CSBA salutes the work of local school board and county board of education members all year round,, not just during National School Board Recognition Month. But January provided a special opportunity to highlight the important contributions school trustees make to public schools and student success. CSBA is proud to cap the celebration with a special distinction: resolutions from the California Legislature honoring our state’s school boards signed on the Jan. 31, 2023.
Both houses of the Legislature approved CSBA-sponsored resolutions praising the contributions of California’s school trustees. The Assembly resolution was authored by current Education Committee Chair and former Torrance Unified School District board member Al Muratsuchi. The Senate version was written by Sen. Ben Allen, past chair of the Senate Education Committee and former Santa Monica-Malibu USD trustee. Both members commended California’s school and county boards for their service in an area of crucial importance to the state’s well-being.
“WHEREAS, School Board Recognition Month is an ideal time to recognize and celebrate the Californians serving on school district governing boards and county boards of education who help guide the education of pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and who prepare these pupils for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century and beyond; now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate of the State of California, that the Senate hereby declares the state’s appreciation to every school board and school board member in California and recognizes their dedicated commitment to serving the needs of pupils in our communities by proclaiming the month of January 2023 as School Board Recognition Month; and be it further resolved, that the Senate of the State of California urges all community members to join the Senate in recognizing the dedication and hard work of local school board members and to work with local school board members to create an education system that meets the needs of all of our children.”
CSBA thanks the Legislature, particularly Assemblymember Muratsuchi and Sen. Allen for this testimony and salutes you for your continued hard work on behalf of the state’s nearly 6 million public school students. To see further evidence of the critical work of school board members, visit www.csba.org/Advocacy/SchoolBoardsinAction.