Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

What school boards should know about the new ‘public charge rule’

4 Feb
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On Jan. 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to allow revisions to the “public charge rule” to go into effect while legal challenges to the expansion of this rule proceed through the courts. As a result, the federal government can now enforce the expanded public charge rule. It is important for district and county office of education boards to proactively communicate accurate information to their communities — public education and programs serving students at schools...

School facilities bond measure gains steam; boards can show support with resolution

23 Jan
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With less than two months until the March 3 primary election, new polling shows that 53 percent of likely voters support a critical state bond measure that would provide $15 billion for facilities at California’s preschools, K-12 schools, community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The polling from the Public Policy Institute of California also finds that 36 percent of likely voters oppose Proposition 13 and 10 percent are undecided. The survey results represent a noticeable uptick from November 2019,...

$75 million in grants available for student mental health services

22 Jan
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The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is now accepting applications for California’s new competitive grant program to help local educational agencies and county behavioral health departments establish or strengthen partnerships that will increase students’ access to mental health services. According to the request for applications, grant recipients will use the funding to provide services that include, “at a minimum, services provided on school campuses, suicide prevention services, drop-out prevention services, placement assistance and service plans for students in...

Deadline fast approaches for mandated policy on bullying prevention

10 Dec
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Recognizing that bullying and fear disrupt student learning, California state law requires districts, county offices of education and charter schools to adopt procedures for preventing acts of bullying, including cyberbullying, by Dec. 31, 2019. Additionally, state law mandates that boards adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion and sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual...

From the field: Helping make sure Paradise wasn’t lost

2 Dec
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Amid all the chaos, loss and grief impacting their family, friends and community during and after the Camp Fire, a top priority has persisted for Paradise Unified School District board members — providing students with a place to attend school in the town they call home. “We did not want to shut down,” board member Rich Gingery Jr. recalled. “That was the talk in the beginning. And we as a board said, ‘no, we’re not going anywhere.’” One year after...

Convening highlights keys to supporting immigrant and refugee students

18 Nov
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One in six California K-12 students has at least one undocumented parent and approximately 250,000 of the state’s students ages 3–17 are undocumented. Recognizing the increasingly difficult climate facing these students, Californians Together presented the Statewide Convening for the Support of Immigrant and Refugee Students on Nov. 14 at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento. The event was part of a support project headed by the organization’s Director of Policy and Initiatives Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, who also serves as CSBA...

Most teens say vaping permeates their everyday life, in-person or online

13 Nov
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With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declaring that youth use of e-cigarettes has hit “epidemic proportions” and school districts — including the nation’s second largest — recently filing lawsuits against device manufacturers, a new nationwide poll further illustrates the issue’s prevalence. Nearly eight in 10 teens say vaping is popular among their peers and is a part of their daily life, whether in-person or online, finds polling from Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey. As with many other trends and...

Audit finds state, LEAs not doing enough to identify and support students experiencing homelessness

12 Nov
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A new report from the State Auditor finds local educational agencies are not doing enough to identify youths experiencing homelessness, in turn limiting the opportunities to support these students. The report cites that many of these shortcomings stem from the California Department of Education’s inadequate oversight and management of the state’s homeless education program. Included in the Legislature-ordered audit is an interactive graphic that allows users to see how many students each LEA reported as being homeless in academic year...

New report shows need for period supplies for low-income youth

7 Nov
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A recent national survey of 1,000 teen girls ages 13 to 19 found that many have missed school because they lacked access to menstrual hygiene products. This was especially true among low-income students. The study, conducted by Harris Insights & Analytics on behalf of Period. and Thinx Inc., found that found one in five teenage girls surveyed said they couldn’t afford to purchase menstrual hygiene products. One in four respondents said they had missed class because they didn’t have access...

CSBA testifies before federal advisory committee on impact of immigration enforcement on California’s children

31 Oct
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On Oct. 16, 2019, the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hosted a public meeting to hear testimony regarding the impact of federal immigration enforcement on California’s children. The committee was tasked with examining the impact of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforcement practices on access to public education, equal protection under the law for students based on their national origin and the extent to which due process is denied to K-12 students and their families....