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California parents dream of college while dreading the cost, survey shows

The majority of California parents want their children to get a college degree, even as they worry about the rising cost of college, according to a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

May 11, 2022 | EdSource
The future of the state’s public education system is questioned in a new report

Part of the California 100 initiative, administered by the Goldman School of Public Policy, a new report finds that long-term structural challenges in the state’s finance system, combined with flaws in education governance, threaten the long-term outlook of public education.

May 11, 2022 | EdSource
Challenged by Covid, the Class of 2022 looks ahead to better days

EdSource spoke with members of California's Class of 2022 on their unique high school experiences during COVID-19 and beyond.

May 6, 2022 | EdSource
California expanding community college baccalaureate programs

The community college baccalaureate program is on the precipice of expanding in California. Program proponents say the more advanced bachelor’s degree offerings by colleges that typically offer associate degrees are key to training California’s workforce and expanding degrees among the underserved students of California’s community college system.

May 4, 2022 | EdSource
Senate, Assembly agree California schools should receive billions more in unrestricted funding

Legislative leaders agreed this week that giving schools billions of dollars more in unrestricted funding would be their top priority in negotiations with Gov. Gavin Newsom over next year’s bountiful state budget.

April 29, 2022 | EdSource
Cost, emotional stress leading to enrollment challenges at colleges, study finds

Many adults across the United States who don’t attend college are interested in enrolling, but the high costs of attendance are preventing them from doing so. At the same time, significant numbers of students currently enrolled in college have recently considered dropping out, and they overwhelmingly point to emotional stress as the reason.

April 22, 2022 | EdSource
Bill would give low-income high school seniors checks near graduation

A state senator has introduced a bill to give low-income high school seniors who have experienced homelessness no-strings-attached checks as they prepare to graduate and get ready for higher education, job training or work.

April 7, 2022 | EdSource
California school enrollment over two decades: gains and losses by region with pandemic year drops

For two decades, K-12 enrollment in California was stable, hovering between 6.1 million and 6.2 million students. But within the state, there was movement: sharp enrollment declines in coastal counties – the rural north and urban Los Angeles and Orange County, where housing prices outpaced incomes – and sharp increases inland, as families moved east to bigger lots and cheaper homes.

March 23, 2022 | EdSource
Graduate profiles help districts prepare students for college and careers

In recent years, major reports and many education experts recommend that schools and communities come together to adopt a graduate profile, which defines the skills and knowledge students should have when they leave school, to create agreement about the changes that are needed.

March 22, 2022 | EdSource