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May 19 Week in Review

May 19, 2019

FRC Highlight

Little support in U.S. for college students raising children

May 19, 2019

There are nearly 4 million undergraduate students who are raising children, representing 22 percent of all students attending U.S. colleges. Yet only about 8 percent of single mothers in college will obtain associate's or bachelor's degrees within six years, while half of women without children finish their college programs in the same time frame. But one California college may have come up with the solution to that challenge.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/little-support-in-us-for-college-students-raising-children

Politics & Policy

California governor forms group for homelessness solutions

May 21, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom called growing homelessness in California a national disgrace as he announced Tuesday that he is launching a task force to find solutions amid a housing crisis in the most populous state.

https://apnews.com/6a4c5c0659bc42e6ad0431840357d6c9

DMV makes it easier to get a REAL ID

May 21, 2019

Holders who got their REAL ID cards when rules only required one form of residency instead of two are getting a needed break — and you most likely will not need to go into a DMV office where long lines can take hours to navigate.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/21/dmv-makes-it-easier-to-get-a-real-id/

Price hikes from rising tariffs loom ahead of busy shopping seasons

May 17, 2019

Major retailers are sounding the alarm: The U.S.-China trade battle could be coming to a mall near you in the form of higher prices in time for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tariffs-consumers-retailers-20190519-story.html

Education

Experienced teachers key in California districts that ‘beat the odds’

May 17, 2019

Research released this week identified 156 California school districts with higher test scores in math and English language arts than expected for African-American and Hispanic students and found that teacher experience was the common factor that contributed to the higher results.

https://edsource.org/2019/experienced-teachers-key-in-california-districts-that-beat-the-odds/612611

California schools haven’t fully embraced laws protecting LGBTQ kids, study shows

May 13, 2019

In the past decade, California has adopted more than a half-dozen laws intended to prevent bullying, strengthen suicide prevention and cultivate inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ students in the state’s public schools.

But the state’ school districts are implementing these new laws inconsistently, according to a new sweeping report-card style analysis from the Equality California Institute.

https://calmatters.org/articles/california-transgender-schools-lgbtq-laws-education-civil-rights/

Lawsuit challenges use of restraint, seclusion in California special education school

May 20, 2019

Four special education students and their parents or guardians filed a lawsuit last week against the state of California claiming they were emotionally and physically harmed when they were illegally put in restraint holds and secluded during behavioral interventions at their Concord school.

The four students attended Floyd I. Marchus School, operated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education. The suit addresses an issue that is getting wider attention in recent years — unnecessary restraint of students with behavioral and other needs who are placed in special education programs.

https://edsource.org/2019/lawsuit-challenges-use-of-restraint-seclusion-in-california-special-education-school/612690

Healthcare

A Medical Sanctuary For Migrant Farmworkers

May 21, 2019

On the 15-mile drive between his two Central Valley medical clinics, Dr. J. Luis Bautista often passes armies of farmworkers stooped over in the fields, picking onions, melons and tomatoes.

The 64-year-old physician has personal insight into the struggles of these laborers: He was once one of them. As a boy, he picked fruit alongside his parents and nine siblings in Ventura County. The family made $4,000 a year back then, a little over $30,000 in today’s dollars — rarely enough to spare for doctor’s visits.

https://khn.org/news/a-medical-sanctuary-for-migrant-farmworkers/

As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave Against Medical Advice

May 17, 2019

Emergency room patients increasingly leave California hospitals against medical advice, and experts say crowded ERs are likely to blame.

About 352,000 California ER visits in 2017 ended when patients left after seeing a doctor but before their medical care was complete. That’s up by 57%, or 128,000 incidents, from 2012, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

https://khn.org/news/as-er-wait-times-grow-more-patients-leave-against-medical-advice/

Regional

Trump signs disaster declaration for flooded Northern California counties

May 18, 2019

President Trump signed a disaster declaration Saturday for 17 Northern California counties that endured battering rains and landslides this year, making them eligible for federal relief.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/President-Trump-signs-disaster-declaration-for-13856854.php

Food for Thought

From aromatherapy to anger management: How schools are addressing the 'crisis' of childhood trauma

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aromatherapy-anger-management-how-schools-are-addressing-crisis-childhood-trauma-n1006076