FULLERTON: School Board Votes To Establish Health Center
"Fullerton School District trustees have agreed to apply for a $400,00 state grant" to implement a school-based health and social services program, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Healthy Start grant would be used to "open a center at Richman Elementary School" that would expand existing services. It would provide low-income families with "services such as medical care, vision screenings, after-school homework tutoring and health and safety education." District Healthy Start coordinator Darlene Dubeck said the center's "mission is to provide services so that students can learn and succeed academically." Times reports that while a majority of the school board voted for the program, not all board members supported it. Trustee Kim Guth called the program "a form of welfare." She said, "I don't agree with increasing peoples' dependence on the government for all their needs, and especially not at school" (Cruz, 2/27).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.