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New School Funding Disincentivizes Keeping Kids Enrolled and Hurts Disadvantaged Students
Californians believe that the taxes they pay are to ensure that every school-aged child is funded from Kindergarten through 12th grade and that they are entitled to a quality education. It is a constitutional right that there is funding for each student.

This basic premise was derailed last month with the governor signing a bill that will fund schools based on the number of students in seats on February 29, 2020 – not on the number of students who will actually be in class in the coming months. 

What does this mean?
Teen Mom has Dreams of the
Olympics and an Education 
Jasmine C. started boxing when she was five years old and by the age of 15, had racked up an inspiring number of awards, trophies, medals, belts and championships for someone so young. While training and setting her sights on the Olympics, she held a 3.72 GPA, received student of the month awards, citizenship awards, a perfect attendance award and passed the 8th grade writing test with a perfect score.

And then she found out she was pregnant.
How Teachers Can Address Student Trauma – Especially During Distance Learning 
Before you can reach a student’s head to learn, you need to reach their heart and earn their trust. Nearly a third of teenagers have experienced a trauma or are in a chronic state of trauma such as abuse, homelessness, foster care, hunger, bullying, substance abuse in the home and even human trafficking which makes focusing on academics especially difficult. And it’s likely that the trauma may be escalating as a result of being forced to shelter at home.

Traumatized children who learn to thrive have someone in their life who encourages them and believes in their success.