California Family Resource Association

CFRA Week in Review

January 6, 2019


Gavin Newsom’s first California budget has $8 billion increase over Jerry Brown’s last one

January 10, 2019

They include:

  • Nearly $2 billion for early learning programs
  • He wants to let young immigrants without legal status to enroll in Medi-Cal , the state’s health insurance program for low-income people, until age 26.
  • Tax credits for working families. Newsom wants to double California’s earned-income tax credit and offer it to hundreds of thousands of more households. He’d also increase the value of CalWORKS grants for low-income families.
  • $1.3 billion for projects that spur housing development, including tax credits for developers building housing for low- and moderate-income families.
  • More than $200 million over two years to increase the amount of money college students can receive through Cal Grants. The top grant would rise to $6,000.

Trump threatens to cut off disaster funding for California fires

January 9, 2019

President Trump injected new uncertainty into California’s wildfire recovery efforts, tweeting early Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency not to send more disaster funding to state officials “unless they get their act together, which is unlikely.” Neither the White House nor FEMA provided clarification, in response to emails and calls, about whether Trump’s threat was bluster like other tweets he has sent making false assertions while criticizing the state’s fire management, or if he has actually ordered a funding cutoff to thousands of Californians trying to rebuild after the devastating fires late last year.

Expert: Census citizenship question would worsen undercount

January 7, 2019

Asking people whether they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census would worsen the undercount of Latinos and non-citizens compared with other groups, an expert in surveys said Monday at the start of a trial over the Trump administration’s decision to include the question for the first time in 70 years.


Restorative justice reduces suspensions in elementary grades but not middle school, study shows

January 4, 2019

The use of restorative justice in elementary schools leads to significantly fewer suspensions, a narrowing of the suspension gap between black and white students and improved perceptions of school climates among teachers, according to findings from a new study by the RAND Corporation. The underlying idea [of restorative justice] is that students respond better to discipline when it is focused less on punishment and more on righting wrongs and building healthy relationships within the school.

Tony Thurmond sworn in as California's new superintendent of public instruction

January 8, 2019

After taking the oath of office administered by retired Superior Court Judge Gordon Baranco, Thurmond said in his inaugural speech, “I could have ended up in state prison. Instead I ended up as state superintendent of public instruction. That is why it is so important to break the school to prison pipeline.”

He said that addressing the teacher shortage was critical. “We can’t close the achievement gap unless we have quality teachers in every classroom,” he said. He also touched on the issue of teacher pay that is fueling labor conflicts in several districts around the state, including Oakland, in the district he represented until recently.


Judge rules that LAUSD teachers' strike can begin on Monday
January 10, 2019

At issue was whether the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, gave a legally required 10-day notice to the school district that its members would no longer work under terms of the previous contract. This notice provision is included in the contract between the union and the L.A. Unified School District.

San Diego proposes housing asylum-seeking migrants at closed juvenile detention facility

January 5, 2019

The city of San Diego has proposed using a former juvenile detention facility in Alpine known as Camp Barrett as a migrant shelter. The proposal, made Friday in a letter to the state, comes after nonprofit organizations working to support arriving asylum-seeking families have called repeatedly for help from local and state governments.


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