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10:59 am
Thu February 6, 2014

For D-League Basketball Players, a Chance at a Dream, Minus the Glamor

Moe Baker cheers his teammates on during a game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

The average NBA player earns over $5 million a season. That’s more than Major League Baseball, and more than the NFL. But there are only 400 jobs in the NBA. And for players just one notch below—in the NBA Development league—the glamor of pro sports fades pretty quickly. 

  

On the court, the Santa Cruz Warriors feel every bit like an NBA team, with towering players sinking dunks and 3-pointers, and cheering fans in face paint who came to support them in a game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.  

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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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11:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Year’s Dry Start Hurts Ranchers, Farmers

Joe Morris brings part of his herd up a hill in Hollister. Morris owns Morris Grassfed in San Juan Bautista. He says the current drought is the worst he's experienced in more than two decades in business.
Credit 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.

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6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Seasonal Moves Weigh on Education for Children of Farmworkers

The Buena Vista Migrant Center is home to 104 farmworker families for six months a year.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

The fields around Watsonville produce more than half a billion dollars in berries every year. By the end of the season, in November, the raspberry vines have been cut back and the strawberry fields plowed under. At the Buena Vista Migrant Center, home to 104 farmworker families for six months a year, that means it’s time to move out, but more and more families are giving second thought to migrating twice a year.

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