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September 4, 2019
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In this Issue

Legislative Update: CSBA co-sponsored bills advance; charter school legislation takes shape

Following the Senate and Assembly suspense file hearings on Friday, Aug. 30, two CSBA co-sponsored bills are moving on to the Senate Floor: Assembly Bill 751 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), the Pathways to College Act, and AB 39 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance), which expresses legislative intent to raise the Local Control Funding Formula base grant targets.

Additional CSBA co-sponsored legislation, AB 428 (Medina, D-Riverside), a special education funding bill, was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee due primarily to a special education investment made in the enacted 2019–20 budget — an investment that did not fully meet the funding goals of AB 428, but did provide $152.6 million to equalize programs up to the “statewide base target rate” and provided funding to nearly two-thirds of the Special Education Local Plan Areas in the state.

Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), the CSBA-opposed school start time bill, is now on the Assembly Floor and can be heard at any time on or before Friday, Sept. 13.

AB 1505 (O’Donnell), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals, is also headed to the Senate Floor after the announcement last week that a legislative agreement has been reached. Read more here »

AB 48 (O’Donnell), the CSBA-supported K-14 school construction bond measure for the March 2020 ballot, was approved last week by Senate Appropriations. However, in an atypical progression, the bill was referred to the Senate Rules Committee instead of the Senate Floor, as negotiations are continuing at the Capitol over the design of the state school facilities program. A large coalition of statewide education groups, including CSBA, labor unions and individual LEAs (as well as the statewide building and trades labor group) are working to protect access to the state program for as many students as possible while attempting to address legitimate programmatic reforms. CSBA and others have expressed major concerns about potential changes to the facilities program that would reduce program eligibility for more than four million students.

AB 331 (Medina), a bill that would add a one-semester course in ethnic studies for high school students as a graduation requirement beginning in 2024–25, was officially made a two-year bill by the author on Aug. 22. AB 331 can be heard again and passed in 2020. In order to address concerns that have been raised regarding the development of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, the deadlines for the Instructional Quality Commission to submit and the State Board of Education to adopt the curriculum are set to be extended (via a budget trailer bill) by one year to December 2020 and March 2021, respectively.

States can strengthen education funding to soften the blow of recessions to schools

A recession could easily upend policies throughout the country that prioritize equitable spending in schools. Experts say that the economic relief provided by the Obama administration in 2009, commonly known as the stimulus, is unlikely to be implemented to boost K-12 funding in the event of another severe downturn. That is why it is vital that state policymakers step up, support Full and Fair Funding and commit to ensuring schools will be funded to levels that provide all students their best possible chance to achieve. Read more »

$250 million for career tech facilities available in new state funding cycle

A new Career Technical Education Facilities Program funding cycle to construct or modernize comprehensive high school CTE facilities is now open. On June 26, the State Allocation Board approved $250 million for this Career Technical Education Facilities Program funding cycle. Overall, Proposition 51 includes $500 million to construct/modernize CTE facilities as well as to purchase equipment on comprehensive high school sites. Applications for the current funding cycle are being accepted through Dec. 2, 2019. Learn more and apply »

The importance of equity-centered leadership in school governance

Equity-centered leadership is among the factors that are most important in driving district improvement and creating the conditions for student achievement. In a new blog post, CSBA Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development David B. DeLuz highlights strategies that can be used to center equity in the work of your board. Steps include setting an agreed-upon vision and definition of what equity means in your district; developing an action plan; and communicating that plan and what it will mean for all students to stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents and the community. Read more on the CSBA Blog »

Federal partnership opposes FCC proposal that could hinder access to broadband

The federal partnership of CSBA and the Association of California School Administrators has filed comments opposing the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to establish an aggregate cap on the Universal Service Fund’s four programs and merge the existing program-level caps for the E-rate and Rural Health Care programs. These changes could hinder California’s efforts to connect all students to high-capacity broadband for learning, including by making it more difficult for districts to conduct the long-term planning required for major infrastructure initiatives. The partnership believes that preparing all students for success after graduation depends on offering them improved access to the array of educational resources and experiences now available online.

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Events

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

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

MIG Course 1: Foundations of Effective Governance/Setting Direction
Sept. 20, 2019 — Santa Rosa
(registration closed)

MIG Course 2: Student Learning & Achievement/Policy & Judicial Review
Sept. 21, 2019 — Santa Rosa
(registration closed)

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