Ashley Smith

reporter for EdSource who covers higher education

Ashley Smith on KCRW

For decades, Californians have been able to earn associate degrees behind bars. This fall, a new slate of bachelor’s degree programs will start.

Behind bars, Californians are still earning bachelor’s degrees

For decades, Californians have been able to earn associate degrees behind bars. This fall, a new slate of bachelor’s degree programs will start.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

KCRW talks to students from UC Irvine and UC Berkeley about life on campus this fall during the pandemic.

Zoom classes, no dorm parties, daily symptom checks: Living on-campus during the pandemic

KCRW talks to students from UC Irvine and UC Berkeley about life on campus this fall during the pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Cal State LA is launching a curriculum that helps students learn to produce their own game shows — the first of its kind in the nation.

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After his felony conviction, Donald Trump wants to secure a lot of cash from tech and business sector donors at three fundraisers in California this week.

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Will SCOTUS’ immunity ruling increase election stakes? Several states are bringing religion into education. LA’s mayor is pushing for a mask ban at protests.

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This fall, women lawmakers are slated to make up the majority in the California Legislature — a historical first. They could lead on reproductive care and family leave.

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In the 1990s, a reading strategy called “balanced literacy” took over CA public schools. The problem? Kids didn’t learn to read. Now, phonics is making a comeback.

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Garfield High School’s academic decathlon team lost their coach to cancer this month. At the state competition this weekend, they want medals in his memory.

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