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‘They have no place to go’: Ventura County sees number of homeless students double

in Education/People

Maria Medina never thought she'd become homeless. When she lost her leg due to diabetes last summer, her husband, a farmworker, missed work to take care of her. Then he lost his job, leaving the family unable to pay their $1,300 monthly rent. The family of five, with one daughter in high school and two daughters under age 4, was homeless.

“I always thought about homelessness as something that wouldn’t happen to me. But you don’t know until it happens to you, and you can’t easily explain to the kids,” said Maria Medina, who has lived in Oxnard her entire life.

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California’s declining school enrollment doesn’t justify $15 billion Proposition 13 school bond

in Around California/Education

Declining school enrollment may have an enormous impact on California’s proposed $15 billion school construction bond, Proposition 13, on the March 3 ballot.

California Department of Education’s data show total K-12 enrollment has been dropping for several years.

And the Department of Finance projects further loss of 258,000 kids by 2027-28.

Most of that decline will be concentrated in the six Southern California counties from Ventura to San Diego as well as in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Grant funding to financially support undergrad volunteers

in Education/People

Students attending the Valley’s two public universities will now be able to earn money for college by giving back to their communities through a new pilot initiative.

Stanislaus State and University of California, Merced, are two of eight colleges to take part in the Civic Action Fellowship — grant funding unveiled by California Volunteers on Monday that allows students to sign up as Americorps Fellows and commit to community service tailored toward their curriculum. The first-in-the-nation program utilizes a combination of federal and state funding and will award students up to $10,000 to put toward their education in exchange for one semester working with a local nonprofit or government office.

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How can California colleges help homeless and hungry students?

in Around California/Education
Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, an associate professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach, sits in the Associated Students Inc. Beach Pantry on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in Long Beach. Over 750 leaders from the CSU, CCC and UC systems will gather for California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance, CHEBNA, 2020 Summit: Advancing Student Success, on Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7, in Costa Mesa.(Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Cal State Long Beach Professor Rashida Crutchfield began focusing on homelessness and food insecurity among college students more than a decade ago.

Back then, she worked at Covenant House of California, a non-profit in Hollywood that provides housing and other support to homeless young adults. Now, Crutchfield is a leading researcher on the lack of basic needs among students enrolled in higher education.

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Hughson students excel at Academic Decathlon

in Education

Hughson High School took second place as a team in the 40th annual Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon on Saturday, coming in behind Oakdale High and ahead of Enochs High.

Hailed as the biggest academic event for local high schools, the decathlon is a two-day series of tests, speeches and interviews featuring this year’s theme, “In Sickness and In Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.”

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TUSD schools improve, still fall below state standards

in Education

Turlock Unified School District’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday received information regarding recent data from the California Department of Education’s Dashboard website, which shows schools’ achievement ratings achievement ratings in several key categories. While TUSD schools improved their scores in many of these sections, many campuses are still struggling to meet state standards overall.

The Dashboard site displays statewide data based on status (how each school or district performed) and change (how much they have improved since the last year), with performance levels indicated by color ranging from red as the lowest and blue as the highest.

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