Monthly Archives: November 2018

Time for the State to Step Up on Facilities Funding

27 Nov
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-By Mike Walsh When we talk about Full and Fair Funding for California’s public schools, we often look at the big picture — per-pupil funding levels. That’s natural, since California ranks just 41st nationally in the funding it provides the state’s public school students. This hinders districts and county offices of education in our quest to provide all students with a high-quality education and prepare every graduate for success in college, career and civic life. Yet, while California’s dismal per-pupil...

Superintendent-elect Thurmond vows to increase K-12 funding; other election news

20 Nov
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Superintendent of State Public Instruction-elect Tony Thurmond called for greater K-12 school funding at his introductory press conference on Nov. 20 in Sacramento. “The thing I will work the hardest on is changing how we fund public education in the state. We will never again be 46th in the nation in per-pupil spending,” the Democratic Assemblymember representing Richmond said. Even considering the improvements seen with the Local Control Funding Formula, Thurmond said, the kind of supplemental funding measures he has...

California’s trailblazing History-Social Science Framework earns national award

20 Nov
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For its groundbreaking efforts to provide all students with an engaging and relevant education, California’s instructional guide for history and social science standards recently won the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K-12 history teaching. The History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools — approved by the State Board of Education in 2016 and published last year — was a joint project from the California Department of Education and California History-Social Science Project (UC Davis). Among other...

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 2657

19 Nov
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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 2657, pupil restraint and seclusion Assembly Bill 2657 (Weber, D-San Diego) states that school staff are not permitted to physically restrain or isolate students as a form of discipline, and may use restraint or seclusion only...

CCEE partners selected to help lead Community Engagement Initiative

14 Nov
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A major component of California’s new System of Support launched Nov. 1 when the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence announced three partners to lead its new Community Engagement Initiative. The multi-year effort — which is part of the new school accountability system ­—will help school communities facilitate the kind of conversations and collaboration that improve teaching and learning. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office, the California Association for Bilingual Education and Families In Schools emerged from an application...

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 2449

12 Nov
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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 2449, Governing board elections; beginning date of board member terms Assembly Bill 2449 (Arambula, D-Fresno) changes the seating date for newly elected school district and county board of education members to the second Friday in December...

Advanced courses in short supply at low-income schools

8 Nov
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As schools celebrate National STEM Day, more work is needed to increase access to advanced courses — particularly in science and math — new information shows. The new CSBA brief, “Supporting STEM Access, Equity, and Effectiveness: Equitable Access to Rigorous STEAM Coursework”, finds there will be openings for more than one million jobs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the next decade. But uneven access to STEM courses for many California students presents a challenge to...

November 6, 2018, Election Summary and Recap

7 Nov
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Governor Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom was proclaimed California’s Governor-elect shortly after the 8 p.m. poll closures Tuesday night, with Newsom’s lead continuing to widen throughout the evening; the current semi-official results show Newsom as having claimed 59.4 percent of the vote as of this writing. Democrat Eleni Kounalakis will become the new Lt. Governor after holding off former State Senator and fellow Democrat Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa). View Gavin Newsom’s response to CSBA’s questionnaire. Superintendent of Public Instruction Following a campaign...

E-cigarette use on the rise in school settings

7 Nov
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On the heels of news that 2 million middle and high school students nationwide used e-cigarettes in 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a crackdown on the sale and marketing of the devices to kids. Public health officials say e-cigarette use among youths has hit epidemic proportions, and schools are a prevalent setting for the devices. One brand, Juul Labs, presents a major challenge for teachers and administrators because one of its most popular products resembles a...

New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 406

5 Nov
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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 406, for-profit charter schools The long-running legislative kerfuffle over for-profit charter schools reached its conclusion in September, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 406 (McCarty, D-Sacramento), officially prohibiting for-profit charter schools in California....