California Family Resource Association

March 31 Week in Review

March 31, 2019


California schools find success building student confidence and campus culture

April 3, 2019

Like California, 24 states across the country are measuring school climate, including 10 that are providing resources to improve social and emotional learning, according to the Learning Policy Institute , a nonprofit education research group. Amid a growing body of research about the role of students’ confidence, environment and other factors in academic achievement, the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was designed, in part, to allow schools to go beyond traditional measures of performance.

California Kids Are Falling Behind in Education and More. What Is the State Doing to Help?

April 2, 2019

About 20 percent of California children live in poverty — that number is higher for black and Latino kids. And, depending on their grade, nearly 60 percent of school children aren’t proficient in reading or math. “Kids in California are not faring well and there's really no excuse for that," said Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, a California advocacy group.


Bill Pushing Construction of Higher Density Housing Moves Forward in State Legislature

April 2, 2019

A bill that would compel California cities to allow more construction of higher density housing near transit hubs and job centers cleared its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday.

Senate fails to pass California disaster funds amid Puerto Rico-related standoff

April 1, 2019

The Senate failed to advance a disaster-aid package Monday that includes billions for California wildfire recovery, prolonging a state of limbo for victims nationwide who are waiting for federal help. The Senate voted Monday evening on two approaches to disaster relief, and both failed, largely along party lines. Each bill needed 60 votes to advance, but neither reached even 50.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom will push for equal pay for women as ‘first partner’ of California

April 1, 2019

Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Monday will launch a campaign to narrow the gender pay gap in California, the first big initiative she’s undertaken since her husband Gavin Newsom became governor.

Families and Children

Childhood Poverty: California's 'Moral Outrage'

April 3, 2019

Poverty has long been a political football, and the current polarized climate lays bare the tussle. At one end, child poverty has been called a “moral outrage” by California’s progressive governor, Gavin Newsom, who has vowed to end it. At the other end of the political spectrum, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has said poverty is a “state of mind,” echoing the Trump administration position that government aid is not the answer.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom endorses expansion of unpaid family leave in California

April 1, 2019

A closely watched effort in the California Legislature to expand job protections for unpaid family leave received a public endorsement on Monday from First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom in an early embrace of a bill that could signal broader support from the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Siebel Newsom said she supports Senate Bill 135, which would allow employees of small businesses to take up to 12 unpaid weeks off for family or medical care, at a press conference she convened to promote the state’s equal pay laws and launch a public awareness campaign to help close the wage gap in California.


Judge orders California to open voter registration at welfare offices, student aid centers

April 3, 2019

In a lawsuit by advocates for the elderly, the disabled and the American Civil Liberties Union, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled last week that Secretary of State Alex Padilla was not complying fully with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.