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August 23, 2017

CSBA-sponsored bills on the move: Reserve cap bill unanimously passes Appropriations today

Only a vote on the Assembly Floor now remains to send CSBA’s sponsored reserve cap bill to the Governor’s desk. Senate Bill 751 (Hill & Glazer) was unanimously approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee earlier today, marking the fifth unanimous vote on SB 751, which has yet to garner a single “no” vote in either house. The other active reserve cap bill, Assembly Bill 235 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), awaits a Senate Floor vote after passing the Senate Appropriations on Monday with an important amendment to exempt all small school districts of less than 2,501 ADA from the reserve cap entirely. SB 751 exempts the same number of small districts, and both bills exempt all basic aid districts. SB 527 (Galgiani, D-Stockton), another CSBA-sponsored bill to add a highly needed statutory cost-of-living adjustment for home-to-school transportation, was moved today to the Assembly Appropriations suspense file. SB 328 (Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge), the CSBA-opposed school start time bill, was also sent to suspense. Both the Senate and Assembly will hear their respective suspense files late next week, providing a clear picture of which bills with significant fiscal impact will be heard on the Senate and Assembly floors in the final days of the legislative session, and which will not advance in 2017. View CSBA Positions on 2017-18 legislation.

Could the teacher shortage be addressed through retention measures?

A new report from the Learning Policy Institute found that about 90 percent of teacher vacancies are due to teachers leaving the profession, and posits that a national teacher shortage could be alleviated by improving retention. Further, by retaining experienced teachers, school districts could also boost student learning and reduce costs. Learn about the report and strategies for teacher retention on CSBA's blog.

Register for the 2017 Unity Conference 

The California Latino School Boards Association is hosting the annual 2017 Unity Conference at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, October 5–8. This year’s conference title is “Building Bridges for All Students: Public Education as a Civil Right.” CLSBA invites trustees, administrators and community stakeholders to attend. Full conference registration is $450, and single-day registration is $225. Register and find information about housing on CLSBA’s website. For more information on the 2017 Unity Conference and to register, visit CLSBA's website. »

After Charlottesville: Resources to help schools discuss intolerance

As the school year begins, the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been a catalyst for national conversations about racism, bigotry and racially charged symbols. Educators can expect students to want to discuss these issues and their impact. Find useful resources to help with these discussions in this CSBA blog post. »

2017 Legislative Awards: Does your legislator stand up for public schools?

Each year, CSBA honors current members of the California Senate and Assembly, as well as members of Congress, who demonstrate leadership for public schools and who support local school board governance. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Legislative Awards program has been extended to Friday, Sept. 8. A board resolution limited to one page or minutes showing the board action must accompany each nomination form. Learn more. »

Climatec helps districts find budget-neutral funding for energy upgrades

CSBA’s partner Climatec helps districts design and implement turnkey energy efficiency programs and is committed to helping districts find creative, budget-neutral funding solutions to help augment bond programs and address deferred maintenance needs. To ensure students have safe, comfortable learning environments, Climatec’s Energy Solutions program provides comprehensive solutions with guaranteed savings for upgrading energy infrastructure such as HVAC, lighting, building automation systems, renewable energy, and battery storage. Visit us online to find out more!

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