Commission on Teacher Credentialing gears up for new year

8 Feb
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Newport Mesa USD
At the year’s first meeting of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Jan. 31-Feb. 1, new chair Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond committed to an active year. The professor of education at Stanford University, co-director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and widely published and renowned expert on teaching and learning said she intends to build on the progress the commission made last year. As she said following her election as chair last December, “We are very well organized at...

California districts scrutinizing school safety plans

10 Jan
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students
Schools throughout California are focusing anew on strategies that can help ensure students and staff spend their days in a safe school environment. Governing boards can do much to help. Specifically, they can: Establish safety as a priority and communicate a clear vision for safe school environments Make sure the necessary organizational structures are in place, such as budget, curriculum, policies, training, and partnerships Hold the system accountable for implementing the vision and goals, providing the needed support Speak out...

CSBA at the table in talks on Brown’s weighted student funding formula

20 Nov
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CSBA joined dozens of other education officials invited to the table this month to provide input on a new funding model for schools based on a weighted student formula. Following up his unsuccessful attempt to impose a weighted student formula in last year’s budget, Gov. Jerry Brown is intent on including a proposal in his 2013-14 budget plan that has greater buy-in from the education community. “California’s system of allocating resources to school districts, county offices of education and charter...

Almost 1 in 4 Californians is poor, per new federal measure

15 Nov
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Lest anyone get the impression that California schoolchildren will be fine now that Proposition 30 has passed, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a startling reality check on the conditions of children here. According to the “supplemental poverty measure” for 2011, which accounts for the use of social welfare programs, payroll taxes and the cost of living in the state, 23.5 percent or almost 9 million Californians are poor – the highest rate in the nation. Only...

School boards should plan to review policies annually

14 Nov
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GAMUT Online
Each year, new legislation, court decisions, administrative regulations and societal changes create the need for local school boards to review and update their district policies. A regular schedule of policy review and revision helps ensure that a district’s policies actually reflect the community’s values, beliefs and priorities, says Martin Gonzalez, CSBA assistant executive director for Member Services. CSBA’s Policy Services staff and legal counsel continually comb through new laws and regulations, as well as recent court decisions and other conditions...

58 outstanding programs win 2012 Golden Bell Awards

7 Nov
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CSBA’s Golden Bell Awards program is renowned for recognizing some of the many success stories in California public schools. This is the 33rd year of the program, which will salute 58 winners on Dec. 1 at the association’s annual conference. This year, programs in 18 categories were chosen as good examples of  innovative and sustainable ways to make a demonstrated difference for students. Programs that are helping schools close the achievement gap garnered the most Golden Bells. Eleven awards go to California...