June 26th, 2012

Scrutiny of a West Oakland church school accused of abuse by parents and students is growing, with BART officials now questioning the school’s right to solicit for donations in stations and state officials investigating whether federal funds should have gone to school leaders. Watch an update on the story with our media partners at CBS San Francisco and read more about our findings here.

March 15th, 2012
There is currently $2 billion worth of brand-new facilities in the planning, design, or construction stages at UC San Diego. And in the broader University of California system, there is more than 200 building projects under way at the 10 campuses and five medical centers, together valued at $8.9 billion.All of these new buildings seem an odd contradiction in a state that has cut billions of dollars in operating money from its public universities, which have responded by reducing enrollment, dramatically increasing tuition and laying off employees. Do you currently attend college in California? Click here to read more.

There is currently $2 billion worth of brand-new facilities in the planning, design, or construction stages at UC San Diego. And in the broader University of California system, there is more than 200 building projects under way at the 10 campuses and five medical centers, together valued at $8.9 billion.

All of these new buildings seem an odd contradiction in a state that has cut billions of dollars in operating money from its public universities, which have responded by reducing enrollment, dramatically increasing tuition and laying off employees. Do you currently attend college in California? Click here to read more.

March 7th, 2012

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Young black and Hispanic students are far more likely to receive tough school punishments, including suspensions, than white students.

Here, the NewsHour breaks down the complexities behind a new set of data released by the Department of Education.

Reblogged from PBS NewsHour
September 5th, 2011

California ranks last in school bus ridership. Just 16 percent of California children ride buses to school, according to a 2003 report [PDF] by the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Read more. 

August 12th, 2011

California’s high school dropout rate almost 20 percent

Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California’s projected class of 2010 - 18.2 percent - dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without diplomas, according to data released Thursday. via The San Francisco Chronicle.

June 8th, 2011

In California, graduation rates rise, but nearly 140,000 won’t finish high school

Nearly 140,000 students who were enrolled in the ninth grade in the 2007-08 school year in California will not graduate from high school this month.

By contrast, some 377,498 students will receive their diplomas. The difference amounts to a loss of an average of 775 students from school in California each day. Learn more.

Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice for California Watch

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