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Published by Leader Services logo Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More CA students cannot afford school meals

Source: Appeal-Democrat

boy with lunchSome students in poorer districts are going hungry in school because their families cannot afford even the reduced meal prices of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Mary Driscoll, Director of Nutrition Services for the Marysville Joint Unified School District, told the Appeal-Democrat the district has always been high poverty, and that''s only gotten worse with the economic downturn.

Some schools are doing what they can to provide students with breakfast, lunch, and often midday and after-school snacks, even for students who cannot pay.


Penn State scandal prompts sexual abuse bill

Source: California Watch

The CA state assembly passed a bill April 12 that would require higher education employees to report suspected cases of child sexual abuse.

The bill comes in response to the Penn State scandal, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing several boys.

Two school officials, including former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, were charged with failing to properly report the allegations.

Under California law, professionals whose duties require supervision of children must contact law enforcement if they believe a child has been the victim of abuse or neglect or face up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. AB1434 passed the Assembly 69-0 and now moves to the Senate.


Report: Racial disparities noted in suspensions

Source: The Civil Rights Project

Student gets reprimanded by an adultMore than 400,000 students were suspended and removed from classrooms at least once during the 2009-10 school year in California, according to a report from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project. Many of the students were suspended two, three or more times that year.

The report stems from data released by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and provides statewide estimates of student discipline data for nearly 500 districts across California.

The analysis looks at the risk for out-of-school suspension faced by students from each racial group and by those with disabilities; the report indicates large racial disparities in those suspensions.


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A word from Leader Services

TV winner announced

Nancy L. Mefford, Director of Business Services for the Garden Grove Unified School District, was the winner of a Panasonic 42" LCD television with Internet apps, courtesy of Leader Services. Contest entries were taken at the 2012 CASBO show April 11 and 12.

Congratulations, Nancy!

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Top state educators selected

Source: The Press-Enterprise

Corona-Norco Superintendent Kent Bechler was named top CA superintendent of the year for 2012 by the Association of California School Administrators.

The association also named Ted Alejandre, assistant superintendent of business for San Bernardino County Schools, as top business services administrator.

Congratulations! Leader is honored to serve these school district clients.


Gay studies mandate offers schools little direction


CA public schools are struggling to interpret how to include contributions of gays and lesbians and people with disabilities in their school curriculum.

Senate Bill 48 required California schools to include this information starting in January, but offered little direction on what, how, or when to teach it.


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