Parents Make a Difference


Teachers step outside of the classroom – and into their students’ home to get to know families better. We visit programs in Sacramento and Los Angeles to see how this “home visit” model is working. Plus, we look at school funding through the eyes of two districts: Oakland and Merced. And an effort to teach kids about the dairy industry by bringing cows directly to their school in Rancho Cordova.

Inside California Education brings compelling stories from all over the Golden State about California’s complex, evolving, and innovative public education system. It focuses on how public education’s challenges, opportunities, and successes impact students, parents, teachers, administrators, policymakers and others.  Stories range from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade, and include special education, adult education, vocational training, local funding issues, and groundbreaking new education programs. It also profiles some of the heroes making a daily difference in the lives of California’s six million public school students.

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Funding for the Inside California Education series is made possible by:


On the Right Note
Musical instruments get a whole new life in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Summer Matters
Schools in Sacramento and Los Angeles take a whole new approach to summer school.

Teacher Shortage
California’s looming teacher shortage.

Mobile Dairy Classroom
Teaching kids about the dairy industry by bringing cows directly to their school.


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Additional funding provided by: 
Schools Insurance Authority, Capitol Advisors Group, LLC, California Association of School Business Officials, Association of California School Administrators, California Teachers Association, California Parent Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, California School Boards Association, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, California Federation of Teachers, California County Superintendents
Educational Services Association, School Services of California, Inc., Los Rios Federation of Teachers