Tag Archives: Legislation

SCA 3 now focuses on public records, not parcel tax vote rules

21 June
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In a move by the legislative leadership, State Constitutional Amendment 3—the amendment initially sponsored by CSBA to permit passage of school-related parcel tax ballot measures by a 55 percent rather than a two-thirds majority—is now a vehicle for a constitutional amendment related to the California Public Records and the Brown Act. ...

Board Member Action Day: Speaking truth to power

15 May
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Demonstrating their dedication to children and passion for public education, members of school district and county office of education governance teams throughout California gathered at the home offices of their state representatives to advocate for local governance and other issues vital to public schools as part of CSBA’s Board Member Action Day May 10....

Latest developments in the Local Control Funding Formula

3 May
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Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) presented SB 69, her bill on school finance and a new funding formula, to the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, May 1. In presenting the bill, Sen. Liu noted it is a work in progress. It’s intended to move the discussion of a new education funding method forward by providing a venue and vehicle for policy discussion and debate. The bill was voted out of the Senate Education Committee, with the Republican...

Why is Board Member Action Day important?

12 April
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by Dennis Meyers, assistant executive director, Governmental Relations Board Member Action Day takes place on May 10. On this one day, board leaders from across the state will meet with their Assembly and Senate representatives in their local district offices to discuss key legislation and the value of Governance First, CSBA’s legislative agenda. This is your opportunity to convey the importance of local school governance and information that will help statewide lawmakers render policy decisions that support the interests of...

There’s power in numbers! Register today for Board Member Action Day, May 10

10 April
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The theme for CSBA’s Legislative Agenda is Governance First and there’s no better way to demonstrate the importance of local school governance than to participate in Board Member Action Day on May 10. That day, school board members statewide will head to their Assembly Member’s and Senator’s local district offices to advocate on behalf of California’s schools and students. To make this event a success and have the greatest impact on the state elected officials who represent you in the...

Building relationships now can pay off later!

25 March
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Register today for Board Member Action Day, May 10 By CSBA President Cindy Marks Participating in last year’s Board Member Action Day was a very positive and team building experience. It was so easy to do. CSBA sent me the information and topics to discuss. I let them know I could attend, and they provided me with the time and location of the meeting. In my area, we met with our Assemblywoman. Many other school board members and superintendents participated...

Sequestration … It’s here with more federal cuts coming

19 March
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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...

CSBA Superintendents Council talks school safety with Sen. Ted Lieu

4 March
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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 March
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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...