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 Amanda Arellano and her mother Maria hug at a park near their home in Los Angeles

When Children Suffer: California to Funnel Billions Into Mental Health Overhaul

The Newsom administration plans to spend $4.4 billion addressing mental health needs among young people. But will it come soon enough?
Protesters overtake the 101 freeway near downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Excavating the Future: A Pandemic Remembrance

In the personal essay below, Rubén Martínez, host of Excavating the Future, reflects on individual and collective experiences over the past two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during his State of the State speech in Sacramento on March 8, 2022. He stands in front of a row of California and U.S. Flags.Photo by

A Defiant Pep Talk, a Gas Rebate: What Governor Newsom Offered in State of the State

Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a pep talk to Californians tired of COVID and worried about crime, homelessness and inflation. In his State of the State address, he pledged some relief from high gas prices, but mostly promoted the "California Way" of finding new solutions to big problems.
Parents and supporters protest school mask mandates in front of San Marcos High School. They hold picket signs reading "unmask our kids" and "mask choice now".

California Mask Mandate: It’s Fracturing Student Life

Parents, educators and now students are caught in the polarized debate over mask and vaccine mandates. Officials are worried communities might not recover.
Renata Garza-Silva sits at a desk

'We Don’t Count': The Californians Who Can’t Return to Normal as COVID Fatigue Grips State

Millions of Californians at high risk from conditions like heart disease, autoimmune disorders and diabetes feel unprotected and forgotten as the state rolls back its COVID orders.
How the debate on teaching race in schools impacts students
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How the debate on teaching race in schools impacts students

How the political debate on teaching race in schools is impacting students and educators
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Parents Lose Patience Over School Mask Mandate

A top state health official provided little new information on Monday. Public health experts say it might be time to take more steps towards normalcy at schools.
Bryan Monroy wears a lab coat while sitting at a desk in a classroom.

Exits by Black and Hispanic Teachers Pose a New Threat to COVID-Era Education

There is a nationwide surge of teachers who are leaving the profession, especially evident among members of the profession with minority backgrounds. Amid the pandemic’s toxic brew of death, illness, and classroom disruption, these departures of seasoned teachers have created another strain for students.
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