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Patel, Lisa; Vincent, Jeffrey M.; Veidis, Erika; Klein, Jonathan; Doane, Ken; Hansen, Jamie; Lew, Zoe; Yeghoian, Andra – Center for Cities & Schools, 2023
A statewide coalition of nearly 50 experts -- including doctors, medical and environmental health researchers, educators, youth and community groups -- worked together to explore the challenges of climate change from the perspective of children's health and education. The insights and recommendations are published in this report. It is presented…
Descriptors: Climate, Sustainability, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education
Center for Cities & Schools, 2023
Amid fires, wildfire smoke, extreme heat, and other climate-driven disasters and health hazards, California's leading experts in children's health and education have come together to call for a cost-effective, ten year $150 billion investment to ensure K-12 public schools can remain open and provide safe and healthy places for California's…
Descriptors: Climate, Sustainability, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education
Vincent, Jeffrey M.; Gebrekristos, Semhar; Neinstedt, Lily – Center for Cities & Schools, 2022
Public school districts across California struggle to upkeep and modernize their school facilities. For many districts, aging inventory, coupled with limited capital funding opportunities, has led to school facilities with ballooning deferred maintenance problems and classrooms that do not appropriately support modern instructional practices.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Facilities
Vincent, Jeffrey M.; Al-Abadi, Mona; Kim, Jennifer; Maves, Sydney; Cuff, Dana; Wong, Kenny; Proussaloglou, Emmanuel; Jayewardene, Akana; Gammell, Carrie; Kneebone, Elizabeth; Garcia, David; Manji, Shazia – Center for Cities & Schools, 2022
Many of California's public school teachers cannot afford to live in the communities where they work, forcing them to commute long distances or pushing them out of the education system altogether. Attracting new teachers has also grown more challenging. Housing prices have climbed across the state, yet the majority of the nearly one thousand local…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Housing, Labor Force, School Districts
Rosenberg, Hayden; Singh, Caroline Siegel – Center for Cities & Schools, 2021
For the last five years, the California Department of Education (CDE) has reported a steady increase in homeless K-12 students in the state. In the academic year 2018-2019, over 207,000 California K-12 students were without appropriate, consistent and stable housing. Unhoused K-12 students are disproportionately LGBTQ+, migrants, students of…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Housing
Vincent, Jeffrey M.; Gunderson, Ariana; Friedman, Debbie; Brown, Angela McKee; Wilson, Sadie; Gomez, Vanessa – Center for Cities & Schools, 2020
One way to serve healthier school meals is by incorporating "scratch-cooking" techniques, whereby many or most of the ingredients are prepared onsite from a raw and/or minimally processed form, into school food service programs. However, the vast majority of public school kitchens across the U.S. and in California are not designed and/or…
Descriptors: Food Service, Public Schools, Budgets, Financial Support
McKoy, Deborah; Eppley, Amanda; Buss, Shril – Center for Cities & Schools, 2020
Many low-income young people of color living in cities today face great adversity and the resiliency of the cities they live in is being challenged on many fronts: violence, poverty, gentrification, and homelessness as well as the threat of global climate change. The predicament is that, despite their enthusiasm and innate intelligence on the…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Resilience (Psychology), Urban Planning, Youth Programs
Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Center for Cities & Schools, 2020
As the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, rapidly spread across the globe in Spring 2020, one of the most widely implemented risk reduction measures utilized was to physically close all school buildings. Reopening America's public schools for site-based instruction safely amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (without a vaccine) is remarkably…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, School Schedules
Gustafson-Quiett, Mary Cate – Center for Cities & Schools, 2020
Sacramento City Unified School District's (SCUSD) college and career readiness initiatives, as cited in the "2016-2021 Strategic Plan," only equip students with half of the skills and requirements necessary for graduates to succeed in their post-secondary options (Conley, 2012). Namely, SCUSD fails to assess critical soft skills, such as…
Descriptors: School Districts, Communities of Practice, Models, Equal Education
Hayes, Julian – Center for Cities & Schools, 2019
A research report on the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) student assignment policy, which was designed to help with school choice to reverse the trend of racial isolation and the concentration of underserved students in the same school, and to provide equitable access to programs offered in the district.
Descriptors: Student Transportation, Access to Education, School Choice, Educational Policy
Farnesworth, Irene – Center for Cities & Schools, 2019
Health and wellness are critical elements of teacher performance, attendance, retention, and ultimately, student achievement. While teacher wellness and stress is a nation-wide concern, data suggest that Oakland Unified School District has particularly high levels of teacher stress and a gap in wellness. While there is a growing understanding in…
Descriptors: Wellness, Anxiety, Organizational Culture, Social Support Groups
Casanova, Diana – Center for Cities & Schools, 2019
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represents a significant shift in how California funds its schools. Established in 2013, the State of California founded LCFF on a principle of equity. Under this new law, the state uses a weighted pupil formula and allocates more money to school districts for high-need student subgroups as defined by the…
Descriptors: School Districts, Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance)
Kaiser-Nyman, Chris – Center for Cities & Schools, 2019
Since 2007, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has averaged an 81.5% teacher retention rate on their average of 2,295 teachers. This means that each year, OUSD needs to fill over 400 teaching positions. Nationally, the teacher retention rate is around 90%, and in California that number hovers at 88%. With this in mind, in January 2018, OUSD's…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions
Ferrell, Sarah – Center for Cities & Schools, 2019
This landscape review includes a document and policy review of policies and programs across the City of Richmond, West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), The California Endowment, and other local community organizations. Additionally, the review encompasses: (1) 15 PLUS projects from 2008-2018 for 4 clients: City of Richmond, WCCUSD,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Urban Schools, Youth Programs, Public Policy
Wing, Terren – Center for Cities & Schools, 2019
In 2008, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) commissioned UC Berkeley's Center for Cities and Schools (CC+S) to develop a strategy for integrating education into future housing redevelopment in the Bayview. Two years later, HOPE SF was launched in the Bayview at the existing public housing site at Hunters View. CC+S has worked in…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Community Development, Public Housing, African Americans
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