Can California schools put safety measures in place in time to open early? Many district leaders skeptical

After Governor Newsom shared his four-phases to returning to normal life, with phase two including the re-opening of schools as early as late July or early August, many school officials and parents have been left skeptical, with more questions and even more concerns. “There is not going to be any sort of opening of schools before things are safe.” said Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United…

Governor Newsom Outlines Six Key Indicators the State Will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order

On April 14, 2020, Governor Newsom unveiled six key indicators that would be considered before modifying the state’s stay-at-home order, one of which is the ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing. Although he indicated no timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, the Governor stated that the six indicators will serve as the framework for…

Disability rights groups, school administrators spar over possible changes to special education laws

“Times of crisis are not the time to roll back civil rights. It’s actually time to roll up our sleeves and do it right,” said Wendy Tucker, senior policy director of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, a national advocacy group based in New York. “When you roll back civil rights protections, it’s very hard to bring them back.” Tucker’s group is among the dozens that…

Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services

On March 30, 2020, Governor Newsom issued executive order N-39-20 to temporarily expand telehealth services. This order provides protections to medical providers by relaxing certain state privacy and security laws so they may utilize telehealth services to minimize patient exposure and infections, without the risk of being penalized. On April 3, 2020, the executive order was officially signed by…

California Schools Chief Recommends Schools to Prepare for Distance Learning

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 California’s schools chief, Tony Thurmond, released a letter he wrote to the 58 county superintendents of schools. The letter stated that it is likely students will not be returning to school before the end of the school year due to the current safety concerns and ongoing need for social distancing.  Furthermore, the letter suggested that despite school campuses’ being…

Healthy Schools Campaign Hosts Free Webinar on School Medicaid Opportunities

Date: September 24, 2019 Time: 1PM - 2PM, CDT About the Webinar This introductory webinar will explore the following questions: - What is Medicaid and what does it cover—in and out of school? - How can school districts leverage Medicaid to enhance school health services? - What is the free care policy reversal and how are states leveraging this opportunity to expand their school-based…

Pending CMS Guidance on Medicaid Block Grants: Executive Overreach Strikes Again—Center for Children and Families

It has been reported that CMS is developing guidance to encourage states to pursue a new “block grant” or “per capita” cap on federal Medicaid funding through Section 1115 waiver requests. And sure enough, this “Dear State Medicaid Director” letter has appeared on the Office of Management and Budget’s website signaling that it is under review by the White House. For a President and his…

Proposal to Change Poverty Calculations Could Cause 30,000 to Lose Public Benefits in California—California Health Report

A Trump administration proposal to change one of the measurements to determine the federal poverty level, a move that could force tens of thousands of state residents to lose their public benefits of the next decade, has California advocacy groups on high alert. The proposal is to switch the calculations for the federal poverty level from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to the…

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final “Supplement, Not Supplant” Guidance for School Districts

On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released final non-regulatory guidance to support school districts’ compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds. "Schools need to spend resources on what's best for students, not what's least likely to come up in an audit," said Secretary DeVos. The release of this final…

State Medicaid and CHIP Snapshots, 2019

The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created factsheets underscoring the importance of Medicaid in providing coverage for children in all 51 states (including the District of Columbia). Click here to see the most recent snapshots by state, as well as past snapshots.