Summer Reading Roundup


Written by: Stephanie Freeman, Communications Director at MCCOY
  

 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

One of my favorite summer past times as a child was reading outside under a shady tree. I loved the escape of entering another magical world – a world of adventure and knowledge. That love of reading as a child turned into a love of reading as an adult. I continue to love to learn from others experiences through a good book. My love of reading didn’t just happen overnight. Reading was introduced to me by my parents, who read to me at bed time, and then by my teachers in school. Reading was engrained into my everyday life not as a chore, but as a fun activity.
  

Reading is much more than fun.  Reading can actually affect the trajectory of a child’s life. According to Scholastic.com, children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful, go further in school than those who don’t. If a child reads as much as one million words per year, they will be in top 2% of all children on standardized reading tests. If a child reads as little as 8000 words per year, they will be in bottom 2% of all children on standardized reading tests (Scholastic: Classroom Libraries Work!). This is because “Reading a lot” is one of the most powerful methods of increasing fluency, vocabulary, [and] comprehension. (Scholastic: Classroom Libraries Work!) Reading is an essential skill that children
must have in order to succeed.
Parents and caregivers play the most influential role in encouraging young children to read. Children whose parents read to them become better readers and better students.
  

Not sure which books to stock your bookcases with or bring home from the library? According to Parents magazine (http://www.parents.com/fun/book-gallery/), the following is a list of the best learning books for children of all ages:

Top Books for Infants:

  1. Pat the Bunny
  2. Goodnight Moon
  3. Go, Dog. Go!
  4. Good Night, Gorilla
  5. Mr. Brown can Moo! Can You?

Top Books for Toddlers:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  2. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  3. Freight Train
  4. The Napping Hosue
  5. The Happy Egg

  

Top Books for Preschoolers:

  1. Where the Wild Things Are
  2. The Snowy Day
  3. Harold and the Purple Crayon
  4. Jamberry
  5. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

  

Top Books for Big Kids:

  1. Bread and Jam for Frances
  2. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  3. Make Way for Ducklings
  4. The Little Engine that Could
  5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  
Top Books for Tweens:

  1. Matilda 
  2. Shipwrecked
  3.   Monkey Island
  4.  The Phantom Tollbooth 
  5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Indianapolis is lucky to have a wonderful resource available to families to encourage reading by youth. United Way of Central Indiana’s Early Readers Club® encourages parents and caregivers to read to their child starting day one. Families can register to receive 12 high-quality children’s books (learn more) each year until the child’s sixth birthday, providing countless opportunities for kids and parents to read together. The Early Readers Club currently serves children in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

Read, read, ReAd!!!!

Own Your Future Media Arts Contest–Top Entries


Thank you to our over 50 students who submitted writing, infographics, and prezi presentations  about why academic success is important to them and how they intend to “own their future.” These students will have their entries featured throughout our community to raise awareness about the importance of scholastic achievement and youth empowerment.They were recognized on April 27th at an award ceremony at Crispus Attucks High School where they received education awards and plaques. 

Top Entries:


Middle School Infographic 
First Place: Jonathan Danford, 8th Grade Broad Ripple Magnet Middle School
High School Infographic
First Place: Kirsten Holston, 11th Grade, North Central High School
Second Place: Samantha Dishner and Regina Wraley, 12th Grade, Ben Davis High School
Third Place:  Brittany Strother, 12th Grade, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School
Honorable Mention: Cheyanne Brown, 10th Grade, Decatur Central High School
Middle School Prezi Presentation  
                      
High School Prezi Presentation
First Place: Brittany Strother, 12th Grade, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School
Third Place: Kaylee Grimme11th Grade, Decatur Central High School
Third Place: Jaylin Rush, 11th Grade, Broad Ripple Magnet High School
Middle School Writing          
First Place: Devon Valentine, 6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Second Place: Dakota McDonald, 7th Grade, Broad Ripple Magnet Middle School
Third Place: Ellie Campbell, 6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Honorable Mention:
Sam Govea6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Alex Bradley6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Carlos Garcia6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Nathan Stinson6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Garrett Oeth6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
Jackson Harris6th Grade, Wheeler Elementary
High School Writing                           
First Place: Tyler Alums, 12th Grade, Arsenal Technical High School
Second Place: Sydney-Symone Tate, 11th Grade, Decatur Central High School
Second Place: Kirsten Holston, 11th Grade, North Central High School
Third Place: Kayanna Lovett, 9th Grade, Fall Creek
Honorable Mention:
Darrian Byndum, 12th Grade, Arsenal Technical High School
Dajia Shaffer, 12th Grade, Arsenal Technical High School
DeQwan Flowers, 12th Grade, Ben Davis High School
Gary Davis, 12th Grade, Arsenal Technical High School
James Hayes, 12th Grade, Arsenal Technical High School
Kiana Murray, 12th Grade, Aresenal Technical High School 

We would also like to thank State Farm for their generous support of this contest. 

Congratulations for your support of Student Success!
Keep up to date with the contest by liking the Own Yours Campaign facebook page!

The Secrets of Parenthood Revealed


Written by: Stephanie Freeman, Communications Director; MCCOY, Inc.
As a new mother, I am constantly in awe of how my parents raised me. I look up to my mom and dad, and want to provide a happy, healthy, nurturing home environment for my son, just like they did for my brother and I. My always showed us love and respect, knew how to motivate us without pushing us, they always knew what we needed, and did it all without complaining. Parenthood is hard. I know this now and I realize no parent is perfect.  The question I constantly ask myself is  how can I be the best parent that I can be? What are the secrets of great parents?
 
I’ve read lots of articles, blogs and books about parenting, as well as listened to lots of advice from individuals on what to do and what not to do. Some of the most helpful hints that I found are:
 
·         Express your love and affection: tell children you love them, hug them and show them that your love is unconditional – not matter what
·         Praise your child: avoid comparing children to others; celebrate their differences and uniqueness
·         Avoid criticism: be assertive, yet kind, focus on the behavior not the child
·         Be a role model: treat children as you want to be treat; show them you listen to them, be kind to them, set a good example
·         Help your children feel safe: respect their privacy, install a sense of belonging, discuss differences peacefully
·         Provide order: set boundaries, encourage responsibilities, teach what is right and wrong, allow children to experience life for themselves
·         Spend quality time with your children: give them your undivided attention, send time individually with each child, do what interests your child, use each moment as a teachable moment
·         Eliminate bad habits: give up vices or behaviors that you would not want your children to emulate
 
After reading these tips, I feel assured that I can be a great parent. It is and will be hard work, but I know it will be the most rewarding and important work I ever do.
 
I’d like to take this moment to send a belated Happy Mother’s Day and upcoming Happy Father’s Day message to all the parents and guardians out there. Your work does not go unnoticed and is not without effect.

Family Friendly Summer Fun

By: Ivy McConnell, Public Relations Intern

YAY!! Summer is here and school is out! What to do?

Indianapolis have endless of indoor and outdoor activities to do this summer with family.

According to Beforeitnews.com, spending time with family strengthens bond, improve academic performance, less the change of violence behavior and drug abuse. Parents should encourage their children to go to museums like, The Indiana State Museum,  Eiteljorg Museum and Children Museum. These places have daily events and camps they can sign up for and attend throughout the summer.  Indianapolis, also have water parks, plays and volunteer opportunities. So many fun things to do outside the home this summer! Have fun!

Working Collectively to have a Greater and Longer Lasting Impact on Children and Families


Written by:  John Brandon, President of MCCOY

The recently released Annual Child Fatality Report from the Indiana Department of Child Services for State Fiscal Year 2011 tragically underlines the importance of the twin strategies of prevention and early intervention to safeguard the lives of Hoosier children.  When looking closer at the circumstances surrounding the  40 child deaths that occurred in FY 2011, the report states:  “a pattern of stress factors was …revealed, with low income being a risk factor in 75 percent of both abuse and neglect cases…..Additionally, substance abuse was a risk factor in 43 percent of cases and domestic violence was a risk factor in 33 percent of all cases…..These findings indicate societal/community level issues that affect parents and can contribute to the increased risk of child abuse or neglect in the home.”  In other words, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence killed 40 children in Indiana in 2011—and all those issues—and who knows what number of future child deaths– ARE preventable.
 

It is not that we don’t have support services in place; in fact we have many very effective ones.  The Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety operated by Children’s Bureau, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and the Nurse-Family Partnership initiative of Goodwill all provide parental guidance and support. Fairbanks Hospital and Midtown Mental Health are just two of the substance abuse prevention and treatment programs available.    Our network of neighborhood-based community centers provides basic needs, family support, and employment skills training to help raise families out of poverty and to self-sufficiency.  However, these important prevention services are not always readily accessible and available to the families and the children that need them the most.  And the Annual Child Fatality Report clearly shows when children and families fall through the gaps in the safety net, there are often fatal consequences.
 
To close those holes, the Early Intervention Planning Council (EIPC) of the City-County Council is focusing on developing a center which will provide multiple services to vulnerable families in a single location in one of the highest need areas of our city.  Led by Marion County Commission On Youth, Inc. (MCCOY) which is working closely with a number of key partners, this co-located services center will offer families and children physical and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, legal services, employment and financial skills training, and connections to other supportive services that a family or individual might require. 
 
It is our goal to build a center where vulnerable and shattered families get many needs addressed without having to travel from place to place; where a variety of service providers work together seamlessly; and where families are treated holistically and are restored to health and put on the path to growth and success.  We know that stand alone services sometimes are not enough since families are often struggling with a number of challenges and barriers.  But by offering a variety of services in one location that are integrated,  well coordinated and prevention focused, those service providers will work collectively to have a greater and a longer lasting impact on children and families.  The co-located center will see increased numbers of families served and have better results; contribute to the strength of the neighborhood and the revitalization of the surrounding area; and, in both the short and long terms, save the taxpayers of Marion County money by preventing youth and families from entering our much more costly public systems.
  
To learn more about the Co-location of Services project, visit our website—http://www.mccoyouth.org/intervention/co-locationofservices.html or contact Shanna Martin at 317-921-1233 or at shanna.martin.mccoyouth.org.

Voices for Indiana’s Children 2013 Legislative Summary


The 2013 legislative session ended sine die at 1:30 a.m. on April 27.  This session was incredibly successful for children and MCCOY is proud to have been part of the lobbying and advocacy efforts on several key bills. The bills that MCCOY was directly involved in drafting are highlighted in green.  MCCOY’s legislative priorities reflect an emphasis on prevention and sound policies that benefit all youth.  Our legislative priorities for 2013 included:
·          Peer Aggression Prevention – ensuring that schools utilize evidence-based prevention programs and implement consistent policies state-wide
·          Early Childhood Safety & Education – improving the quality and accessibility of child care and early education programs
·          Early Intervention and Prevention – ensuring that prevention and early intervention services are available and accessible to individuals and families before they are in crisis
·          Student Success – ensuring that all youth have access to quality education options
Selected Enacted Legislation

CHILD SAFETY
HB1015 School safety Urges the legislative council to establish an interim study committee to examine issues related to student discipline and safety.
MCCOY Position: Support
HB1423 Anti-bullying Requires the department of education to develop guidelines to assist school corporations and safe school committees in establishing bullying prevention programs, investigation and reporting procedures, and discipline rules.
School corporations are required to:
·          Include the number and categories of bullying incidents that occur in their annual performance report.
·          Provide training to school employees and volunteers concerning its bullying prevention and reporting policy, and to provide annual bullying prevention education to students.
·          Include detailed procedures for investigation and required reporting of bullying behaviors in its discipline rules.
·          Include detailed procedures outlining the use of follow-up services for support services for the victim and bullying education for the bully in its discipline rules.
Modifies the definition of “bullying”:
·          Overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
o    Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property;
o    Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
o    Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
o    Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.
Discipline rules may be applied regardless of physical location of incident(s) when the individuals involved are students attending a school within a school corporation and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid a substantial disruption in school or to prevent an unreasonable threat to a safe and peaceful learning environment.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB1 School resource officers and school safety Specifies how a school resource officer program may be established and sets forth duties and responsibilities for school resource officers.
·          School resource officers must successfully complete the training requirements for law enforcement officers and receive 40 hours of certified school resource officer training.
·          Creates the Indiana secured school fund under the administration of the department of homeland security to provide matching grants for school corporations and charter schools to:
o    Employ school resource officers;
o    Conduct threat assessments of school buildings; or
o    Purchase safety equipment and technology.
·          Creates the secured school safety board to approve or disapprove applications for matching grants from the fund and to develop best practices for school resource officers.
·          Requires a law enforcement agency to notify a school if a student is apprehended because a law enforcement officer had reasonable grounds to believe the student has a mental illness, is dangerous, and is in need of hospitalization and treatment.
Provides that the statute regarding possession of a firearm on school property does not apply to a person who may legally possess a firearm and who has been authorized by a school board or body that administers a charter school to carry a firearm in or on school property.
·          Establishes the school safety interim study committee to:
o    Study how to improve the safety of schools in Indiana; 

o    Develop best practices for a school resource officer to employ in order to successfully carry out the officer’s responsibilities; and
o    Study additional topics that the legislative council assigns.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB53 Child seduction Defines “professional relationship” and provides that a person commits child seduction if they: (1) have a professional relationship with a child; (2) may exert undue influence on the child because of the professional relationship; and (3) use the person’s professional relationship to engage in sexual conduct with a child at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB345 Use of restraints and seclusion in schools Establishes a commission on seclusion and restraint in schools to adopt rules concerning the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and develop a model restraint and seclusion plan. Requires a school corporation and accredited nonpublic school to have in place a restraint and seclusion plan for the 2014-2015 school year.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB352 School policies on gang activities Allows the Indiana safe schools fund to be used to provide educational outreach and training to school personnel concerning the identification and prevention of, and intervention in, criminal gang activity.
·          Requires the Indiana department of education to:
o    Develop model educational materials and a model policy concerning criminal gang activity.
o    Identify or develop model education materials and develop a model policy to address criminal gangs and criminal gang activity in schools in collaboration with certain other agencies and organizations with expertise in criminal gang education, prevention, and intervention.
o    Submit an annual report to the governor and the general assembly regarding criminal gang activities in schools beginning in 2017.
·          Requires each school corporation to:
o    Develop and maintain a criminal gang policy.
o    Develop an educational criminal gang awareness program for students, school employees, and parents and a school employee development program to provide training to school employees in the implementation of the school corporation’s criminal gang policy.
o    Submit an annual report to the department outlining the activities undertaken by the school corporation to address criminal gang activity beginning in 2017.
·          Requires a school employee to report any incidence of suspected criminal gang activity, criminal gang intimidation, or criminal gang recruitment to the principal and the school safety specialist.
·          Requires the state police department to conduct an assessment to map gang activity and identify existing services and programs and to report the results to the department by July 1, 2014.
MCCOY Position: Support
CHILD SERVICES
SB125 Child fatality reviews and commission on children
·          Establishes the commission on improving the status of children (the commission) in Indiana to study issues concerning vulnerable youth, review legislation, cooperate with other entities and take other actions relating to children.
·          Establishes a child services oversight committee to review data reports from the department of child services (DCS), review annual reports from the DCS ombudsman, make recommendations to the commission to improve the delivery of child protection services, and submit an annual report to the commission.
MCCOY Position: Support
CRIMINAL/JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
HB1006 Various changes to the criminal code
·          Child abuse/neglect reporting – a judge must first use the child abuse reporting hotline to report suspected abuse/neglect and may contact the local office of the department directly if they either do not response from the hotline or the hotline’s response is not satisfactory to serve best interests of child.
·          Hazing – defines hazing as forcing or requiring another person with or without their consent and as a condition of association with a group or organization to perform an act that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury.
MCCOY Position: Monitor
SB142 Statutes of limitations involving child sex abuse Increases the statute of limitations for a civil action based on child sexual abuse to the later of: (1) seven years after the cause of action accrues; or (2) four years after the person ceases to be a dependent of the person alleged to have performed the sexual abuse. Increases the statute of limitations for the criminal prosecution of certain sex offenses involving children from five years to the later of: (1) 10 years after the commission of the offense; or (2) four years after the person ceases to be a dependent of the person alleged to have committed the offense.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB361 Intimidation Provides that for the crime of intimidation, “communicates” includes posting a message electronically, including on a social networking web site.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB509 Human trafficking Makes it promotion of human trafficking of a minor to knowingly or intentionally recruit, harbor, or transport a child less than 18 years of age with the intent of: (1) engaging the child in forced labor or involuntary servitude; or (2) inducing or causing the child to engage in prostitution or an unlawful performance that includes sexual conduct. Makes it sexual trafficking of a minor to knowingly or intentionally sell or transfer custody of a child less than 18 years of age for sexual purposes.
MCCOY Position: Support
EARLY CHILDHOOD
HB1004 Early education evaluation program Establishes the early education evaluation program to gather data concerning the school readiness of low income 

children who have received early education services through providers with programs of demonstrated quality that require parental involvement in the children’s education.
·          Establish Paths to QUALITY program – voluntary child care facility quality rating and improvement system implemented by the Family and Social Services Administration. Establishes a steering council to make recommendations on program issues and resources.
·          Create the Early Learning Advisory Committee, appointed by the governor, to assess needs concerning quality and availability of early education programs in Indiana; identify opportunities and barriers in collaboration and coordination of programs related to early childhood issues; assess capacity and effectiveness of higher education institutions in Indiana in preparing early childhood professionals; and present recommendations to governor annually.
MCCOY Position: Support
HB1494 National criminal history background checks for child care Requires employees and volunteers of certain child care providers and applicants applying for a license to operate a child care home, including the applicant’s spouse and certain household members, to undergo national criminal history background checks. Requires the state police department to release the result of a national criminal history background check to the division of family resources. Amends the list of felony convictions and certain other offenses related to the application, denial, and revocation of a child care license or registration and eligibility for child care voucher payments.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB305 Child care and development fund eligibility Clarifies definition of “provider” to include a person who provides childcare and receives Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) voucher, a licensed child care center and a licensed child care home. Specifies requirements that must be met by a child care
provider as a condition of eligibility to receive a federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) voucher payment. Delineates new safety provisions for all providers including:
·          Meeting sanitation standards for bathrooms and hand washing
·          Following safe sleeping practices
·          Maintaining  a written child discipline policy
o    Ensure all employees and volunteers follow policy
o    Provide policy to each parent or legal guardian
o    Maintain a signed copy of policy in child’s file
·          Allowing unscheduled visits of child care facility by a parent or legal guardian
·          An employee or volunteer under 18 years of age may act as a caregiver if they are at least 14 years of age and is directly supervised at all times by a caregiver of at least 18 years of age.
·          Training for all employees and volunteers in child abuse detection and prevention
·          Ensuring medications are inaccessible to children
·          Obtaining written permission to transport child
·          Requires the committee on child care to study due process for child care providers and make recommendations during the 2013 interim.
MCCOY Position: Support
EDUCATION
HB1003 Nonpublic school scholarships
·          School scholarship tax credit may be carried forward for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2013.
·          Scholarship eligibility changes – must meet one of the following conditions:
o    Be a child with a disability requiring special education and has an individualized education program or service plan and has a household annual income of not more than 200% of free or reduced lunch program eligibility;
o    Attends a public school that has received an “F” performance grade and has a household annual income of not more than 150% of free or reduced lunch program eligibility (though student is not required to attend the school prior to receiving a scholarship nor required to return to the school if the school’s rating improves);
o    Be a member of a household with annual income of not more than 150% of free or reduced lunch program eligibility and was enrolled in a K-12 public school for previous two semesters; or
o    Is a sibling of another student receiving a choice scholarship or other scholarship in preceding school year and is a member of a household with annual income of not more than 150% of free or reduced lunch program eligibility.
o    If household income substantially increases, student remains eligible for a choice scholarship as long as annual income does not exceed 200% of free or reduced lunch program eligibility.
·          Scholarship amount changes – the least of the following:
o    Sum of tuition, transfer tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance of eligible school;
o    90% of state tuition support if annual household income is not more than that to qualify for free or reduced lunch program and 50% of state tuition support if annual household income is not more than 150% than that to qualify for free or reduced lunch program (or 200% if meets criteria mentioned above); or
o    Maximum scholarship amount for students in grades 1-8 is $4700 in FY2014 and $4800 in FY2015.
·          Commission on Education will study the following topics in the 2013 session interim:
o    Academic performance of choice scholarship schools in comparison to public schools
o    Graduation rates for choice scholarship schools as compared to public schools
o    Student growth and achievement for students enrolled in choice scholarship schools over time
o    Various student demographics, including income, race, and special needs, for choice scholarship students as compared to students enrolled in public schools
o    Why parents choose to enroll a child in a choice scholarship school
MCCOY Position: Monitor
HB1427 Various education matters Halts the implementation of common core standards after May 15, 2013 until a comprehensive evaluation is conducted.
·          Before July 1, 2013, the department shall provide a written evaluation of the common core standards to the state board and the chairperson of the legislative study committee established to study the common core standards and other standards
·          The comprehensive evaluation must include: 

o    An analysis from the office of management and budget concerning the fiscal impact to the state and school corporations if the state board fully implements the common core standards or discontinues the implementation of the common core standards.
o    The state board to hold at least three public meetings.
·          Not later than November 15, 2013, the state board shall establish new categories or designations of school performance which must be based on a measurement of individual student academic performance and growth to proficiency and may not be based on a measurement of student performance or growth compared with peers.
MCCOY Position: Monitor
SB338 Absenteeism; school improvement plans Addresses the issue of absenteeism from school.
·          The commission on education study committee will examine the following issues:
o    Defining excused and unexcused absences
o    Effectiveness of voluntary agreements between school corporations and juvenile courts in providing court supervised educational, alternative or diversion programs for students who are habitually truant, suspended or expelled from school including:
§   Number and types of agreements and programs in Indiana
§   Effects of programs on families and students
§   Success of programs in reintegrating students into the classroom
o    Evidence based practices and model programs for reducing absenteeism and supporting student engagement and achievement
o    Feasibility of modifying Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program eligibility to include school attendance requirements for students
o    Any other issue related to student absenteeism
·          Sets forth new definitions:
o    “Chronic absenteeism” means a student has been absent from school for 10% or more of a school year for any reason
o    “Habitual truancy” means a student has been 10 days or more from school within a school year without being excused or without being absent under a parental request that has been filed with the school
·          Department of education will provide resources and guidance to school corporations concerning evidence-based practices and effective strategies to reduce absenteeism.
·          School corporations and schools must identify contributing factors to absenteeism and to develop chronic absence reduction plans.
o    Must include the number of students who are habitually truant in the school corporation’s annual performance report.
MCCOY Position: Support
SB422 Family friendly school designation Establishes the Indiana family friendly school designation program.
·          Department of education will develop the program and make available to schools best practices in developing family engagement and parental involvement.
·          A school may voluntarily request an assessment by the department of parental involvement in the school.
·          Department may designate a school as a family friendly school if the department determines that the school has established parental engagement practices that increase parental involvement and foster high student achievement.
MCCOY Position: Support
OTHER
HB1001 Biennial budget The budget included the following provisions:
·          Select Education Funding
o    Indiana Safe Schools General Fund: $1,095,340 (annual)
o    Indiana Safe Schools Fund: $400,053 (annual)
o    Secured School Safety Grants: $20,000,000 (bi-annual)
o    Dropout Prevention: $6,000,000 (annual)
o    Early Education Matching Grant Program: $2,000,000 (annual)
o    Full-Day Kindergarten: $196,968,528 (2014), $202,686,696 (2015)
·          School Corporation Performance Awards:
o    ISTEP and end-of-course assessment tests – schools with a passing rate between 72.5% & 90% or 5% increase in passing rate receive $23.50 per passing test. Schools with passing rate of at least 90% or increase of 5% receive $47 per passing test.
o    Nonwaiver graduation rate – schools with nonwaiver graduation rate between 75% & 90% receive $88 for each nonwaiver graduate. Schools with a nonwaiver graduation rate over 90% or with over 5% increase from previous would receive $176 for each nonwaiver graduate.
·          Education Reform
o    Excel Centers: charter schools that serve students who are at least 20 years of age and who have dropped out of high school before receiving a diploma are removed from funding through the school formula and are a separate line item at $6,600 per student.  Grants for new charters for these schools are prohibited. Indianapolis may grant a charter to a maximum of three Christel House Academies which must be granted by July 1, 2013 and these charter schools are not entitled to receive state funding.
o    Choice Scholarships: increase in maximum Choice Scholarship for grades 1-8 students from $4500 to $4700 in FY2014 and to $4800 in FY2015.
o    Requires state board of education to develop alternative benchmarks, performance indicators, and accountability standards to assess schools focusing exclusively on providing academic programs to students with developmental, intellectual, or behavioral challenges.
o    Requires state board of education to develop an alternative accountability system to assess performance of charter schools that are dropout recovery schools or accelerated learning centers.
o    Financial literacy program for K-12 students focusing on developing personal financial responsibility; managing personal finances; using credit and incurring debt; and saving and investing.
·          Department of Child Services (DCS)
o    Requires DCS to investigate all reports of child abuse or neglect received from a judge or prosecutor and requires to forward all reports of child abuse or neglect received from medical personnel, school personnel, a social worker, law enforcement officials or personnel, judiciary personnel, or prosecutor personnel to the appropriate local office.
  MCCOY Position: Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

BE SAFE: How to Prevent Child Heat Stroke Deaths


Written by: Kelly Doria, MCCOY, Inc. Board Member
Every year we hear tragic stories about well-meaning parents who forget to remove their children from their car, often resulting in fatal accidents.  When I heard such stories, I frequently thought those are the same type of parents that let their children play with knives or don’t have adequate structure or supervision to ensure their children’s safety.  Such thoughts were not really intended to be judgmental or unsympathetic, but more emphasized that such circumstances would never happen to me.  That was of course, until the story hit closer to home.  One of my husband’s childhood friends recently dealt with such tragedy (read story) and I finally realized that my initial feelings of denial could place my children at risk when there are some pretty simple actions to prevent such tragedy in my family.
Did you know:
·         From 1990-2010 there were 606 child fatalities in the US due to heat stroke[1]
·         Average number of child vehicular heat stroke deaths per year since 1998: 38 (one every 9 days)
·         19 States have laws that make it illegal to leave unattended children in a car, but Indiana has no such laws or proposed legislation[2]
As the summer months approach, I encourage parents to implement the principles of BE SAFE[3].
 Back seat. Put something like a cell phone in the back seat that requires you to open the back door when you park.
Every child should be correctly restrained in the back seat.
Stuffed animal. Keep a stuffed animal in your child’s car seat. Place it on the front passenger seat as a reminder when your baby is in the back seat.
Ask your child care provider to call if your child hasn’t arrived on time.
Focus on driving. Avoid calls and texting.
Every time you park make it a routine to open the back door of your car.