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Financial aid report illustrates need for schools to boost student participation

21 Nov
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With financial aid critical to many of California’s low-income youth and students of color seeking to attend college, a new report from the Education Trust–West finds that the students who would benefit the most are attending high schools with some of the lowest application completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. While schools and districts in some areas have made progress, the authors of Hidden Figures: A Framework to Increase Access to Financial Aid find that much...

Audit finds state, LEAs not doing enough to identify and support students experiencing homelessness

12 Nov
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A new report from the State Auditor finds local educational agencies are not doing enough to identify youths experiencing homelessness, in turn limiting the opportunities to support these students. The report cites that many of these shortcomings stem from the California Department of Education’s inadequate oversight and management of the state’s homeless education program. Included in the Legislature-ordered audit is an interactive graphic that allows users to see how many students each LEA reported as being homeless in academic year...

CEO’s note: The 2019–20 State Budget Act: A reflection of our values? Maybe …

30 Oct
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By CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy While speaking about the release of his first state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “I know it’s rote and cliché to say it’s a reflection of our values, but it is a reflection of our values.” This year’s budget is the largest spending package in the state’s history, one that pumped more than $3 billion above the Proposition 98 guarantee into schools and school supports. The “Affordability Budget” makes its mark...

Resources can guide leaders through difficult decisions during wildfire season

29 Oct
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A challenging combination of raging wildfires, poor air quality and planned power outages meant to prevent further fires has already led to myriad school closures up and down the Golden State this fall — with significant time left in the state’s wildfire season. California’s dynamic weather patterns, climate change, historic winds and dangerously low humidity will likely pose severe risks well through November, if not beyond. Considering the paramount importance of student and staff safety, school district and county office...

With model curriculum process paused, expert panel discusses ethnic studies

21 Oct
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Shelved due to its controversy amid an overwhelming amount of public interest and input, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Oct. 15 hosted a panel discussion on the next steps in the redevelopment and implementation of the Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum. The State Board of Education will now vote on the curriculum in 2020, after the California Department of Education conducts statewide listening sessions and coordinates visits to school districts that have implemented strong ethnic studies programs, said...

Survey finds district leaders value community trust but often lack confidence in ability

7 Oct
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There is a vast chasm between the percentage of district and school leaders who think building community trust is very important and the percentage of those leaders who are very confident in their ability to do so, according to new national survey results. Roughly 65 school board members were among the 538 district and school-level leaders who responded to the survey from K12 Insight. The 2019 State of K-12 Customer Experience Survey results find further confidence gaps in areas such...

Charter school legislation, funding lead key topics at CCBE annual conference

20 Sep
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California County Boards of Education continued to support its members with timely information and trainings in the past year, while also enhancing the voices of county offices in Sacramento and strengthening relationships with CSBA. CCBE President Dana Dean, a trustee for the Solano County Office of Education, lifted up these accomplishments during her report to the membership at the CCBE’s 2019 Annual Conference from Sept. 13–15 in Monterey. The increased advocacy efforts were on full display with this session’s charter...

Watching out for the health and safety of student athletes

13 Aug
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Whether it’s hitting a home run, crossing the finish line or simply being part of a team, extracurricular athletics are influential to the educational experience of many students. Students in these programs experience enhanced school engagement by being part of an athletic program. Research shows that higher grades, graduation rates and scores on state assessments, as well as lower dropout rates, are seen among student athletes in comparison to non-athletes. To actualize these positive attributes, and, most importantly, to properly...

Nationwide poll sees school funding’s importance rise in the eyes of parents, teachers

12 Aug
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Awareness and frustration with the continued underfunding of the nation’s public schools has reached a point at which 58 percent of teachers say they would vote to strike for higher funding for school programs. And for the 18th consecutive year, Americans said the lack of financial support is the biggest problem facing their local schools. These attitudes are just some of the key findings in the 2019 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, available at www.pdkpoll.org/results....

Professional development institute with spotlight on whole child draws 3,000 educators

2 Aug
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From counseling services to chronic absenteeism to disciplinary alternatives, more than 3,000 education professionals converged in Long Beach from July 28–31 to home in on equitably supporting every student with a whole-child approach. Those topics were among the many covered at the third annual California Multi-Tiered System of Support Professional Learning Institute. The institute’s theme of “All Means All: Know My Name, Face and Story” was present throughout, with speakers and presenters sharing their life and educational stories as examples...