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“Deeper learning” continues to show higher high school graduation rates

But these high schools are much more effective for higher than lower income students

California faces a dire teacher shortage. Should other states worry, too?

Report suggests that California expand routes to the classroom to fill positions

New standards get kids in California excited about science

Only two years into pilot program, long-term effect still unclear

The kids who sued their schools over fake classes where they learned nothing

Behind the lawsuit against sham classes in California high schools

Yes, the teacher shortage is bad, but California voters don’t want fast-tracked teachers either

California teachers need more student teaching experience prior to teaching, poll says


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Hailed as a ‘bold vision,’ an innovative school plan hits roadblocks

Controversy over a California community center that would unite a school district and a city shows how popular ideas can lose favor once they are executed

Some small universities can promise big paychecks

CSU Maritime prepares students to be leaders in a well-paying industry