A new U.C. Riverside report found overall suspension rates are down for Inland Empire students, but rates for some minority groups remain disproportionately high.

COVID Forces Major Changes to Prison Education Programs

Aug 12, 2020
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Just like traditional colleges, California's education programs for people in prison have had to make huge changes in the wake of the pandemic, even as Congress decides whether to make permanent the program that sustains them.


Robert Rundquist, interim dean of institutional effectiveness and intersegmental partnerships for Chaffey College in Southern California, said his institution has transitioned to a correspondence course model until it's safe to return to in-person learning.

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Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Cid Pinedo, President and CEO of the Children’s Fund. He shares what his non-profit is doing for families in the community during this pandemic. Also on the show, KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has a conversation with Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy. He's also the Director of UCR's Center for Social Innovation. They discuss local data and tracking related to the pandemic and how organizations and philanthropists are collaborating to help.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of California Community Colleges. He talks about how the community colleges are transitioning during the pandemic. Also on the show is Dr. Stephanie Houston, Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Engagement with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. She shares how resources from the county are ready to support students with more than At-home lessons.

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KVCR's Lillian Vasquez speaks with Paul Granillo, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, to see what business leaders have been saying about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Also on the show is David Thurston, Chief Technology Officer with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, to discover how his team is both serving and protecting students and teachers in a world of virtual classrooms.

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KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has a conversation with Dr. Judy White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, about the services Riverside County is providing to meet the needs of the community. Listen to this episode and more here.

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KVCR's Lillian Vasquez sits down with Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, to discuss the resources and services that San Bernardino County is providing to meet the needs of the community. Listen to this episode and more here.

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Children's groups are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom after his administration added $10 million for English Learner programs to the state budget. Supporters say the issue affects 25% of the state’s public-school students. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.

One in four public-school students in California is an English learner – and now programs to help them become more fluent will be funded to the tune of 10 million dollars.

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s approach to charter schools has signaled a policy shift from his predecessor. The state Teachers’ Association, which plans to demonstrate at the Capitol today [WEDNESDAY], wasted little time advancing an aggressive legislative agenda to increase regulation of charter schools. Capital Public Radio’s Scott Rodd reports.

On the campaign trail, Newsom rebuked characterizations that he’s a charter school adversary.

Organic food isn't served in most California school districts...because it costs more. But a bill moving through the legislature would launch a pilot to help schools buy organic food. Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

School districts would get 15 cents of additional funding per meal to buy organic produce, dairy and meat from California.

Right now, districts have about $1.25 to spend on each school meal, including labor costs. That's a rough estimate from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the bill's sponsor.

A proposal to limit charter schools in California has left two national civil rights organizations at odds. Cap Radio’s Scott Rodd has the story.

The NAACP and the National Action Network disagree over whether increasing oversight of charter schools and capping their growth would help or hurt black students.

According to Ryan Anderson of the Legislative Analyst’s Office, black students make up 8 percent of the enrollment at charter schools, compared to 5 percent at traditional public schools.

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California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia says Teach For America trainees aren't qualified to educate low-income students.  So she's introduced a bill that would prohibit them from working at these vulnerable schools.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom praised his "cradle-to-career" education plan throughout his campaign.  One of his goal: establish a data systemthat tracks California kids from early childhood through college and into the workforce.  It's been a topic of conversation for more than a decade, yet a system still doen't exist.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explains.

The two finalists for California's state schools chief faced off in a debate last night [Tuesday] in Sacramento.  As Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports, the race is a battle between teachers unions and charter school advocates.

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.

Counselor to Student Ratio to Increase at CSU

Apr 26, 2018

Mental health advocates say anxiety is up among college students dealing with things like debt and the cost of living. That's prompted a push for more counselors at California State University campuses. Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne has this story.

Education Advocates Slam Trump Budget Cuts

Feb 14, 2018

Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump's new 2019 budget proposal because it zeros out funding for several programs that benefit students.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

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A new California state law will put an end to "shaming" students for unpaid school lunch fees.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports as part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

The College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona has received a $1.1 million grant to help alleviate a shortage of special education teachers in our region.  KVCR's Rick Dulock recently spoke with Assistant Professor Heather Wizikowski about the teacher shortage and plans for the grant.

Some Native American parents are urging California school teachers to stop assigning the mission project.  That's where kids in the fourth grade build replicas of historic Spanish mission.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

When it comes to high school graduation, California is narrowing the achievement gap for Latino and African-American students, and for English language learners.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports on the latest data from the state.

High school students who are suspended are at greater risk to drop out, and they earn less than peers who graduate.  Now, a study from the University of California looks at the economic costs of suspension.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

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.

Bleary-eyed teenagers shuffling to school barely after daybreak could become a thing of the past, if a state lawmaker has his way.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on the proposal to push back middle and high school start times to at least 8:30.

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Hundreds of Inland Empire high school students begin competing in this year's Riverside County Mock Trial Competetion,  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California's top court will not change teacher tenure and the policy of "Last In, First Out."  The state Supreme Court yesterday (Monday) declined to reconsider a lower court decision that upheld those laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that could end legal uncertainty over tenure.

Parents, grandparents and guardians could take time off work for school activities without losing any pay under a newly-introduced bill in the California Legislature.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it's the latest effort to give employees more flexibility.

Just a few years after laying off tens of thousands of teachers during the recession, California school districts are suddenly facing a deep shortage of qualified teachers.  That's prompting several proposals from state lawmakers, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler 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.

A UCLA study notes falling suspension rates in California school districts. The study also suggests that schools issuing fewer suspensions see stronger student achievement. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler provided this report.