Workers last month found elevated levels of lead in a machine shop at Sacramento State University that houses engineering and computer science classes. Additional samples revealed high levels of lead in six student labs. Faculty, staff and student employees who have worked in Santa Clara Hall recently are being tested for lead poisoning.
In the Sacramento City Unified School District, 43,000 students returning Sept. 1 will spend extra time in class four days a week in exchange for leaving early on Thursdays. The new schedule gives teachers an hour after school to collaborate each week, an approach that districts around the region have begun embracing in recent years.
The statewide rate is at an all-time low and less than half the rate in 2000, but the rate is still much higher among young women of color. And there are wide disparities among California counties, with the Central Valley lagging behind.
Music instruction franchises Bach to Rock and School of Rock expand into the Sacramento region with programs aimed at getting kids ready to take the stage, and that means more competition for locally grown programs.
There is a misconception that students attending UC campuses aren’t in need of financial assistance. Forty-two percent of UC students receive Pell Grants – federal financial aid for students from low-income families – and more than half of UC students pay no tuition because of financial aid. But financial aid doesn’t cover all costs, especially those associated with food and shelter.
Anne Thomas Braxton, the first director of the Oak Park Preschool, and a former counselor and high school vice principal in the Sacramento Unified School District, died Aug. 9, just a few weeks before her 97th birthday.
Nonprofit group U.S. Right to Know has asked UC Davis for correspondence between professors and the agrochemical industry, seeking evidence of collusion. But it says the university has been slow to respond, and it wants a judge to help pry the records loose.
A Sacramento woman fired from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing after disclosing a three-year backlog in teacher misconduct complaints has won a $3.1 million jury verdict in a lawsuit against the agency and two of its executives.
Kathleen Carroll, a former attorney for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, lost her job after disclosing a three-year backlog in teacher misconduct complaints and other problems at the agency. Then-state Auditor Elaine Howle characterized the commission as one of the “worst run” agencies she had ever investigated.
Rebecca Estepp, spokeswoman for the nonprofit Education 4 All Foundation, said U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw announced he expects to decide the week of Aug. 22 whether to temporarily halt Senate Bill 277 while a lawsuit goes forward. The foundation is one of 21 plaintiffs in the suit.
A new state law that took effect July 1 eliminated personal- and religious-belief exemptions for families that opted to avoid vaccinations for their children. Under the new law, students entering the two checkpoint years of kindergarten and seventh grade are now required to show proof of vaccination. The requirement also applies to students who transfer into a district.
Retailers are offering extensive saving deals to Sacramento-area consumers who started their 2016 back-to-school shopping right after Fourth of July. The back-to-school seasonal spending surge is surpassed only by the winter holidays shopping season.
The former chancellor will still receive her salary of $424,360 plus retirement and health benefits, but she will not have to teach classes for a year. She then plans to become an engineering professor on the University of California campus.
Anthony Villarreal, 25, speaks about his expulsion from William Jessup University, a private Christian school in Rocklin. Villarreal believes he was expelled because he was gay. The school says he was expelled because of an arrest for domestic violence. Senate Bill 1146, a bill that would have allowed students like Villarreal to sue religious schools for discrimination, will be amended by its author Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, on Thursday to remove key provisions.