K-12 Education

California’s public K-12 schools educate millions amid declining enrollment, teacher shortages and an achievement gap between wealthier and poorer students. We probe what’s working and what isn’t.

From left: Esther Honda at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School in San Francisco, Bridgette Donald-Blue at Coliseum Street Elementary in Los Angeles and Dawn Payne at Buttonwillow Union Elementary. Photos by Shelby Knowles and Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters and Larry Valenzuela, CalMatters/CatchLight Local
Marisa Silvestri listens to her student Oscar de la Torre during her Ethnic Studies Class at Santa Monica High School in Los Angeles on March 28, 2023. Photo by Lauren Justice for CalMatters
Dominic Levy does homework at his home in Clayton on Jan. 29, 2023. Photo by Shelby Knowles for CalMatters

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