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California Schools magazine: Winter 2013

3, 2, 1 ... lift off!

The new school financing strategy that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last July represented a radical shift in the way the state allocates money to local educational agencies, targeting additional resources to help schools boost achievement among English learners, children from low-income families and students in foster care.

In This Issue


A conversation with ... Jo Lucey

Josephine Lucey, CSBA's 2014 president, brings an engineer's analytical expertise to school governance

Josephine Lucey, the incoming president of the California School Boards Association, is a mechanical engineer whose first job was in satellite design.

Did your legislator stand up for public education?

A year of big legislative changes ends with some big wins for local governance

Governmental Relations staff has compiled a table of key votes on some of the most important education-related legislation of 2013. See the print version of California Schools.

Great expectations, limited funds

The new money and flexibility are putting governance teams in the eye of what CSBA General Counsel Keith J. Bray calls a “perfect storm” of competing interests—all with their own ideas about the best uses for a very limited amount of funding.

Departments


Executive director's note: From geese to Governance First

Governance is about teamwork. It’s creating a shared goal or vision, and developing shared activity and accountability leading to measurable outcomes. It’s about working together and the fact that when we do so we are much more powerful than if we acted alone.

BoardWise: How much can boards do?

BoardWise is a forum for board members and superintendents across the state to share questions about governance and board-superintendent relations. Send your questions to boardwise@csba.org.

Editor's note: Wake-up call

The K-12 community everywhere is grappling with the details of the new school funding formula—the money, the obligations and the timelines involved.

Class act: Evidence-based practices help students with autism

Model program wins national grant and a CSBA Golden Bell Award

In Butte County, the Chico Unified School District’s Marsh Model Autism Program is a self-contained classroom focusing on autism, serving 12 students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Class act: Covina-Valley USD Reading Club spells success

Students at Covina-Valley Unified School District’s Rowland Avenue Elementary School can’t wait to get into Rowland’s Morning Reading Club, an innovative parent partnership that provides extra academic time for students.

CSBA at issue: Common Core: Assessing some common criticisms

The Local Control Funding Formula is a sea change in school governance, and implementing the Common Core State Standards is one of its principal accountability components.