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Education

High lead levels found at Sac State hall; workers tested

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.

Education

What time does school get out? It depends on the day

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.

Education

UC Davis battles hunger on campus

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.

Education

Sacramento woman reacts to $3.1 million court judgment in her favor

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.

Education

Scores of students without vaccine proof sent home on first day of school

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.

Capitol Alert

Former William Jessup student says he was targeted for being gay

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.

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Kids get free haircuts before heading back to school

Jill Knight The News & Observer
Kids get free haircuts before heading back to school 1:05

Kids get free haircuts before heading back to school

Sacramento woman reacts to $3.1 million court judgment in her favor 1:05

Sacramento woman reacts to $3.1 million court judgment in her favor

Former William Jessup student says he was targeted for being gay 0:36

Former William Jessup student says he was targeted for being gay

UC Davis students react to Katehi resignation 1:34

UC Davis students react to Katehi resignation