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State Board

California School Dashboard arrives with new indicators, look for 2018

6 Dec
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The fall 2018 version of the California School Dashboard is now live and brings with it several additions and changes for board members to be aware of, namely the presence of a new indicator measuring grades K-8 chronic absenteeism for schools, districts and county offices of education. Due to the changes, 374 districts qualify this year for differentiated assistance through the System of Support, compared to 228 districts in 2017. Ninety-three districts that qualified for differentiated assistance last year are...

Superintendent-elect Thurmond vows to increase K-12 funding; other election news

20 Nov
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Superintendent of State Public Instruction-elect Tony Thurmond called for greater K-12 school funding at his introductory press conference on Nov. 20 in Sacramento. “The thing I will work the hardest on is changing how we fund public education in the state. We will never again be 46th in the nation in per-pupil spending,” the Democratic Assemblymember representing Richmond said. Even considering the improvements seen with the Local Control Funding Formula, Thurmond said, the kind of supplemental funding measures he has...

California’s trailblazing History-Social Science Framework earns national award

20 Nov
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For its groundbreaking efforts to provide all students with an engaging and relevant education, California’s instructional guide for history and social science standards recently won the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K-12 history teaching. The History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools — approved by the State Board of Education in 2016 and published last year — was a joint project from the California Department of Education and California History-Social Science Project (UC Davis). Among other...

Lack of alignment, teacher shortage among roadblocks in NGSS rollout

21 Mar
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In a report released earlier this month, the Public Policy Institute of California found that school districts are confronting a variety of obstacles as they work to roll out the new K-12 science standards. Using survey data collected from 204 unified and high school districts at the end of the 2016–17 school year, the PPIC report highlights major challenges districts are facing and offers recommendations for policymakers. Known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the new science standards were...

Student Advisory Board grows next generation of leaders

29 Nov
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In a small conference room above a restaurant a few blocks from the State Capitol, a group of high school students sit in a circle to discuss education and advocacy. After each student speaks, the group snaps in response. The snaps are a way to let the speaker know the group has listened, and that each voice counts. That message also extends to their participation on the Student Advisory Board on Education. Fifty students from across California come to Sacramento...

Instructional Quality Commission approves LGBT-Inclusive Textbooks

11 Oct
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At its Sept. 28 meeting, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), an advisory body to the State Board of Education that makes recommendations about curriculum and instruction, approved 10 of 12 K-8 social studies textbook series containing material about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. High school materials will be considered for adoption next year. These newly approved textbooks are a next step in the implementation of Senate Bill 48, also known as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive,...

A Conversation with CSBA President Chris Ungar on the Charter School Task Force

27 Sep
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By Gayle Romasanta Staff writer for CSBA Why did you think it was important to create the Charter Schools Task Force? Chris Ungar: Several years ago the CSBA Delegate Assembly Region 1 Director Bob Berkowitz and had a conversation about charter schools. He owned radio stations in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. He related his experience during the rise of FM radio, which was dismissed by many in the 1960s as a passing fad … radio folks never believed that...

A Good Day for Civics Education

15 Jul
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For keen observers of education policy and political junkies, last week’s State Board of Education Meeting was everything we hoped for. While there were only about half the number of speakers signed up to testify as there were for last January’s dynamic meeting, board members, superintendents, community advocates, parents, and busses full of students all came together in Sacramento to have their say on the Local Control Funding Formula. ...

Senate confirms State Board Members Burr, Straus and Sandoval

10 Jan
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After what Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg called the most intensive Rules Committee hearing during his tenure, the full Senate confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination of Sue Burr, Ilene Straus and Nicolosa Sandoval to California’s State Board of Education on Jan. 13....