Voter awareness comes to high schools ahead of fall elections

19 Sep
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To encourage civic participation and increase awareness of voter eligibility, the last two weeks of September are designated High School Voter Education Weeks in California. Required under California Education Code, the campaign stresses voter education and civic participation on campus as part of a long-term goal of creating lifelong voters and engaged citizens Presently, just 53 percent of Californians ages 18–34 are registered to vote. Even then, only one in four of that demographic actually votes. And according to the...

CSBA releases radio ad calling for Governor to veto SB 328

14 Sep
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Listen to the CSBA SB328 radio ad here » The California School Boards Association (CSBA) does not oppose later school start times; CSBA opposes a mandate on school start times. Individual school boards should be able to explore whether later start times make sense for their communities, but this approach should not be required. Local students, parents and teachers understand their needs better than Sacramento legislators and have the most stake in doing what’s right for children and families. Unfortunately, Senate Bill...

Implementing the new state Dyslexia Guidelines

11 Sep
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by Leslie Lingaas Woodward Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting up to 20 percent of the population. This means that, statistically, every classroom in California has several students with dyslexia who struggle to acquire literacy skills. In 2015, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1369, which required that the California Department of Education create state Dyslexia Guidelines to assist teachers and parents in identifying, assessing and supporting these students. The guidelines were developed with input from an...

How one rural California district is tackling student suicide prevention

11 Sep
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Editor’s Note: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. CSBA has invited a guest blogger working with real school districts to share their experience addressing students’ social-emotional needs. By Laurel Bear, Ph.D. A young district with 30,000 students, Twin Rivers Unified School District is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Over the course of those 10 years, Twin Rivers has recognized — along with school districts across the country — that students are coming through their halls with challenges that demand...

Getting the lead out: Free lead testing for schools

15 Aug
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California schools are encouraged to take advantage of a free program to test water taps for toxic metals. Triggered by increased public awareness of lead contamination in schools,  the California Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Education launched the free testing program for schools in January 2017. Lead contamination has been linked to neurological disorders and impaired cognitive ability. The free testing is available until Nov. 1, 2019. A new San Francisco Chronicle investigation found that “two-thirds of the...

How one district practices inclusive education

1 Aug
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By Adam Breen Inclusion is more than an educational buzzword at San Benito High School in Hollister, Calif., where students with special needs are not just included, but embraced and accepted by their general education peers. The school has no fewer than 10 programs that focus on preparing students in the Life Skills program “to be active and confident members of our community and of society,” according to Paulette Cobb, the district’s director of special education. Beyond the benefits that...

Education leaders gather in San Francisco for CSBA’s 2018 Leadership Institute

25 Jul
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School board members, administrators, teachers and education advocates from across the state gathered at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on July 13 and 14 for CSBA’s 2018 Leadership Institute to build skills, learn from experts and network. This year’s theme, “The Science of Leading Students to STEM Success,” focused on advancing science, technology, engineering and math education in districts and county offices of education through real-world tips and best practices, inspiration from world-class tech leaders and information from experts...

ESSA approved ending months of negotiations with SBE

18 Jul
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The State Board of Education unanimously approved final changes to Every Student Succeeds Act plan at its mid-July meeting. On July 12, the U.S. Department of Education approved California’s plan ending a monthslong process of negotiations with the U.S. DOE. The State Board developed the plan over a two-year period with input from thousands of stakeholders. ESSA, the federal accountability system for schools, brings with it roughly $2.4 billion in funding for low-performing TK-12 schools as well as funds for after-school programs,...

The Janus Decision and Implications for School Leaders

3 Jul
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by CSBA staff The U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion regarding Janus v AFSCME. As expected, the Court has ruled, by a 5–4 margin, that compelling nonconsenting employees to pay agency fees, also known as fair share fees, to unions is a violation of their First Amendment rights. This decision by the Court overturns its 1977 ruling in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Abood, a 1977 Supreme Court case, gave public employees represented by a union the...

A focus on inclusion and advocacy during LGBT Pride month

20 Jun
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On Monday, June 11, 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared the month of June as LGBT Pride Month in California, a month already recognized across the country as a time to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Set in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered a “tipping point” for the LGBT rights movement, “Pride” is a time to reflect on LGBT history and look towards the future. While celebrating the gains in social and legal acceptance...