Here is a look back at EdSource’s top education stories for last year. Teacher strikes, wildfires and a college admissions scandal made for a tumultuous year for California education. And new legislation in Sacramento had a big impact on charter schools and early childhood education. The EdSource staff picked the most important stories of 2019, with an eye toward how these issues affected teaching and learning across the state. We also included deeper stories about urgent topics in California, such as housing affordability for teachers and the unique challenges faced by rural schools.