Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

Sudden cardiac arrest training and awareness now required for schools and coaches

31 Jan
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A new California law requires all K-12 schools in the state to educate coaches, parents/guardians and student athletes about sudden cardiac arrest. SCA occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating — typically due to arrhythmia. It is also a leading cause of death for student athletes and often fatal if not treated within minutes. With this risk in mind, Assembly Bill 1639 (Maienschein, R-San Diego) requires coaches of athletic activities to complete the sudden cardiac arrest prevention training course and...

Celebrating Filipino-Americans in California

30 Oct
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As Filipino-American History Month draws to a close, state schools and educators are encouraged to raise awareness of Filipino-American history. Filipinos are the largest Asian-American group in California and the second largest in the United States. About 1.3 percent or roughly 18,500 students in California’s public schools speak Tagalog —  a principal language of the Philippines. The state is also home to the only public school named for a Filipino-American in the U.S., Union City’s Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. Meanwhile...

New dyslexia guidelines available online

25 Oct
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The California Department of Education recently released the new “California Dyslexia Guidelines” online to help educators and parents recognize the signs of dyslexia and ensure that dyslexic students receive an equitable education. The new guidelines are a result of Assembly Bill 1369, a law which took effect Jan. 1, 2016. The bill required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop program guidelines for dyslexia that would be accessible to regular education teachers, special education teachers and parents by the...

California underperforms in protecting student athletes, report finds

21 Aug
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Although California fields the second largest number of high school athletes nationally at just under one million students, the state has placed next to last in rankings for public high school athletic safety, according to a recent report. The report from the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute looked at the health and safety policies relating to the leading causes of death for student athletes, including sudden cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries and exertional heat stroke. The study reported 735...

After Charlottesville: Resources to help schools discuss intolerance

18 Aug
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As the school year begins, the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been a catalyst for national conversations about racism, bigotry and racially charged symbols. Educators can expect students to want to discuss these issues and their impact. California schools too have grappled with prejudice — a close-to-home reminder of the effects of intolerance. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Mendez v. Westminster — a landmark court decision that ended the segregation of Mexican American students into separate...

New survey report shares insights about parent perceptions

16 Aug
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A recent survey conducted by the nonprofit Learning Heroes found that nine in 10 parents think their children perform at grade level in reading and mathematics. In reality, only one in three students achieve those mastery levels. In response to this disconnect, Learning Heroes recently released “Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential,” a survey report that examines this parental “perception gap” and shares insights into how parents think about education. The survey was conducted earlier this year among 1,423...

Tackling concussions: Resources available to help protect student athletes

2 Aug
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As interscholastic sports season kicks off, school boards and districts are encouraged to keep in mind head safety for student athletes. California fields the second highest number of high school athletes  —  roughly 800,000  — among U.S. states. (Texas is first.) These student athletes are also especially vulnerable to head trauma as their brains are still developing. Concussions from knocking heads, tackling, being hit by a ball or an elbow, or other blows can occur in two different ways. A...

New study finds “adultification” bias toward African-American girls

5 Jul
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African-American girls face school suspension twice as often as white boys and five times as often as white girls. Even though African-American girls only make up 16 percent of the entire female school population, they are given 28 percent of referrals to law enforcement and account for 37 percent of arrests. White girls, who make up 50 percent of the female school population, only account for 34 percent of referrals and 30 percent of arrests....

One district’s move to create a safe haven

28 Jun
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The School Board of the Sacramento City USD listened to the fears and concerns of students and the community and responded with a strong message in support of protecting students from possible deportation. On Dec. 8, the District unanimously approved a Safe Haven School District Resolution, one of the first of its kind in the nation....

Rural education report reveals both achievement and need

21 Jun
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Some may assume that rural schools are the small minority, but the numbers don’t lie — more than one in four of the nation’s public schools can be categorized as rural, and almost one in six American students live in a rural area. California is home to one of the nation’s highest percentages of small rural districts and America’s 16th largest absolute rural student enrollment. California schools also serve the largest percentage of rural English learner students in the nation...