Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

Unexpected Messengers

3 Apr
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This is the first in a series of blog posts by the Council for a Strong America highlighting creative partnerships between communities, boards and school districts. By Barrie Becker,  Council for a Strong America These days, it seems it’s hard to get anyone to agree on anything. Democrats vs. Republicans. Teachers vs. parents. Rich vs. poor. This is why it is refreshing to see so many unlikely allies working together to secure smart investments in at-risk children and youth: Police chiefs speaking...

Closing the Achievement Gap With Attendance

23 Sep
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by Kathryn Ramirez, Trustee, Salinas Union High School District and CSBA Director-at-large, Hispanic While I am optimistic about the direction education is headed in California, we must acknowledge that far more needs to be done if we are going to close race-based achievement gaps that are all too persistent in California. The solution begins with attendance. After all, how can we hope to close the academic achievement gap if Latino students go to school less than their peers? Unfortunately, in...

Why Attendance Matters; At Least To Me

9 Sep
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by Mike Walsh, Trustee, Butte County Office of Education and CSBA Director-at-large County I’ve come to appreciate a few accomplishments in my life thus far.  Some were planned, such as starting my own company, completing my graduate degree, and learning to play the guitar.  Many of them were not planned.  They just seemed to have happened.  One of the more interesting unplanned events that just sort of happened was an award I received for perfect attendance in high school.  I...

Hungry kids can’t learn: More districts are expanding their free lunch programs

15 Apr
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Lunch will now be free for students in the Palm Springs Unified School District who used to receive a reduced lunch price of 40 cents per meal, the Board of Education recently decided. This will positively impact the achievement of some low-income students whose families still cannot afford the reduced meal prices. Research has shown that children learn better when they are properly nourished. The change is set to go into effect at the start of the 2014-15 school...

New suspension/expulsion stats confirm use of discipline alternatives

5 Feb
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The report that suspensions are down in California schools is welcome news to educators, students and their families—and a focus on alternative disciplinary strategies is getting the credit. A reduction in the number of actions for willful defiance (called student defiance in the official report) and a shift to programs like restorative justice that promote respect and personal responsibility have helped reduce expulsions by 12.3 percent and suspensions by 14.1 percent during 2012-13, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson...

CSBA-Drexel partnership yielding practical guidance for school boards

17 Dec
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The CSBA/Drexel University Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, launched in the spring of 2013, provides CSBA members with valuable information from the research work of the post-doctoral fellows and for the fellows, in turn, to have the opportunity to share their research with a key audience of school board members. Working with Policy and Programs staff, the fellows edited their extensive dissertation research into user-friendly governance briefs and succinct presentations at this year’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show....

How can parents help their children succeed in school?

16 Dec
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School district and county Local Control and Accountability Plans provide excellent opportunities for school district and county leaders to form new relationships with parents, as well as enhance existing ones. According to the panelists, if school district leaders genuinely engage parents in the LCAP process they will find enthusiastic allies in their children’s education. ...

Do healthy kids make good learners?

10 Dec
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Regular check-ups, dental care, eyeglasses, and other needed preventive care make a difference in how well children learn. Kids who are insured miss fewer school days and are better able to concentrate in class....

Schools have a role in helping children get health insurance

8 Oct
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CSBA is partnering with The Children’s Partnership “All In” campaign to help schools get information out to families and employees about the new affordable health coverage opportunities. Covered California, California’s new health insurance marketplace, opened on Oct. 1 and offers ways for millions of Californians to obtain health coverage, including health and dental coverage for children....