Put equity before equality in school funding

The Local Control Funding Formula was designed to benefit student populations that have the greatest need for support — the law indicates that districts should allot more money to schools that serve larger numbers of low-income students, English learners and foster youth. But, writes Randy Villegas, the Kern County School District has chosen to distribute most of its state dollars equally across all schools […]

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Progress in quest to change expulsion policies

The Kern Education Justice Collaborative combines the strengths of different local organizations to address grievous racial disparities in the county’s school discipline practices. Students of color were being suspended and expelled at much higher rates than white students, and the group undertook the task of educating the public about what they describe as an education crisis. Read more on South Kern Sol.

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Richmond seeks to bridge the digital divide

While teachers increasingly assign homework that requires Internet access, some students fear they’ll be left on the losing side of the “homework gap.” Corporations have promised programs to supplement internet service for the poorest neighborhoods, but no launch date has been set. Until then, lower income students have to find their own way to an online computer.  “We looked […]

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The future of California economy depends on education for Latinos

According to new statistics, there are 15 million Latinos in California, but less than two percent of those working have a college degree. An estimated 70 percent of Merced students are Latinos; if this demographic entered college ready to achieve, the ripple effect could be astounding. “A combination of factors make [the] road from high school to graduation difficult […]

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At first-ever town hall, students say they need more from teachers

When Long Beach Unified School District held its first-ever town hall meeting specifically to hear what students of color are thinking, administrators got a clear and overwhelming message: students need more support from their teachers. More focused teaching and guidance, they said, would help them stay motivated in school and see opportunities in their futures. “I feel like […]

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Searching for reasons behind segregation at Berkeley High

Sophie Varon, a student at a large and racially diverse high school, thinks Berkeley High’s “Small School” divisions are the root of the segregation on campus. The system enrolls students in different programs, setting them on fundamentally different academic tracks. “My school district takes pride in the fact that it was one of the first school districts to voluntarily desegregate […]

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