New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 3205

22 Oct
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This new, weekly feature from CSBA will highlight a new education law signed by the Governor in 2018. All laws are effective Jan. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. The full What’s New for 2019 report on all new laws affecting K-12 education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2019. AB 3205, School facilities; door locks In 2010, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Assembly Bill 211 (Chapter 430, Statutes of 2010), a campus safety measure which required door locks that can be locked from the inside...

Is your district prepared for the next earthquake?

17 Oct
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An earthquake big or small can strike California at any time, and when one does, the safety of students and staff is of paramount concern. There are a number of ways officials can prepare districts and schools for the tremblors the state is known for, from earthquake drills and seismic upgrades to possessing a basic geological knowledge. Additionally, knowing how to seek assistance, secure funding and chart a course after disaster strikes are important elements for board members to consider....

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 2160

15 Oct
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This new, weekly feature from CSBA will highlight a new education law signed by the Governor in 2018. All laws are effective Jan. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. The full What’s New for 2019 report on all new laws affecting K-12 education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2019. AB 2160, Part-time playground positions Assembly Bill 2160 (Thurmond, D-Richmond) is directly related to AB 670 (Thurmond), a bill pertaining to classified service for part-time playground positions which was signed into law by Gov....

Spotlight on successful Latino student programs

10 Oct
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As Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15) draws to a close, CSBA is pleased to highlight programs across the state that are engaging Latino students and their families, offering important community resources and ultimately helping close achievement gaps. Family Engagement Center draws crowds in Perris Big things are happening in Val Verde Unified School District’s bilingual outreach and education program: More than 9,000 people attended Family Engagement Center events during the 2017–18 school year. It’s all been done by officials...

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 1248

8 Oct
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This new, weekly feature from CSBA will highlight a new education law signed by the Governor in 2018. All laws are effective Jan. 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. The full What’s New for 2019 report on all new laws affecting K-12 education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2019. AB 1248, Wearing of traditional tribal regalia or recognized objects of religious or cultural significance as an adornment at school graduation ceremonies On Sept. 18, CSBA submitted a letter to Gov. Brown removing its...

2018 state assessments show minimal gains; achievement gaps remain

3 Oct
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The latest standardized tests scores for California’s students show relatively flat results from previous years with minimal progress made for students overall. While Latino students improved at a slightly higher rate than the average, African-American student improvements were smaller than the overall increase, contributing to a growing achievement gap that Education Trust–West says could take a generation or more to close. California’s Department of Education made public the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP,...

Latino achievement in California’s schools

26 Sep
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From September 15–October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Latino and Hispanic achievements and contributions to American culture. Both groups have had a long presence in California, dating to the days it was a Spanish territory known as Alta California, and continue to be critical to the state’s prosperity and cultural life. California’s K-12 public schools are important to this process as they prepare Latino students for success in college, career and civic life. Below is snapshot of Latino student...

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...