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Substitute teachers became harder to find after the Covid-19 pandemic closed classrooms, but higher pay and fewer requirements are making the job more attractive.
Many California students live doubled-up with other families and friends. Schools need to better identify those students.
Many districts are beginning to register new students for the coming year, so now is the time to reach out.
The teacher shortage prompted California lawmakers to ease testing requirements, waive exam fees and begin new programs to recruit and retain teachers.
California Community Colleges must now offer a basic needs center at all 115 of its physical campuses. Most centers will offer food and housing support to begin.
With more students qualifying for special education, understanding the options is crucial for parents as they advocate for their children.
Due to the omicron variant's higher transmissibility, medical experts are recommending avoiding cloth masks and surgical masks in favor of higher-quality KN95 or KF94 masks.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 27 into law recently after researchers estimated the number of homeless students in California has increased during the pandemic.
Children 5 and older are now eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccination, but widespread misinformation about it has left parents with questions.
Recent laws have spurred historic changes to the state's juvenile system, where hundreds of young people are incarcerated each year at one of the state's four facilities.
Independent study is this year's at-home alternative to in-person instruction for parents worried about contracting Covid. How will it work?
An ACLU survey in March found that more than 30% of students said they’d lost someone close to them over the past year.
K-12 districts have guidance on how to safely reopen campuses when California schools resume in the fall. Here's what you need to know.
California's community colleges plan to require many students to take an ethnic studies class. Here's what you need to know.
Learn more about college savings accounts and state and local proposals to start them for low-income youth.