Category Archives: Effective Governance

Effective Governance

March 15 layoff notices: What boards should know

10 Feb
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As a member of a school board governance team, few situations are more sensitive than a district delivering March 15 layoff notices. It is essential for governing board members to be familiar with information about the March 15 notice, its implementation process and the strict legal requirements attached to the process. The March 15 notice is a formal, written announcement from a school district to certificated employees — required by Education Code section 44949 — informing them that they may...

Governance brief focuses on the need for boards to support equity-based decisions

6 Feb
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The new year presents a good opportunity for governing boards to reflect on recent achievements as well as unfinished work that districts and county offices of education have ahead of them to ensure that all students have access to an education that prepares them for college, career and life success. To support board members in this journey, CSBA has produced a new governance brief, “Educational Equity: The Need for Boards to Support Equity-Based Decisions.” The brief, authored by CSBA Equity...

What school boards should know about the new ‘public charge rule’

4 Feb
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On Jan. 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to allow revisions to the “public charge rule” to go into effect while legal challenges to the expansion of this rule proceed through the courts. As a result, the federal government can now enforce the expanded public charge rule. It is important for district and county office of education boards to proactively communicate accurate information to their communities — public education and programs serving students at schools...

President’s Message: Investing in student success with transparency and accountability

30 Jan
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By CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to appreciate district and county office trustees and the special obligation we have as stewards of America’s greatest public trust — its public school system. As we reflect on our unique role, we would do well to remember what hangs in the balance. More than six million California students are counting on us to provide each and every one of them with a high-quality education. This may...

CSBA celebrates California’s district and county board members this January

13 Jan
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CSBA salutes the more than 5,000 school district and county office of education trustees that serve California’s 6.2 million students during January’s School Board Recognition Month. Citizen oversight of local government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States. School board members are the epitome of this tenet in their roles as locally elected public officials entrusted with governing public schools in their communities. California’s collective student body is larger than the total population of many other states and...

New LCAP template adopted, host of other topics discussed at State Board meeting

10 Jan
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The streamlined new Local Control and Accountability Plan template should be easier both for local educational agencies to complete and use and for stakeholders to understand, California Department of Education and State Board of Education officials said upon the adoption of the new document at the Jan. 8-9 board meeting in Sacramento. The year-in-the-making document is the fourth template revision in six years and will be in use for the 2020–21 through 2022–23 LCAP cycles. Most of the changes stem...

Student board members take charge at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference

20 Dec
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CSBA has hosted a student board member program for several years, but at nearly 100 student participants, the discussions and variety of student input at the 2019 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show was perhaps the most robust to date. During one breakout session on Dec. 5 in San Diego, small groups of students were asked to brainstorm a handful of topics for which they would like to have sample policies to bring home to their local districts and schools....

CCEE leaders reflect on scaling up State System of Support

19 Dec
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As the state agency charged with building the capacity for continuous improvement at and across local educational agencies, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence board members and staff are reflecting on how to best fulfill that duty with a limited number of resources. At the CCEE’s Dec. 5 board meeting in San Diego (view the archived video), board members received an in-depth look at two multi-year initiatives and their impacts on LEAs, the Pilot Partnership Initiative and the Professional Learning Network...

Districts, county offices make progress on 2019 California School Dashboard

18 Dec
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The release of the 2019 California School Dashboard came with the encouraging news that fewer local educational agencies will require differentiated assistance than in 2018. The number of districts and county offices of education eligible for support dropped from 374 to 333, and the state improved performance on all indicators but one: chronic absenteeism. This is the third year that the state has published the Dashboard, one element of the Local Funding Control Formula’s system of funding, accountability and support....

A conversation with CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

16 Dec
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Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is a trustee of the Azusa Unified School District in east Los Angeles County. Now in her 18th year as a school board member, Cruz-Gonzalez has been an active member of CSBA, and has served as President-elect, Vice President and on the CSBA Board of Directors representing the greater San Gabriel Valley. As an advocate for the state’s public education system and a committed lifelong learner, Cruz-Gonzalez has also served on CSBA’s Legislative Committee and the Council of...