CSBA and ACSA raise CALPADS issues with California Department of Education

In response to concerns raised by members in early May, CSBA and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) a letter  to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education concerning issues in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) system. […]

Earth Day: Exploring Plumas LEAs’ longstanding outdoor education efforts

The concept of outdoor learning may have gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic but providing students locally focused environmental education experiences is a longstanding commitment for the Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District. For 27 years, Plumas COE’s Outdoor Education Coordinator […]

Struggling to live in the communities they serve: How housing affordability impacts school employees in California

By Shazia Manji The combination of stagnant incomes and California’s continually rising housing costs weighs heavily on public school employees across the state. Numerous recent headlines (see Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR, among others) highlight stories of teachers who are struggling to afford […]

Safer air saves lives and improves learning in mask-optional classrooms

This post is contributed by CSBA business affiliate LifeWings Peak Performance As a preventative measure to cope with the pandemic and promote utility savings, the state allocated $650 million in Assembly Bill 841 grants to improve air quality and plumbing in California classrooms and facilities. […]

State assessments grant incentivizes competency-based models

The U.S. Department of Education opened the application process for the Competitive Grants for State Assessments program, which this year will prioritize plans that use multiple measures of academic achievement and follow a competency-based model. The CGSA program provides states an opportunity to enhance the […]

California provides timeline for re-evaluating the school masking mandate

In a wide-ranging press briefing that glanced back at the historical trends of the pandemic and looked ahead to the future of California’s fight against COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health unveiled a timeline for potentially changing the state’s school masking requirement. California Health […]

Saluting trustees during School Board Recognition Month

This January during School Board Recognition Month, CSBA salutes local educational agency boards and encourages communities around California to do the same. Roughly 5,100 California school board trustees — the largest group of elected officials in the state — aid in supporting student success by […]

2022–23 Fiscal Outlook estimates schools will see $20 billion for new commitments

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released its annual Fiscal Outlook report on Nov. 17, revealing an estimated $31 billion surplus fueled by rapidly rising revenues and a projected surge in funding for schools in the next budget cycle. Released every fall, the fiscal outlook gives the […]