Monthly Archives: May 2019

A special review of pending legislation by Eric Hall, President and Founder of EH&A Two California Assemblymen, in an unusual bipartisan effort, are feeling confident their bill to place a school facility bond measure on the 2020 and 2022 ballots will not only pass through the legislature, but will also be accepted by the voters….

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Most states have returned to pre-recession per-pupil spending rates. However, many state school funding formulas are still inequitable, leading to gaps between more and less affluent school districts across the nation. Districts spend roughly $46 billion less each year than is needed to maintain “healthy and safe” school facilities, a 2016 report by the 21st…

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Using methods including food trucks and in-school pantries, colleges, communities and corporations are increasingly joining school districts in their efforts to keep underserved students fed. For many of the 20 million children qualifying for free-and-reduced lunches, school is the only place they get to eat. Research shows 60{310f4324ad65b0a2030a48dd153b38f905c81f5512720fdadc65be8f0797b958} of low-income students report going to school…

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Among Gov. Newsom’s sweeping budget proposals for early childhood is a one-time investment of $750 million for school districts to expand full-day kindergarten programs by building or renovating classroom space. However, this funding would not likely benefit many low-income communities where the greatest need is more programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, according to a new…

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With a recent evaluation showing success in New York City schools, Strategic Inquiry is spreading to California as a leadership development approach “embedded in school improvement work.” Strategic Inquiry is an innovative instructional model for promoting teacher collaboration around identifying specific “learning gaps” that keep struggling students from succeeding. The model is now receiving increased…

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The author has for the past 40 years conducted research and written on the adverse impacts of noise on mental and physical health, advised community groups on how to advocate for less noise in their areas, and worked with legislators concerned about lowering the decibel levels around us. Today, we generally accept the statement that…

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In the past, students with negative lunch account balances were fed “alternative lunches” that consisted of milk and a cold sandwich. There have even been reports of students’ lunches being thrown away if they were unable to pay. Rather than shaming students whose accounts are in the red, many schools now provide them the same…

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Computer systems used by a school district in Idaho were disabled by a ransomware attack recently, just as teachers and students were preparing for standardized state testing. Administrators detected the attack quickly and shut down all servers and computers, according to EastIdahoNews. Administrators said no information was lost or compromised but the internet connection required…

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