New survey report shares insights about parent perceptions

16 Aug
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A recent survey conducted by the nonprofit Learning Heroes found that nine in 10 parents perceive their children as performing at grade level in reading and mathematics. In reality, only one in three students are achieving those mastery levels. In response to this disconnect, Learning Heroes recently released “Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential,” a survey report that examines this parental “perception gap” and shares insights into how parents think about education. The survey was conducted earlier this year...

Stop Holding School Bond Funds Hostage And Start Supporting Students

11 Aug
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by CSBA President Susan Henry If we want our students to achieve, we must first create conditions that are conducive to success. California voters honored this principle in the November 2016 election when, over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown, they approved $9 billion in school construction bonds, with $7 billion earmarked for K-12 schools. More than 55 percent of voters cast their ballots for Proposition 51, an important down payment on the investment needed for safe, healthy schools that...

School districts audit reveals lack of “Buy American” compliance

9 Aug
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The California State Auditor found late last month that California’s schools are failing to follow one specific federal rule — keep food local and “Buy American.” Districts participating in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program are required to comply with all requirements of federal law for purchasing commercial food products served in the school meals programs, including those outlined in the Buy American provision (42 USC 1760, 7 CFR 210.21). This provision indicates that a district must, to the...

Tackling concussions: Resources available to help protect student athletes

2 Aug
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As interscholastic sports season kicks off, school boards and districts are encouraged to keep in mind head safety for student athletes. California fields the second highest number of high school athletes  —  roughly 800,000  — among U.S. states. (Texas is first.) These student athletes are also especially vulnerable to head trauma as their brains are still developing. Concussions from knocking heads, tackling, being hit by a ball or an elbow, or other blows can occur in two different ways. A...

New report on STEM deserts shows troubling trend for high-poverty schools

26 Jul
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If you were to ask someone on the street today what they think the future job market will look like, it is likely you will hear the word “STEM.” The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field is growing at a dramatic rate, and today’s students will be a vital part of the nation’s future STEM workforce. Given this information, a new brief from the nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition Change the Equation is particularly alarming. In Ending the Double Disadvantage: Ensuring STEM...

New video highlights LCFF Collaborative Working Group

14 Jul
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LCFF Working Group
The Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF, first enacted in 2013–14, marked a major shift for school districts and county boards of education. The LCFF is intended to increase equity through local control, giving school districts and county boards of education a greater ability to ensure that all of California’s 6.2 million students receive a quality education. To make sense of the new changes, a group of school district and county office of education representatives convened by CSBA and California...

New study finds “adultification” bias toward African-American girls

5 Jul
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African-American girls face school suspension twice as often as white boys and five times as often as white girls. Even though African-American girls only make up 16 percent of the entire female school population, they are given 28 percent of referrals to law enforcement and account for 37 percent of arrests. White girls, who make up 50 percent of the female school population, only account for 34 percent of referrals and 30 percent of arrests....

One district’s move to create a safe haven

28 Jun
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The School Board of the Sacramento City USD listened to the fears and concerns of students and the community and responded with a strong message in support of protecting students from possible deportation. On Dec. 8, the District unanimously approved a Safe Haven School District Resolution, one of the first of its kind in the nation....

Rural education report reveals both achievement and need

21 Jun
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Some may assume that rural schools are the small minority, but the numbers don’t lie — more than one in four of the nation’s public schools can be categorized as rural, and almost one in six American students live in a rural area. California is home to one of the nation’s highest percentages of small rural districts and America’s 16th largest absolute rural student enrollment. California schools also serve the largest percentage of rural English learner students in the nation...

Advocacy resources available to protect LGBT students

14 Jun
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June is officially recognized across the country as National Pride Month to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Regardless of personal beliefs, board members are required to ensure that all students in their districts feel welcomed and safe at their school sites. CSBA has gathered a list of resources to assist trustees in their efforts to create an inclusive school climate for LGBT students....