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January 10, 2018

California 2018–19 budget proposal announced

Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a state budget proposal today that meets his promised investment in the Local Control Funding Formula two years ahead of schedule. A $3.1 billion increase in the Proposition 98 guarantee completes LCFF implementation — originally slated for the 2020–21 fiscal year — earlier than anticipated. “The increase in the Proposition 98 guarantee is a small step toward the full and fair funding needed to provide all California students with a high-quality education,” said CSBA President Mike Walsh. Mike has more to share on the budget in this Facebook Live post. Read more about the budget here »

New CSBA report finds California’s public schools continue to be underfunded

Despite a growing economy, California trails nearly every other state in terms of the resources it devotes to education. A new publication from CSBA shares the dismal facts of public school funding in our state along with what California could accomplish for its students if it was funded at just the national average. Read more »

CDE offering webinar about federal funding for wildfire relief

Hundreds of thousands of students, families, and school communities have been impacted by the Southern California wildfires in December 2017. There may be federal education funding that can assist with some of the expenses local educational agencies have incurred as they work quickly to reopen schools. The California Department of Education is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., to provide more information about this funding opportunity and other critical facilities and emergency response resources. E-mail EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov or call 916-319-0650 to register for the webinar.

Graduation dress code bill reintroduced in first 2018 Education Committee meetings

The first Senate and Assembly Education Committee meetings of 2018 were held today, with both hearing bills in advance of Friday’s deadline for policy committees to hear and pass bills introduced in 2017 in their own house. Last week, Asm. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) amended Assembly Bill 1248, which CSBA opposes, to reintroduce a measure that would prohibit local boards from establishing and enforcing graduation dress codes — the language is identical to AB 233, also by Asm. Gloria, which passed the Legislature in 2017 but was vetoed by Gov. Brown, who cited existing case law protecting student rights to free speech and opined that elected school boards are “in the best position to make wise judgments.” AB 1248 passed the Assembly Education Committee today on a 6-0 vote and now moves on to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. On Tuesday, Senate Bill 806 (Glazer, D-Orinda), a CSBA-opposed 2017 bill pertaining to several charter school issues (including adherence to transparency laws), was not heard as scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is unlikely to advance in 2018. New bills will be introduced in the Legislature throughout January and February in advance of the statutory Feb. 16 introduction deadline; CSBA will begin announcing positions on legislation at the end of February. View all 2017–18 bills with CSBA positions »

CSBA Policy and Programs Annual Review 2017 released

Throughout the year, CSBA produces policy briefs and fact sheets to help inform governing board members and assist them in making decisions on critical issues affecting academic achievement, equity and the well-being of students. Topics include dual-language instruction, California’s teacher shortage, charter school oversight and much more. Download the compendium »

Simplify hazardous material compliance with CSBA's HazMat management program

Is your school district or county office of education in compliance with its Safety Data Sheet requirements, or SDS? If you answered no or you’re not sure, contact CSBA’s District and Financial Services Department today and inquire about the HazMat Communication Program. The CSBA program eliminates the need to maintain paper copies of SDS on site by providing access via 3E Online and 24-hour hotline to 3E’s extensive database of over 4.5 million SDS. This is a low-cost, paperless way to comply with federal and state health & safety regulations. Visit the CSBA website for more information or call 800-266-3382, ext. 2603.

Upcoming Events

Institute for New and First Term Board Members
Jan. 26–27, 2018 — Sacramento

The Brown Act
Jan. 26, 2018 — Sacramento

Board Presidents Workshop
Jan. 27, 2018 — Sacramento

MIG Courses
Feb. 9–10, 2018 — Burlingame
Feb. 23–24, 2018 — El Centro
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