In the news: May 18-24

25 May
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      Push underway to increase California school funding by billions -John Fensterwald, EdSource Legislators and education advocates who support Brown’s funding formula are ready to set the next target: an aspirational goal of committing more than $35 billion in new K-12 dollars to the funding formula — enough to raise California’s current per-student spending of $11,149 by about $6,500. That would potentially place California among the top 10 states in the nation. Betsy DeVos: Schools can choose to...

New federal data offers insights on school safety, STEM courses and more

22 May
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Kids together
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released its Civil Rights Data Collection  for 2015–16, offering the public new statistics on enrollment demographics, opportunity gaps and other civil rights issues that affect K-12 public school students. The U.S. Dept. of Education also released two accompanying briefs on School Climate and Safety and STEM Course Taking using the new data. Here are some of the key findings from the new data briefs: School Safety & Climate Nearly 1.1 million incidents of...

Supporting foster youth during Foster Care Month

15 May
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teacher with student
May is Foster Care Month, a 31-day reminder that foster youth need support 365 days of the year. In California, 82 percent of school districts and county offices of education serve students in foster care. In 2016, the California School Boards Association and the Stuart Foundation joined forces to ensure that foster youth are no longer invisible and, instead, receive the support they need. This partnership led to the production of the following videos. Take a look and learn more...

Riding for a Reason: Full and Fair Funding of Public Schools

9 May
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Ride 4 a Reason
CSBA’s push to secure Full and Fair Funding for public schools is a statewide campaign, but its success depends on local support from every corner of California. On April 28, CSBA President Mike Walsh addressed the kind of community-driven event that is essential to raising awareness about the state’s underinvestment in public schools and mobilizing people to advocate for change. On the steps of the Capitol, Walsh made the case for Full and Fair Funding to more than 300 parents,...

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

2 May
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student in classroom
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. California has been home to communities of Asian heritage since before its entrance into the United States in 1850. According to 2010 U.S. Census figures, the largest populations of Samoan, Guamanian or Chamorro, Fijian, Tongan and Palauan Americans in the nation reside in our state. In addition, the Golden State contains the most substantial population of...

Reach future voters during High School Voter Education Week

23 Apr
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i voted sticker
As highlighted by recent student protests and walkouts, children and young adults have an interest in politics, too. Yet that interest does not always translate to votes. Young adults have the lowest voter registration and participation rates of any age group in California. Only 8.2 percent of eligible voters age 18–24 voted in California’s 2014 state election. In the 2016 presidential election, just 53 percent of Californians between the ages of 18–34 were registered to vote, with an estimated one...

New report explores strategies for closing English learners’ achievement gap in math

18 Apr
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math teacher
Combine the entire K-12 student populations of Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming and Nevada — that group of children is the same size as California’s 1.4 million English learners. To look at that number another way, consider that of California’s 6.2 million public school students, one in five is an English learner. Unfortunately, significant achievement gaps exist between ELs and their English-fluent peers. For instance, in 2017, only 12 percent of the ELs who took California Assessment of Student...

Member Profile: Gary Miller

17 Apr
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Gary-Miller
Each issue of California Schools Magazine features a short interview with a CSBA member. Below is an unabridged transcript of the Member Profile featured in the Spring 2018 issue — an interview with Gary Miller, school board member for the Roseville City School District. How long have you been a school board member? For almost 30 years, I have served on local school boards. I served on the Robla Elementary School School District Board in North Sacramento for 19 years beginning in 1987. When...

NAEP results show progress but achievement gaps persist

11 Apr
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students taking test
California received mixed results on this week’s release of national test scores known as the “nation’s report card,” showing modest gains compared to generally static national results. On the positive side, California showed some improvement in eighth- and fourth-grade reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test. However, wide achievement gaps remain and the state’s performance among low-income students (those eligible for the National School Lunch Program) and Hispanic students, in particular, show that there is much more work...

Supporting students with disabilities during Autism Awareness Month

4 Apr
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students with pencils
April is National Autism Awareness Month in the United States. The month is designated to not only help people understand the disorder, but also to encourage diagnosis and emphasize the importance of early detection. According to the California Autism Society, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is classified as a “pervasive developmental disorder,” meaning that the symptoms often affect every aspect of a child’s development: emotional, social, educational and physical. The prevalence of ASD is now one in every 68 children in...