Monthly Archives: March 2019

Charter school transparency bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom

6 Mar
0
In a decision that validated years of CSBA advocacy on the issue of charter school transparency, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 126 (Leyva and O’Donnell) into law on March 5. The CSBA-supported legislation echoes many of the recommendations found in CSBA’s Charter School Task Force report, Uncharted Waters: Recommendations for Prioritizing Student Achievement and Effective Governance in California’s Charter Schools. SB 126 states that charter schools and entities managing charter schools will be subject to transparency, accountability and conflict...

AB 2826 changes to interdistrict transfers: What you need to know

4 Mar
0
students taking test
Wide-ranging changes took effect on Jan. 1, 2019, regarding the law governing the procedures for student transfers from one school district to another – known as “interdistrict transfers.” Some of the changes made by Assembly Bill 2826 simply streamline and/or clarify existing requirements, but others are new and quite significant. Below are details of some, but not all, of the major changes. Significant changes: Perhaps the most significant changes of AB 2826 are those related to the new requirement that...

Board members can make a difference in education at the state level

4 Mar
0
As elected representatives on matters related to public schools, it is essential that the board member perspective be reflected in major education initiatives. For this reason, CSBA encourages its members to apply for positions on the various committees that influence and craft California education policy. It’s critical that CSBA members be proactive in applying to these positions so trustees can help shape policies that impact students and which they are required to adopt in their local districts. Have you ever...

Full-day kindergarten facilities applications greatly outpace available funds

1 Mar
0
construction site
School district interest is overwhelming the funds available for projects through the state’s new full-day kindergarten facilities program. Seventy districts filed 261 project applications totaling $324.3 million in the first filing round ending Jan. 31, staff told State Allocation Board members at their Feb. 27 meeting. The board designated $37.5 million for first-round projects through the Office of Public School Construction program. A larger funding pot of $60 million will be in play for the second filing period of May...