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Pandemic widened California’s ‘achievement gap’

California’s school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic widened the state’s “achievement gap” and addressing the crisis should be a major issue for the Legislature.

December 4, 2022 | CalMatters
For undocumented students, job opportunities are scarce. This state program could help.

California’s estimated 75,000 undocumented students don’t qualify for federal work-study or most job opportunities, and often struggle to make ends meet. A new state service program launched last week, College Corps, will give hundreds of them as much as $10,000 per year to perform community service in areas including K-12 education, food insecurity and climate action.

October 12, 2022 | CalMatters
Why Cal State struggles to graduate Black students — and what could be done

The Cal State system graduates Black students at lower rates than other groups. Students, scholars and advocates say the reasons are myriad.

August 22, 2022 | CalMatters
Cal State’s Black students are falling behind other groups — and poor graduation data obscures the crisis

The way the Cal State system presents graduation rates obscures how the system is failing its Black students.

July 12, 2022 | CalMatters
California’s health care workers are burning out. These universities want to help.

Samuel Merritt University and Touro University California’s new anti-burnout programs are part of a federally funded effort to improve retention in a health care industry rocked by the pandemic.

June 10, 2022 | CalMatters
California public school enrollment drops below 6 million mark

According to new data from the California Department of Education, enrollment continues to drop at faster rates than before the pandemic.

April 11, 2022 | CalMatters
The collapse of community college enrollment: Can California turn it around?

Despite sinking overall enrollment, some community colleges in California are seeing more students come back. Targeted state aid is likely helping, but so is more in-person instruction.

March 21, 2022 | CalMatters
Short-term fixes won’t really solve California’s teacher shortage

California’s schools are struggling to staff up — despite billions in state money flowing to school districts to remedy teacher shortages. Grants have helped but, educators say, they aren’t enough.

March 17, 2022 | CalMatters
Revised California math proposal: Despite pushback, little change

The revised draft of the state’s proposed math framework, which became embroiled in controversy last year, insists students can reach high-level math classes under its recommendations.

March 15, 2022 | CalMatters