Monthly Archives: November 2019

State Board focuses on System of Support’s local impacts, ESSA compliance issues

11 Nov
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The Nov. 6 State Board of Education meeting featured presentations from two county offices of education involved in the State System of Support that explored how the connection between the work of lead agencies, COEs and local educational agencies can lead to positive outcomes for students. First, the State Board heard from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office on the Valley to Coast initiative, currently focusing on improving outcomes for students with disabilities. The county office is a geographic...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 1353, classified employee probationary period

8 Nov
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 1353 (Wicks, D-Oakland) will shorten the maximum probationary period for classified school district employees from the current maximum period (not exceeding one year) to a period not exceeding six months, or 130...

New report shows need for period supplies for low-income youth

7 Nov
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A recent national survey of 1,000 teen girls ages 13 to 19 found that many have missed school because they lacked access to menstrual hygiene products. This was especially true among low-income students. The study, conducted by Harris Insights & Analytics on behalf of Period. and Thinx Inc., found that found one in five teenage girls surveyed said they couldn’t afford to purchase menstrual hygiene products. One in four respondents said they had missed class because they didn’t have access...

Megan Dahle, former school board member, claims Assembly District 1 race

6 Nov
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Republican Megan Dahle claimed a relatively easy victory in yesterday’s election to fill the vacant Assembly District 1 seat in the Legislature, garnering 57.9 percent of the vote to top Democrat challenger Elizabeth Betancourt, who conceded the race late in the evening on Nov. 5. Dahle is a former school board member, serving a term as board president of Big Valley Joint USD, a small school district in Lassen County. She is the wife of Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who...

Improving social-emotional learning across the spectrum

5 Nov
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Kids together
The Partnership for Children & Youth, a nonprofit education advocacy organization, launched the Expanded Learning 360°/365 initiative in 2015 to create a platform for school districts and their expanded learning networks — after-school and summer programs — to work together to improve students’ social-emotional learning. Numerous studies show a link between a focus on social-emotional learning and improved academic success for students. Through the 360°/365 initiative, seven districts across California — Los Angeles Unified School District, Oakland USD, Sacramento City...

Leaders call for increased funding and K-14 partnerships to promote equity in schools

4 Nov
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governance meeting
A recent Public Policy Institute of California event brought together two of the state’s education heavyweights, State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, for a discussion on improving opportunities and enhancing outcomes for all students, and how partnerships between K-12 and community colleges can prepare those students for the future. To accomplish these goals, Darling-Hammond said policymakers must begin thinking of systemic solutions to the challenges both schools and students face. “I...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 413, use of ‘at-promise’ vs. ‘at-risk’

1 Nov
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CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at www.csba.org/whatsnewfor2020. The term “at-risk” has long been used to describe students coming from precarious situations or circumstances that increase their chances of academic failure. The term is often used to refer to those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which can include...