Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sudden cardiac arrest training and awareness now required for schools and coaches

31 Jan
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A new California law requires all K-12 schools in the state to educate coaches, parents/guardians and student athletes about sudden cardiac arrest. SCA occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating — typically due to arrhythmia. It is also a leading cause of death for student athletes and often fatal if not treated within minutes. With this risk in mind, Assembly Bill 1639 (Maienschein, R-San Diego) requires coaches of athletic activities to complete the sudden cardiac arrest prevention training course and...

New initiative helps foster youth apply for college financial aid

24 Jan
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Although 85 percent of California’s foster youth want to earn a college degree, only 8 percent will finish an associate or bachelor’s degree before age 26. A new initiative from John Burton Advocates for Youth, in collaboration with the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, is looking to change those numbers. The California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge’s main goal is to increase the number of high school seniors in foster care who complete the Free...

Stay connected with CSBA on Facebook

22 Jan
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Facebook recently announced a change to their algorithm that gives precedence to content from family and friends over pages like news sites and organizations. From breaking news to fact sheets and governance briefs, staying up to date with all of CSBA’s Facebook updates only takes a few clicks. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure you keep seeing our posts: On a Desktop or Laptop First, make sure you “Like” CSBA’s Facebook page. Then, next to the “Like” button, you’ll see the...

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...