New LCAP template adopted, host of other topics discussed at State Board meeting

The streamlined new Local Control and Accountability Plan template should be easier both for local educational agencies to complete and use and for stakeholders to understand, California Department of Education and State Board of Education officials said upon the adoption of the new document at […]

State Board focuses on System of Support’s local impacts, ESSA compliance issues

The Nov. 6 State Board of Education meeting featured presentations from two county offices of education involved in the State System of Support that explored how the connection between the work of lead agencies, COEs and local educational agencies can lead to positive outcomes for […]

Proposed LCAP revision, Dashboard changes highlight State Board meeting

With the new school year well underway, the State Board of Education turned its attention to proposed Local Control and Accountability Plan and California School Dashboard revisions at its Sept. 11 meeting in Sacramento. Statutory changes largely call for several user- and parent-friendly changes to […]

President’s Message: Welcome all students back to school — and plan to keep them there

We cling to the last days of summer, but the passage of time is relentless and unsentimental. Vacation has already ended for some school districts and county offices of education; others will open their doors in the coming weeks. This is a critical time as […]

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

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 […]

State Board explores System of Support’s impact at the local level

Despite the California State Board of Education’s recent focus on System of Support implementation, some State Board members have voiced concerns about whether the new approach is reaching all districts and schools with demonstrated need. The system aims to assist local educational agencies and schools […]

Learning Policy Institute report outlines need for greater funding to bolster state reforms

Nearly six years after California’s K-12 educational system entered into the era of the “California Way,” with the Local Control Funding Formula at its foundation, a Learning Policy Institute report finds that greater funding is needed to fully realize the state’s goals. The institute’s report, […]

CCEE outlines structure, timeline for Community Engagement Initiative networks

After announcing lead partners and launching the program in November, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence outlined the next steps for its Community Engagement Initiative at its Dec. 6 board meeting. The effort will include a series of multi-year professional learning networks that build district […]