Monthly Archives: September 2019

Districts can further increase young voter turnout by providing strong civics education

26 Sep
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Teenage voting hit a historic high in the 2018 midterm elections, with voter turnout rates for 18- and 19-year-olds reaching 22 percent. High School Voter Education Weeks, officially designated as Sept. 17–29 this year, presents another opportunity for school and district leaders to spread awareness of the importance of civic participation among students. Much of the increase can be attributed to students rallying themselves and their peers. A pre-election poll conducted by the Center for Information & Research on Civic...

California initiative breeds new generation of leaders to support English learners

25 Sep
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There were close to 1.2 million English learners in California public schools during the 2018–19 school year, constituting more than 19 percent of total student enrollment. While the social and political landscapes are ever shifting around these children, advocates continue to push to ensure these students receive the best possible education. The English Learner Leadership and Legacy Initiative was developed by Californians Together and the California Association for Bilingual Education to develop a new generation of well-informed and courageous leaders...

Report finds dearth of available housing for Bay Area teachers, calls for inspired solutions

24 Sep
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African-American teacher
Most teachers in San Francisco and San Mateo counties don’t make enough to pay for market-rate rent or purchase a home near their schools yet make too much to qualify for housing assistance programs, according to a new report by the Council of Community Housing Organizations. Comparing what teachers earn to market rate housing prices illustrates the severity of the affordability gap impacting Bay Area educators, finds the August report, Who Will Teach Our Children? Housing the Bay Area’s Educators....

Report: Creating safe and engaging school environments can boost student attendance

23 Sep
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Creating an engaging, supportive, welcoming and culturally responsive school environment can help to reduce absence rates — something on the minds of all school and district officials with Attendance Awareness Month in full swing. A new report from Attendance Works calls on school boards and other policymakers to use the data they already collect on chronic absenteeism in their districts to help address inequities children face and improve student outcomes by considering the underlying conditions for learning and making sure...

Charter school legislation, funding lead key topics at CCBE annual conference

20 Sep
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California County Boards of Education continued to support its members with timely information and trainings in the past year, while also enhancing the voices of county offices in Sacramento and strengthening relationships with CSBA. CCBE President Dana Dean, a trustee for the Solano County Office of Education, lifted up these accomplishments during her report to the membership at the CCBE’s 2019 Annual Conference from Sept. 13–15 in Monterey. The increased advocacy efforts were on full display with this session’s charter...

California ranks 28th nationally in annual Quality Counts report cards

19 Sep
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Education Week has released the final installment of its yearly “Quality Counts 2019: Grading the states” report cards. The project’s aim is to show which states do the best job in preparing students for successful futures in both college and career. The measurements are based on a range of family, school and socioeconomic indicators; financial indicators; and achievement indicators. The project is released in three parts: The first installment is based on Education Week’s “Chance-for-Success Index,” which surveys a range...

Legislative Update: What’s on the Governor’s desk?

18 Sep
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The Legislature concluded its 2019 business in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 14 after marathon hearings on the Senate and Assembly Floors. Gov. Gavin Newsom now has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto all legislation passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk — bills that were not passed by the Legislature this year (referred to as “two-year bills”) have the option to be heard and passed in 2020, the second year of the current two-year...

LPI report highlights districts closing opportunity gaps and their strategies

17 Sep
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Many districts in California have struggled to adequately support underserved student groups through changes in curriculum, school funding and student assessments in the last five years, but a recent report from the Learning Policy Institute found more than one hundred districts bucking that trend. They identified these districts as “positive outliers” in which children across different racial and ethnic groups were outperforming similar students in other districts on the state’s new math and reading tests. Many of these districts are also closing...

Proposed LCAP revision, Dashboard changes highlight State Board meeting

16 Sep
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With the new school year well underway, the State Board of Education turned its attention to proposed Local Control and Accountability Plan and California School Dashboard revisions at its Sept. 11 meeting in Sacramento. Statutory changes largely call for several user- and parent-friendly changes to be incorporated into the revised LCAP template that was presented at Wednesday’s meeting. To better track spending, the law now requires that the template consolidate expenditures in summary tables to make it easier for stakeholders...

California County Boards of Education annual conference starts tomorrow

12 Sep
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By Janet Wohlgemuth, CCBE President-elect The 2019 CCBE Annual Conference  in Monterey at the Hyatt Regency begins tomorrow, Sept. 13 and runs through Sept 13-15. This year’s theme is “Educational Changes on the Horizon: What and How to Prepare for them.” The Conference Committee looked at what has happened in the past year with the devastating fires in Northern Callfornia and the impact on our students, as well as how we move forward. We also realized that we had a...