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.
More than 700 teachers, business owners, and lawmakers from across California met at the state Capitol recently, with the goal of trying to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, and math -- or STEM -- classes offered in the state. Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.
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.
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.