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November 14, 2018

In this Issue

Resources available for schools and families impacted by wildfires

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CSBA stands in support of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the families, students, teachers, staff and residents who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires burning across California. To help individuals affected by the disasters, CSBA has compiled resources to assist with crisis recovery. Read more »

For school districts and county offices of education, the California Department of Education has also said assistance is available for any schools forced to close as a result of the wildfires. Learn more »

Elections update: Thurmond now leads Tuck in schools chief race

After trailing in the Superintendent of Public Instruction race following early returns on election night, Tony Thurmond has vaulted into the lead over Marshall Tuck by 73,188 votes, a significant rise from the 1,782 vote lead Thurmond held as of Tuesday afternoon. Results continue to trickle in and an estimated 3.1 million ballots remain uncounted as of Wednesday afternoon, down from roughly 4 million yesterday. In one of two neck-and-neck Assembly races still up for grabs, Newhall USD board member Christy Smith (D) now holds a 1,718 vote lead over incumbent Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) in Assembly District 38 after trailing Acosta by 213 votes yesterday — the other race is Assembly District 16, where incumbent Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) now holds only a slim 339 vote lead over Democrat challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. Democrats will hold a supermajority in the Legislature regardless of the outcome of any of the races still to be decided, holding 28 of 40 seats in the Senate and at least 57 (and as many as 60) of 80 votes in the Assembly. According to preliminary data provided courtesy of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), 83 out of 105 (79 percent) local K-12 school bond measures have passed statewide, representing a total of $11,116,520,000 in need, along with nine out of 14 local parcel taxes. View semi-official election results »

Fiscal outlook for 2019-20: Budget strong overall, Prop. 98 growth moderate

The annual 2019-20 California’s Fiscal Outlook, released this morning by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, predicts modest growth for school and community college funding, but shows an overall positive picture and strong revenue growth for the state budget in general. While in the LAO’s words, “it is difficult to overstate how good the budget’s condition is today,” the anticipated 2019-20 Proposition 98 guarantee is $80.8 billion (3.1 percent growth) over the revised 2018-19 funding level. The revised 2018-19 and 2017-18 guarantees are reduced by $461 million and $226 million, respectively, with the reductions primarily attributed to declining attendance statewide. LAO estimates that the state’s rainy day fund could reach $14.5 billion at the end of 2019-20, and an additional $14.8 billion in discretionary resources on top of the rainy day fund could be available in the 2019-20 budget process. The LAO also provides a county-by-county chart showing anticipated percent growth in school property taxes, where statewide growth of $1.2 billion is predicted. The LAO outlines two potential longer-term scenarios beginning in 2020-21 (one for continuing growth, the other for a recession), but does not offer a prediction on whether or not a recession will occur. This annual Fiscal Outlook is the unofficial start of discussions in Sacramento on the development of the state budget proposal; the initial proposal will be released on or before Jan. 10, 2019.
View 2019-20 Budget Outlook | View 2019-20 Proposition 98 Outlook 

New CSBA Governance Briefs: Board member resources for SBAC results, STEM access

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In October, the California Department of Education released the results of the 2017–18 Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments. Compared to the 2016-17 results, there are slight gains for all student groups. However, significant gaps in performance between student groups remain. A new brief examines California’s overall student performance in the fourth year of SBAC testing and provides resources and questions to ask for board members. Read the brief »

How boards can support STEM access, equity, and effectiveness: A new CSBA brief provides an overview of current access to rigorous STEAM coursework for California’s K-12 public school students and the benefits of such access. It also offers an overview of the barriers to student access, opportunities presented by the implementation of new math and science standards, and questions for board members to consider. The brief aims to help governing boards better understand access in their districts and county offices of education and develop solutions. Read the brief »

CalSTRS projects slight increase in employer contribution rate for 2021-22

At its meeting last week, the board of CalSTRS received a report (as an information item, no official action was taken) on the system’s funding levels and on the higher-than-expected investment returns for the system from 2017-18. Due to the treatment of higher returns in the funding plan, the projected employer contribution rate will increase slightly from 18.1 percent of payroll to 18.2 percent of payroll beginning in 2021-22, when the View the CalSTRS Report » board once again regains the authority to adjust these rates (the current contribution rates are set by state law). The return on investment of 9 percent reported for the 2017-18 fiscal year (higher than the assumed return of 7 percent) will have a positive impact on CalSTRS projected funding levels, which in turn will, by law, reduce projected increases to the state contribution rate. The state contribution rate is now projected to increase to about 9.2 percent of payroll — this represents a decrease from the 9.8 percent projected contribution rate from last May, which was based on the assumed return of 7 percent.  View the CalSTRS Report »

On the CSBA blog : AB 2449 — changes to board seating; Access to advanced courses; CCEE partners

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 •New Laws for California Schools: Assembly Bill 2449:  A new law changes the seating date for newly elected school district and county board of education members to the second Friday in December following the election. The change does not impact the current election cycle. Read more >>

•A look at the lack of availability of advanced courses at low-income schools. Read more >>

•CCEE partners selected to help lead Community Engagement Initiative: A major component of California’s new System of Support launched Nov. 1 when the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence announced three partners to lead its new Community Engagement Initiative. Read more >>

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Raise funds needed for property acquisitions and capital improvements

CSBA’s Certificates of Participation program assists California school districts, county offices of education and community college districts in their efforts to raise funds for capital equipment or real property acquisitions and improvements, and allows capital project finance or loan refinancing without voter approval. Finance construction, renovations, equipment, energy projects and more with fast and efficient financing. Learn more »

Upcoming Events

Annual Education Conference and Trade Show
Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2018 – San Francisco

Institute for New and First-Term Board Members
Jan. 3-4, 2019 – Sacramento
Jan. 25-26, 2019 – San Diego

MIG Course 1
Jan. 11, 2019 — Redding

MIG Course 2
Jan. 12, 2019 — Redding

The Brown Act
Jan. 31, 2019 — Rancho Cucamonga

Board Presidents Workshop
Feb. 1, 2019 — Rancho Cucamonga

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