Monthly Archives: May 2019

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...

CSBA’s first Equity Network concludes with deep conversations, action plans

7 May
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Returning to their districts with a lens focused on equity and action plans in hand, a group of 20 school board members from across California completed their CSBA Equity Network experience on April 26–27 in West Sacramento. The two days of deep reflection and discussion on critical public education equity issues capped a series of in-person and online sessions dating back to August 2018. CSBA’s inaugural Equity Network was funded through generous planning and implementation grants from the Stuart Foundation....

California must reform charter schools. Here’s how

6 May
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By CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner In education circles in California and nationally, the fundamental question is this: How do we ensure all public schools are high quality? In Sacramento, much of the debate focuses on charter schools, as the Legislature considers several related bills related to them. What’s too often lost in the discussion is the fate of California’s 6.2 million public school students. For too long, public schools have underserved segments of our student population. The shortcomings of...