UPDATE, December 4, 2013: Truancy and school discipline are the focus of the invitation-only summit on "Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court," at the Anaheim Marriott today (agenda here). Convened by the California Courts and the state Dept. of Education, the summit will be addressed this morning by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The day will include the distribution of county-by-county data packets on school truancy, a presentation by state Secretary of Health & Human Services Diana Dooley on truancy ad chronic absenteeism as a public health issue; panel discussions with LAUSD's John Deasy and state Dept. of Education's Gordon Jackson; and Attorney General Kamala Harris on the connection between chronic truancy and crime, among others.
December 3, 2013: Child welfare agencies in California received 487,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2012 according to KidsData, and reported this morning on EdSource in an article by Jane Meredith Adams that outlines the response of educators to the classroom realities of this trauma.