Monthly Archives: August 2019

President’s Message: Welcome all students back to school — and plan to keep them there

7 Aug
We cling to the last days of summer, but the passage of time is relentless and unsentimental. Vacation has already ended for some school districts and county offices of education; others will open their doors in the coming weeks. This is a critical time as children transition back to the schedules and rigors of school life. Educators have to be ready to welcome students from day one, and we must also keep that same energy and engage all students —...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 272, student smartphone use

6 Aug
CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new K-12 education laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2019. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The 2019 legislative year ends on Sept. 13; Gov. Newsom then has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto all bills passed by the Legislature. CSBA’s ‘What’s New for 2020’ report will be available in October. Assembly Bill 272 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance), signed into law by Gov. Newsom on July 1, allows...

New report finds fewer complaints by LGBTQ students are investigated under Trump administration

5 Aug
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A new Center for American Progress report finds that unresolved complaints to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights related to sexual orientation or gender identity have increased by 20 percent since the repeal of Obama-era guidance that protected transgender students. The guidance cited Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds, as protecting all students on the basis of their gender identity “including discrimination based on a...

Professional development institute with spotlight on whole child draws 3,000 educators

2 Aug
From counseling services to chronic absenteeism to disciplinary alternatives, more than 3,000 education professionals converged in Long Beach from July 28–31 to home in on equitably supporting every student with a whole-child approach. Those topics were among the many covered at the third annual California Multi-Tiered System of Support Professional Learning Institute. The institute’s theme of “All Means All: Know My Name, Face and Story” was present throughout, with speakers and presenters sharing their life and educational stories as examples...