Monthly Archives: March 2013

Share your expertise at an AEC workshop or table talk

29 Mar
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Each year, the Annual Education Conference planning committee asks CSBA members to submit workshop and table talk proposals for programming consideration. This peer-to-peer teaching model ensures that AEC programming is relevant to the current needs and realities of board members from across the state, and provides a platform for sharing valuable information. Presenting as part of a workshop or table talk gives board members, governance teams and administrative staff the opportunity to share best practices, programs and ideas that have...

Building relationships now can pay off later!

25 Mar
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Register today for Board Member Action Day, May 10 By CSBA President Cindy Marks Participating in last year’s Board Member Action Day was a very positive and team building experience. It was so easy to do. CSBA sent me the information and topics to discuss. I let them know I could attend, and they provided me with the time and location of the meeting. In my area, we met with our Assemblywoman. Many other school board members and superintendents participated...

SBE applauds boldness of unique 9-district NCLB waiver request

20 Mar
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The State Board of Education last week agreed to draft a formal comment for federal officials to consider when they rule on an unusual request from a consortium of nine California school districts to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. The unified school districts comprising the California Office to Reform Education, or CORE, serve more than one million students. CORE includes the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento City, Santa Ana, Oakland, Clovis and Sanger...

First lady calls on school leaders to help children get active

19 Mar
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In a nationwide conference call hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative on March 19, CSBA Immediate Past President Jill Wynns and several school superintendents from across the country shared what they’re doing to encourage quality physical activity and nutrition as a way to improve students’ academic and physical performance. Mrs. Obama called on school boards and superintendents to become “role models and champions” in the campaign to make children’s school days more active....

Sequestration … It’s here with more federal cuts coming

19 Mar
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by Erika Hoffman, CSBA Legislative Advocate On March 1, the sequester – the automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts to both defense and non-defense programs – took effect. The federal Office of Management and Budget issued orders notifying agencies to make spending cuts.   Although some education programs – such as Impact Aid and Head Start – will be affected immediately, most education program will not see the impact of cuts until the next federal allocation. Officials confirm that funding cuts...

SBE: The API’s future prompts deep discussion of what is, and what can be

18 Mar
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By Teri Burns, Senior Director for Policy and Programs The two-day March State Board of Education meeting this week included a number of agendized action and information items, but the most interesting conversation came about unscripted, as part of what might have been a relatively simple information item on the progress of recommendations for changes to the Academic Performance Index (API). Keric Ashley, head of the California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division, shared updates from the Public...

Teacher intern credentialing dominates CTC Monthly Agenda

8 Mar
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By Teri Burns, Senior Director for Policy and Programs This month’s meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) had comparatively light agenda because one item managed to stir up the whole of the education community and absorb a full afternoon of the two-day meeting. The leading issue before the CCTC is how teacher interns are credentialed if they are not fully prepared English language (EL) instructors.  As a result of the robust interest and dialogue, the CTC directed staff...

CSBA Superintendents Council talks school safety with Sen. Ted Lieu

4 Mar
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Sen. Ted Lieu
by Carol Brydolf, CSBA staff writer Members of CSBA’s Superintendents Advisory Council—meeting at the association’s West Sacramento offices—had the chance to ask questions and raise specific concerns about new school safety legislation during a wide ranging discussion with the bill’s author, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu’s bill, SB 49, tightens existing regulations and timelines related to comprehensive school safety plans. Lieu noted that the state does not maintain data on compliance. “If you asked which schools have safety plans, no...

Court dismisses CSBA’s Prop. 98 lawsuit on procedural grounds

1 Mar
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Keith Bray, CSBA General Counsel
by Keith J. Bray, CSBA General Counsel and Director, CSBA Education Legal Alliance Throughout this week, the media have carried news about the First District Court of Appeal’s decision in the Proposition 98 lawsuit led by CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance (ELA) in concert with the Association of California School Administrators, Los Angeles USD, San Francisco USD and Turlock USD.  This suit, filed in October 2011, challenged the governor’s effort to redirect sales tax revenues out of the Proposition 98 funding...