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Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert - a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk.  As Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols reports, schools and parents now hace a new tool to investigate this critical problem.

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California middle and high school students would not have to start daily classes until at least 8:30am, under a bill making its way through the California Legislature.  However, many teachers may not like the proposed later school start times, as KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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Students in California shouldn't have to go hungry if their parents haven't paid their school lunch bills.  That's the idea behind a proposal in the state Legislature by Van Nuys Democratic state Senator Bob Hertzberg.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

A new study finds that as many as one million students in California have attended schools with water systems that didn't meet safe drinking water standards.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

The U.S. Senate voted last week to pass a bill that replaces No Child Left Behind.  The new policy sends much of educational standard-setting and decision-making back to the states.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on California's reaction to the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

In San Bernardino, an Epidemic of Questionable Arrests at School

Dec 11, 2015
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Some school districts in the Inland Empire are wrestling with what role police should play on campuses, and what tactics they should use to keep those schools safe.  Families from several districts complain that school officers have abused students and arrested them unnecessarily.

In a collaboration with reporter Susan Ferriss and The Center for Public Integrity, reporter Amy Isackson brings us the story of one young man who was affected. 

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A UC Berkeley report finds California school facilities are underfunded, and that's putting more stress on the budgets of districts serving low-income students.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Pomona College takes the top spot on Forbes list of best colleges. KVCR's Rick Dulock reports.

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California schools have been told they can increase teacher pay using money dedicated to increase services fir high-need students.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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San Bernardino Graduation rates are steady, but dropout rates up slightly. KVCR's Rick Dulock reports.

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A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicle, rifles, and grenade launchers.  That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports the bill faces its first committee vote on Wednesday.

It's Layoff Season For California Teachers

Mar 13, 2015
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California school districts have until Sunday to send out layoff notices to teachers for the academic year that starts in the fall.  Layoffs are up slightly this year from last.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, they're overwhelmingly lower than during the recession.

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Say goodbye to those old "Scan-tron" bubble tests.  California's new standardized school testing program is officially under way.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the tests are on computers now... and the questions are open-ended.

IE Lawmaker Wants School Drinking Water Tested

Feb 26, 2015
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A California state senator from Chino has introduced legislation that would mandate testing the purity of drinking water at schools throughout the state.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

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With the economy doing better than it has in years, the state of California is collecting a surplus of revenue.  By law, most of the extra dollars must go to education.  But there is a wide expanse of education programs and initiatives on which California could spend extra revenue, and some lawmakers have different education spending priorities than Governor Jerry Brown.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report from Capital Public Radio.

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Hoping to get more school kids to drink fewer sugary drinks and more water, a grant from the California Endowment will help install drinking fountains and water purification systems in many Central California schools.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

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We continue our series examining new laws taking effect in California in the new year.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports that middle school and high school football practices at California schools will be subject to more regulation come next football season.

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California schools will be required to keep a supply of "Epi-Pens" -- antihistamine auto-injectors used for potentially lethal allergic reactions -- on premises.  Previous law encouraged, but did not require, schools to have Epi-Pens.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has details about the new law and its mandates.