Jackie Mow

California is home to more than two-million undocumented immigrants, some of them children. The life of one of those kids is featured in a new  documentary called East of Salinas, airing locally Monday on PBS.  Salinas teacher Oscar Ramos also plays a key role in the documentary. 

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. 

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.