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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
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
Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Center for Cities & Schools, 2018
In 2017, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced the "Small School District Assistance Initiative," aimed at providing targeted assistance to small and rural school districts in the state. A prime focus of the initiative is assisting small and rural school districts with improving their facilities. To aid CDE's efforts,…
Descriptors: School Districts, School District Size, Rural Schools, Educational Facilities Improvement
Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Center for Cities & Schools, 2018
This study investigates the school facility challenges and issues facing rural and small school districts in California. A mixed method approach was utilized (analysis of district characteristics, spending patterns, and 40 interviews with superintendents) to understand the capital investment patterns and facility planning processes of these…
Descriptors: School Districts, School District Size, Rural Schools, Educational Facilities Improvement
Herberg, Jeremias – Center for Cities & Schools, 2018
This study provides a critical appraisal of intermediaries in demand-driven workforce development. In San Francisco East Bay, an emerging set of workforce intermediaries -- here called the "Skills Brokers" -- recently take issue in alleged Skills Gaps to create a cross-sector reform agenda. They seek to connect the supply and demand for…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Job Skills, Skill Development, Industry
Torres, Rhina – Center for Cities & Schools, 2018
According to 2016-2017 school enrollment data, 31.6% of K-5 students were English Learners (ELs) in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Of the many languages spoken at home by students, the most popular languages other than English are Spanish (19.14%) and Cantonese (15.88%). To respond to their needs, SFUSD offers programming that…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Bilingual Education, Language of Instruction, Immersion Programs
Radoff, Anna – Center for Cities & Schools, 2018
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) faces increasing teacher attrition and unsustainable levels of stress among teachers. Citywide pressures, such gentrification and lack of transportation, impact schools and teachers. OUSD currently has wellness programs both district provided (the Office of Health and Wellness) and through district…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Administrator Role, Principals, Trauma
Jain, Liz S.; Vincent, Jefrey M. – Center for Cities & Schools, 2016
Public school districts across California, particularly those in low-wealth areas, experience significant funding shortfalls for their facilities. Industry benchmarks suggest the state's K-12 school districts should spend nearly $18 billion a year to maintain their inventory, ensure buildings are up-to-date, and to build new spaces to handle…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Facilities, Financial Support, State Aid
Vincent, Jeffrey M. – Center for Cities & Schools, 2016
This study aims to inform the California Department of Education (CDE) in ensuring the standards contained in Title 5 appropriately promote the planning and design of healthy, safe and educationally suitable K-12 school facilities. The study gathers and analyzes K-12 facility standards in ten case study states across the country to understand…
Descriptors: Accountability, State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
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