Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Meal Map Updated - Year 2015 (CA Dept of Education)

Summer Meal Map Updated - Year 2015 (CA Dept of Education):

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Map to Help Families Find Places Serving Free Meals to Students this Summer


SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that low-income families can find a place to take their hungry children for free meals this summer by visiting the California Department of Education’s updated2015 Summer Meal Service Sites interactive Web map, or by calling 1-800-952-5609, option 3.

"Only one in five low-income children who eat subsidized meals during the school year are taking advantage of the summer meal program, meaning a lot of kids are unnecessarily going hungry this summer," said Torlakson. "I urge families to use this free service so their children will have access to the healthy, fresh food they need to grow, learn, and succeed in school."

Thousands of organizations in California have signed up to become Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal sites. These sites open 15 days after the school year ends or when year-round schools are off track. The sites must be located in areas where at least half the student population comes from low-income families. Families can go to any meal site and their children will receive free meals. No questions are asked and no income verification is needed. Many sites also offer fun activities for children.

Torlakson started his Summer Matters initiative to keep kids healthy and engaged in learning during the summer. Providing nutritious meals to low-income children during the summer break is critical to their growth, development, and learning. During summer, they often lack access to nutritious meals they usually get during the school year, which may contribute to "summer learning loss" and cause them to lag behind their peers when school resumes.

The CDE administers SFSP in the state for the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The SFSP program also supports the local economy when meal sites purchase food from local farmers.
# # # #
Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Non-renewed Knox County teacher speaks to school board | WATE 6 On Your Side

Non-renewed Knox County teacher speaks to school board | WATE 6 On Your Side:

Non-renewed Knox County teacher speaks to school board

Christina Graham


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – There was a large show of support Wednesday night for a teacher whose contract was not renewed for next year by Knox County Schools.
Christina Graham taught kindergarten for three years at Copper Ridge Elementary. Last year she spoke out against SAT-10 testing for kindergartners. After her speech to the school board, Graham was called in to talk to her principal about being a representative for Knox County Schools. Graham said that was only time she was ever pulled in to talk about an issue, and she was told then that it wasn’t a disciplinary meeting.


At the end of the 2015 school year, Graham said she was blindsided by the decision not to renew her contract. The only reason she said given for the move was that she no longer fit the vision for her school. Many parents and teachers are speaking out, saying the non-renewal is the district’s way of retaliating against a teacher who spoke out.
Graham’s picture is now all over social media, and the incoming president of the Knox County Education Association said teachers fear losing their jobs if they speak out to challenge policies. That idea was echoed throughout public forum comments at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, where about a dozen parents and teachers spoke to the school board about non renewed contracts, specifically Christina Graham’s.




“Have you been non-renewed or dismissed from a job,” she said, quoting every application she’s started. “And it has a little details box where I’ve put, you know, I wasn’t given a reason, my evaluation scores were fine.”
WATE 6 On Your Side pulled Graham’s personnel file and found there weren’t any problems, complaints or any reasons for her contract not being renewed. The school district said its policy states it doesn’t have to have a reason for not renewing a teachers contract.
Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said, while he reviews all non-renewals, the idea that Graham was on the list because of retaliation is just a rumor.
“I will say this very clearly: we do not make decisions based on teachers speaking up at public board meetings. We just don’t. That’s not how we do business,“ he said. “And so any rumors to that effect are just not true.”
Dr McIntyre said non-renewals are usually for a combination of issues and he likes the decision being made by principals, but Graham said he and the board listened to her speech at the meeting and will at least consider changing the policy.Non-renewed Knox County teacher speaks to school board | WATE 6 On Your Side:

Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/8/15


SPECIAL NITE CAP 

CORPORATE ED REFORM






New York Times op-ed: Is this the worst op-ed ever written about student loans?
Lee Siegel New York Times op-ed: Is this the worst op-ed ever written about student loans?: New York Times op-ed: Is this the worst op-ed ever written about student loans?Lee Siegel is an award-winning critic and an unrepentant leech. After pursuing not one, not two, but three degrees from an Ivy League university, he chose to default on his student loans at taxpayer expense, because he felt that
$3.6 billion Corporate Education Reform FAILURE - Will ANYONE GO TO JAIL?
Gov't to erase debt for more Corinthian students - Yahoo News: Gov't to erase debt for more Corinthian studentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will erase much of the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost as much as $3.6 billion.Corinthian Colleges was one of the largest chains of for-profit coll
National Report Card - School Funding in Most States Unfair
National Report Card - Introduction: School Funding in Most States UnfairInequitable Funding Systems Shortchanging Nation's StudentsNewark, NJ, June 8, 2015 -- Public school funding in most states continues to be unfair and inequitable, shortchanging the nation’s 49 million school public school students, especially those living in poverty, out of the educational opportunities they need to succeed.
Those who can't do, teach? Think again - The Globe and Mail
Those who can't do, teach? Think again - The Globe and Mail: Those who can't do, teach? Think againPeter W. Klein is a professor at the University of British Columbia, and founding director of the Global Reporting Centre.The first time I heard the famous line about teaching, I was in high school, watching the movie Annie Hall. In it, Woody Allen’s character reminisces about his awful childhood in
RMT: Halting a CCSS/CTE aligned Workforce? | commoncorediva
RMT: Halting a CCSS/CTE aligned Workforce? | commoncorediva: RMT: Halting a CCSS/CTE aligned Workforce?CCSS/CTE/CCR/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/Aligned Apprentices = Epic Fail for America!To the Warriors against the ‘Core’, we’ve learned over and over that the CCSS Machine has many parts to it. Those parts include Career Clusters, Career Pathways, the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career
The High-Stakes Pipeline | EduShyster
The High-Stakes Pipeline | EduShyster: The High-Stakes PipelineA Boston student explains the connection between high-stakes testing, harsh discipline policies and the school-to-prison pipeline…DE’ANTHONY ROBINSON ADDRESSES FELLOW STUDENTS AT THE STATEHOUSE. ROBINSON AND HIS CLASSMATES WON THIS YEAR’S GENERATION CITIZEN CHANGEMAKER AWARD FOR THEIR RESEARCH INTO HARSH DISCIPLINE POLICIES AND HOW THE
New No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Attempt Targets Opt-Out Movement
New No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Attempt Targets Opt-Out Movement - Emmett McGroarty - Page 1: New No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Attempt Targets Opt-Out MovementEditor's Note: this column was co-authored by Lisa Henson, an attorney, activist, and mom, regarding the No Child Left Behind Re-authorization and the Common Core testing opt-out movement.The latest attempt to reauthorize No
Sacramento Approves Ethnic Studies as Graduation Requirement | Hmong Innovating Politics
Sacramento Approves Ethnic Studies as Graduation Requirement | Hmong Innovating Politics: Sacramento Approves Ethnic Studies as Graduation RequirementSacramento Approves Ethnic Studies as Graduation RequirementPosted on June 8, 2015 by Hmong Innovating PoliticsOn Thursday, the Sacramento City Unified School Board unanimously approved the Student Advisory Council’s (SAC) resolution to make Ethnic S
Nation's 'Disinvestment' in Public Schools Is Crippling Poor Students, Reports Say - State EdWatch - Education Week
Nation's 'Disinvestment' in Public Schools Is Crippling Poor Students, Reports Say - State EdWatch - Education Week: Nation's 'Disinvestment' in Public Schools Is Crippling Poor Students, Reports SaySix years after the national economy bottomed out, here's one generic view of K-12 finance: Budgets are more stable and can rely on more revenue than in 2008, and spending on K-12 has gradually recover
Reduce Poverty and Ensure Equity: The Key to Education Reform Is Not the Common Core | janresseger
Reduce Poverty and Ensure Equity: The Key to Education Reform Is Not the Common Core | janresseger: Reduce Poverty and Ensure Equity: The Key to Education Reform Is Not the Common CoreLast week three prominent education and civil rights leaders confronted what has appeared to be a civil rights establishment defense of annual standardized testing as the necessary centerpiece of a reauthorized No Ch
CURMUDGUCATION: The Graduation Rate
CURMUDGUCATION: The Graduation Rate: The Graduation RateIf you want a quick, clear look at the story behind the awesometastic grad rate miracle rate of 81%,this NPR piece from Anya Kanenetz is a good place to start (it's also pretty).Kamanetz boils down the possible explanations to three:1) Intervention2) Making it easier3) CheatingThe intervention option is clearly the best one. But it is also ex
Under Attack Teachers Can Be Bullied Too | Teaching Tolerance
Under Attack | Teaching Tolerance: Under AttackOn November 1, 2013, Teaching Tolerance (TT) posted a blog by an anonymous contributor titled “Teachers Can Be Bullied Too.” The author describes being screamed at by her department head in front of colleagues and kids and having her employment repeatedly threatened. She also tells of the depression and anxiety that plagued her following each incident
Traditional teaching faces a cyberthreat from school model - LA Times
Traditional teaching faces a cyberthreat from school model - LA Times: Op-Ed Traditional teaching faces a cyberthreat from school modelThere's a new network of K-8 private schools called AltSchool, based in San Francisco and soon expanding to Brooklyn, N.Y., and Palo Alto. From that tiny amount of information — the name, the locations — you can probably guess that AltSchool is trying to modernize
Surging school meal prices puts strain on families - CBS News
Surging school meal prices puts strain on families - CBS News: Surging school meal prices puts strain on familiesSchool meals are designed to be both nutritious for students and easy on their families' pocketbooks. Yet while some school lunches might get an "A" on providing essential nutrients, they appear to be receiving a flunking grade for affordability.Play VIDEOWas lunch lady fired
This Is Where School Funding Is The Least 'Fair,' According To New Reports
This Is Where School Funding Is The Least 'Fair,' According To New Reports: This Is Where School Funding Is The Least 'Fair,' According To New ReportsIn Mississippi's Carroll County school district, there are no advanced placement courses, no foreign language classes and not enough textbooks for children to take home at night. Until last year, students on the high school football team had to chang
No Child Left Behind Act Inadvertently Impacts State Governments’ Finances, says Rutgers–Camden Researcher | Media Relations
No Child Left Behind Act Inadvertently Impacts State Governments’ Finances, says Rutgers–Camden Researcher | Media Relations: No Child Left Behind Act Inadvertently Impacts State Governments’ Finances, says Rutgers–Camden ResearcherIn 2001, the U.S. Congress passed the bipartisan No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, reaffirming the federal government’s commitment to student achievement, particularly f
ACCJC Targeting City College of San Francisco while allowing violations by the for-profit Heald College to go unchecked
Assemblyman Ting, Education Advocates Demand Accreditation Process Reforms: Assemblyman Ting, Education Advocates Demand Accreditation Process ReformsLegislators and education advocates today called for curbs on the powers of college accreditors, who they accused of targeting City College of San Francisco while allowing violations by the for-profit Heald College to go unchecked.State Assemblyman P
A big change in the S.F. teachers union | SocialistWorker.org
A big change in the S.F. teachers union | SocialistWorker.org: A big change in the S.F. teachers unionMatt Bello, a high school teacher and activist in United Educators of San Francisco, analyzes the unexpected outcome of elections for the union's top offices.June 8, 2015From left to right: Claudia Haas, Lita Blanc and Rose Curreri celebrate the EDU victoryA NEW era is coming to United Educators o
CA State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term - On California - Education Week
CA State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term - On California - Education Week: CA State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term Back in December, I wrote about a marvelous, campy country and western video that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson sang (kinda) under the title "California: We do things different," adding the grammatically correct ly at the
D.C Public Schools Academic Performance Improves, But Achievement Gap Persists : Columns : ISchoolGuide
D.C Public Schools Academic Performance Improves, But Achievement Gap Persists : Columns : ISchoolGuide: D.C Public Schools Academic Performance Improves, But Achievement Gap PersistsA National Research Council report showed promising improvements in D.C’s public schools after seven years of aggressive reforms. However, the report also revealed persisting disparities in the academic performance an
The Unguarded Hen House - Change The LAUSD
The Unguarded Hen House - Change The LAUSD: The Unguarded Hen House “A district may not require students to purchase a cap and gown as a condition of participating in the graduation ceremony.”-California Department of Education, 2013“All students who participate in the ceremony must wear a cap and gown. After January 31,2015, caps and gowns are $60.00 (CASH ONLY) and are only available at Senior C

YESTERDAY

Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’ - The Washington Post
Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’ - The Washington Post: Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’Funding for public education in most states is inadequate and inequitable, creating a huge obstacle for the nation’s growing number of poor children as they try to overcome their circumstances, according
The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate : NPR Ed : NPR
The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate : NPR Ed : NPR: The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate  STATE: GRADUATION RATES IN CALIFORNIANATIONAL RANK (2013)PERCENTAGE POINT CHANGE (2011-2013)20112012201330th+476%79%80%WHAT DIPLOMAS DOES YOUR STATE OFFER?California offers two types of diploma. Twenty-one states offer more than one.2 Different diplomas have varying credit requi
The Washington Teacher: Independent Evaluation of DC Public Schools Too Little Too Late to Impact Plight of Teachers
The Washington Teacher: Independent Evaluation of DC Public Schools Too Little Too Late to Impact Plight of Teachers: Independent Evaluation of DC Public Schools Too Little Too Late to Impact Plight of TeachersWritten By Candi Peterson, WTU General Vice PresidentSomebody dropped the ball. Who’s to blame for the eight years we waited for an independent evaluation of mayoral control? Well accountabi
Google: rauner sociopath | Reclaim Reform
Google: rauner sociopath | Reclaim Reform: Google: rauner sociopathGoogle the following: rauner sociopath.Even Google knows that Illinois billionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner is a sociopath – by definition. He continues to steal from autism programs in particular to pay for his choice of pro-Rauner folks. This is NOT an insult. What is a sociopath by definition?noun, Psychiatry.1. a person with a psychop
Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/7/15
SPECIAL NITE CAP CORPORATE ED REFORMAgents Of The State | The Jose VilsonAgents Of The State | The Jose Vilson: Agents Of The State“How many of you have a child that you believe in and no one else does?”Seats shift.“How many of you can relate to the children in front of you? How many of you have students who get thrown out of everyone else’s class but yours?”Some people blink, some heads turn to t

LATEST NEWS AND COMMENT FROM EDUCATION

LATEST NEWS AND COMMENT FROM EDUCATION
EduBloggers

Latest News and Comment from Education