Rowan Moore Gerety

More than four million California residents were born in Mexico, so the state has a lot of experience with students learning English as a second language. In Watsonville, though, public schools have struggled to educate a growing number of Mexican students from indigenous backgrounds: it’s a little bit trickier when English is your third language.

Year’s Dry Start Hurts Ranchers, Farmers

Jan 16, 2014
Vinnee Tong

Many people across California are thinking the same thought lately: If only I could make it rain.

The state just endured its driest year ever, according to the National Weather Service. And rainfall levels this year -- at halfway through our rainiest months -- aren’t much improved. Now the state has created a team to address the drought, with many waiting for Gov. Brown to officially declare it an emergency.

Farmers and ranchers are already feeling the pain.