Category Archives: Effective Governance

Effective Governance

Board Member Action Day: Speaking truth to power

15 May
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Demonstrating their dedication to children and passion for public education, members of school district and county office of education governance teams throughout California gathered at the home offices of their state representatives to advocate for local governance and other issues vital to public schools as part of CSBA’s Board Member Action Day May 10....

Budget discussions crescendo as governor’s May Budget Revision nears

10 May
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Next week, on Tuesday, May 14, the governor will unveil the May Budget Revision for fiscal year 2013-14. Details about his revision are beginning to surface, as are additional proposals. On May 8, Assembly Democrats announced their plans for the state budget, naming it the “Blueprint for a Responsible Budget.” In addition to calling for a ballot measure in 2014 to establish guidelines for a richer state reserve, a strong focus of the Blueprint is children and education. For...

Latest developments in the Local Control Funding Formula

3 May
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Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) presented SB 69, her bill on school finance and a new funding formula, to the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, May 1. In presenting the bill, Sen. Liu noted it is a work in progress. It’s intended to move the discussion of a new education funding method forward by providing a venue and vehicle for policy discussion and debate. The bill was voted out of the Senate Education Committee, with the Republican...

Get ready for Board Member Action Day

1 May
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Legislators need to understand the local perspective on the state budget and other proposed legislative changes that affect schools, and there’s no better way to spread the Governance First message than by participating in Board Member Action Day on May 10, says CSBA President Cindy Marks in this video....

California schools tackle Common Core challenges

30 Apr
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How are school districts and county offices of education preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards? It’s a daunting task, reveals the spring 2013 issue of California Schools magazine. To be ready for new common national academic standards, local educational agencies will have to dramatically change instructional methods and prepare students—and technological systems—to handle revolutionary computerized tests. This would be a tall order in the best of budgetary times. Yet despite years of harsh cuts in state support for...

Refocused policy document will guide CSBA’s work

24 Apr
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CSBA’s Policy Platform Review Committee is hard at work reorganizing the organization’s key policy framework for consideration by the Delegate Assembly in May. For years, the process of updating the eight primary policy areas, with its dozens of supporting statements, during the Delegate Assembly meeting every two years had proved cumbersome and time-consuming. While the Platform’s purpose in guiding the association’s policy and political leadership activities is essential, the process needed revision....

Is your superintendent meeting performance expectations?

15 Apr
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By Christopher Maricle, Policy and Programs Officer It’s that time of year, when boards and superintendents give some thought and energy into fulfilling one of the board’s most critical functions – the superintendent evaluation. It’s through this process that boards practice an important part of their oversight and accountability duties. CSBA’s Governance Consulting Services consultants often receive calls at this time of year from board members and superintendents asking for sample forms, processes and advice. It’s not uncommon for consultants...

Why is Board Member Action Day important?

12 Apr
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by Dennis Meyers, assistant executive director, Governmental Relations Board Member Action Day takes place on May 10. On this one day, board leaders from across the state will meet with their Assembly and Senate representatives in their local district offices to discuss key legislation and the value of Governance First, CSBA’s legislative agenda. This is your opportunity to convey the importance of local school governance and information that will help statewide lawmakers render policy decisions that support the interests of...

There’s power in numbers! Register today for Board Member Action Day, May 10

10 Apr
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The theme for CSBA’s Legislative Agenda is Governance First and there’s no better way to demonstrate the importance of local school governance than to participate in Board Member Action Day on May 10. That day, school board members statewide will head to their Assembly Member’s and Senator’s local district offices to advocate on behalf of California’s schools and students. To make this event a success and have the greatest impact on the state elected officials who represent you in the...

Share your expertise at an AEC workshop or table talk

29 Mar
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Each year, the Annual Education Conference planning committee asks CSBA members to submit workshop and table talk proposals for programming consideration. This peer-to-peer teaching model ensures that AEC programming is relevant to the current needs and realities of board members from across the state, and provides a platform for sharing valuable information. Presenting as part of a workshop or table talk gives board members, governance teams and administrative staff the opportunity to share best practices, programs and ideas that have...