Category Archives: Effective Governance

Effective Governance

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...

Deadline fast approaches for mandated policy on bullying prevention

10 Dec
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Recognizing that bullying and fear disrupt student learning, California state law requires districts, county offices of education and charter schools to adopt procedures for preventing acts of bullying, including cyberbullying, by Dec. 31, 2019. Additionally, state law mandates that boards adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion and sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual...

CEO’s note: The brain and implicit bias

9 Dec
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Recognition is the first step in helping students By CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy Our brains are fascinatingly powerful tools that have the capacity to go beyond our own imagination. The brain has an unsurpassed ability to create, interpret, suppress and disassociate ideas and feelings. Recently, as I was sifting through my seemingly endless pile of paperwork, I came across several old articles I had flagged about the power and mysteries of the human brain. One article...

From the field: Helping make sure Paradise wasn’t lost

2 Dec
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Amid all the chaos, loss and grief impacting their family, friends and community during and after the Camp Fire, a top priority has persisted for Paradise Unified School District board members — providing students with a place to attend school in the town they call home. “We did not want to shut down,” board member Rich Gingery Jr. recalled. “That was the talk in the beginning. And we as a board said, ‘no, we’re not going anywhere.’” One year after...

President’s Message: The push for Full and Fair Funding continues

27 Nov
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By CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner As I reflect on my year as CSBA President, I want to express what an honor it has been to represent California’s largest body of democratically elected public officials and the more than 6.2 million children that we fight for every day. This has been an eventful year in our state and our association’s history. The year began with a new governor who incorporated the voices of district and county board members into some...

Convening highlights keys to supporting immigrant and refugee students

18 Nov
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One in six California K-12 students has at least one undocumented parent and approximately 250,000 of the state’s students ages 3–17 are undocumented. Recognizing the increasingly difficult climate facing these students, Californians Together presented the Statewide Convening for the Support of Immigrant and Refugee Students on Nov. 14 at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento. The event was part of a support project headed by the organization’s Director of Policy and Initiatives Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, who also serves as CSBA...

Most teens say vaping permeates their everyday life, in-person or online

13 Nov
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With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declaring that youth use of e-cigarettes has hit “epidemic proportions” and school districts — including the nation’s second largest — recently filing lawsuits against device manufacturers, a new nationwide poll further illustrates the issue’s prevalence. Nearly eight in 10 teens say vaping is popular among their peers and is a part of their daily life, whether in-person or online, finds polling from Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey. As with many other trends and...

CSBA testifies before federal advisory committee on impact of immigration enforcement on California’s children

31 Oct
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On Oct. 16, 2019, the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hosted a public meeting to hear testimony regarding the impact of federal immigration enforcement on California’s children. The committee was tasked with examining the impact of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforcement practices on access to public education, equal protection under the law for students based on their national origin and the extent to which due process is denied to K-12 students and their families....

October President’s Message: The importance of equity-driven leadership

17 Oct
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By CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner One of the greatest responsibilities of school district and county office of education board members is to support the achievement of all students by providing them with the educational opportunities that will promote student success. This work begins by developing a vision and goals that support the particular needs of your district. Aligning resources to those goals is the next step, and one that should be informed by examining data in your district —...