Home to the largest number of public school students in the nation, California ranks at the bottom on measures of per student spending and academic performance. The Hechinger Report is paying attention to this bellwether state as it attempts to grant more students a shot at the California dream.

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

Why California’s community colleges will soon offer some four-year degrees

State’s economy needs a million more graduates with bachelor’s degrees by 2025

Maria Lemus, far left, paints the alphabet with siblings Adrian and Kimberly Lorencillo and their grandmother before most of the other students arrive.

California’s early ed workers struggle to stay afloat

Low-paid women serve most vulnerable students

Battling for education, against poverty in rural San Joaquin Valley

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland at the Merced university. Photo: Bea Ahbeck Casson/The Hechinger Report If you visit the University of California’s newest campus, opened just…


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Hands-on high school prepares students for the real world and jobs, but what about college?

With a new spotlight on High Tech High, questions arise about its model