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California launches largest free school lunch program in US

California launches largest free school lunch program in US

When classrooms in California reopen for the fall term, all 6.2 million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free, regardless of their family’s income. The undertaking, made possible by an unexpected budget surplus, will be the largest free student lunch program in the country. School officials, lawmakers, anti-hunger organizations and parents are applauding it as a pioneering way to prevent the stigma of accepting free lunches and feed more hungry children. “This is so historic. It’s beyond life-changing,” said Erin Primer, director of food services for the...

Jul 19
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California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine

California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/us-news-health-education-california-coronavirus-vaccine-28a4729ef178edad794d4362c5f2482aClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/us-news-health-education-california-coronavirus-vaccine-28a4729ef178edad794d4362c5f2482aClick to copyRelated topicsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall.Several U.S. colleges and universities hoping to get back to normal campus...

Apr 23
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San Francisco sues schools, cites high of suicidal students

San Francisco sues schools, cites high of suicidal students

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/san-francisco-mental-health-lawsuits-distance-learning-dennis-herrera-10eaaedcb5f2f246b271924cce385ba3Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/san-francisco-mental-health-lawsuits-distance-learning-dennis-herrera-10eaaedcb5f2f246b271924cce385ba3Click to copyRelated topicsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of suicidal children in San Francisco has hit a record high and health experts say it is clear that keeping public schools closed “is catalyzing a mental health crisis among school-aged children,” according to a lawsuit the city filed Thursday to...

Feb 12
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As virus slams rural California, many still pan restrictions

As virus slams rural California, many still pan restrictions

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/san-francisco-coronavirus-pandemic-california-gavin-newsom-redding-98bca6083a87c6bc67535df1898120a6Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/san-francisco-coronavirus-pandemic-california-gavin-newsom-redding-98bca6083a87c6bc67535df1898120a6Click to copyRelated topicsREDDING, Calif. (AP) — Brenda Luntey is openly violating California’s order to close her restaurant to indoor dining. But she wants her customers and critics to know she isn’t typically a rule-breaker. It’s a matter of survival.“This is my first episode of civil disobedience in my...

Dec 7
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Most of California to enter sweeping new virus lockdown

Most of California to enter sweeping new virus lockdown

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/business-public-health-ap-top-news-san-francisco-coronavirus-pandemic-aa542043451296148fed8cd6e8d81832Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/business-public-health-ap-top-news-san-francisco-coronavirus-pandemic-aa542043451296148fed8cd6e8d81832Click to copyRelated topicsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The vast region of Southern California, much of the San Francisco Bay area and a large swath of the Central Valley are about to be placed under a sweeping new lockdown in an urgent attempt to slow the rapid rise of coronavirus cases. The California...

Dec 6
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Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/election-2020-data-privacy-san-francisco-campaigns-andrew-yang-724d9f173c37669257cbe7f0037aeed3Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/election-2020-data-privacy-san-francisco-campaigns-andrew-yang-724d9f173c37669257cbe7f0037aeed3Click to copyRelated topicsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click...

Oct 3
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University of California wrongly admitted well-connected students, state auditor finds

University of California wrongly admitted well-connected students, state auditor finds

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy JOCELYN GECKER SAN FRANCISCO -- A California state audit has found that the University of California wrongly admitted at least 64 wealthy students over the past six years as favors to donors, family, and friends.The California State Auditor also found in the audit released Tuesday that campus staff falsely designated 22 of the applicants as student-athlete recruits because of donations from or as favors to well-connected families.One campus, the University of California, Berkeley, admitted 42 applicants through its regular admissions process based on...

September 22, 2020
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