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Technology not a cure all say both students and teachers

Parneet Kaur, Pleasant Grove High School January 26, 2023

At Pleasant Grove High School, students and teachers say technology provides educational benefits, but also has drawbacks that have become more apparent, and advantages that may not be available to all...

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Pleasant Grove ponders opposing views on switch to lock schedule

Lilah Gonsalves, Pleasant Grove High School January 2, 2023

Following district trends, Pleasant Grove High School is considering the switch to a block schedule, but because of mixed opinions from students and faculty, the specifics are still unresolved. Some...

Lasha R. Bayden, Acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of California address student participants at the District Attorneys Youth Academy. Photo from the District Attorneys Youth Academy and shared by Raquel Hernandez.

Law enforcement agencies collaborate to present District Attorney’s Youth Academy to local teens

Saffiya Sheikh, Horizon Charter School January 2, 2023

The rule of law is one of the components in our society that ensures stability and order. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office acknowledges this and seeks to educate young people on topics...

Standardized tests increasingly controversial at secondary level as colleges drop required tests

Akshaj Mehta, Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory December 28, 2022

Standardized testing is becoming increasingly scarce in the college admissions world. Where once students had to fill out a lengthy application and take a three-and-a-half-hour test, they now, in many...

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Students say winter final exams result in increased stress levels

Parneet Kaur, Pleasant Grove High School December 28, 2022

At Pleasant Grove High School, the pressure-cooker of finals week is over. In the aftermath, students have a lot to say about how finals increased their stress levels, and about finals’ value and whether...

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Are later secondary school start times helping or hurting California high school students?

Gemma Costuna , Rosemont High School December 20, 2022

With the intent to better ensure students get a good night’s sleep, California this year became the first state to implement a law (Senate Bill 328, 2019) requiring public high schools to ring the first...

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Sacramento area youth volunteer to help facilitate midterm election

Kylie Huang, Mira Loma High School December 1, 2022

Youth throughout Sacramento County worked at the polls for the midterm elections in November, helping to make voting more efficient and accessible.   The election work gave the  Sacramento region...

University of California A-G course requirements. Photo by Saffiya Sheik, Horizon Charter School.

UC, community colleges create new transfer opportunities for California students

Saffiya Sheikh, Horizon Charter School October 27, 2022

This spring, the University of California system and California community colleges will be teaming up to create new opportunities for California students to transfer to a UC campus.   Six UC campuses...

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Ramifications from Sac City Unified teacher strike persist with lost instructional days

Ethan Machado, C. K. McClatchy High School October 8, 2022

Among all the COVID craziness that happened last year, some may have already forgotten about the teacher strike that shut down Sacramento City Unified District schools campuses for nearly two weeks.  While...

St. Francis High principal Elias Mendoza and Diversity Coordinator Valerie Ramos welcome students to the campus. Photo by Samantha Rickards.

St. Francis pioneering ethnic studies course for Catholic schools

Samantha Rickards, St. Francis High School September 27, 2022

St. Francis Catholic High School is developing an ethnic studies course that could inspire other Catholic schools in the area to do the same. The main goal of this ethnic studies course will be to educate...

A student taking notes from a Spanish lecture given at Horizon Charter School. Photo by Saffiya Sheik, Horizon Charter School.

Homeschool enrollment skyrocketing after reopening of schools

Saffiya Sheik, Horizon Charter School September 3, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been forced to stay home and continue their education through online schooling. Currently, with a few exceptions, California prohibits distance learning,...

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California continues universal free meals for all K-12 students beginning this fall

Kaili Jiang, John F. Kennedy High School September 3, 2022

After a year in which the federal government served free breakfast and lunch to K-12 students nationwide, the state of California has decided to continue bringing universal free meals to the table, starting...

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