Monthly Archives: May 2019

Enthusiastic Capitol crowd calls for Full and Fair Funding of California’s public schools

23 May
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From Humboldt County, Monterey, San Diego and beyond, school leaders converged on Sacramento by the busload on May 22 to make their voices heard and to fight for Full and Fair Funding of California’s public schools. About 200 school board members took that fight to the steps of the State Capitol, where they joined CSBA staff, the California Teachers Association and other education partners in an afternoon Day of Action Rally for Education. Whether teacher, administrator, school employee, student, or...

CEO’s Note: The ‘big short’ in California school funding

22 May
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by Vernon M. Billy This past January, educators across the state (and nation) were fixated on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s six-day teacher’s strike. The LAUSD strike was followed almost immediately by a seven-day work stoppage in Oakland and a highly publicized one-day walkout for Sacramento USD teachers on April 11. These bargaining conflicts in some of California’s largest urban school districts are representative of the funding crisis looming large in districts across the state. The undeniable fact is...

Commentary: Fighting for students, rallying for public schools

21 May
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“Every student should graduate high school prepared for success in college, career and civic life. Unfortunately, our ability to deliver on this promise has been compromised by 40 years of underinvestment in public schools,” write Burbank Unified School District leaders in a new commentary published by the Los Angeles Times. “If we want to meet our responsibilities to the next generation of Californians, adequate funding must be restored so that we can reduce class sizes, retain and recruit quality educators,...

Legislative Update: CSBA co-sponsored bills on the move as key deadline approaches

21 May
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On May 16, both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees held their respective suspense file hearings, determining which bills that require an appropriation of funds will continue to advance this year. CSBA co-sponsored bills passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and sent to the Assembly Floor include: Assembly Bill 39 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance), which would increase the Local Control Funding Formula base grant targets equivalent to the national average in per-pupil funding; AB 751 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), the “Pathways to College...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Meeting Pacific Islander student challenges

20 May
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Nearly 30,000 Pacific Islander students are enrolled in California public schools in the 2018-19 school year. The majority of these students come from low-income households, and many struggle academically and have among the highest rates of chronic absenteeism of all student groups. As one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, it is important for leaders to understand the unique cultural needs of Pacific Islander students to support their learning. Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, or EPIC, was founded...

Report card: Districts must better implement laws supporting, protecting LGBTQ students

15 May
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A first-of-its-kind report card finds that many of California’s unified school districts must improve their implementation of LGBTQ-inclusive programs, policies and curriculum. The Equality California Institute surveyed and assessed 130 unified districts across the state to produce the 2019 Safe & Supportive Schools Report Card. While the institute reports that great gains and protections have been achieved for California’s LGBTQ students through the Legislature in recent years, policy implementation and management greatly varies at the district governing board level. Some...

Governor’s May Revision sees slight increase for K-12 funding

14 May
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Gov. Gavin Newsom released his much-anticipated budget revision on Thursday, May 9, taking a cautious approach in most areas despite larger than expected growth in state General Fund revenues. Overall, the May Revision projects an increase of $3.2 billion in state General Fund short-term revenues over the January budget. The revision also includes a softening of revenue estimates beyond the budgeting period by lowering expectations in 2022–23 and beyond. Education funding highlights from the May Revision include: A reduction in...

Director-at-Large shares insights during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

13 May
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CSBA joins the nation in celebrating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Of the 6.2 million K-12 students attending California public schools in 2018–19, 9.3 percent are Asian, 2.4 percent are Filipino and .5 percent are Pacific Islander. These populations are composed of students from many cultural backgrounds who are an important part of California’s fabric. They also each bring their own unique stories, aspirations and qualities to the state’s public schools. To help ensure representation for these students,...

State Board clarifies, adopts health education guidance before large crowd

9 May
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After nearly 200 people spoke on the contentious issue at its May 8 meeting, the California State Board of Education unanimously approved the 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools. The 741-page document provides guidance for teachers and administrators on how to teach the state’s 2008 Health Education Content Standards. Many parents and grandparents expressed concerns about exposing young children to sexually explicit images and information found in several of the resources listed in the draft framework, which...

Reserve cap trigger looming: What districts need to know

7 May
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pencils and coins
In one of those déjà vu moments, we are growing concerned about the possible “trigger” of the school district reserve cap in the next fiscal year. While it is still early, CSBA wants to alert all school board members, superintendents and chief business officials of the possibility the reserve cap will go into effect for non-basic aid school districts with more than 2,500 average daily attendance. Current year conditions of the state General Fund remain healthy and prospects for the...