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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Meeting Pacific Islander student challenges

20 May
Nearly 30,000 Pacific Islander students are enrolled in California public schools in the 2018-19 school year. The majority of these students come from low-income households, and many struggle academically and have among the highest rates of chronic absenteeism of all student groups. As one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, it is important for leaders to understand the unique cultural needs of Pacific Islander students to support their learning. Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, or EPIC, was founded...

Governor’s May Revision sees slight increase for K-12 funding

14 May
Gov. Gavin Newsom released his much-anticipated budget revision on Thursday, May 9, taking a cautious approach in most areas despite larger than expected growth in state General Fund revenues. Overall, the May Revision projects an increase of $3.2 billion in state General Fund short-term revenues over the January budget. The revision also includes a softening of revenue estimates beyond the budgeting period by lowering expectations in 2022–23 and beyond. Education funding highlights from the May Revision include: A reduction in...

Director-at-Large shares insights during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

13 May
CSBA joins the nation in celebrating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Of the 6.2 million K-12 students attending California public schools in 2018–19, 9.3 percent are Asian, 2.4 percent are Filipino and .5 percent are Pacific Islander. These populations are composed of students from many cultural backgrounds who are an important part of California’s fabric. They also each bring their own unique stories, aspirations and qualities to the state’s public schools. To help ensure representation for these students,...

Negotiations begin for Fiscal Year 2020 federal education funding bill

30 Apr
On Monday, the House Appropriation Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and other Related Agencies (Labor H) Subcommittee released the text of a $189.8 billion bill to fund the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Appropriators are assuming a total of $631 billion in non-defense spending as they markup fiscal 2020 spending bills this spring. The bill that funds Labor H typically receives the biggest portion, representing the largest spending bill for domestic programs. As proposed, the...

CSBA CEO weighs in on job creation in California Influencer series

25 Apr
As part of its Influencer series, The Sacramento Bee asked CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy and other education leaders: What can we do to make sure our kids get jobs? “We must prioritize a high-quality education for every child, one where all students benefit from relevant curriculum, appropriate supports, expanded professional development for teachers, and a greater focus on instruction” said Billy. “To keep pace with technologically driven change, knowledge of basic computer science theories should be...

Video: School board members advocate for Full and Fair Funding at the Capitol

23 Apr
In March 2019, school board members from across California descended on the Capitol to meet with legislators and fight for the resources and support needed to improve academic outcomes and provide a high-quality education for all public school students. As part of CSBA’s Legislative Action Day, trustees from districts large and small, rich and poor, urban, suburban and rural, banded together to make the case for Full and Fair Funding  and let Sacramento lawmakers know that 41st in per-pupil funding...

The Sacramento Bee selects CSBA CEO Vernon M. Billy as one of most influential Californians

8 Apr
As part of The California Influencer Series, Billy joins a group of 100 leaders in analyzing important issues facing the state The Sacramento Bee has selected CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy for its 2019 California Influencer series, which surveys 100 of California’s most thoughtful and prominent individuals on critical policy matters. Billy joins a host of leaders from varied industries and perspectives in dissecting the challenges and opportunities facing California in 2019 and beyond. His fellow influencers...

Record number of board members advocate for education on Legislative Action Day

20 Mar
More than 260 board members and superintendents representing more than 150 school districts and county offices of education across California met at the Capitol on March 12 to advocate for the state’s K-12 public schools and its more than 6 million students — with Full and Fair Funding a central theme. Opening Legislative Action Day, CSBA President Emma Turner stressed the call for schools to receive more state funding to improve and expand programs, serve all students, and close opportunity...

What the $3 billion CalSTRS proposal in the 2019-20 budget means for local schools

14 Jan
About 20 minutes into last week’s marathon budget press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom began discussing the issue of pension cost increases – and was kind enough to name-drop California school board members and CSBA in the process. Watch a clip of Gov. Newsom discussing pension relief (Jan. 10, 2019) “We are adding an additional $3 billion into immediate relief to school districts to address their STRS anxiety…” the Governor said, in a statement met with off-screen applause from Superintendent of...

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

20 Nov
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...