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July 31, 2019
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In this Issue

CSBA and the Association of California School Administrators introduce federal bill to increase IDEA funding

The CSBA/ACSA Federal Partnership has put forward the “Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act,” introduced today by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL). H.R. 4107 will increase funding over the next four fiscal years for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act — which provides funding to states to implement a system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families — and for preschool under Part B of IDEA. Increasing funding levels for these programs will increase the amount of services available to special education students at a younger age. Research has shown that the earlier you can provide services to children with special needs, the greater the impact for the children and the lesser the potential for increased and costlier services when they get older.

“Over the past two decades, the needs of children and families nationwide for early intervention and preschool special education services have dramatically increased, while federal investments in these services have continuously deteriorated,” said CSBA President Emma Turner. “CSBA strongly supports the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act as a critical mechanism to restore lost funding and ensure that all children are receiving the services they need for success as students and to contribute fully to the social, civic and economic prosperity of the United States.” Learn more »

CSBA governance brief illustrates how STEM and CTE work together

A common misperception about Career and Technical Education is that it provides a remedial path for students who are not college ready. A new CSBA governance brief, “Supporting STEM Access, Equity, and Effectiveness: STEM and CTE Work for California’s Economic Future,” finds a growing need in California for STEM-centered CTE in fields such as advanced manufacturing, health care, renewable energy, and information and communication technologies. The brief examines how STEM and CTE complement each other, the benefits of CTE for K-12 students and looks at strategies for successful STEM/CTE programs. Read the brief »

New survey points to importance of social-emotional learning in student achievement

Are U.S. high schools doing enough to prepare students for college, career and civic life in the 21st century? That question is explored by a recent nationally representative survey that finds that the majority of surveyed students give their schools and staff a passing grade, yet still believe improvements can be made in developing students’ social-emotional skills. These skills can serve them well in high school, college and beyond. Read more on the CSBA Blog »

Call for nominations opens Aug. 1 for CSBA Directors-at-Large

Nominations for CSBA Directors-at-Large African American, American Indian and County will be accepted Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Directors-at-Large play an important role at CSBA, helping shape policy and set organizational direction. Nominations must be made by a CSBA-member board of education. Nominations, the candidate’s statement and two letters of recommendation are due by Friday, Oct. 11. Learn more »

Latest national data show cyberbullying is on the rise in schools

As is the case in many other areas of education, technology has presented a new challenge for leaders, teachers and parents as they address the shifting shape of bullying in the 21st century. The latest national data show more bullying of students than ever before is occurring in digital spaces, with 15 percent of victims reporting the behavior happening online or through text messages. Overall, roughly 20 percent of surveyed 12- to 18-year-old students said they were bullied in some fashion in the 2016–17 school year, according to data from the 2017 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Learn more on the CSBA Blog »

Learn about creating a healthy school climate in upcoming webinar

On Aug. 12, the “Open Doors: Create a Healthy School Climate” webinar will address school-wide strategies to create an engaging, healthy school climate in both an elementary and secondary setting. Hosted by Attendance Works, United Way Worldwide and Attendance Awareness Campaign, speakers will share strategies that can shift the relationship between families and school staff, support students' social-emotional learning and development, support teachers' physical and emotional health and improve the learning environment for everyone at school. Learn more »

Attention to attendance is closing the achievement gap

At SI&A, we found that focusing on chronic absenteeism is awfully late — our district partners are improving attendance for all students and increasing learning time before students miss too many days to catch up with Attention2Attendance, our award-winning software and service solution. A2A is connecting schools with families and creating a culture of achievement starting with a culture of showing up. Learn more »

Events

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

MIG Course 2: Student Learning & Achievement/Policy & Judicial Review
(registration closed)

2019 California County Boards of Education Annual Conference
Sept. 13-15, 2019 — Monterey

2019 California Council of School Attorneys Fall Workshop
Sept. 13, 2019 — Burbank

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