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Joanna Lin

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Education Reporter


Joanna Lin is an investigative reporter focusing on K-12 education for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, Joanna helped launch FairWarning, a nonprofit online publication covering safety, health, and related issues of corporate and government accountability. She also reported for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and Los Angeles Times, where she covered breaking news, religion and legal affairs for the Metro and National desks. Joanna is a San Francisco Bay Area native and graduate of the University of Southern California.

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My priorities

Schools are charged with ensuring not only students' academic success but also, in many ways, their physical, emotional and overall well-being. I'm interested in how California's public schools are meeting these responsibilities as they grapple with shrinking budgets, and how they're serving their most vulnerable populations.

Recent Spotlight Articles

In California, thousands of teachers missing needed credentials
More than 32,000 California school employees are teaching classes without specialized training. The problem is greater at low-performing schools, where students are overwhelmingly low-income and Latino.
State’s calculation of teacher misassignments gives skewed rate
The way the state calculates the rate of teachers with improper assignments obscures the magnitude of the problem.
State defunds program to fix ‘slum’ schools
California has funded less than half of the $800 million required, eight years after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit against the state.
React & Act: How to get engaged in the China Camp State Park story
"Lone resident of bygone shrimper village faces eviction" tells the story of 85-year-old Frank Quan, who could be forced to move from his home in China Camp State Park, one of 70 slated for closure amid a state budget cut. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the proposed closures. For those wishing to weigh in on the issue, contacts for key players and information on the China Camp State Park 2011 Heritage Day Celebration, to be held Aug. 27, are included.
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