Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

Statement on the Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal

11 Jan
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“We are encouraged by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget, particularly his commitment to the Local Control Funding Formula, school construction, services for young children and families, and recognition of the challenges facing school districts in the form of rising costs for pensions and special education. The Governor has demonstrated an appreciation of the critical issues facing public schools as we work to provide the next generation of Californians with the tools needed to expand our prosperity and ensure that every...

Brief illustrates alarming health and well-being data for LGB youths in California

8 Jan
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LGBT Textbook
Lesbian, gay and bisexual youths in California experience negative behaviors and consequences at about twice the rate of their straight peers, according to a new Kidsdata issue brief. Those behaviors and outcomes for LGB youths include higher alcohol and drug use, more common feelings of depression and a higher likelihood of skipping school. Compounding the issue is the fact that many districts and schools lack the capacity and resources to support positive health and educational outcomes for all students, particularly...

Attorney General echoes CSBA’s call for greater charter school transparency

2 Jan
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On Dec. 26, when Californians were more focused on holiday celebrations than legal matters, the state’s Attorney General published a report with enormous implications for charter schools and their authorizers. The 23-page opinion assessed issues of transparency, accountability and conflict of interest and concluded that — contrary to current practice — charter schools should have to comply with the same laws on these matters as other public schools. “We are presented with a series of questions about whether charter schools...

Federal commission releases school safety report; sparks debate about student discipline

19 Dec
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Recommendation to roll back Obama-era guidance largely moot in light of California state law A wide-ranging report has intensified the debate over appropriate methods of discipline in a time of increasing concern about student safety. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Federal Commission on School Safety released what the U.S. Department of Education called “best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at schools across the country.” The Commission was established in response to the February 2018 mass shooting at Florida’s...

Protecting existing school funding while fighting for Full and Fair Funding

19 Dec
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By Mike Ambrose Full and Fair Funding is crucial for student success, and research continues to demonstrate that increasing funding to education makes an important and lasting impact on students, particularly for students in high-need and low-income schools. Nonetheless, despite boasting the fifth-largest economy in the world and the highest gross domestic product of any state, California sits near the bottom nationally in nearly every significant measure of school funding and school staffing. Even with improvements to funding levels in...

Commentary: A commitment to equitable outcomes for all students

12 Dec
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By Dr. Shawnterra Moore As a young African-American girl being raised by a single parent, I had no true understanding of the statistics that forecasted my future. My mother was single, not by choice; my father was gunned down a few months before I was born, but she was an educated woman who emphasized the importance of education. I was very successful academically; however, the harsh realities of the world in which we lived hit me upon entrance to college....

Free, virtual active shooter training platform now available for schools

4 Dec
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Active shooter incidents and other school emergencies require teachers, administrators and staff to become first responders in the blink of eye. A new, free virtual training program from the Department of Homeland Security allows personnel to create and practice response plans for such an incident. EDGE, or the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment, School Environment scenario launched in November and is now available for download by agencies and educational institutions. Built on a gaming engine that powers popular titles like Fortnite,...

E-cigarette use on the rise in school settings

7 Nov
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On the heels of news that 2 million middle and high school students nationwide used e-cigarettes in 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a crackdown on the sale and marketing of the devices to kids. Public health officials say e-cigarette use among youths has hit epidemic proportions, and schools are a prevalent setting for the devices. One brand, Juul Labs, presents a major challenge for teachers and administrators because one of its most popular products resembles a...

More than 300 districts eligible for $9.5M in drinking water grants

2 Nov
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Districts and schools across California looking for help with drinking water projects are encouraged to apply for funding through the State Water Resources Control Board. The agency has a program that provides $9.5 million in grants to increase access to safe drinking water by replacing fixtures containing lead, among other issues, and a local grant match is not required. A list of eligible districts is available here (Excel document), but schools serving disadvantaged communities may still be eligible even if...

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 2009

29 Oct
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This new, weekly feature from CSBA will highlight a new education law signed by the Governor in 2018. All laws are effective Jan. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. The full What’s New for 2019 report on all new laws affecting K-12 education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2019. AB 2009: Automatic external defibrillators In 2016, Assembly Bill 1639 (Maienschein, R-San Diego), also known as The Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law, among other things, directed the...