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Hunger in Silicon Valley: It's real, and it's a learning handicap
By Dana Bunnett
Special to the Mercury News
Posted:   04/28/2014 10:00:00 AM PDT
Many teachers in Silicon Valley schools will recognize this boy: He can't concentrate and fidgets instead of working on his assignments. He is often out of his seat. He seems unmotivated and disengaged. Read More.

College tuition: Kids need help finding the resources
By Katrina Slater
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 11/05/2013 10:00:00 AM PST
Now that college application season is in high gear, I'm struck by how
much more competitive and difficult to afford college is than even
10 years ago when I was a senior in high school. Read More!

Youth at risk: Silicon Valley businesses needed to provide jobs
By John Hogan - John Hogan chairs the Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP)
Special to the Mercury News
Posted:   09/24/2013 12:01:00 PM PDT | Updated:   about 20 hours ago
Last week, I had the privilege to help launch a Collective Impact initiative focused on connecting teens and young adults with employment and education pathways. The kickoff was attended by 79 leaders who are forming the initial membership of the Opportunity Youth Partnership. Read More...

Kids in trouble: Juvenile offenders in Santa Clara County need adult advisers
By Dana Bunnett
Special to the Mercury News
Posted:   09/13/2013 12:01:00 PM PDT
Anyone who has had to appear in court will tell you it can be pretty intimidating. So, imagine how frightening it would be if you were a troubled teenager summoned before a judge and you aren't accompanied by an adult who knows the courts.

That's how the system has long worked in Santa Clara County. But now we have an opportunity to change that and help kids emerge with a better chance at turning their lives around. Read More...

Leonard Edwards: Suspensions hurt kids, schools and don't improve safety
By Leonard Edwards
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 01/25/2013 01:18:32 PM PST
Updated: 01/26/2013 01:50:04 PM PST
A student blows up at a teacher. The teacher's authority is challenged. Emotions rise -- the "F" word is used and the student is removed from class, sent to the principal's office and possibly suspended from school for a few days. A repeat performance will likely result in expulsion.

Dana Bunnett: High school student suspension rates can be reversed
By Dana Bunnett - Special to the Mercury News Posted: 02/21/2013 09:59:07 AM PST Updated: 02/21/2013 07:33:19 PM PST
When parents and educators tell me that Santa Clara County's sky-high student suspension rate is a necessary evil, I begin my argument to the contrary with four words: Yerba Buena High School. Yerba Buena, in the Eastside Union High School District, slashed its student suspension rate by 85 percent in only one year -- without extra funding or a district "mandate" -- and Eastside Union teachers still ranked the school among the safest campuses in the district. Yerba Buena is receiving the Bold Steps for Children Award at the sixth annual Santa Clara County Children's Summit next Friday, and there's a lot we can learn from how the school turned its suspension rate around.

Dana Bunnett: Santa Clara County kids gang up against bullying
By Dana Bunnett Special to the Mercury News Posted: 05/17/2012 04:34:51 PM PDT Updated: 05/17/2012 06:46:29 PM PDT

Dana Bunnett: Without more money, equal education is out of reach for California
By Dana Bunnett
Posted: 01/22/2012 08:00:00 PM PST
Once upon a time in California, we had high-quality public education that ranked among the best in the nation. That was when we not only cared about our public schools but we paid for them. I benefitted from that education in the '60s and '70s when we had art classes, music, sports and even vocational training. But today, according to the California Budget Project, we rank 46th in the nation in terms of per-student funding and 47th in education-spending as a percentage of personal income. After a decade of disinvestment and $18 billion in accumulated cuts to school funding since 2009, our school finance system is woefully inadequate. It virtually abandons low-income students and English-language learners in districts with the lowest levels of funding. Read More

Dana Bunnett: It's time to rethink zero-tolerance suspensions as punishment in schools
by Dana Bunnett
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 10/22/2011 08:00:00 PM PDT

Anne Stuhldreher: Start in early grades with strategies to avoid suspending students
By Anne Stuhldreher
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 10/31/2011 08:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 10/31/2011 08:35:43 PM PDT

San Jose Mercury News Opinion: When government sets new policies, it should first consider children
By Dana Bunnett
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 07/03/2011 08:00:00 PM PDT

San Jose Mercury News Opinion: We must make children's bill of rights a priority
By Dana Bunnett
Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 01/30/2011

San Jose Mercury News Editorial: Children's bill of rights, sadly, is needed
Mercury News Editorial
Posted: 02/14/2010 08:15:00 PM PST

Opinion: Santa Clara County children's bill of rights more than symbolic
Published January 18, 2010 - The Mercury News
Article by Dana Bunnett and Katherine Lucero

Opinion: A strategy to better protect Silicon Valley's children
Published January 31, 2009 - The Mercury News
Article by Leonard Edwards and Dr. Fernando Mendoza

Keep kids’, families’ needs first when deciding on cuts
Published June 2007 -  The Mercury News
Article by Dana Bunnett