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