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September 11, 2019
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In this Issue

Legislative Update: Start time bill not yet heard in Assembly; AB 1505 sent to Gov. Newsom

With two days to go in the 2019 legislative year, Senate Bill 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), the CSBA-opposed school start time bill, has not yet been heard on the Assembly Floor. It was expected that the bill would be heard on Monday, Sept. 9. As of this writing it has not yet been brought to the floor, but it can be heard at any time on or before Friday, Sept. 13.

Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), which would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals, has been sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk after passing the Senate with a 27-11 vote (with two members not recording a vote) on Sept. 9 and concurred by the Assembly with a 60-16 vote (with three members not recording a vote) on Sept. 10. With amendments made to the bill last week, CSBA is supportive of AB 1505.

After several ongoing discussions at the Capitol surrounding school facilities, AB 48 (O’Donnell & Glazer) was amended late on Tuesday afternoon and awaits action on the Senate Floor. The bill, now known as The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020, lists Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) as a joint author and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as principal co-authors, signaling an agreement among legislative leadership on the measure. AB 48 would place a $15 billion facilities bond on the March 3, 2020 ballot, with $9 billion going to K-12 — $2.8 billion for new construction and $5.2 billion for modernization (with $150 million earmarked for lead in water testing and remediation) — with $500 million each for Career Technical Education and for charter schools. The Community Colleges, California State and University of California systems would each receive $2 billion. The bill would also, among other things, increase bonding capacity for unified school districts from 2.5 percent to 4 percent of assessed valuation and from 1.25 to 2 percent for elementary and high school districts, temporarily modify certain developer fees and provide immediate assistance (i.e. temporary facilities) for schools impacted by disasters. CSBA continues to support the bill. Read more »

On Monday, Gov. Newsom signed into law SB 419 (Skinner, D-Berkeley), a bill supported by CSBA that would eliminate the ability of schools to suspend students in grades 1-5 for willful defiance, and would also eliminate the ability to suspend students in grades 6-8 for the same offense until 2025. Learn more »

Explore the benefits of quality early childhood education with new CSBA governance brief

Increasingly, school districts and county offices of education are expanding their focus and investment in early childhood education, often prompted by research showing that achievement gaps are best addressed before children enroll in kindergarten. A new CSBA governance brief, “The Importance of Early Childhood Education Programs,” explores the state’s ECE programs, including transitional kindergarten, and the benefits of investing in early childhood learning. The brief also includes indicators of quality ECE programs and guiding questions for board members to evaluate their districts’ early learning investments. Read the brief »

Access resources to keep attendance issues front and center year-round

September is Attendance Awareness Month, but a year-round focus is required of board members and other district leaders to make sustainable inroads and cultural shifts. Poor attendance poses a major challenge to the achievements of many students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The addition of chronic absenteeism as an indicator on the California School Dashboard also adds a layer of accountability that makes attendance even more of a priority for board members, district officials and school site leaders. In addition to CSBA resources, a new report from Future Ed and Attendance Works, Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism, outlines more than 20 strategies that states, districts and schools can use to address chronic absenteeism. Read more on the CSBA Blog »

CSBA/ACSA federal bill on IDEA, board self-evaluation highlight September newsletter

The September issue of California School News is now available online. Learn about the CSBA/ACSA Federal Partnership bill regarding early childhood services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, how to remain in compliance with the Brown Act during your board self-evaluation, the key relationship between STEM learning and career and technical education and more. Read California School News online »

Register for free webinar for educators about public charge rule

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is hosting a one-hour training on Sept. 23 from 2–3 p.m. for education and outreach providers to discuss what public charge is, who is affected by it, what the new changes mean for immigrant families and how to conduct outreach and education on public charge to community members. The webinar is designed for non-legal services providers to provide accurate information for the community and refer individuals for legal advice and counsel. Learn more and register »

Provide feedback on two new statewide professional learning initiatives

The California Department of Education and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence are holding stakeholder input sessions on two key initiatives that will provide statewide professional learning opportunities, the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy and the Educator Workforce Investment Grant. The 21st Century CSLA sessions will provide an overview of the program and ask for input on critical areas for professional learning on Sept. 16, 9–10 a.m.; Sept. 19, 3–4 p.m.; and Sept. 20, 3–4 p.m. One session will be held to provide feedback on the Educator Workforce Investment Grant on Sept. 25, 1:30–4:30 p.m. No advance registration is required for any of the sessions.

Raise funds needed for real 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 »

Events

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)

Board Presidents Workshop
Sept. 28, 2019 — Salinas

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