1280px SSU Schultz Library 4630 1Proposition 13 is the only statewide initiative on the ballot March 3rd. The proposed bond would funnel 9 billion dollars into the state's k-12 schools, and a total of six billion for community colleges, the 23 campuses of the State University system, and the 10 branches of the University of California
 
KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with Lisa Vollendorf, the executive vice president of Sonoma State University. He asked about educators’ arguments in favor of Proposition 13 and other big changes in store for California’s education system.
Listen to the full-length version below:
 
(Image: Schultz Library on the Sonoma State Campus . Credit: Wikimedia Commons.) 

March 2020 Vote

  • March 13, 2020

    Democratic Debate: Biden And Sanders Face Off One-On-One – Sunday at 5pm

    Only two candidates will be on stage for Sunday's Democratic primary debate: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The CNN-Univision debate was relocated from Arizona to Washington, D.C., and will not have an in-person audience due to coronavirus concerns. Follow live coverage of the debate, with real-time analysis from NPR reporters. (Photo: Angela Hsieh/NPR) Loading...
  • March 03, 2020

    Super Tuesday Live Video

  • March 03, 2020

    Super Tuesday

    Fourteen states hold contests today, with about a third of all delegates for the Democratic nomination at stake. The field has narrowed, after Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out. Both endorsed Joe Biden, while Bernie Sanders says he wants to “open the door” to their supporters. Follow the latest news here. We’ll have live results tonight. Loading...
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    March 02, 2020

    The Developer Bonus Tucked Into the School Bond on Your Ballot

    By Matt Levin, CalMatters California voters are being asked to approve a controversial measure making it easier for developers to build apartment buildings within a half-mile of public transit. Most will think they’re only voting on whether the state should borrow more money to fix broken air conditioners in schools. On its face this new Proposition 13 —the only statewide ballot measure to appear on the ballot for California’s March 3 presidential primary—asks voters for $15 billion in state…
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    March 02, 2020

    Spending on Measure I Exceeds 2 Million Dollars

    The March 3rd election is just around the corner, and perhaps the most contested measure on the Sonoma County Ballot is Measure I. The measure would extend the quarter-cent sales tax to fund the SMART train for an additional 30 years. KRCB’s Adia White tells us why the measure has been so controversial. (Image: The SMART train pulls into the Rohnert Park station. Credit: Adia White)
  • David Cook
    February 20, 2020

    David Cook Challenges Gorin For First District Seat

    City of Sonoma Councilmember David Cook is challenging Susan Gorin for the first district seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. He spoke with KRCB’s Steve Mencher about his previous experience and how his priorities would differ from his opponent’s. Listen to the full-length interview: (Image: City of Sonoma Councilmember David Cook. Credit: City of Sonoma)
  • Gorin
    Feb 20, 2020

    Gorin Runs for a Third Term on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

    Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin, is running for a third term on the board. Her opponent for the district one seat is City of Sonoma Councilmember, David Cook. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with Gorin about whether the County has done enough to address homelessness during her time on the board and what she would accomplish if reelected. Listen to the full-length interview below: (Image: Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin. Credit: Regional…
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    Feb 18, 2020

    Former Mayor Chris Coursey Challenges Zane for District 3 Seat

    Former Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey is challenging incumbent Shirlee Zane for her seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with Coursey about his priorities and how his approach to homelessness would differ from his opponent’s. Listen to the full interview below: (Image: Former Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey. Credit: Wikimedia.)
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    Feb 14, 2020

    Shirlee Zane Defends Her Seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

    Shirlee Zane is squaring off with former Santa Rosa mayor Chris Coursey in the district 3 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors race. Zane is hoping to win a fourth term as supervisor. She spoke with KRCB’s Steve Mencher about her record and how the board handled the encampment along the Joe Rodota Trail. Listen to the full-length interview below:
  • Hopkins 2
    Feb 12, 2020

    Lynda Hopkins Makes Her Case for a Second Term as Supervisor

    Lynda Hopkins is defending her District 5 seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hopkins holds a master's degree in land-use policy from Stanford and is running for her second term as supervisor. She joined KRCB’s Steve Mencher at the end of January to talk about her accomplishments and priorities. Listen to the full-length interview below: (Image: Supervisor Lynda Hopkins speaking on a panel about women in leadership at the Paradise Ridge Winery. Credit: Steve Mencher.)
  • Hilber
    Feb 11, 2020

    Mike Hilber Challenges Lynda Hopkins for District 5 Seat

    Mike Hilber is challenging incumbent Lynda Hopkins for the District 5 seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hilber has a master's in electrical engineering from Stanford and worked in the defense industry in Southern California. In the early 1990’s he moved back to his childhood home in Roseland to care for his mother. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with him about his priorities and previous experience in Sonoma County politics. Listen to the full-length interview below: (Image: Mike…
  • Smart Train
    Feb 10, 2020

    Interview: Reporter Will Houston Lays Out the Pros and Cons of Measure I

    Marin and Sonoma County voters will soon decide whether to extend a sales tax supporting the SMART train until 2059. Campaigns on both sides of the issue have each received over a million dollars in support of their positions. Reporter Will Houston from the Marin Independent Journal has been following the issue closely. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with him over the phone to find out why this measure is so controversial. (Image: The SMART train at the downtown Santa Rosa station. Credit: Wikimedia) I

Education News

  • CORONAVIRUS DISRUPTION photo
    March 04, 2020

    California Schools Brace for a Coronavirus Disruption

    By Ricardo Cano, Felicia Melloand Elizabeth Aguilera, CalMatters Early reports indicate children infected by the coronavirus experience a milder response than older adults. But as it arrives in Northern California, school and college officials are preparing for a growing likelihood that the highly…
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    February 04, 2020

    In California, Not Every Kid Has a Fair Chance at Success

    By Erica Hellerstein, Mercury News San Jose area scores near the top for giving children the best chance of achieving economic success and good health. Bakersfield is at the bottom. Children who grow up in the San Jose area are better off than those raised in almost any other metropolitan region in…
  • School Photo
    February 03, 2020

    California Students Missing School Due to Wildfires and Other Disasters

    At the beginning of the school year, over 360 schools in California had to close for at least a week due to power outages, wildfires, or other crises. That’s according to Ricardo Cano, an education reporter at the state-wide news outlet CAL Matters. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with him about how…
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    December 24, 2019

    Schools Can Hire Teachers of Color, but Will They Stay?

    The number of teachers of color in California isn’t keeping pace with the number of black and brown students in our classrooms. One problem is that too many of these teachers leave the profession. As part of our California Dream collaboration, KQED’s Vanessa Rancaño takes us to meet a group of men…
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    December 23, 2019

    Diversifying the Ranks of Teachers. Race and Gender Matter

    Fewer than 10% of California’s teachers are men of color. And that’s a problem, because they could play a significant role in helping to close the achievement gap for black and brown boys. As part of the California Dream collaboration, KQED’s Vanessa Rancaño reports. [Photo: Darryl McKellar has…
  • Math Ed small
    Aug 26, 2019

    Changes in Math Education Cause Anxiety Among Parents

    It’s August and kids in Sonoma County are back in school. But, as students seek help with their math homework, parents are often stumped. Math in the…
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    Aug 19, 2019

    Annual Mochilada Backpack Giveaway Kicks off the School Year

    Mochila is a Spanish word for backpack – and in Santa Rosa, the annual Mochilada is a giveaway of packs full of school supplies for kids as they…
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    Apr 19, 2019

    Alegría De La Cruz, Newest Schools Trustee, Aims at Equity

    The newest trustee on the Santa Rosa City Schools Board, Alegría De La Cruz, was chosen April 10 by the board to fill out the term of Evelyn…
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    Dec 12, 2018

    Sexual Assault Prevention Educator Opposes Title IX Changes

    Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX…
  • steven herrington sonoma sup
    Dec 10, 2018

    Immigration Tied to Benefits? County Schools Head Says No

    Sonoma County's Superintendent of Schools, Steven Herrington, released a strongly-worded letter today, objecting to a government plan to restrict…
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    Sep 18, 2018

    Sebastopol Peace Wall Adds Ellsberg, Huerta, and Two Locals

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a crowd of about 200 people gathered in Sebastopol’s town plaza to honor men and women who have worked nonviolently…
  • Brianna Chavez
    Aug 20, 2018

    Low-Income Students Face Food Insecurity During Summer Break

    This year, our news team won three awards from the Public Media Journalists Association. Our series on Roseland health, produced in partnership with…
  • Jul 30, 2018

    Sonoma County Launches New Mini-Grants for Educational Innovation

    Do you have a great idea that could improve education in Sonoma County? A new fund will provide grants up to $2,500 "to kick-start efforts to make a…
  • coaching coders coding 7374
    Jul 29, 2018

    Implementing the FAIR Education Act

    A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    SRJC Fire Relief Fund Provides Assistance to its Students and Staff

    The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation has created a fire relief fund offering qualified recipients a check of up to $500.All students,…
  • activity art art class 730807
    Jul 28, 2018

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
  • Jul 26, 2018

    The Importance of Arts Education

    KRCB North Bay Public Media explores the importance of arts education in in K-12 education, with a community grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.…

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