Charter school employees prohibited from serving on county boards of education in counties where employing schools are

On Nov. 2, 2021, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued an advisory opinion (No. 20-102) concluding that executive directors and other charter school employees — like employees of traditional public schools — may not serve as members of the county board of education in the […]

The benefits of police on campus must be weighed against drawbacks, report finds

The presence of police on school grounds helps with general safety by decreasing unarmed violent offenses like fights, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Albany and RAND Corporation, published by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. However, that appears to […]

State Board moves forward on LCAP changes, amends ESSA state plan

The State Board of Education took up a number of critical items at its Nov. 3–4 meeting related to school accountability, the K-12 Mathematics Framework timeline, the California Community Schools Partnership Program and amendments to the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, among other actions. […]

FAQ on testing children with disabilities this school year

The National Center on Educational Outcomes released “Frequently Asked Questions About Testing Children with Disabilities” in August, addressing common inquiries and providing corresponding resources for local educational agencies. Published for the 2021–22 academic year, the brief delves into whether and how children with disabilities, including […]

AB 599 updates criteria used to identify low-performing schools

Among the education bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this year was Assembly Bill 599. Authored by Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), this new law updates the criteria used to identify schools for annual inspection by a county superintendent for purposes of the settlement in Eliezer […]

State audit finds P-EBT payments to families delayed; schools can help with communication

The results of a state high-risk audit were released Oct. 28 for the California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) management of federal pandemic-relief funds for two food assistance programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, which issues […]

Lack of broadband infrastructure continues to hamper student access

The pandemic spurred widespread investments in improving connectivity for students, but there is still progress to be made in ensuring all children have the devices and internet access they need at home to fully participate in their education, according to new research from the Public […]

Emphasizing accuracy during Native American Heritage Month 

CSBA spoke with Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland), a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe and lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation in San Bernardino County, ahead of November’s Native American Heritage Month. In 2011 he became the first Native American appointed to the […]