Report highlights lack of personal finance instruction in California schools

17 Jan
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Can students in your district explain the difference between APR and AGI? What about a FICO score? Compound interest? Amortization? For students to be college and career ready, knowledge of personal finance is becoming increasingly important. Yet, a recent report from Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Vermont gave California an “F” grade for failing to adequately provide students with a personal finance education. The report assigned A-F grades to 50 states and the District of Columbia based...

From 6 to 600,000: CSBA salutes California trustees during School Board Recognition Month

3 Jan
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In the spring of 1850, San Francisco’s city council established California’s first free public school. This was followed soon after by a city board of education and a city superintendent. Since that time, California school boards have served as stewards of an education system that has helped drive the state’s transformation into a cultural and economic powerhouse. From that first school house in an old church in San Francisco, boards of education have grown to oversee county offices of education...

Recent report highlights opportunity gaps for Latino students

13 Dec
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Of the 6.2 million children in California’s K-12 public education system, 3.3 million are Latino. That number is higher than every other state’s student population, excluding Texas. In addition to making up the majority of California’s K-12 school population, Latinos are also the fastest growing ethnic group in the state. Despite this group’s prevalence, Latinos have faced a long history of discrimination in education. A recent report from Education Trust-West found that while some outcomes have improved for Latino students,...

Encourage an hour of coding instruction during Computer Science Education Week

6 Dec
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This week, December 4–10, schools all over California — and the world — are celebrating Computer Science Education Week with an hour of coding instruction. Hour of Code is a grassroots campaign reaching students in more than 180 countries, and is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. One-hour tutorials are available on a variety of partner sites (code.org, csedweek.org, hourofcode.com) in more than 45 languages. The week is designated to encourage students, school staff and administrators to...

Student Advisory Board grows next generation of leaders

29 Nov
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In a small conference room above a restaurant a few blocks from the State Capitol, a group of high school students sit in a circle to discuss education and advocacy. After each student speaks, the group snaps in response. The snaps are a way to let the speaker know the group has listened, and that each voice counts. That message also extends to their participation on the Student Advisory Board on Education. Fifty students from across California come to Sacramento...

National PDK poll: Public wants schools to focus on career prep, personal skills

21 Nov
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While Americans still view traditional academic coursework as valuable, not everyone agrees that academic preparation should be the only priority of public schools, according to the 2017 Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Eighty-two percent of the adults surveyed believe that coursework related to job or career skills is important enough to merit spending less time in academic classes. The poll also found that 82 percent of the respondents want schools to focus...

Cyber thieves target school districts

15 Nov
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cybersecurity
Schools and districts are being advised to safeguard against cyberattacks. The latest threat is from cyber bandits threatening to release student records if schools do not pay a ransom to retrieve their records. In some cases threats of violence have also been used. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI is investigating the scheme. The hacking targets schools with weak data security using malicious software or through phishing attacks against district staff or employees. Phishing involves using an...

Member Profile: Emily Murase

8 Nov
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Emily Murase
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 Fall 2017 issue — an interview with Emily Murase, Ph.D., a board member in the San Francisco Unified School District. How long have you been a school board member? I am currently finishing up my second term and intend to run for a third term in November 2018. I am a graduate of the San...

CSBA video and governance brief resources on CAASPP scores

3 Nov
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In September, the California Department of Education released the results of the 2016–17 Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments. Compared to the previous year’s results, scores remained relatively flat across all grade levels and student groups, while troubling achievement gaps persist. To help board members make sense of the scores, CSBA has released a new video and governance brief focusing on the 2016–17 CAASPP scores. CSBA Education Insights Video Grappling with CAASPP: Strategies for board members   “Grappling...

Celebrating Filipino-Americans in California

30 Oct
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As Filipino-American History Month draws to a close, state schools and educators are encouraged to raise awareness of Filipino-American history. Filipinos are the largest Asian-American group in California and the second largest in the United States. About 1.3 percent or roughly 18,500 students in California’s public schools speak Tagalog —  a principal language of the Philippines. The state is also home to the only public school named for a Filipino-American in the U.S., Union City’s Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. Meanwhile...