Joanna Lin

State Reported Inflated Rate of Teachers Lacking Credentials

by Joanna Lin, California Watch The rate was startling: Nearly six in 10 teachers at California’s lowest-performing schools were not properly credentialed for the classes they led. It’s a rate California has worked to shrink for the past six years. It’s also a rate that was wrong. The percentage of teachers and other certificated staff lacking … Continue reading State Reported Inflated Rate of Teachers Lacking Credentials →

Immigrant Integration Varies Across California

Joanna Lin, California Watch When a change to federal law meant many immigrants would lose access to certain welfare benefits, Santa Clara County faced having to absorb thousands of residents in local safety net programs. So the county pursued a way to keep immigrants eligible for federal benefits: citizenship. Since 1996, Santa Clara County has … Continue reading Immigrant Integration Varies Across California →

Study: Nearly 4 Million Californians Cannot Afford Enough Food

by Joanna Lin, California Watch For Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, the good news is that the number of people the food bank serves has leveled off over the past couple of years. The bad news: The food bank still feeds 132,000 people every month. The food … Continue reading Study: Nearly 4 Million Californians Cannot Afford Enough Food →

Data Shows Educational Disparities Between Asian, Latino Groups That Are Often Lumped Together

by Joanna Lin, California Watch Californians who are Asian Indian or Taiwanese are among the most highly educated in the state, recently released census data shows. The data reveals significant disparities between racial and ethnic groups that often are lumped together. Among both groups, about 7 out of 10 people ages 25 and older hold … Continue reading Data Shows Educational Disparities Between Asian, Latino Groups That Are Often Lumped Together →

In Oakland Schools, Chronic Absence, Suspension Derail African-American Boys

By Joanna Lin, The Bay Citizen High rates of chronic absence, suspension and poor academic performance signal that more than half of African-American male students in the Oakland Unified School District are at risk of dropping out, according to new research. The Urban Strategies Council, an Oakland-based community advocacy organization, found significant disparities between African-American … Continue reading In Oakland Schools, Chronic Absence, Suspension Derail African-American Boys →

Calif. Schools Employing Fewer Nurses, Librarians

From California Watch California is issuing fewer credentials for public school service positions such as librarians, school nurses and administrators, and its schools are employing fewer service staff, according to a recent report by the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The commission issued 11 percent fewer service credentials between the 2006-07 and 2010-11 school years. … Continue reading Calif. Schools Employing Fewer Nurses, Librarians →

51% of All Calif. K-12 Students Are Hispanic

From California Watch California enrolls the most Hispanics in K-12 schools in the country: nearly 3.4 million in 2010, according to an analysis of census data released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center. Hispanics made up 51 percent of all K-12 students in the state – the second-highest proportion of overall enrollment in the nation, … Continue reading 51% of All Calif. K-12 Students Are Hispanic →

Lone Resident of China Camp State Park, Slated for Closure, Faces Eviction; Video

From California Watch Frank Quan is 85 years old, and he has lived nearly his entire life in one place – a tiny wooden shack perched on the shore of San Pablo Bay. But by next summer, Quan could be forced to move: His house is in a state park slated for closure. In an … Continue reading Lone Resident of China Camp State Park, Slated for Closure, Faces Eviction; Video →