Scott Moore, senior policy analyst for the advocacy group Preschool California, said not restoring the lost funding was a missed opportunity. “That’s the number one glaring omission in the budget,” Moore said. “What we know from research is that when we invest in early childhood education, that’s the best investment we can make.”
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Children's Defense Fund-California's insight:
His top spending priority is to increase funding for K-14 education by $2.7 billion, which comes to about $2,700 more per child. Spending on K-14 education mandated by Prop. 98 will rise to $40.9 billion in 2013-14 from $37.5 billion in 2012-13.
The law is expected to expand coverage to more than 4 million Californians who are going without insurance today.Half of those people will get coverage through Medi-Cal, the federal-state insurance program for the poor. The other half will buy it, with subsidies, through the new online insurance exchange to be known as California Covered.
Advocates for changing punitive school discipline policies that are disproportionately affecting African American and Latino students can claim at least a partial victory at the end of this year’s legislative session, with five bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last month that raise awareness and pave the way for alternative approaches to out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.
Will we choose to ensure our children get the education they deserve and invest in California's economic future? Or will we retreat from our commitment to each other and allow the worst cuts to education that our state has ever seen?
The federal Family Medical Leave Act in theory enables many workers unpaid leave to attend to medical issues. But the narrow scope of the law leaves a large portion of the workforce uncovered, and even those who qualify don’t get paid time off (so the United States remains singularly backward among rich industrialized nations in failing to guarantee workers paid sick leave).
California's teacher unions - principally the huge California Teachers Association - are the nation's sixth strongest when it comes to raising money and influencing politics and educational policy, according to...
Even while more [California] schools are meeting state targets, more of them are missing federal ones. That's because the state measures year-to-year improvement in achievement, while the federal system looks only at proficiency, or how many children are at or above grade level
At a time when California has cut funding dramatically for K-12 education – and may have to cut more after next week's election – it makes no sense for school districts to leave millions in federal education dollars on the table.
Bottom line: Prop 38 infuses more funds into K-through-12 and pre-school education. Prop 30
supports a wider swath of educational institutions and public safety services. Neither solves all of California’s education woes, but either would give a booster shot to a system worn down by years of budget cuts.
California, 45 other states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards - the first-ever national framework that spells out what every public school student should know. Although implementation is scheduled in California for 2014, certain school districts will start this year.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn -- these are not diseases of old age anymore. Doctors in the central San Joaquin Valley are diagnosing children and adolescents in growing numbers with ailments usually seen in adults, and they say childhood obesity is behind the new trend.
Though the state still faces financial risks ahead, California's spending and revenues are
Children's Defense Fund-California's insight:
Among the biggest LAO criticisms has to do with Brown's treatment of Proposition 39 money for clean energy. Under the voter-approved initiative, half the funds are supposed to fund clean energy programs in the first five years. The governor proposed spending that money on green projects in schools - and said that this would count toward meeting the state's minimum funding for education.
From the tobacco fields in North Carolina to the grape vineyards in California, thousands of children are working long hours in the filed, often in tough conditions, all to provide food on the table for Americans across the country.
A nationwide shortage is expected to grow more severe when an additional 2 million to 4 million Californians, and 32 million people nationally, obtain insurance in 2014 under the national health reform law.
The health of nearly 1 million California children hangs in the balance this month as the state prepares to shift responsibility for their care to the troubled, cash-strapped Medi-Cal program from a popular service that subsidizes private insurance...
In a new report, researchers at the Kid's Safe & Healthful Foods Project find that the majority of American children live in states where less-than-healthy snacks are readily available. And more nutritious options, such as fruits and vegetables, are harder to come by for those same kids.
Since the health law was enacted, 22 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws or regulations that encouraged insurers to begin selling child-only policies again, a study found. However, California is the only state that set any limits on how much the insurers can charge for the policies.
California, the nation's most populous state, also has the nation's largest number of medically uninsured children, but has lowered that number sharply in recent years, according to a new study by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute.
Higher temperatures and an increased risk of drought on the U.S. west coast result in nitrogen by-products that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, especially among the region's rural and urban poor
By a ratio of 3 to 1, public school students in California say the new healthy school meals being served up in California’s K-12 public schools are better than what they’ve had in the past, according to a survey released today by The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez of Los Angeles negotiated a deal to move Healthy Families kids into the more flexible – and potentially more expensive – fee-for-service dental care model under Medi-Cal.