California state Sen. Bill Dodd has introduced legislation to help schools make up instructional time and state dollars lost to closures for climate-driven emergencies such as wildfires. The increasingly pressing issue was the topic of a CalMatters series last year.
Updated Nov. 19, 2019 California voters have resoundingly approved tens of billions of dollars in state school construction bonds over the last two decades. But a new survey suggests that voters have yet to similarly warm up to the latest and heftiest proposal to come before them: a $15 billion state bond for public schools, […]
California just became the first state in the nation to push back the start of the school day, the better to let adolescents get the sleep they need at that age. But just how that new law will work is open to question. For one thing, it won’t start right away in most schools. It doesn’t appear to ban early morning ‘zero periods’ when many schools schedule important electives. It exempts rural schools without defining the term ‘rural.’ And it doesn’t necessarily mean school will end later, which means those extra minutes of snoozing will have to come out of some other part of the school day, such as lunch.