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Conditions of Children

California County Boards of Education annual conference starts tomorrow

12 Sep
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By Janet Wohlgemuth, CCBE President-elect The 2019 CCBE Annual Conference  in Monterey at the Hyatt Regency begins tomorrow, Sept. 13 and runs through Sept 13-15. This year’s theme is “Educational Changes on the Horizon: What and How to Prepare for them.” The Conference Committee looked at what has happened in the past year with the devastating fires in Northern Callfornia and the impact on our students, as well as how we move forward. We also realized that we had a...

California sets record for high school sports participation while football continues decline

9 Sep
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Participation in high school sports in California set an all-time high for the seventh straight year in 2018–19, though the most popular sport, football, continued its trend of seeing substantial decreases in participation. The results indicate that many of California’s student athletes who left football didn’t stop playing sports altogether but instead are choosing to play other ones. The recently released California Interscholastic Federation Sports Participation Survey found that 814,004 students competed in high school sports last school year, marking...

Board members encouraged to keep attendance issues front and center year-round

5 Sep
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September is Attendance Awareness Month, but experts say a year-round focus is required of district leaders and board members to make sustainable inroads and cultural shifts. “I think that school board members really play a central role in monitoring whether chronic absence is improving or getting worse,” said Hedy N. Chang, executive director of Attendance Works. The effects of poor attendance habits on student achievement pose a major challenge to many students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. By the ninth...

Teachers nationwide show strong support for mental health, SEL focus to improve school safety

22 Aug
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As the nation’s schools begin a new academic year, a survey finds that most teachers say the majority of their students do not feel very safe at school. And to have the biggest impact on improving school safety, educators surveyed by the Education Week Research Center said none of their top three choices include “hardening” measures such as security cameras or police officers. Instead, all three focus on students’ social-emotional well-being and mental health. Education Week’s 2019 Safety and Social-Emotional...

Watching out for the health and safety of student athletes

13 Aug
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Whether it’s hitting a home run, crossing the finish line or simply being part of a team, extracurricular athletics are influential to the educational experience of many students. Students in these programs experience enhanced school engagement by being part of an athletic program. Research shows that higher grades, graduation rates and scores on state assessments, as well as lower dropout rates, are seen among student athletes in comparison to non-athletes. To actualize these positive attributes, and, most importantly, to properly...

Latest national data: Cyberbullying is on the rise in schools

24 Jul
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The latest national data show more bullying of students than ever before is occurring in digital spaces, with 15 percent of victims reporting the behavior happening online or through text messages. The survey results for the 2016–17 school year marked a 3.5 percent increase in cyberbullying from the year prior, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The new data on rising instances of cyberbullying echo findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior...

Obesity rate remains high for California’s fifth-graders, racial disparities prominent

18 Jul
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Showing only marginal improvement from years prior, 40.5 percent of California fifth-graders were overweight or obese in 2018, according to new data from the Kidsdata program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Research has long shown that the physical health of students significantly impacts their ability to attend school and achieve academic success. Studies also clearly show that a disproportionate number of low-income students and students of color live without basic health supports and education, borne out in...

Leaders dive deep into equitably expanding computer science offerings

19 Jun
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Faced with stark data showing 61 percent of California’s high schools don’t offer any computer science courses, district and county office administrators attended a June 18 workshop aimed to help them equitably implement such classes. Ensuring access and inclusion for all students and teachers was key to the 2019 Summer of CS program hosted at the Sacramento County Office of Education, which also included a policy luncheon featuring an array of speakers representing industry, the Legislature and students. This annual...

Law requires testing of school water systems by July 1

13 Jun
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Ahead of a July 1 deadline, an increasing number of California schools — but not all — have completed mandatory testing for lead in school water supplies. “About 6,500 public schools have been tested, another 1,500 independently completed sampling prior to the enactment of the bill,” said Beti Girma, a Lead Sampling in California Schools Program manager for the State Water Resources Control Board. “We expect around 1,000 schools to sample within the coming months.” Under Assembly Bill 746 (Fletcher-Gonzalez,...

CSBA plays key role in development of air quality guidance tool for districts

5 Jun
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Last year, one of California’s most destructive wildfire seasons on record resulted in school officials hundreds of miles from the disasters making difficult decisions amid toxic smoke and unhealthy air, oftentimes without formal guidance or existing policies. Concerned parents and community members questioned whether schools were taking the proper steps to determine whether they should limit or cancel outdoor activities or close campuses altogether. As the state’s schools head into summer break and Californians brace for a new wildfire season,...