Megan Dahle, former school board member, claims Assembly District 1 race

6 Nov
Republican Megan Dahle claimed a relatively easy victory in yesterday’s election to fill the vacant Assembly District 1 seat in the Legislature, garnering 57.9 percent of the vote to top Democrat challenger Elizabeth Betancourt, who conceded the race late in the evening on Nov. 5. Dahle is a former school board member, serving a term as board president of Big Valley Joint USD, a small school district in Lassen County. She is the wife of Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), who...

Improving social-emotional learning across the spectrum

5 Nov
Kids together
The Partnership for Children & Youth, a nonprofit education advocacy organization, launched the Expanded Learning 360°/365 initiative in 2015 to create a platform for school districts and their expanded learning networks — after-school and summer programs — to work together to improve students’ social-emotional learning. Numerous studies show a link between a focus on social-emotional learning and improved academic success for students. Through the 360°/365 initiative, seven districts across California — Los Angeles Unified School District, Oakland USD, Sacramento City...

Leaders call for increased funding and K-14 partnerships to promote equity in schools

4 Nov
governance meeting
A recent Public Policy Institute of California event brought together two of the state’s education heavyweights, State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, for a discussion on improving opportunities and enhancing outcomes for all students, and how partnerships between K-12 and community colleges can prepare those students for the future. To accomplish these goals, Darling-Hammond said policymakers must begin thinking of systemic solutions to the challenges both schools and students face. “I...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 413, use of ‘at-promise’ vs. ‘at-risk’

1 Nov
CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. New laws are effective Jan. 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at The term “at-risk” has long been used to describe students coming from precarious situations or circumstances that increase their chances of academic failure. The term is often used to refer to those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which can include...

CSBA testifies before federal advisory committee on impact of immigration enforcement on California’s children

31 Oct
On Oct. 16, 2019, the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hosted a public meeting to hear testimony regarding the impact of federal immigration enforcement on California’s children. The committee was tasked with examining the impact of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforcement practices on access to public education, equal protection under the law for students based on their national origin and the extent to which due process is denied to K-12 students and their families....

CEO’s note: The 2019–20 State Budget Act: A reflection of our values? Maybe …

30 Oct
By CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy While speaking about the release of his first state budget, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “I know it’s rote and cliché to say it’s a reflection of our values, but it is a reflection of our values.” This year’s budget is the largest spending package in the state’s history, one that pumped more than $3 billion above the Proposition 98 guarantee into schools and school supports. The “Affordability Budget” makes its mark...

Resources can guide leaders through difficult decisions during wildfire season

29 Oct
A challenging combination of raging wildfires, poor air quality and planned power outages meant to prevent further fires has already led to myriad school closures up and down the Golden State this fall — with significant time left in the state’s wildfire season. California’s dynamic weather patterns, climate change, historic winds and dangerously low humidity will likely pose severe risks well through November, if not beyond. Considering the paramount importance of student and staff safety, school district and county office...

Oakland Unified program for black males leads to positive results, key lessons

28 Oct
A decade-old program that provides targeted educational supports for African American males in the Oakland Unified School District has lowered dropout rates and increased graduation rates, new research finds. With a meaningful reduction of dropouts — 3.6 percentage points — My Brother’s Keeper? The Impact of Targeted Education Supports authors concluded that, particularly among ninth-graders, access to the African American Male Achievement program in the ninth and 10th grades increased the on-time high school graduation rate of black males by...

New Laws for California Schools: AB 1666, 2020 Census info for schools

25 Oct
CSBA’s “New Laws for California Schools” series highlights new laws signed in 2019 affecting K-12 education. The What’s New for 2020 report on all new laws affecting education is available at Assembly Bill 1666 (Reyes, D-San Bernardino) requires the California Complete Count – Census 2020 office to partner with local education agencies to make information about the 2020 Census available to students and parents. Providing information to local schools is already one of the key focus areas of California Complete Count;...

Federal funding to improve school-based mental health access for students

24 Oct
school safety
Roughly $71 million in new federal funding will be available to enhance school safety and improve student access to mental health resources, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced earlier this month. The money — allocated through four grants to schools, districts and county offices of education throughout the country — is primarily to support helping children deal with trauma. More than $11.3 million will go to 15 school districts through the Project Prevent grant program, which aims to increase...