SBE applauds boldness of unique 9-district NCLB waiver request

20 Mar
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The State Board of Education last week agreed to draft a formal comment for federal officials to consider when they rule on an unusual request from a consortium of nine California school districts to receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. The unified school districts comprising the California Office to Reform Education, or CORE, serve more than one million students. CORE includes the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento City, Santa Ana, Oakland, Clovis and Sanger...

First lady calls on school leaders to help children get active

19 Mar
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In a nationwide conference call hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative on March 19, CSBA Immediate Past President Jill Wynns and several school superintendents from across the country shared what they’re doing to encourage quality physical activity and nutrition as a way to improve students’ academic and physical performance. Mrs. Obama called on school boards and superintendents to become “role models and champions” in the campaign to make children’s school days more active....

Sequestration … It’s here with more federal cuts coming

19 Mar
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by Erika Hoffman, CSBA Legislative Advocate On March 1, the sequester – the automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts to both defense and non-defense programs – took effect. The federal Office of Management and Budget issued orders notifying agencies to make spending cuts.   Although some education programs – such as Impact Aid and Head Start – will be affected immediately, most education program will not see the impact of cuts until the next federal allocation. Officials confirm that funding cuts...

SBE: The API’s future prompts deep discussion of what is, and what can be

18 Mar
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By Teri Burns, Senior Director for Policy and Programs The two-day March State Board of Education meeting this week included a number of agendized action and information items, but the most interesting conversation came about unscripted, as part of what might have been a relatively simple information item on the progress of recommendations for changes to the Academic Performance Index (API). Keric Ashley, head of the California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division, shared updates from the Public...

Teacher intern credentialing dominates CTC Monthly Agenda

8 Mar
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By Teri Burns, Senior Director for Policy and Programs This month’s meeting of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) had comparatively light agenda because one item managed to stir up the whole of the education community and absorb a full afternoon of the two-day meeting. The leading issue before the CCTC is how teacher interns are credentialed if they are not fully prepared English language (EL) instructors.  As a result of the robust interest and dialogue, the CTC directed staff...

CSBA Superintendents Council talks school safety with Sen. Ted Lieu

4 Mar
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Sen. Ted Lieu
by Carol Brydolf, CSBA staff writer Members of CSBA’s Superintendents Advisory Council—meeting at the association’s West Sacramento offices—had the chance to ask questions and raise specific concerns about new school safety legislation during a wide ranging discussion with the bill’s author, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu’s bill, SB 49, tightens existing regulations and timelines related to comprehensive school safety plans. Lieu noted that the state does not maintain data on compliance. “If you asked which schools have safety plans, no...

Court dismisses CSBA’s Prop. 98 lawsuit on procedural grounds

1 Mar
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Keith Bray, CSBA General Counsel
by Keith J. Bray, CSBA General Counsel and Director, CSBA Education Legal Alliance Throughout this week, the media have carried news about the First District Court of Appeal’s decision in the Proposition 98 lawsuit led by CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance (ELA) in concert with the Association of California School Administrators, Los Angeles USD, San Francisco USD and Turlock USD.  This suit, filed in October 2011, challenged the governor’s effort to redirect sales tax revenues out of the Proposition 98 funding...

Senate hears details of governor’s funding formula

28 Feb
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Dennis Meyers
By Dennis Meyers, CSBA Assistant Executive Director for Governmental Relations The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) had its first hearing today before the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. The Department of Finance presented details of the proposal; testimony also came from the Legislative Analyst, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and a panel of six superintendents (from Santa Ana, Fresno, Bakersfield, Oakland, Folsom-Cordova school districts and the Ventura County Office of Education).  CSBA Budget Advocate Andrea Ball also...

csba.org: Connect and rely on CSBA’s new website

26 Feb
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csba.org
As part of its corporate identity update project, CSBA just launched a new csba.org. The site features an updated and more intuitive navigation, a new design, a “My CSBA” section, this blog and more. CSBA Executive Director Vernon M. Billy offers this video preview of the new site. CSBA’s Communications and Information Technology team began the project in 2012 with the goal of modernizing and simplifying the website while developing a more intuitive way for users to find information. Months of...

Long Beach Unified named among top 5 high-performing districts in the world

12 Feb
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Long Beach Unified School District has again been recognized for its outstanding programs that have helped students make substantial academic gains and acquire skills for success in college and career. Long Beach is one of just five school systems in the world recognized by the Ohio-based nonprofit Batelle for Kids, ranking alongside Ontario, Hong Kong, Finland and Singapore. Batelle for Kids, whose partners include the Carnegie Corporation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education as well...