Policy brief lays out resources for rural schools in wake of COVID, wildfire disruptions

The digital divide, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, lack of community health supports, school staffing shortages and increasingly frequent and destructive wildfires are some of the most prevalent challenges facing rural school districts in California. The policy brief “Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: How New Funds […]

Don’t miss the bus: Students, educators and legislators urge support for AB 2933 at CSBA event

CSBA and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) held a press conference today in support of Assembly Bill 2933 at Westmore Oaks K-8 School in West Sacramento’s Washington Unified School District. The CSBA-sponsored bill would hit the brakes on decades of underinvestment and fully fund home-to-school […]

School Boards in Action: 5 questions with Maimona Afzal Berta, Franklin-McKinley School District

CSBA knows the challenges school communities continue to face and the hard work school boards across the state are putting in to ensure students receive the academic and social-emotional supports they need. District and county offices of education have implemented innovative solutions to address a host […]

First full year of pandemic learning for preschoolers captured in report

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published its 2021 The State of Preschool report covering the 2020–21 academic year — the first full school year since the onset of the pandemic. Closed campuses, remote preschool instruction and looming health risks “disrupted already fragile […]

Earth Day: Exploring Plumas LEAs’ longstanding outdoor education efforts

The concept of outdoor learning may have gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic but providing students locally focused environmental education experiences is a longstanding commitment for the Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District. For 27 years, Plumas COE’s Outdoor Education Coordinator […]

Equity-oriented restorative justice resource library available

UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools (the Center) in early April hosted the webinar, “Equity-Oriented Restorative Justice Tools for Schools,” which aimed to show how restorative justice practices can change the relationship students have with their school community while addressing racial disparities in disciplinary […]

CSBA examines UTK implementation considerations, insights in new policy brief and webinar

With local educational agencies preparing to create or expand transitional kindergarten offerings in the coming years, CSBA has developed a variety of resources to support these efforts. A new research and policy brief, “Advancing Universal Transitional Kindergarten — Questions for School Board Members,” a corresponding […]