Monthly Archives: April 2019

Video: School board members advocate for Full and Fair Funding at the Capitol

23 Apr
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In March 2019, school board members from across California descended on the Capitol to meet with legislators and fight for the resources and support needed to improve academic outcomes and provide a high-quality education for all public school students. As part of CSBA’s Legislative Action Day, trustees from districts large and small, rich and poor, urban, suburban and rural, banded together to make the case for Full and Fair Funding  and let Sacramento lawmakers know that 41st in per-pupil funding...

Capitol briefing highlights CSBA’s charter school task force report

23 Apr
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Examining a critical issue facing California’s K-12 public schools, the California School Boards Association hosted an April 22 Capitol briefing outlining the association’s new charter school task force report. Uncharted Waters: Recommendations for Prioritizing Student Achievement and Effective Governance in California’s Charter Schools focuses on critical issues that, as primary authorizers, school district boards experience and oversee. “Given the package of charter school bills that are moving through the Legislature currently, there is renewed interest in our charter schools task...

Report finds increased funding and access but low standards for California pre-K programs

19 Apr
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California increased its early childhood education funding and enrollment in 2017–18, but fell below the national average for meeting minimum quality standards, according to “The State of Preschool 2018” annual report from the National Institute for Early Education Research. The pre-K programs — composed of the State Preschool Program, Transitional Kindergarten, Head Start and special education — enrolled 242,297 children in 2017–18. More than 15 percent of all U.S. children in state-funded early education programs are in California, the research...

Districts encouraged to step up to the plate for summer meals

18 Apr
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Only 14 percent of children eligible for subsidized summer lunches receive one, according to new analysis from California Food Policy Advocates. Further, one in five low-income schools have no open summer meal site within one mile and more than 800 public schools have no open meal site within five miles. The numbers speak to the challenges that many of California’s K-12 public school students face in getting fresh, healthy meals and to the system’s gaps in coverage. Overall, about three...

Expansive research provides further evidence of need for Full and Fair Funding

17 Apr
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To adequately educate every student, California needed to spend $16,890 per pupil in the 2016–17 school year. The state spent $12,204. The vast funding gap was the highlight of Getting Down to Facts II research presented by Policy Analysis for California Education at an April 12 event in Sacramento. Presenters for the research brief, “Working Toward K-12 Funding Adequacy: California’s Current Politics and Funding Levels,” said that while funding levels have increased since the advent of the Local Control Funding...

New guide takes a deep look at protecting student data privacy

11 Apr
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Increased data use has the potential to enhance and expand educational opportunities, but it can also put sensitive student information at risk. To address the concern, the Future of Privacy Forum recently published “The Policymaker’s Guide to Student Data Privacy.” With data proliferating in school settings — from enrollment numbers to test scores to health and disciplinary records — the FPF finds that effective policies enacted at the local, state and federal levels can mitigate dangerous and costly data collection...

New study shows California schools critically underfunded in quest to close achievement gap

10 Apr
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A new report released by the Albert Shanker Institute and co-authored by Bruce Baker, a top school finance expert from Rutgers University, points to the importance of increased school funding in bridging the achievement gap. “The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems” examines funding at a national scale and finds that the “vast majority of states spend well under the levels that would be necessary for their higher-poverty districts to achieve national average test scores.” The report provides...

The Sacramento Bee selects CSBA CEO Vernon M. Billy as one of most influential Californians

8 Apr
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As part of The California Influencer Series, Billy joins a group of 100 leaders in analyzing important issues facing the state The Sacramento Bee has selected CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy for its 2019 California Influencer series, which surveys 100 of California’s most thoughtful and prominent individuals on critical policy matters. Billy joins a host of leaders from varied industries and perspectives in dissecting the challenges and opportunities facing California in 2019 and beyond. His fellow influencers...

Commentary: Opportunity knocks for school funding

5 Apr
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by Emma Turner The funding challenges facing California public schools are many and varied, and so are the ways in which CSBA is addressing them. By now, you’re aware of CSBA’s initiative to secure Full and Fair Funding for K-12 public schools by raising per-pupil funding to the national average by 2020 and to the average of the top 10 states by 2025. This transformative effort would restore school funding to the levels of California’s Golden Era, when this state’s...

Coalition rallies at Capitol with funding message of ‘Our students deserve more!’

3 Apr
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Alameda County school board members, teachers, administrators, other staff members, students and parents rallied at the Capitol steps in Sacramento on April 3 behind a unified call for increased state education funding. More than 300 people attended the event organized by the East Bay Coalition for Public Education, with a majority carrying red signs reading “Our students deserve more!” Speakers such as Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe said the coalition’s unprecedented alliance of people and groups from...