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May 29, 2019
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In this Issue

Thousands call for Full and Fair Funding at State Capitol rally for education

About 200 school board members from across the state advocated for Full and Fair Funding on the steps of the State Capitol on May 22, where they joined thousands, including CSBA staff, the California Teachers Association and other education partners, in an afternoon Day of Action Rally for Education. CSBA President Dr. Emma Turner was among the speakers who took to the stage to highlight the funding inequities in California’s K-12 schools, and made a significant impression with her impassioned speech: “I'm really outraged because we are 41st in per-pupil funding in the state of California and nowhere near where we should be,” she said. “We have a goal — by 2020 we want to be at the national average and by 2025 in the top 10...We need our students to have everything they need to be successful!” Read more »

California Influencer and CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy discusses teacher strikes

Each week through November 2019, The Sacramento Bee asks a selection of California Influencers about issues critical to California’s future. The most recent topic asked about the best ways to avoid future teacher strikes.

CSBA CEO and Executive Director Vernon M. Billy said: “The root cause of teacher strikes is found not in Oakland or Los Angeles, nor in any of California’s local school districts. The solution to teacher strikes lies in the State Capitol, where lawmakers have failed to prioritize funding public schools at a level that meets the needs of students....Ultimately, the fight is not between labor and management nor between teachers and administrators, but between those who are committed to funding public education at an appropriate level and a state that refuses to provide students with the resources they need." Read more »

Legislative Update: 2019–20 budget heads to conference committee

Following the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget proposal, both the Senate and Assembly finalized their respective 2019–20 budget proposals last week. The Budget Conference Committee will consolidate the proposals into a single budget that will be sent to Gov. Newsom on or before June 15.

Click here for a comparison of key items in the proposals from the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

Of note is the inclusion from the Assembly of intent language to elevate the LCFF base grant targets to a level reflecting the national average (pursuant to the CSBA co-sponsored AB 39 (Muratsuchi), which passed the Assembly on May 22) and a proposed $333 million in ongoing Proposition 98 money to equalize AB 602 special education rates to the 90th percentile (pursuant to CSBA co-sponsored AB 428 (Medina), which passed the Assembly on May 28). Additionally, both houses included significant amounts of money to apply toward employer pension contributions and liabilities.

This Friday marks the deadline for the Senate and Assembly to hear and approve bills introduced in their own house and send them to the other house. Last week, the CSBA-opposed school start time bill, SB 328 (Portantino) was passed by the Senate 24-9-5 and sent to the Assembly. The bill is likely to be heard in the Assembly Education Committee later in June or in early July. View all 2019–20 bills with CSBA positions » 

New brief outlines essential school board roles in LCAP process

A new brief from CSBA's California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Professional Learning Network discusses six essential school board roles in the Local Control and Accountability Plan development and implementation process. The brief also provides examples of actions that boards can take to fulfill each of these roles. Developed by board members and superintendents who participated in the PLN, the brief is designed to help boards and governance teams better understand their role in LCAP implementation and development. Read the brief »

CSBA Blog: Data system disconnect in California

California is in need of an integrated data system to assess student performance and progress statewide, two researchers from the California Policy Lab said at a talk in Sacramento this month. The experts discussed key findings on the need for data systems from the Getting Down to Facts II report and how such a data system might be developed. Data is considered essential for educators and policy experts to make informed decisions, the researchers noted, and some districts — particularly small and rural ones — go without this information and others rely on analysis from other states. Read more »

Nomination forms for 2020 CSBA Officers due Monday, June 3

The CSBA Nominating Committee invites CSBA members to participate in this year’s election process for the offices of CSBA Vice President and President-elect. Submit a nomination form for yourself or for another member with their consent, or encourage potential candidates to run for CSBA office. Officer Nomination Forms are due no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, June 3, 2019.

Update your Facilities Master Plan with help from Total School Solutions

A comprehensive Facilities Master Plan can provide local educational agencies with vital information regarding current and future needs for existing facilities, facilities renovation and expansion requirements to support the district’s educational and programmatic goals. CSBA’s partner Total School Solutions provides projections regarding enrollment, school site capacity and recommendations about availability and timing of financing and funding. A master plan can assist a district with identifying funding needs for capital improvements and developing financing options. For more information, contact Andrew Exner or visit Facilities Master Plans online.


MIG Course 3: School Finance
June 21, 2019 — Santa Barbara

MIG Course 4: Collective Bargaining/Human Resources
July 12, 2019 — Santa Barbara

MIG Course 5: Community Relations & Advocacy/Governance Integration
July 13, 2019 — Santa Barbara

MIG Course 1: Foundations of Effective Governance/Setting Direction
Sept. 6, 2019 — San Diego

MIG Course 2: Student Learning & Achievement/Policy & Judicial Review
Sept. 7, 2019 — San Diego

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