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California Leaders, New Report from Attorney General Call for Better Tracking of Chronic Absence

California state leaders – including lawmakers and education, human services, law enforcement and judicial chiefs – gathered in Sacramento on Sept. 11 to recognize Attendance Awareness Month and launch an interagency effort to combat chronic absence. A report released earlier this month by California Attorney General Kamala Harris underscored the extent of the problem in the nation’s largest state...

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State Revenues for August Miss Budget Projection Due to Transfer of State Funds

On September 9, State Controller John Chiang released his monthly report covering California's cash balance, receipts and disbursements in August 2014. Total revenues for the second month of Fiscal Year 2014-15 were $6.7 billion, coming in below estimates in the Budget Act by $370.1 million, or 5.3 percent. Most of this shortfall reflected a one-time transfer of $343.3 million in sales tax revenues from the State’s General Fund to local governments...

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California Awarded $10.7 million Grant to Help Low-Income Students Take Advanced Placement Tests

The U.S. Department of Education announced on August 12 that it has awarded the California Department of Education a $10.7 million grant as part of its efforts to boost college-and career readiness for historically underserved students.

California's funding will help defray the costs of low-income students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams...

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Census Bureau Sees Dip in Child Poverty Rate Nationally, But Figures for California Still High

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report on September 16 indicating that in 2013, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined for the first time in several years.

The report found that the poverty rate for children under 18 declined from 21.8 percent in 2012 to 19.9 percent in 2013. The number of children in poverty also declined over the period, from 16.1 million to 14.7 million. This was the first time since 2000 that the child poverty rate declined...

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How Schools Can Recruit, Retain Black Male Teachers

The challenges faced by black male teachers in schools may serve as the canary in the coalmine that begins to explain the debilitating condition faced by black boys in schools. Black males represent 1.9% of all public school teachers yet have one of the highest rates of turnover. Attempts to increase the number of black male teachers are based on research that suggests these new recruits can improve black students’ schooling outcomes.

Below, I discuss my study of the school-based experiences of 27 black male teachers...

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Let Local School Districts Identify Healthy Meals Students Will Want to Eat

A recent poll released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Heart Association concludes that a majority of parents agree with strong federal nutrition standards for school breakfasts and lunches.

These parents are in favor of sound nutrition for their children. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) agrees with them...

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