Back to School: Education Policy
It's not just kids who are getting ready to hit the books. California schools will be put to the test this year as well, with two major policy changes. First, California's new funding formula, devised by Gov. Jerry Brown puts local districts in control of how they spend education funding and provides more money for low income students and English learners. Also, the national Common Core curriculum takes full effect this school year, changing how students are taught and tested.
• Michael Kirst, California State School Board President
• Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle Education Reporter
Rim Fire Restoration
It's been a year since the rim fire scorched 400 square miles in Yosemite and surrounding areas. It was the largest fire to ever burn in the Sierra Nevada. This week, a hunter pleaded not guilty to charges that he started it with an illegal campfire. KQED Science Reporter Lauren Sommer recently visited the area to see first-hand. KQED Newsroom's Thuy Vu sat down with her to discuss the lingering impact and current restoration efforts.
• Lauren Sommer, KQED Science Reporter