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NSBA Supports Legislation Offering More Flexibility for Local School Meal Programs

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Reducing Federal Mandates on School Lunch Act, to provide school districts with greater flexibility to ensure students receive healthy, nutritious school meals.

Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), and introduced on March 19, the legislation offers school districts relief from mandates imposed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and subsequent federal regulations...

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Districts Face Dilemma When Schools with Many High Needs Students Are Not in High-Needs Districts

The uneven distribution of needy students in many California school districts poses challenges to the successful implementation of the state’s new funding formula, according to a report released on March 12 by PPIC.

The Local Control Funding Formula provides extra funds for low-income, English learner, and foster care students. Schools districts receive a base grant for each student in attendance and a "supplemental grant” for each high-need student...

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High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation

Graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, released on March 16.

What’s more, the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas narrowed over that time, the data show...

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PPIC Report Examines Low-Income Students and School Meal Programs in California

School nutrition programs help improve nutrition among vulnerable children. In so doing, they help build a better future for these children and the state. Now that California is implementing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), there is additional reason to make sure all students who are eligible for free or low-cost meals enroll in these programs. Along with English Learners and foster youth, low-income students – in other words, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals – are targeted for additional funds...

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Districts Need to Update TB Risk Assessment for Employees, Volunteers Due to New Law

The California School Nurses Organization (CSNO), in partnership with the California Tuberculosis (TB) Controllers Association (CTCA), the California Department of Public Health TB Control Branch (CDPH-TB), and the California Department of Education (CDE), are pleased to announce the release of materials to support the implementation of AB 1667, which replaces universal TB testing for private, parochial, public K-12 school and nursery school employees & volunteers...

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New Analysis Brief from LAO Recommends Rethinking How the State Funds School Facilities

On February 17, the LAO released a brief recommending a major revision of California’s system for funding construction and modernization of school facilities. The brief begins:

Recommend Transitioning to a New School Facility Financing Program. Many groups over the years have raised serious concerns with the state’s current school facilities program. Notably, the existing program fails to treat school facility costs as an ongoing expense despite the recurring nature of facility needs...

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