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February 19, 2020
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In this Issue

CSBA CEO advocates for Prop 13 school bond measure

As misinformation about school facilities bond measure 13 circulates through both traditional and social media, it is important for school board members to share accurate information with their communities. Proposition 13 — The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020 — is not related to property tax protections passed by voters in 1978. This Proposition 13 is a traditional school bond to fix outdated and unsafe school buildings across California. In a recent letter to the editor in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy noted, “too many of California’s students attend schools that require additional modernization for health and safety reasons. We support providing students with a high-quality educational experience and don’t believe that our school facilities should be a barrier to student success. Our students deserve better — and we can do better by voting “yes” on Proposition 13.” Learn more »

Supreme Court finds some district employees eligible for unemployment in summer under limited circumstances

The California Supreme Court ruled in January that the Unemployment Insurance Code does not bar public school employees from collecting unemployment benefits if the summer session constitutes an “academic term.” The Court’s decision in United Educators of San Francisco v. San Francisco Unified School District means that some school district employees may be eligible for unemployment benefits during the summer. The ruling has the potential to create additional financial burdens for districts that must pay into unemployment benefits during the summer session for some employees. Districts that are not offering an “academic term” in the summer under the Court’s definition should not be affected by the Court’s decision. Read more on the CSBA blog »

Few students meet or exceed standards on new state science test

The dismal results of the new California Science Test — developed by the California Department of Education to measure progress on the Next Generation Science Standards — were released this month. Statewide, only 32 percent of fifth-graders, 31 percent of eighth-graders and 28 percent of high school students met or exceeded the standards adopted in 2013. The scores also show significant gaps between black (14 percent) and Latino (19 percent) students and their white (44 percent) and Asian (59 percent) peers, as well as dramatically low rates of proficiency among English learners (3 percent), special education students (8 percent) and low-income youth (19 percent). These results point to the continuing need for support for districts, schools and teachers in implementing NGSS. Read more »

New resource site to help prepare for threats on school campuses is a new federal clearinghouse that provides resources on school climate, safety and security for K-12 administrators, educators, parents and law enforcement. The site contains guidance, best practices, recommendations and tools that can be used to support school safety initiatives, such as a survey to assess school safety readiness. There is also a secure information sharing platform where designated school personnel can share ideas, practices and plans related to school safety. View the resources »

CSBA’s February newsletter now available online

Meet CSBA’s first Board Member of the Year, Donn Clickard, in the latest edition of California School News. The issue also examines the deep need for school facilities bond measure 13; a new law clarifying the right of transgender students to request their student records be updated with their correct information; and the challenges of implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in elementary school classrooms. Read the newsletter »

CSBA Delegate Assembly election: Ballots due March 16

Ballots for this year’s CSBA Delegate Assembly, in subregions that have elections, were mailed to school districts and county offices of education by Feb. 1. Completed ballots should be returned to CSBA’s West Sacramento office and must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than Monday, March 16, to be valid. All districts, COEs and candidates will be notified of the results by April 1. Run-off elections will be conducted in the case of tie votes. All new and re-elected delegates are eligible to attend the May 16–17 Delegate Assembly in Sacramento. Learn more about CSBA’s Delegate Assembly and candidates for election »

Bridgit: Tools for a positive school culture

Bridgit is designed to build and sustain a culture of positivity and safety in any school. Our toolkit empowers school leaders to maximize their students’ success by identifying and addressing social, emotional and safety concerns early. By nurturing and measuring positive communication between students, teachers and administration and mapping behavioral trends, “Bridgit schools” create healthy, connected learning environments that reduce risk and help students thrive. Learn more »


Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Training
Feb. 24 — West Sacramento

Masters in Governance Course 3: School Finance
Feb. 28 — Santa Rosa

Masters in Governance Course 4: Collective Bargaining/Human Resources
Feb. 29 — Santa Rosa

Masters in Governance Course 1: Foundations of Effective Governance/Setting Direction
March 13 — Cerritos

Masters in Governance Course 2: Student Learning & Achievement/Policy & Judicial Review
March 14 — Cerritos

2020 CCBE County Board Governance Workshop
March 15-16 — Sacramento

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