CALL TO ACTION: Urge Congress to support extending waiver authority to USDA for school nutrition programs

Please contact U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla and your local Congressional representative to urge their support to extend school meal wavier authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Sept. 30, 2023, within the pending consolidated appropriations bill that Congress is working […]

Safer air saves lives and improves learning in mask-optional classrooms

This post is contributed by CSBA business affiliate LifeWings Peak Performance As a preventative measure to cope with the pandemic and promote utility savings, the state allocated $650 million in Assembly Bill 841 grants to improve air quality and plumbing in California classrooms and facilities. […]

Governor’s budget proposal addresses LCFF COLA and declining enrollment; ignores other issues

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2022–23 Budget Proposal represents an unprecedented investment in K-14 schools. The Governor’s decision to fully fund the Local Control Funding Formula cost-of-living adjustment with $3.3 billion that school districts and county offices of education can use to meet the specific needs of […]

2022–23 Fiscal Outlook estimates schools will see $20 billion for new commitments

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released its annual Fiscal Outlook report on Nov. 17, revealing an estimated $31 billion surplus fueled by rapidly rising revenues and a projected surge in funding for schools in the next budget cycle. Released every fall, the fiscal outlook gives the […]

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 […]

Ninth Circuit upholds closure of public schools during pandemic, but finds state infringed on rights of private school students

On July 23, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a legal challenge to California’s decision to close public schools to in-person instruction and provide online distance learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the court reversed the lower court’s decision toward private […]