Studying Up: June 9, 2011
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by opponents of the so-called Dream Act, a state law that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at California Colleges. They sought to overturn a November ruling by the California Supreme Court upholding the law, arguing that it violates federal rules against providing state benefits to illegal residents. In its decision, the California Supreme Court said that residence is not the primary factor considered when granting the in-state rates.
Before students can think about paying for college, they have to graduate from high school. A recent study found that 140,000 of California students enrolled in the ninth grade four years ago won’t receive a high school diploma this month.
If you build it, they will come – at least that’s what the founders of a new high school in Los Angeles thought when they planned Hillcrest High. While the recently-built campus is tricked out with a robotics lab and digital smart boards, but it’s missing something critical for any school: students. Turns out that after pouring funds into building the school, the Alvord Unified School District doesn’t have the funds to actually open it.
School officials in San Jose responded to parents’ questions about the fate of some underperforming schools in the Alum Rock School District. One idea on the table is closing the schools and re-opening half of them as charters.
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