eduCAtion insider: Your Inside Connection to CA Education News
Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the menu: Healthier school lunches courtesy of USDA

Source: Mercury news.com

A student receiving a healthy school lunch.The rules of what can and can't be served in school cafeterias across the country are changing. After 15 years, the USDA has revised the rules for what must be served for children who participate in the federally subsidized school lunch program.

For example, two percent milk is out, while whole grains will be required. Beans and peas, dark greens and red vegetables, will become staples.

Since CA standards are more demanding than federal ones, many CA school districts were already working towards providing healthier menu options. And some CA school districts plan on doing even more to tweak their menus than what is required in the new regulations.

Fifty-seven percent of California's schoolchildren are eligible for federally subsidized meals; many rely on those meals for a large part of their daily sustenance.

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Teachers union opposes 'worst-case scenario' budget figures process

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

The San Diego teachers union, which represents more than 7,000 teachers, is urging the city school district to stop issuing layoff notices that are based on worst-case budget scenarios.

The San Diego school board last month approved preliminary plans to cut 1,169 jobs next school year to help offset an anticipated deficit of $122 million to next year's $1.1 billion operating budget.

Union officials argue that the district is overstating its financial worries since $41 million of the deficit will only result if the governor's ballot measure fails to pass and if there are midyear cuts next January.

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More CA high school students taking AP classes

Source: Mercury News

A standardized test form with a No.2 pencil.More CA public high school graduates took Advanced Placement classes over the last decade, and an increased number of those scored the minimum that colleges require entering students to have to earn college credit.

However, the numbers of students taking and passing the tests lagged among low-income, Latino and African-American students. AP classes are college-level classes offered in high schools; exams are administered in 34 subjects.

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School districts fight back against student absenteeism

Source:Sacramento Bee

School districts in the Sacramento area are looking for new ways to address chronically absent students. For example, Roseville Joint Union High School District sends students and their parents a notice to appear once the student has missed 10 days of school.

Truancy in CA is defined as missing three days unexcused or being tardy more than three times during a school year. While many school districts claim daily attendance rates of at least 95 percent, it's the 5 percent of kids that's causing alarm, as it's typically the same kids who are chronically absent.

Attendance Works has been working with school districts to help provide analysis of chronic absentees. Getting kids back to class improves student outcomes, while giving districts a financial boost.

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