender people?<p>That’s the question at the center of a controversy that erupted in June after a transgender student at Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school in northern California, brought the children’s book “I Am Jazz” to school to share with …

Essential California: California's dilemma on single-payer healthcare

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It's <b>Friday, Sept. 22,</b> and here's what's happening across California:<p><b>TOP STORIES</b><p><b>Healthcare politics</b><p>The push for single-payer healthcare, in which the government pays for residents' medical care, has already rattled California's …

Los Angeles

California’s Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids

Gov. Jerry Brown of California is poised to sign a worrisome bill that will codify the Obama-era sexual assault guidelines. Those rules told colleges to toughen up on sexual assault allegations or risk losing federal dollars.<p>California’s law explicitly applies to children in public kindergarten, …

One of LA’s first inner-city charter schools celebrates 20 years — and is proud to keep ‘Watts’ in its name

Click to view slideshow.*UPDATEDWhen Gene Fisher opened an independent public charter school in September 1997 in Watts, it shared a one-room …

Exclusive: School autonomy vs. teen sleep — Charter schools join opposition to California’s late-start bill after last-minute addition

State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)California charter middle and high schools would be prohibited …

Minority students are less likely to be placed in special education

The odds of a black child being identified as disabled and placed in special education are 56 percent lower than that of an otherwise similar white …

Finally, a School District With a Gender-Neutral Dress Code

<i>Now</i> we're talking.<p>One California school district, San José Unified, has finally ditched its antiquated, sexist dress code in favor of a new …

Gender-Neutral

Safer helmets now part of the uniform for high school football players in Livermore

LIVERMORE — The high school football season kicked off this year with an unusual move to outfit every player with a state-of-the-art helmet that …

High School Football

California schools increase legal and counseling supports in wake of DACA's end

<i>Dana Herrera, 23, is student at L.A. Valley College who plans to transfer to UCLA. She lives in Panorama City and came to Downtown Los Angeles for</i> …

‘Free college’ is a new rallying cry in California

When State University of New York and City University of New York students return to campus this fall, tens of thousands of low-income undergraduates …

California school children help build tiny homes for LA's homeless | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles man who has spent more than two years building tiny, portable homes to help house the city’s homeless population recruited a group of fourth and fifth grade children to aid his mission.<p>Elvis Summers, 40, has built dozens of compact one-room homes on wheels. For …

California standardized test scores delayed by error in special education students' scores

California's data-related delay in the release of its state standardized test scores is due to a mix-up in some special education students' scores, an official said Tuesday.<p>The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress were initially scheduled to be released …

Education

Minority Students Still Missing Out on Special Education, New Analysis Says

Black and Hispanic students otherwise similar to white students in reading are underenrolled in special education, says a study that runs counter to …

Smarter Balanced scores could be delayed two more weeks

Due to inaccurate data, state now anticipates releasing this year's math and reading test results by Sept. 13.

Why are California charter schools' vaccination rates so much worse than district-run schools?

<i>FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in</i> …

Transgender Kindergarten Lesson has Rocklin Parents Split

ROCKLIN -- How young is too young to introduce a child to the concept of gender identity? That is a question the Rocklin Academy Schools district …

In report to Vacaville school district trustees, Kairos leader extols charter school’s positives

Kitzes<p>Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy, an independent charter school aligned with Vacaville Unified, has grown by nearly 100 students since …

When it Comes to Special Education in California Schools, 'Funding Is Very Unequal'

<i>The Learning Curve is a weekly column that answers questions about schools using plain language. Have a question about how your local schools work?</i> …

Growing number of California school districts offer students free college entrance exam

Three dozen California districts and charter networks say free tests raise expectations and remove a barrier for applying to college.

Summit charter schools launch nation’s first teacher residency program for personalized learning

A network of charter schools in Northern California this month will launch the nation’s first teacher residency program focused on personalized …

Sex education is now the law, but conservative school leaders aren’t happy about it

Last year, a 13-year-old boy in Mendota raised his hand in class and asked Kayla Wilson what age he had to be to buy condoms.<p>Wilson, who teaches sex …

All-Gender Restrooms Coming to SJUSD Schools

One of the largest school districts in California plans to put in all-gender bathrooms at all of its campuses.<p>The movement began San Jose Unified …

Gender-Neutral

Palm Lane Elementary will finally convert to a charter school

In April, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a victory won by parents of students at Anaheim’s Palm Lane Elementary School. The parents had used …

8-year-old boy raises over $6K to buy best friend new wheelchair

(ABC News) -- A California boy decided to raise funds to buy a brand new, customized wheelchair for his best friend, whose current wheelchair had …

Later start times in California schools could save sleep, complicate family life

Knikki Royster starts her workday as a juvenile court teacher in San Diego at 7:30 a.m., and she’s not sure what to do if her two kids can’t start …

High School

Lawmaker calls for change spurred by embroiled Livermore charter school failure

LIVERMORE —A California lawmaker is calling for more oversight of charter schools after hearing the plight of Livermore children and parents.<p>The …

Corruption

Researchers get a $3.26-million federal grant to study online credit recovery

Researchers have received a $3.26-million federal grant to study the effectiveness of online credit recovery programs that allow students to make up failed classes.<p>The grant, from the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will pay for the nonprofit research group American Institutes for …

Education

What you should be paying attention to at this week's California State Board of Education meeting

California’s schools might not be in session, but the people who oversee them will make some important decisions this week.<p>The California State Board of Education is meeting Wednesday and Thursday <b></b>to debate how the state plans to satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 2015 federal law that …

Education