Category Archives: Effective Governance

Effective Governance

Building relationships now can pay off later!

25 Mar
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Register today for Board Member Action Day, May 10 By CSBA President Cindy Marks Participating in last year’s Board Member Action Day was a very positive and team building experience. It was so easy to do. CSBA sent me the information and topics to discuss. I let them know I could attend, and they provided me with the time and location of the meeting. In my area, we met with our Assemblywoman. Many other school board members and superintendents participated...

SBE applauds boldness of unique 9-district NCLB waiver request

20 Mar
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The State Board of Education last week agreed to draft a formal comment for federal officials to consider when they rule on an unusual request from a consortium of nine California school districts to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. The unified school districts comprising the California Office to Reform Education, or CORE, serve more than one million students. CORE includes the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento City, Santa Ana, Oakland, Clovis and Sanger...

Sequestration … It’s here with more federal cuts coming

19 Mar
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by Erika Hoffman, CSBA Legislative Advocate On March 1, the sequester – the automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts to both defense and non-defense programs – took effect. The federal Office of Management and Budget issued orders notifying agencies to make spending cuts.   Although some education programs – such as Impact Aid and Head Start – will be affected immediately, most education program will not see the impact of cuts until the next federal allocation. Officials confirm that funding cuts...

SBE: The API’s future prompts deep discussion of what is, and what can be

18 Mar
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By Teri Burns, Senior Director for Policy and Programs The two-day March State Board of Education meeting this week included a number of agendized action and information items, but the most interesting conversation came about unscripted, as part of what might have been a relatively simple information item on the progress of recommendations for changes to the Academic Performance Index (API). Keric Ashley, head of the California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division, shared updates from the Public...

Court dismisses CSBA’s Prop. 98 lawsuit on procedural grounds

1 Mar
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Keith Bray, CSBA General Counsel
by Keith J. Bray, CSBA General Counsel and Director, CSBA Education Legal Alliance Throughout this week, the media have carried news about the First District Court of Appeal’s decision in the Proposition 98 lawsuit led by CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance (ELA) in concert with the Association of California School Administrators, Los Angeles USD, San Francisco USD and Turlock USD.  This suit, filed in October 2011, challenged the governor’s effort to redirect sales tax revenues out of the Proposition 98 funding...

csba.org: Connect and rely on CSBA’s new website

26 Feb
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csba.org
As part of its corporate identity update project, CSBA just launched a new csba.org. The site features an updated and more intuitive navigation, a new design, a “My CSBA” section, this blog and more. CSBA Executive Director Vernon M. Billy offers this video preview of the new site. CSBA’s Communications and Information Technology team began the project in 2012 with the goal of modernizing and simplifying the website while developing a more intuitive way for users to find information. Months of...

Commission on Teacher Credentialing gears up for new year

8 Feb
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Newport Mesa USD
At the year’s first meeting of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Jan. 31-Feb. 1, new chair Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond committed to an active year. The professor of education at Stanford University, co-director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and widely published and renowned expert on teaching and learning said she intends to build on the progress the commission made last year. As she said following her election as chair last December, “We are very well organized at...

California districts scrutinizing school safety plans

10 Jan
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students
Schools throughout California are focusing anew on strategies that can help ensure students and staff spend their days in a safe school environment. Governing boards can do much to help. Specifically, they can: Establish safety as a priority and communicate a clear vision for safe school environments Make sure the necessary organizational structures are in place, such as budget, curriculum, policies, training, and partnerships Hold the system accountable for implementing the vision and goals, providing the needed support Speak out...

CSBA at the table in talks on Brown’s weighted student funding formula

20 Nov
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CSBA joined dozens of other education officials invited to the table this month to provide input on a new funding model for schools based on a weighted student formula. Following up his unsuccessful attempt to impose a weighted student formula in last year’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown is intent on including a proposal in his 2013-14 budget plan that has greater buy-in from the education community. “California’s system of allocating resources to school districts, county offices of education and charter...

School boards should plan to review policies annually

14 Nov
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GAMUT Online
Each year, new legislation, court decisions, administrative regulations and societal changes create the need for local school boards to review and update their district policies. A regular schedule of policy review and revision helps ensure that a district’s policies actually reflect the community’s values, beliefs and priorities, says Martin Gonzalez, CSBA assistant executive director for Member Services. CSBA’s Policy Services staff and legal counsel continually comb through new laws and regulations, as well as recent court decisions and other conditions...