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Santa Clara County 2002 Children's Report

Date:
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Event Type:
Press Conference
Organizer/Author:
Lora Barnett
Location Details:
Lincoln HIgh School: The Media Center 555 Dana Avenue (Cross Street-Naglee) San Jose, CA

Santa Clara County 2002 Children’s Report: Mixed Review- Kids Lives Improve, But Needs Still Exist The goods news for this holiday season is that 97% of Santa Clara County children are covered by health insurance. However, many Santa Clara County children have been hurt by the economic grinch - high cost of living in Santa Clara County combined with the dot.com implosion. Many families in need of support cannot qualify for food assistance because their income is too high. Even so, 24,592 (almost 35%) of Santa Clara County children eligible for free lunch or reduced cost lunch currently are not being served. At 9:00 a.m. on December 5, 2002, Kids In Common along with public officials and community leaders will hold a press conference regarding the public release of its 2002 Children’s Report for Santa Clara County. The 62 page report includes its findings, priority recommendations for the community, and the next steps for improving the lives of children in Santa Clara County. The press conference will be held: Date: Thursday December 5, 2002 Time: 9:00 a.m. Place: Lincoln High School: The Media Center Address: 555 Dana Avenue (Cross street-Naglee) San Jose, CA. “We need more schools to participate in federal food assistance programs. We must end the bureaucratic red tape that prevents many children from receiving the food that they need,” said Lora Barnett, Co-Executive Director for Kids In Common. Other findings of the Santa Clara County Children’s Report include: Juvenile arrests have declined in Santa Clara County. However, youth of color are over-represented in the juvenile justice system. Latino and African American youth accounted for 63% of the juvenile hall admissions, while they comprised only 33% of the youth population. There are smaller class sizes in the schools. However, the percentage of fully accredited teachers has dropped from 91% to 85% in the past four years. There also are disparities among the school districts. In one school district, only 65% of the teachers are accredited. “We cannot ignore fact that youth of color are over-represented in the juvenile justice system. The schools play a role in ending youth crime. We must strive for fully accredited teachers in all of our school districts in order that all children will be given equal opportunity,” said Dana Bunnett, Co-Executive Director for Kids In Common. Kids In Common is the children’s advocacy organization in Silicon Valley. Our goal is to ensure that all children in Santa Clara County live in a safe and healthy environment with abundant opportunities for social, emotional, and intellectual growth. # # #
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