Tag Archives: Conditions of Children

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

15 April
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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...

Do healthy kids make good learners?

10 December
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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....

Partial credit for foster youth—a tool for LCFF success

9 September
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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 July
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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 July
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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. ...

Fontana teamwork is turning young lives around

10 April
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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,...

California districts scrutinizing school safety plans

10 January
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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...

Almost 1 in 4 Californians is poor, per new federal measure

15 November
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Lest anyone get the impression that California schoolchildren will be fine now that Proposition 30 has passed, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a startling reality check on the conditions of children here. According to the “supplemental poverty measure” for 2011, which accounts for the use of social welfare programs, payroll taxes and the cost of living in the state, 23.5 percent or almost 9 million Californians are poor – the highest rate in the nation. Only...