Monthly Archives: April 2013

California schools tackle Common Core challenges

30 Apr
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How are school districts and county offices of education preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards? It’s a daunting task, reveals the spring 2013 issue of California Schools magazine. To be ready for new common national academic standards, local educational agencies will have to dramatically change instructional methods and prepare students—and technological systems—to handle revolutionary computerized tests. This would be a tall order in the best of budgetary times. Yet despite years of harsh cuts in state support for...

Refocused policy document will guide CSBA’s work

24 Apr
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CSBA’s Policy Platform Review Committee is hard at work reorganizing the organization’s key policy framework for consideration by the Delegate Assembly in May. For years, the process of updating the eight primary policy areas, with its dozens of supporting statements, during the Delegate Assembly meeting every two years had proved cumbersome and time-consuming. While the Platform’s purpose in guiding the association’s policy and political leadership activities is essential, the process needed revision....

Credential commission strengthens qualifications for interns teaching English learners

22 Apr
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At their meeting in May, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing attempted to wrap up a number of issues that have been in the works for many months. First up was the issue of adopting updated California Administrator Performance Expectations and draft standards for administrator credential programs. This work has been the subject of stakeholder meetings for more than a year. CSBA has been actively involved in ensuring that the standards provide training in working with boards, community...

Is your superintendent meeting performance expectations?

15 Apr
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By Christopher Maricle, Policy and Programs Officer It’s that time of year, when boards and superintendents give some thought and energy into fulfilling one of the board’s most critical functions – the superintendent evaluation. It’s through this process that boards practice an important part of their oversight and accountability duties. CSBA’s Governance Consulting Services consultants often receive calls at this time of year from board members and superintendents asking for sample forms, processes and advice. It’s not uncommon for consultants...

Why is Board Member Action Day important?

12 Apr
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by Dennis Meyers, assistant executive director, Governmental Relations Board Member Action Day takes place on May 10. On this one day, board leaders from across the state will meet with their Assembly and Senate representatives in their local district offices to discuss key legislation and the value of Governance First, CSBA’s legislative agenda. This is your opportunity to convey the importance of local school governance and information that will help statewide lawmakers render policy decisions that support the interests of...

Torlakson’s good news: More students are graduating; fewer are dropping out

10 Apr
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson had some good news for the California public education community: more students are earning high school diplomas and fewer are dropping out.  According to the latest figures from the state’s new data system, which tracks progress of individual students rather than using aggregate numbers, 78.5 percent of students who entered high school as freshmen in 2008-09 graduated with their class in 2012—up 1.4 percent from last year. Although an achievement gap still exists...

There’s power in numbers! Register today for Board Member Action Day, May 10

10 Apr
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The theme for CSBA’s Legislative Agenda is Governance First and there’s no better way to demonstrate the importance of local school governance than to participate in Board Member Action Day on May 10. That day, school board members statewide will head to their Assembly Member’s and Senator’s local district offices to advocate on behalf of California’s schools and students. To make this event a success and have the greatest impact on the state elected officials who represent you in the...

Fontana teamwork is turning young lives around

10 Apr
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Fontana USD's FLIP program
Suspensions and expulsions were out of control in the Fontana Unified School District in 2010-11, and more than 20 percent of students did not graduate. Further complicating matters, the local police department had arrested more than 1,000 students. Clearly, the situation called for decisive action. School district staff joined forces with the Fontana Police Department to create a special course on Saturdays for middle and high school students referred to the program along with their parents. During the 16-week program,...