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Health and Education Go Hand-in-Hand The California Endowment’s “Top Ten” Ideas for Fair School

Health and Education Go Hand-in-Hand The California Endowment’s “Top Ten” Ideas for Fair School Funding Investment

Fair School Funding Background Law increases budget for all schools, but reserves biggest increases

Fair School Funding Background Law increases budget for all schools, but reserves biggest increases for districts with the greatest needs: • Low-income • Foster kids • English learners All districts developing local plans (LCAPs) right now.

All Aboard the School Success Express! 12 -City Bus Tour traveled from San Diego

All Aboard the School Success Express! 12 -City Bus Tour traveled from San Diego to Del Norte More than 1, 600 Californians attended!

Health Is a Piece of the Puzzle On student achievement, everything is connected We

Health Is a Piece of the Puzzle On student achievement, everything is connected We can’t have success without great teachers AND healthy kids Fair School Funding is an opportunity to look at the whole picture When schools focus on student health, kids succeed!

Eight Priority Areas • Fair School Funding law designates these eight priority areas •

Eight Priority Areas • Fair School Funding law designates these eight priority areas • Most connect with student health • Our “Top 10” list connects specific policy ideas with state priorities

10. Invest in maintenance of school buildings and facilities Our Kids Deserve Clean and

10. Invest in maintenance of school buildings and facilities Our Kids Deserve Clean and Functional Schools • Water fountains/stations • Ventilation/clean air • Ceilings and walls Take Pride Your School!

9. Hire a community school coordinator Community Schools Think Big! • Through local partnerships,

9. Hire a community school coordinator Community Schools Think Big! • Through local partnerships, schools can provide health, social, and enrichment services • CSCs serve as bridge between schools and local partners • Mutual trust is key to success

8. Improve fitness equipment and playgrounds Active Students Learn Better • Less obesity/diabetes •

8. Improve fitness equipment and playgrounds Active Students Learn Better • Less obesity/diabetes • Fewer missed school days It’s Already the Law!

7. Track and improve attendance To Succeed in School, Students Need to BE in

7. Track and improve attendance To Succeed in School, Students Need to BE in School • Absence can be an early warning sign • Schools often don’t know until it’s too late

6. Upgrade school kitchens and provide fresh free drinking water with school meals Students

6. Upgrade school kitchens and provide fresh free drinking water with school meals Students Can’t Learn If They’re Hungry • Kids want tasty, fresh food • More kitchen space and equipment • Need water in eating areas

5. Invest in parents When Parents Are Involved, Students Succeed • Parent centers •

5. Invest in parents When Parents Are Involved, Students Succeed • Parent centers • Leadership training • Information in-language Parents Want to Help!

4. Support youth development Students Can Be Leaders • More youth programs, sponsored by

4. Support youth development Students Can Be Leaders • More youth programs, sponsored by school or outside groups Students Have a Stake!

3. Hire more counselors Keep Students on the Right Path • California has 1

3. Hire more counselors Keep Students on the Right Path • California has 1 counselor per 1, 000 students (worst in nation) • Counselors cost ~$50, 000 per year, a great bargain

2. Keep more kids in school with positive school discipline Reduce Suspension Rates; Teach

2. Keep more kids in school with positive school discipline Reduce Suspension Rates; Teach Good Behavior • No link between high suspensions, calm schools • Good Behavior Game ($249 per classroom), Restorative Justice and other alternatives work better

1. Provide more health services Healthy Students Learn Better • Wellness centers and nurses

1. Provide more health services Healthy Students Learn Better • Wellness centers and nurses diagnose illness and treat chronic conditions • Fewer absences/better health = improved achievement

Health and Education Go Hand-in-Hand The California Endowment’s “Top Ten” Ideas for Fair School

Health and Education Go Hand-in-Hand The California Endowment’s “Top Ten” Ideas for Fair School Funding Investment