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July 26, 2017

Legislative Update: Gov. Brown signs CSBA-sponsored LCFF bill

On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1354 (Kiley, R-Roseville), a “cleanup bill” repealing categorical programs that are no longer necessary under the Local Control Funding Formula. This is the fourth such CSBA-sponsored bill passed by the Legislature in the four years since LCFF was implemented; altogether these bills have eliminated more than 80 obsolete categorical programs from the Education Code. The Governor has also signed AB 37 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), which adds content standards for media arts as a Visual and Performing Arts subject, and AB 192 (Medina, D-Riverside), which strengthens meeting and reporting requirements for the statewide parent advisory council of the Migrant Education Program; CSBA supports both bills. The Legislature is currently on recess until Aug. 21. View all 2017 bills with CSBA positions »

CSBA accepting Directors-at-Large nominations from Aug. 1 through Sept. 29

Nominations for CSBA Directors-at-Large African American, American Indian and County are being accepted Tuesday, Aug.1, through Friday, Sept. 29. Nomination forms and important information related to the nomination and election process will be available on CSBA’s website on Aug. 1. Elections will take place at CSBA’s Delegate Assembly meeting in San Diego, Nov. 29–30. Directors-at-Large serve two-year terms and take office immediately upon the close of CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show on Saturday, Dec. 2. Questions may be directed to CSBA’s Executive Office at 800-266-3382.

Eligible candidates determined for CSBA office

Kathy Spate, chair of the Nominating Committee, and Mike Ambrose, CSBA staff attorney, have determined (consistent with Article V, Section 2 of the Bylaws) that the Declaration of Candidacy Packets submitted on July 10, 2017, are confirmed completed and the following candidates are eligible for candidacy.
Office of President-elect: William H. Farris, Sierra Sands USD; Gregory S. Krikorian, Glendale USD; Emma Turner, La Mesa Spring Valley SD. Office of Vice President: Micah Ali, Compton USD; Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Azusa USD; Suzanne Kitchens, Pleasant Valley SD.

New report on STEM deserts shows troubling trend for high-poverty schools

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, field is growing at a dramatic rate, and today’s students will be a vital part of the nation’s future STEM workforce. Given the importance of STEM, a new brief from the nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition Change the Equation is particularly alarming. Looking at national data from 2015, the brief concluded that high-poverty schools are generally “STEM deserts,” or areas that lack adequate STEM education opportunities. A new CSBA blog post highlights the brief’s findings and provides resources to aid trustees in their advocacy of equity in STEM education. Read more »

California Computer Science content development moves forward

At the July 12 State Board of Education meeting, the board appointed 21 members to the Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee and approved guidelines for the development of the 2018 California Computer Science Standards. Recommended by the Instructional Quality Commission, the guidelines are based on focus group meetings, public comment and updates for current state law. The committee members include math and science teachers, principals, university professors and business leaders. The committee will develop standards that provide guidance to local educational agencies. The public can comment on the proposed standards during two separate 60-day review periods next year. CSBA will keep members updated on the progress of the standards. Learn more »

If your district has fewer than 100 plan members, GASB Reports AMM can help

Does your school district or county office have fewer than 100 non-pension retirement benefits plan members — including both employees and retirees? If so, the GASB Reports Alternative Measurement Method program can help your district or county office of education comply with Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements No. 74 and No. 75.  CSBA is pleased to offer this service at a fraction of the cost of a full actuarial valuation. Find out if this method is right for you by visiting us online or contacting Alest Walker at 800-266-3382, ext. 2603. 

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