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A California Watch survey of the state’s 30 largest, K-12 school districts found that class sizes in kindergarten through third grade are increasing beyond 20 in many districts. In general, the figures in this map refer to teacher-student ratios set by the district for the 2009-10 school year. Actual class size may vary at individual […]
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California Watch’s report on class size appeared in various media, including several newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News, Modesto Bee and the San Diego Union-Tribune. As a part of our collaboration with KQED Radio, the class size story also aired on KQED’s The California Report. The program was also heard on more than two […]
Get the answers to your questions about California’s class-size reduction program as well as who to contact How did the program start? The program was initiated in 1996, to reduce average class sizes in K-3 grades to 20 students to every teacher. At the time, K-3 class sizes in California averaged 28.6 students, among the […]
Select any state on the left to see how it compares to California in terms of student-to-teacher ration for public, K-12 schools. Source: National Education Association (NEA) Rankings and Estimates 2006–07. Figures refer to the ratio between students and all full-time, credentialed teaching staff in a school during the 2006-2007 school year. This is the most recent […]
Talk about “avoided deforestation credits” to combat global warming heats up.
California Watch’s report on homeland security appeared in more than 30 California media outlets with an estimated daily newspaper circulation of 1.8 million and over 27 Web sites with an estimated total of more than14 million monthly unique visitors. Many newspapers carried the story on their front pages. KGO TV in San Francisco also carried […]
California cities, counties and agencies have been awarded at least $1.9 billion worth of major anti-terrorism grants in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Once grant amounts are awarded, local agencies have up to three years to spend the money on approved purchases such as night-vision goggles, consultants for emergency-response plans, SWAT […]
Reporter G.W. Schulz describes some of the equipment purchased by California agencies with anti-terrorism grants—a catalog of items that range from surveillance devices and Hazmat suits to bomb-diffusing robots. Produced by G.W. Schulz and Carrie Ching