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Middle school incident reports top high schools for first time at LAUSD; suicidal behavior is up [LASchoolReport.com]

For the first time since LA Unified has collected such data, the number of incidents involving fights, suicidal behavior, bullying, drugs and other disruptions on campuses was higher at middle schools than at high schools. The district last week released the 2015-2016 iSTAR Annual Report, which stands for the Incident System Tracking Accountability Report. The report not only shows serious issues such as finding weapons or illegal drugs on students or staff, but also records accidents,...

New ACEs data on Kidsdata.org

On behalf of California Essentials for Childhood, I am very excited to announce the release of a new Child Adversity and Resilience data topic on Kidsdata.org! This has been a collaborative effort between the CA Essentials for Childhood Initiative's Shared Data and Outcomes Work Group and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. I represent ACEs Connection Network on Essentials and am the co-chair of the Shared Data & Outcomes Work Group so I couldn't be more thrilled about...

How the Great Recession Weighed on Children (imperialvalleynews.com)

Baltimore, Maryland - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that increases in unemployment in California during the Great Recession were associated with an increased risk for weight gain among the state's 1.7 million public school students, suggesting that economic troubles could have long-term health consequences for children. The researchers, publishing online June 1 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, say that for every one percentage...

HHS Open Datafest Highlights Innovation (Government Technology)

Data advocates and health-care officials converged in downtown Sacramento, Calif., this week to discuss the latest open data initiatives and public health projects at the third annual Health and Human Services Open Datafest. The two-day event, held March 16-17, was led by the social impact organization Stewards of Change. It highlighted, among other announcements, updates on the nation’s progress to put agency expenditures online through the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA...

State Dropping Ball in Dealing With Childhood Trauma, New Report Says [CaliforniaHealthline.org]

The lowest of 31 grades issued in the  2016 California Children's Report Card released on Wednesday was for dealing with the effects of childhood trauma. In Children Now's biennial assessment of the status of California kids, researchers gave the state a "D-" for how it deals with childhood trauma. The report contends that children who experience traumatic problems such as abuse, neglect and witnessing violence at home can suffer serious long-term consequences, including health...

Charting New Pathways Out of Poverty [SSIR.org]

“ Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”― James Baldwin What’s the point of measuring poverty? Presumably, we measure it so that we can figure out ways to end it. Unfortunately, the poverty measures most programs use to aid the poor are blunt instruments; they don’t identify the nuanced levers that might actually help families in different situations. Meanwhile, better measures remain unused and unconsidered in...

Oakland, CA, leading the country in programs to better black male achievement, according to new report [MercuryNews.com]

Oakland is one of the best U.S. cities for embracing initiatives that better the lives of black men and boys, according to an index released Thursday. The index was compiled by Campaign for Black Male Achievement, or CBMA, a national network representing 2,500 organizations and programs across the U.S. and funded by nonprofits like The California Endowment, Skillman Foundation and the Knight Foundation, to name a few. Oakland scored a 95, tied with Washington, D.C. and Detroit for best on...

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