Monthly Archives: September 2019

AB 1505 passes Legislature, sent to Gov. Newsom

11 Sep
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Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals, has been sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk after passing the Senate with a 27-11 vote (with two members not recording a vote) on Sept. 9 and concurred by the Assembly with a 60-16 vote (with three members not recording a vote) on Sept. 10.  On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement had been reached with...

California sets record for high school sports participation while football continues decline

9 Sep
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Participation in high school sports in California set an all-time high for the seventh straight year in 2018–19, though the most popular sport, football, continued its trend of seeing substantial decreases in participation. The results indicate that many of California’s student athletes who left football didn’t stop playing sports altogether but instead are choosing to play other ones. The recently released California Interscholastic Federation Sports Participation Survey found that 814,004 students competed in high school sports last school year, marking...

Board members encouraged to keep attendance issues front and center year-round

5 Sep
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September is Attendance Awareness Month, but experts say a year-round focus is required of district leaders and board members to make sustainable inroads and cultural shifts. “I think that school board members really play a central role in monitoring whether chronic absence is improving or getting worse,” said Hedy N. Chang, executive director of Attendance Works. The effects of poor attendance habits on student achievement pose a major challenge to many students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. By the ninth...

Updates on AB 1505, charter school petitions and renewals

4 Sep
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On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement had been reached with legislative leadership on Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals. The amended version of AB 1505 is now in print. UPDATE (Sept. 9): CSBA has adopted a position of “Support and Seek Amendments” on AB 1505, meaning that CSBA now supports the bill and is working with the author, the administration and...

Education governance and the importance of equity-centered leadership

3 Sep
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By David B. DeLuz, CSBA Director, Strategic Initiatives and Development Since its inception in 1933, CSBA has been, at its core, about leadership and governance. Our work preparing education governing board members and governance teams to address the diverse needs of today’s students in the face of a rapidly changing world has increasingly focused on the role of the school board in creating conditions for student achievement. The School Board Role in Creating the Conditions for Student Achievement highlighted research...