3/23/2021

Program Helping Homeless Students on Washington College Campuses Seeks to Expand During Pandemic
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

For three years, Jaysa Cooper focused only on the 24 hours ahead, unsure where she would sleep and whether she’d be able to eat. The 21-year-old couch-surfed with friends and family or slept in her car in and around Yakima, where she was born and raised.

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3/4/2021

California Cleared to Use Medicaid for School Testing
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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California – not to mention frustrated students and exhausted parents – got some good news Wednesday on the school-reopening front. 

Two days after Newsom (D) announced a budget deal aimed at incentivizing public schools to start reopening for in-person learning by the end of the month, the federal government approved the state’s request to use federal Medicaid funds to test low-income students enrolled in the state’s Medi-Cal health insurance plan for COVID-19.

2/16/2021

Historic Board Vote Transforms Policing in Los Angeles Schools
Activists swarmed the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District last summer in an effort to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department. Photo: Jeremy Loudenback

In a historic move, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to transform its school police force, eliminating more than 100 positions and stationing the remaining officers off campus.

2/10/2021

Federal Judge OKs Suit on Behalf of Behaviorally Disabled Students in Oregon

A federal judge has greenlighted legal advocates’ lawsuit seeking to represent all of Oregon’s behaviorally disabled schoolchildren who have allegedly been illegally deprived of their right to full-time schooling.

Based on expert testimony presented by the plaintiffs, the case suggests a pattern of local public education agencies sending hundreds or thousands of students with behavioral health problems home early from school, Judge Ann Aiken ruled in U.S.

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2/3/2021

Federal Appeals Court Backs Special Education Rights of Jailed Youth
Image from report. Credit: Juvenile Law Center.

Incarcerated students in the American Southeast who have special educational needs won an important ruling this week in a federal appeals court, children’s lawyers said Thursday.

1/26/2021

Even Before the Pandemic Hit, a Third of High Schoolers Were Suffering
Long before the coronavirus pandemic upended their lives by shutting down schools, sickening their parents and separating them from friends, a survey released Tuesday shows disturbing information about the mental health struggles and well-being of California’s children.

1/22/2021

New York City Releases Long-Delayed Plan to Help Youth, Young Adults

Youth and young adults who are having a rough time overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are targeted for help under a set of long-awaited initiatives announced this week by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

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1/10/2021

New York City Must Provide WiFi to Homeless Families

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s announcement that schools will open for elementary students came as welcome news for many homeless families, as the switch to remote and blended learning has been fraught with uncertainty and unfulfilled promises.

1/6/2021

Diverse Organizations Urge California Lawmakers to Prioritize Children in Budget
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing his 2021-22 budget.

As California Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to unveil his 2021-22 budget proposal later this week, more than 1,000 organizations have urged policymakers to make children — especially the reopening of public schools — the state’s “all-hands-on-deck” spending priority.