Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

Partial credit for foster youth—a tool for LCFF success

9 Sep
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The Local Control Funding Formula affirms the state's commitment to provide additional resources to students with greater challenges, foster youth among them. Because students in the child welfare system often move from home to home and school to school, they frequently lose academic credits that can put them at risk of not graduating on time....

Policy watch: Does your district have policies that support breastfeeding?

30 Jul
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As August is World Breastfeeding Month, this is a good time to review district policies and practices to ensure compliance with legal requirements that employees be provided with reasonable break time and an appropriate location to express milk for their infant children. CSBA’s sample board policy BP 4033 - Lactation Accommodation reflects these federal and state requirements and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation against any employee who chooses to exercise her rights under these laws. ...

6 federal agencies collaborate on new school safety guide

15 Jul
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Earlier this year, President Barack Obama proposed a range of initiatives to address gun violence and school safety in response to the school shootings in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Last week, the Administration did release its “Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans,” which provides guidance to school districts and states on everything from school design to planning emergency drills to balancing privacy and student safety. ...

Summer learning matters, educators and business partners agree

24 Jun
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Summer Matters at the state Capitol 2013
Busloads of students from around the state joined state education, business and legislative leaders at the state Capitol June 20 for the kickoff of the Summer Matters campaign to boost summer learning. “We’re gonna rock with summer learning this year,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson told the crowd of students assembled in front of the North steps of the Capitol, ready for the fun, literacy-themed activities to take place throughout Capitol Park after the rally....

School interrupted: Designing a partial credit policy that works

8 May
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students
Representatives from the Legislature, the California School Boards Association, the California Department of Education, a host of public and private children’s interest groups, county offices of education and school districts gathered at CSBA’s offices in West Sacramento this week to tackle a tough problem: How to standardize the rules for awarding partial credit to students forced by difficult life circumstances to change schools frequently....

Fontana teamwork is turning young lives around

10 Apr
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Fontana USD's FLIP program
Suspensions and expulsions were out of control in the Fontana Unified School District in 2010-11, and more than 20 percent of students did not graduate. Further complicating matters, the local police department had arrested more than 1,000 students. Clearly, the situation called for decisive action. School district staff joined forces with the Fontana Police Department to create a special course on Saturdays for middle and high school students referred to the program along with their parents. During the 16-week program,...

First lady calls on school leaders to help children get active

19 Mar
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In a nationwide conference call hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative on March 19, CSBA Immediate Past President Jill Wynns and several school superintendents from across the country shared what they’re doing to encourage quality physical activity and nutrition as a way to improve students’ academic and physical performance. Mrs. Obama called on school boards and superintendents to become “role models and champions” in the campaign to make children’s school days more active....

CSBA Superintendents Council talks school safety with Sen. Ted Lieu

4 Mar
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Sen. Ted Lieu
by Carol Brydolf, CSBA staff writer Members of CSBA’s Superintendents Advisory Council—meeting at the association’s West Sacramento offices—had the chance to ask questions and raise specific concerns about new school safety legislation during a wide ranging discussion with the bill’s author, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu’s bill, SB 49, tightens existing regulations and timelines related to comprehensive school safety plans. Lieu noted that the state does not maintain data on compliance. “If you asked which schools have safety plans, no...

California districts scrutinizing school safety plans

10 Jan
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students
Schools throughout California are focusing anew on strategies that can help ensure students and staff spend their days in a safe school environment. Governing boards can do much to help. Specifically, they can: Establish safety as a priority and communicate a clear vision for safe school environments Make sure the necessary organizational structures are in place, such as budget, curriculum, policies, training, and partnerships Hold the system accountable for implementing the vision and goals, providing the needed support Speak out...