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CEO’s note: A message of hope in the time of coronavirus

4 May
In January 2020, CSBA’s Board of Directors was participating in a retreat when one of the directors asked me, “What keeps you up at night?” I chuckled, and then went on to say, “the list is long, but here are a few things…” I then toiled through a laundry list of operational, policy and organizational challenges and opportunities I felt were important for CSBA’s success. Little did I know that, two short months later, I (along with the rest of...

UPDATE: Legislature’s recess extended to May 4; what that means for remainder of session, state budget process

3 Apr
On March 16, just after passing a package of $1 billion in funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic (which included $100 million for schools, equal to approximately $17.37 per average daily attendance that will be sent to local educational agencies in early April), the Legislature recessed the 2020 legislative year until April 13. The unprecedented work stoppage has now been extended. UPDATE: On Friday, April 3, Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon...

Serving students with disabilities during school closures: Updated federal guidance

25 Mar
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California schools are taking extraordinary measures to continue to provide high-quality educational opportunities to all students while school sites are physically closed. According to the California Department of Education’s Special Education Guidance for COVID-19, at this time, the federal government has not waived the requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. When a school district continues to provide educational opportunities to the general student population during physical school site closures, the district is obligated to provide students with disabilities...

Information for Schools on Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

12 Mar
Each day, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has a greater impact on our lives. Epidemiologists have indicated that the outbreak is accelerating and will likely be with us for some time. As stewards of a community’s most valuable resource — its children — school trustees have a responsibility to treat this outbreak with the utmost seriousness. It is critical that school boards take logical, research-based measures to help mitigate the spread of the virus. At the same time, those concerns must...

School leaders play a part in an accurate census count

24 Feb
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, school leaders, business owners and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in...

Bay Area organization works collaboratively to tackle the achievement gap

21 Feb
Each February, African American History Month marks a time for celebrating the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This month, the CSBA blog will highlight innovative programs that aim to boost African American student achievement. African American students in California, and nationwide, face challenges and systemic barriers that have resulted in wide achievement and opportunity gaps. The California counties serving the largest concentrations of African American students are Solano, Sacramento, Alameda, Contra Costa and...

New study finds GPAs are better predictors for college graduation than ACT scores

3 Feb
Students’ high school grades are five times better at predicting college graduation rates than their ACT scores — regardless of where they attend school, according to a new study published in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. This conclusion upends the thinking that standardized tests are a more reliable and objective indicator of college preparation because students are evaluated based on the same tasks taken under the same conditions. Every state in the U.S. currently...

CSBA’s 2019 Year-in-Review

27 Jan
Fierce legislative battles, wildfires, landmark charter school legislation and the inaugural year of a new Governor highlighted an exceptionally busy 2019 session in the Capitol. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 870 bills into law, almost 100 of which will directly impact public schools. Over the course of the year, CSBA worked hard and strove to defend local governing board authority, advance equity and hold the state accountable for meeting its financial and constitutional obligations to schools. VIEW CSBA’s 2019 YEAR-IN-REVIEW »...

County office surveys show progress, remaining needs for System of Support

7 Jan
kids together
Recent survey results show that while more California county office of education leaders are understanding and accepting of the new roles of COEs in the Statewide System of Support, the state must further build out and enhance the system to see greater impacts at the district and school levels. A product of the Local Control Funding Formula, the System of Support comprises California’s 58 county offices of education, along with the California Department of Education, the California Collaborative for Educational...

New resources available to help implement English Learner Roadmap

6 Jan
Latino student
One in five California public school students is learning English in addition to the language they speak at home. Language diversity is one of California’s greatest resources and contributes to the state’s vibrant culture and its strong economy. Supporting dual-language learners should be a priority for every district and county office of education. With this in mind, the California State Board of Education in 2017 adopted the English Learner Roadmap, a guide that envisions the education of English learners as...