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Latino achievement in California’s schools

26 Sep
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From September 15–October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Latino and Hispanic achievements and contributions to American culture. Both groups have had a long presence in California, dating to the days it was a Spanish territory known as Alta California, and continue to be critical to the state’s prosperity and cultural life. California’s K-12 public schools are important to this process as they prepare Latino students for success in college, career and civic life. Below is snapshot of Latino student...

CSBA releases radio ad calling for Governor to veto SB 328

14 Sep
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Listen to the CSBA SB328 radio ad here » The California School Boards Association (CSBA) does not oppose later school start times; CSBA opposes a mandate on school start times. Individual school boards should be able to explore whether later start times make sense for their communities, but this approach should not be required. Local students, parents and teachers understand their needs better than Sacramento legislators and have the most stake in doing what’s right for children and families. Unfortunately, Senate Bill...

Education leaders gather in San Francisco for CSBA’s 2018 Leadership Institute

25 Jul
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School board members, administrators, teachers and education advocates from across the state gathered at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on July 13 and 14 for CSBA’s 2018 Leadership Institute to build skills, learn from experts and network. This year’s theme, “The Science of Leading Students to STEM Success,” focused on advancing science, technology, engineering and math education in districts and county offices of education through real-world tips and best practices, inspiration from world-class tech leaders and information from experts...

Supporting foster youth during Foster Care Month

15 May
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May is Foster Care Month, a 31-day reminder that foster youth need support 365 days of the year. In California, 82 percent of school districts and county offices of education serve students in foster care. In 2016, the California School Boards Association and the Stuart Foundation joined forces to ensure that foster youth are no longer invisible and, instead, receive the support they need. This partnership led to the production of the following videos. Take a look and learn more...

Stay connected with CSBA on Facebook

22 Jan
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Facebook recently announced a change to their algorithm that gives precedence to content from family and friends over pages like news sites and organizations. From breaking news to fact sheets and governance briefs, staying up to date with all of CSBA’s Facebook updates only takes a few clicks. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure you keep seeing our posts: On a Desktop or Laptop First, make sure you “Like” CSBA’s Facebook page. Then, next to the “Like” button, you’ll see the...

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...

National PDK poll: Public wants schools to focus on career prep, personal skills

21 Nov
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While Americans still view traditional academic coursework as valuable, not everyone agrees that academic preparation should be the only priority of public schools, according to the 2017 Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Eighty-two percent of the adults surveyed believe that coursework related to job or career skills is important enough to merit spending less time in academic classes. The poll also found that 82 percent of the respondents want schools to focus...

Member Profile: Emily Murase

8 Nov
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Each issue of California Schools Magazine features a short interview with a CSBA member. Below is an unabridged transcript of the Member Profile featured in the Fall 2017 issue — an interview with Emily Murase, Ph.D., a board member in the San Francisco Unified School District. How long have you been a school board member? I am currently finishing up my second term and intend to run for a third term in November 2018. I am a graduate of the San...

Rural education report reveals both achievement and need

21 Jun
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Some may assume that rural schools are the small minority, but the numbers don’t lie — more than one in four of the nation’s public schools can be categorized as rural, and almost one in six American students live in a rural area. California is home to one of the nation’s highest percentages of small rural districts and America’s 16th largest absolute rural student enrollment. California schools also serve the largest percentage of rural English learner students in the nation...

From Small Learning Communities to Yoga: A Different Approach to Urban Education

21 Apr
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by Betsy Schulz In the 1970s, I began my teaching career at the Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, a small public high school in Oakland founded to help academically at-risk students of color graduate. Inspired by school’s values and the Civil Rights movement, I signed on as a teacher because I felt the school enabled me to merge the personal with the political, as well as make a real difference. More than 40 years later, I am still here and the...