Leadership Matters in the Reserve Cap Policy Debate

26 Aug
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by School Services of California, Inc. staff We have written quite a number of negative articles outlining the potentially disastrous financial effects of the reserve cap policy contained in Senate Bill  858 enacted in June 2014. We think that the education community is well informed on the substantive issues related to limiting reserves. And we also think that the effects of political pandering as they relate to this trailer bill language are widely understood within the education community. But we...

Minding the DROPS: Water conservation projects teach awareness at schools

22 Jun
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by Renee Cashmere As a first and second grader in the Bay Area in 1976-77, an epic drought made impressions upon me that have lasted a lifetime. Even before the more recent drought began, I remembered the conservation rules all Californian’s were required to follow back then. We flushed our toilets with a bucket of water filled from the bathtub, washed our hands in a filled bathroom sink that was changed only once a day, and had timed showers. Conservation and a...

Physical Activity Key to Fitter, Smarter Kids

1 Jun
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This is the fifth in a series of blog posts by the Council for a Strong America highlighting creative partnerships between communities, boards and school districts. By Gary W. Hall, Jr., Olympian.   Today, we know that the number on the scale can be a matter of life or death. Inactivity alone is now on par with smoking in its ranking as the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. In California, an estimated 40 percent of ninth graders are considered to...

Extended Learning Time Key to Workforce-Ready Students

20 Apr
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This is the fourth in a series of blog posts by the Council for a Strong America highlighting creative partnerships between communities, boards and school districts. By Teresa Goodwin, Regional Director of HPA, Inc. When I was in elementary school, I attended class year-round. My parents preferred this schedule because it made it easier to manage their careers while raising school-aged children. My siblings and I, fortunately, were therefore spared the summer learning loss that negatively impacts the academic achievement of...

Access to Water Key to Healthy Students, Safe Nation

14 Apr
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This is the third in a series of blog posts by the Council for a Strong  America highlighting creative partnerships between communities, boards and school districts. By Brigadier General David Brahms, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) It’s more than just a story on the evening news. By now you’ve likely noticed it in your communities and schools: obesity rates are on the rise in this country. The obesity epidemic is especially problematic when it comes to children because it has both...

Classrooms or Crime?

8 Apr
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This is the second in a series of blog posts by the Council for a Strong  America highlighting creative partnerships between communities, boards and school districts. By Sheriff Adam Christianson Preventing kids from turning to a life of crime, that’s basically what it comes down to: classrooms or crime. The steps we take to address student absences and misbehavior in the K-12 years have a direct impact on whether or not that student will drop out and potentially end up...

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...

Engage and connect: 2015 Linked Learning Alliance Policy Convening

30 Mar
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by Hilary McLean, Linked Learning Linked Learning is an approach to college and career readiness that integrates rigorous academics, sequenced technical training, work-based learning and personalized student supports that is most often provided through high school career pathways. The approach continues to grow in prominence across California because of its positive impacts on student engagement, achievement and post-secondary success. Linked Learning also provides the ideal platform for cross-sector collaboration and policy development on an array of topic areas that focus...

CSBA members advocate in Sacramento; urge repeal of SB 858 reserve cap

18 Mar
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by Hugh Biggar, Writer, CSBA 150 and 800. Those were key numbers for CSBA on Legislative Action Day  held on Tuesday, March 10. More than 150 members advocated for education in meetings with state representatives and more than 800 letters and resolutions called for a repeal of a reserve cap contained in SB 858. With repealing the cap CSBA’s top legislative priority in 2015, CSBA President and Moreno Valley Unified School District board member Jesús M. Holguín and CEO and...

Nutritious Breakfast to Promote Learning Readiness and Healthy Eating

2 Mar
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By Jesus Mendoza, Jr., Regional Administrator of USDA Food and Nutrition Service Please join us in creating a healthier future for our children through both celebrating National School Breakfast Week and implementing or expanding the School Breakfast Program. Economic hardship, hectic mornings for families, and inadequate nutrition education make receiving a healthy breakfast difficult for many of America’s children. Utilizing innovative United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Breakfast Program approaches, many schools are successfully providing students the initial daily...