California is grappling with wildfire, again. Fierce winds whipping up fast-moving flames, people evacuating, communities threatened. Once the flames are out, it can take months for communities and families to recover. For students at a school in Santa Rosa that serves high-functioning autistic kids, the past few months have been really tough. The school, called the Anova Center for Education, burned down. Nine families from the school lost their houses, too. Anova was a home away from home for them. Reporter Lee Romney checks in on one 12-year-old student, and what the school has been doing to get him and his peers back to a calming classroom routine.
Kern County School’s Controversial Discipline Practices
Last month, California’s Superintendent for Public Instruction announced that across California, suspensions have been cut in half, compared to five years ago. Expulsions are down more than 40 percent. The state has encouraged these reductions. But the story behind the numbers is complicated. As schools stop relying on suspensions and expulsions to discipline students, some have found other ways to keep bad behavior in check. One middle school in Kern County has turned to drastic measures. KQED’s Education Reporter, Vanessa Rancano takes us to a little farmworker town called Weedpatch.
#UsToo: An Oakland Teacher’s Story
Hundreds of people have responded to our survey about their experiences with sexual harassment at the workplace and elsewhere. KQED's Silicon Valley Senior Editor Tonya Mosley has been collecting their responses. And this week, we're launching a new series called "Us Too." Today, we hear from Sonia Lee, an elementary school teacher from Oakland, about an encounter early in her career, and how that moment has impacted the way she teaches.
Many teachers are now rethinking how they approach sex education. KQED’s Tonya Mosley takes us inside a Menlo Park classroom, where consent, sexual harassment and preventing sexual assault are the lessons of the day.
Archaeologists Find 300-Pound Sphinx Statue in SoCal Sand Dunes
Last year, we took you to the Guadalupe-Nipomo sand dunes near Santa Barbara, where the 1920s blockbuster the "The Ten Commandments" was filmed. Remains of the movie set are still buried in the sand. Now, as Bianca Taylor tells us, archaeologists have made a big discovery.