Monthly Archives: October 2019

October President’s Message: The importance of equity-driven leadership

17 Oct
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By CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner One of the greatest responsibilities of school district and county office of education board members is to support the achievement of all students by providing them with the educational opportunities that will promote student success. This work begins by developing a vision and goals that support the particular needs of your district. Aligning resources to those goals is the next step, and one that should be informed by examining data in your district —...

Legislative update: Here’s what Gov. Newsom vetoed in 2019

16 Oct
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Click here to download CSBA’s “What’s New for 2020” report detailing all newly signed laws. Most laws become effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The “What’s New for 2020” report contains 91 bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that affect K-12 public education. The Governor vetoed an additional 43 bills (listed in the table below) that CSBA had monitored throughout the year, 19 of which CSBA adopted an official legislative position on. In total, Gov. Newsom signed 870 new...

Food insecurity remains critical issue for many households with children

15 Oct
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California was among 22 states that saw food insecurity decline significantly from 2013–15 to 2016–18, but a highly concerning 10.6 percent of the state’s households were still categorized as food insecure in 2018, according to a new report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. Food insecurity was also found to be significantly more common than the national average of 11.1 percent for households with children, particularly those headed by single men or women. Among U.S. households with children under age...

Hispanic Heritage Month: An interview with Joaquin Rivera, CSBA Director-at-Large, Hispanic

14 Oct
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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. More than half of California’s students are Hispanic and/or Latino and schools play a critical role in preparing these students for success in college, career and civic life. California School News interviewed Joaquin Rivera, CSBA’s Director-at-Large, Hispanic and trustee on the Alameda County...

Five years of CAASPP results show slow improvements in student achievement

11 Oct
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On Oct. 9, the California Department of Education released the results of the 2018–19 Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments. Given that these scores represent the fifth year of implementation, it is a good opportunity to reflect on the trends in California and opportunities and areas for schools, districts and county offices of education to focus on in the future. Review statewide, county, district and school CAASPP scores Outcomes for all students trending up but still not acceptable...

New resources to help districts smooth transition from pre-K to kindergarten

9 Oct
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Research has long linked student participation in high-quality pre-K programs to increased college attendance rates, higher levels of academic achievement, improved cognitive and social-emotional development and the ability to better adjust to different social environments. Participation in average or low-quality programs, meanwhile, has been shown to have short-lived benefits or none at all. As students move from pre-K to kindergarten, other studies show that strong transitional activities provide academic gains for low- and middle-income children, as well as pre-K and...

Continuous improvement: What it takes and where it’s working

8 Oct
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As local educational agencies throughout California strive to boost student outcomes by way of continuous improvement strategies, a new research analysis of the state’s eight CORE districts explores which conditions best support that continuous improvement in districts and schools. The findings also indicate that many educational leaders may not be as successful in implementing the approach as they believe. Through its research partnership with CORE Districts — a nonprofit collaborative of eight urban school districts formed in 2010 — Policy...

Survey finds district leaders value community trust but often lack confidence in ability

7 Oct
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There is a vast chasm between the percentage of district and school leaders who think building community trust is very important and the percentage of those leaders who are very confident in their ability to do so, according to new national survey results. Roughly 65 school board members were among the 538 district and school-level leaders who responded to the survey from K12 Insight. The 2019 State of K-12 Customer Experience Survey results find further confidence gaps in areas such...

Small District Spotlight: Big Sur Unified School District

3 Oct
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Eleven students were enrolled in the single K-12 school that comprises Big Sur Unified School District during the 2017–18 school year. The feeling that everyone is family is so ingrained that officials often have to remind students who have been there almost their entire lives not to call teachers by their first names — although there is some leeway, as long as the formal “Mr.” or “Miss” is used as well. School leaders believe it’s the family dynamic naturally fostered...

Poll shows a majority of California voters support stricter vaccination law

2 Oct
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While protests at the State Capitol throughout this year’s legislative session surrounding Senate Bill 276 (Pan, D-Sacramento) — a bill that tightens up California’s restrictions on vaccine exemptions for public and private school attendance — grabbed headlines around the state and garnered national media attention, a new poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times shows a majority of Californians support the new law, regardless of political affiliation, income levels, education attainment and where they reside. The UC Berkeley Institute of...