Students of color remain underrepresented in college prep classes

16 Jan
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Despite legislative efforts in recent years to increase access to and participation in advanced placement courses in high schools throughout California, black and Latino students continue to be underrepresented in college credit-bearing classes — even when they attend schools that offer an array of AP course options. A new report from The Education Trust finds that inequities exist nationally largely due to schools that serve mostly black and Latino students not enrolling as many students in advanced classes as those...

Report highlights difficulties in aligning early ed with elementary school

15 Jan
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Research shows that preK–3 alignment — coordinating preK–3 standards, curricula, instructional practices, assessments and professional development — can narrow achievement gaps by helping children sustain the gains they made in preschool, but many California districts say they are struggling to support alignment efforts. Findings from a new Policy Analysis for California Education study presented at a Jan. 10 event in Sacramento show that one-third of 25 districts surveyed are not engaged at all in alignment efforts, while others are engaged...

Gov. Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal provides additional money for special education, teacher preparation, early childhood

14 Jan
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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s second budget proposal — a $222.2 billion spending package released on Jan. 10 that also solidifies $21 billion in total statewide reserves — makes bold investments in addressing key statewide issues such as climate change, health care costs and the homelessness crisis. While not fundamentally addressing California’s education funding crisis, the budget adds $3.4 billion in new revenue to public schools and substantially focuses on special education, teacher preparation and early education. Overall, the proposed Proposition 98...

CSBA celebrates California’s district and county board members this January

13 Jan
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CSBA salutes the more than 5,000 school district and county office of education trustees that serve California’s 6.2 million students during January’s School Board Recognition Month. Citizen oversight of local government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States. School board members are the epitome of this tenet in their roles as locally elected public officials entrusted with governing public schools in their communities. California’s collective student body is larger than the total population of many other states and...

New LCAP template adopted, host of other topics discussed at State Board meeting

10 Jan
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The streamlined new Local Control and Accountability Plan template should be easier both for local educational agencies to complete and use and for stakeholders to understand, California Department of Education and State Board of Education officials said upon the adoption of the new document at the Jan. 8-9 board meeting in Sacramento. The year-in-the-making document is the fourth template revision in six years and will be in use for the 2020–21 through 2022–23 LCAP cycles. Most of the changes stem...

Study may breathe new life into school lunch food fight

8 Jan
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Prompted by soaring childhood obesity rates, former-President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in an effort to increase the consumption of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, while reducing access to foods with higher amounts of fat, sodium and sugar. Among the changes, the law required that schools offer at least two milk choices: plain or flavored fat-free or low-fat milk — a shift from the prior rule that schools simply serve milk in a...

County office surveys show progress, remaining needs for System of Support

7 Jan
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Recent survey results show that while more California county office of education leaders are understanding and accepting of the new roles of COEs in the Statewide System of Support, the state must further build out and enhance the system to see greater impacts at the district and school levels. A product of the Local Control Funding Formula, the System of Support comprises California’s 58 county offices of education, along with the California Department of Education, the California Collaborative for Educational...

New resources available to help implement English Learner Roadmap

6 Jan
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One in five California public school students is learning English in addition to the language they speak at home. Language diversity is one of California’s greatest resources and contributes to the state’s vibrant culture and its strong economy. Supporting dual-language learners should be a priority for every district and county office of education. With this in mind, the California State Board of Education in 2017 adopted the English Learner Roadmap, a guide that envisions the education of English learners as...

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

20 Dec
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The CSBA offices will be closed from Dec. 23, 2019–Jan.1, 2020. We will resume bringing you the latest in education news and research on Jan. 6, 2020. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!...

Student board members take charge at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference

20 Dec
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CSBA has hosted a student board member program for several years, but at nearly 100 student participants, the discussions and variety of student input at the 2019 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show was perhaps the most robust to date. During one breakout session on Dec. 5 in San Diego, small groups of students were asked to brainstorm a handful of topics for which they would like to have sample policies to bring home to their local districts and schools....