|Children Now and The Children’s Movement of California worked on, contributed to and supported a large number of policy wins for kids this year.|
|Local Control Funding Formula: Included in the state budget is a new, streamlined school funding system that will direct more funds to high needs students – those in lower-income households, English learners and students in foster care – and give educators, parents and community members a greater voice in how resources are invested locally. In addition to changing how schools are funded and who gets to decide, LCFF also ensures that a holistic set of student outcomes are used to hold schools accountable.|
State Education Assessments and Implementing Common Core: Assembly Bill 484 provides for the pausing of the state accountability system and adjusts California’s education testing to align it to new Common Core State Standards. This step, in addition to one-time funds allocated this year for professional development and technology improvements, will help California schools transition fully to the comprehensive Common Core standards.
EARLY LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
|Promoting Nutrition in Child Care and Preschools: Assembly Bill 290 establishes a new requirement geared towards promoting nutrition in more early learning settings. Starting in 2016, a preschool and child care center director or teacher trained in health and safety must also have specific training on childhood nutrition, helping to ensure our state’s young children are cared for in ways that promote their health and development.|
|Helping High-School Aged Foster Youth Graduate On-Time: Assembly Bill 216 addresses a problem many youth in foster care face: transferring between high schools that have different local graduation requirements. This bill addresses differing requirements by making sure youth in foster care are only responsible for state graduation requirements if they transfer schools close to graduation, helping to ensure they are able to successfully graduate on-time.|
Ensuring School Funding System Emphasizes Success for Youth in Foster Care: The new school funding system includes requirements that districts focus on improving the educational outcomes of youth in foster care. The new system also includes first-time requirements around data-sharing to enable coordination between schools and county programs that serve foster youth.
Heath Coverage for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Provisions in budget legislation from the Senate and Assembly addressed the important concern of foster youth facing a gap in medical coverage this year. The bills ensured that youth who will be covered by the Affordable Care Act in 2014 were able to have consistent health care coverage until the new health care coverage takes effect.
|Health Homes Program Authorized: Assembly Bill 361 allows California to take advantage of a Health Homes Program option in the Affordable Care Act. Health home services are particularly effective for children, as they enable children with chronic conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and obesity) to avoid or manage these conditions successfully, creating the potential for great cost-savings over a lifetime.|
Health Care Cost Protections for Families: Senate Bill 639 implements and improves on the Affordable Care Act implementation in California. Too often, the economic security of a family is threatened by health care costs. Specifically designed to help prevent families from facing bankruptcy due to medical coverage costs, SB 639 limits out-of-pocket health coverage costs and helps ensure children and families will be able to choose from a comprehensive range of health care options.
Funding Extended for Quality Care for Low-Income Children: Senate Bill 239 extends an important hospital quality assurance fee that supports health care for children. The hospital quality assurance fee, originally passed in 2009 and now funded through December of 2015, helps fund health coverage for low- and middle-income kids.
|Increasing Internet Privacy Protection for Children: Senate Bill 568 addresses concerns around children posting material on websites that they later want to remove. The bill makes California the first state in the nation to require websites to allow anyone under 18 years old to remove website postings – and requires the website operator to clearly inform minors how to erase those postings.|
|There is still much work to be done to prioritize children in policymaking – and some bills we were eager to see signed into law this year were unfortunately vetoed, including Senate Bill 744, a bill that ensured statewide guidance would be used in school discipline and alternative school placement procedures. |
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