The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

G342U3LHM.3
New Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jose Banda launched his 100-day campaign to familiarize himself with the district and the community today as 43,000 students started their first day of the new school year.
GCP2TUF6M.2Photographer
Sacramento City Unified School District students are learning how to utilize aquaponics to produce plants, fruit and vegetables in an urban garden at Luther Burbank High School as a component of the Summer of Service program.
GA82QHHNV.2
As landlines and paper handouts disappear, local school districts are experimenting with new ways of reaching families. At Folsom Cordova and Natomas unified school districts this year, that means launching an app that allows parents to keep tabs on their children almost anywhere and anytime.
GTP2THSN5.4Staff Photographer
Sacramento State freshmen Ashley Sanchez and Destinee Malde-Sanchez got to know each other for six months before moving into their residence hall Friday, thanks to an online roommate matching service offered by their school’s department of housing and residential life.
GCK2TGD6K.2Photographer
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will appeal the June court ruling that California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, he decided Friday.
tb test
The Sacramento County Department of Health on Thursday released results from the latest of four tuberculosis screenings since the diagnosis in February of a Grant Union High School student with active tuberculosis. A total of 345 students and staff were tested.
GV12T6EPH.3Senior Photographer
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the academic year, ending a leadership run marked by noteworthy campus improvements and recurrent friction with faculty members.

See average SAT scores and other data for every large high school in the region.
Loretta Kalb on Twitter
Diana Lambert on Twitter

Great Schools Guide
Find top-rated schools near you, get homework help and much more

Quiz: How would you do on the STAR test?
The annual STAR tests given to California school students has important implications for education in the state. Last year, asked readers some of the questions students face. This year, we are using tougher questions. See how you'd do.
FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Watch Bee news, lifestyle videos | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying
Sacramento Bee Job listing powered by Careerbuilder.com
Quick Job Search
TODAY'S CIRCULARS
Sacramentoconnect.com SacWineRegion.com SacMomsclub.com SacPaws.com BeeBuzz Points Find n Save