Monthly Archives: November 2012

CSBA at the table in talks on Brown’s weighted student funding formula

20 Nov
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CSBA joined dozens of other education officials invited to the table this month to provide input on a new funding model for schools based on a weighted student formula. Following up his unsuccessful attempt to impose a weighted student formula in last year’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown is intent on including a proposal in his 2013-14 budget plan that has greater buy-in from the education community. “California’s system of allocating resources to school districts, county offices of education and charter...

Almost 1 in 4 Californians is poor, per new federal measure

15 Nov
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Lest anyone get the impression that California schoolchildren will be fine now that Proposition 30 has passed, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a startling reality check on the conditions of children here. According to the “supplemental poverty measure” for 2011, which accounts for the use of social welfare programs, payroll taxes and the cost of living in the state, 23.5 percent or almost 9 million Californians are poor – the highest rate in the nation. Only...

School boards should plan to review policies annually

14 Nov
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GAMUT Online
Each year, new legislation, court decisions, administrative regulations and societal changes create the need for local school boards to review and update their district policies. A regular schedule of policy review and revision helps ensure that a district’s policies actually reflect the community’s values, beliefs and priorities, says Martin Gonzalez, CSBA assistant executive director for Member Services. CSBA’s Policy Services staff and legal counsel continually comb through new laws and regulations, as well as recent court decisions and other conditions...

58 outstanding programs win 2012 Golden Bell Awards

7 Nov
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CSBA’s Golden Bell Awards program is renowned for recognizing some of the many success stories in California public schools. This is the 33rd year of the program, which will salute 58 winners on Dec. 1 at the association’s annual conference. This year, programs in 18 categories were chosen as good examples of  innovative and sustainable ways to make a demonstrated difference for students. Programs that are helping schools close the achievement gap garnered the most Golden Bells. Eleven awards go to California...