11:52 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Role Model School Sets Students on Career Path

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson (center) visits Millennium Charter High School in Salinas. He stands with Principal Peter Gray (far right), Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Kotowski, and Executive Director of the Media Center Hamish Tyler (far left).
Credit Krista Almanzan

California’s State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson visited Millennium Charter High School in Salinas yesterday. He called this new school a role model.  This as California looks toward a future where K-12 schools not only educate students in traditional subjects, but prepare them for careers.  

Mornings at Millennium Charter High School in Salinas start in the school’s Black Box Theater.  The aptly named room has black floors, black walls and black stadium seating. 

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6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Rise in Mixteco Speaking Students Poses Challenges for Watsonville Schools

Teacher George Feldman works on math with a group of first graders at Ohlone Elementary School.
Credit 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.

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