A new study reveals that California's youngest students may be in peril of missing out on a foundation in science. "High Hopes -- Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California," funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, suggests that state and federal testing emphasis on English and math has resulted in science education being relegated to the back burner in the state. Among the findings of the study: 60 percent of California school districts have no staff dedicated to elementary science, and 40 percent of elementary teachers spend an hour or less on science instruction each week.
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