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April 18, 2018

In this issue

CalPERS board votes in favor of rate increase

Schools are facing an increase in costs of approximately $60 per student due to a CalPERS rate increase, CSBA Legislative Advocate Carlos Machado said at the agency’s meeting on April 17. The rate increase — which climbs to 18.062 percent for 2018–19 from the 2017–18 rate of 15.531 percent — will be effective July 1, 2018. This increase translates to an additional estimated $450 million in employer contributions to the schools pool between 2017–18 and 2018–19. At $60 per student, that amount is roughly $30,000 for a school of 500 students. "The increases are impacting programs and services provided to students," Machado said. He pointed out California schools are already among the bottom 10 nationally in funding and face rising costs in other areas such as health care. Speaking on behalf of school boards, Machado said, “We are advocating for additional support outside of Proposition 98 from the state to help offset these costs and limit the impact on students." Read the CalPERS agenda item summary »

Ed tech leaders to highlight CSBA’s July Leadership Institute CEO Hadi Partovi and Google Vice President of Education Maggie Johnson are among the top executive and leadership experts that will offer insights on the benefits of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and ensuring equity through policy and practice at CSBA’s 2018 Leadership Institute. This year’s event, scheduled for July 13–14 in San Francisco, explores “The Science of Leading Students to STEM success.” The two-day program will provide school board members with the tools and resources needed to support the growth of STEM in their districts with an emphasis on equity, access and excellence. A special session will address another urgent issue facing school board members — school safety. Learn more and register today »

California submits final ESSA plan

With $2.4 billion in federal funding on the table, the State Board of Education finalized California’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan at a special April meeting. The plan has been sent to the U.S. Department of Education for approval. The SBE’s plan includes the separate reporting of academic performance and change in academic performance over time; adding 11th-grade standardized testing scores to high school ratings; and using California School Dashboard indicators to select and assist the lowest-performing schools. SBE also asked for a waiver on how to measure progress for English learners rather than use an ESSA definition. The State Board next meets in May and is scheduled to discuss federal funds for state support to local educational agencies. Read more »

New report explores strategies for closing English learners’ achievement gap in math

Of California’s 6.2 million public school students, one in five is an English learner. Unfortunately, significant achievement gaps exist between ELs and their English-fluent peers. For instance, in 2017, only 12 percent of ELs who took California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests met or exceeded standards. A new report from the Education Trust–West, titled “Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity,” examines how a handful of California school districts are working to close English learners’ achievement gaps in mathematics. CSBA’s latest blog post takes a look at the report’s recommendations and the best practices school board members should know about. Read the blog post »

Submit your outstanding program for a Golden Bell Award

CSBA’s Golden Bell Awards promote excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Help shine a light on outstanding achievement in your district or COE by nominating an exceptional program by Monday, June 25. Visit the Golden Bell Awards website for details on categories, program specifications, criteria for selection and application details.

SI&A’s Good Governance risk management program

This program from School Innovations & Achievement is designed to mitigate risks associated with the mandate program and help districts reduce their number of claims to keep costs low. It provides comprehensive assistance for school districts in conducting Education Code trainings and maintaining the vital processes of the education mandate program. Good Governance assures both financial accountability and risk management so your district can secure a defensible position. Visit to learn more about mitigating risk with SI&A.

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