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County boards of education are the governing body for California’s 58 county offices of education (COEs), which provide services directly to their counties’ most vulnerable student populations through county office-run juvenile court schools and county community schools. County boards govern these schools while the day-to-day operations are handled by the county superintendent. Other county board duties include charter school petition approvals, denials and oversight, interdistrict transfer and expulsion appeal hearings, purchase and leasing of real property, and approval of the COE budget, annual audit and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

County boards of education are critical to student success, particularly the success of high-need students who are served by county office schools. CSBA recognizes the special role county boards play in education at the local level and is committed to providing the information, resources and advocacy you need to perform your governance duties at the highest level.

CSBA will continue to expand the number of offerings designed for county board members because we recognize that the county board experience is unique and requires custom support and services.

Read the announcement of CSBA County Board Member Services
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Upcoming events/trainings

2024 County Board Governance Workshop – Sacramento, March 8-9, 2024

This training opportunity is a two-day workshop designed to give county board members the confidence and tools to implement their objectives. County boards provide services to the state’s most vulnerable populations through juvenile court and county community schools, support county office initiatives, make decisions regarding charter school renewals and more — all of which require specific support to fulfill their governance duties. County trustees can expect to gain in-depth county-focused learning opportunities at this workshop. County trustees can expect to gain in-depth COE-focused learning and networking opportunities at this workshop. Join CSBA on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the Embassy Suites in Sacramento. Register here | View flyer | View the agenda 

Housing: A block of rooms has been secured at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, located at 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814, with a room rate of $234 single/double. Please click on this hotel registration link to make your reservations online. Please note that the cutoff date to reserve a room through the group block is Feb. 22, 2024. This room block is limited, so make your room reservation today! If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Legislative Action Week – Virtual, March 12-14, 2024

Join CSBA for the flagship three-day virtual legislative advocacy event connecting local school district and county board members with members of the California Legislature and their staff to shine light on the critical issues facing California’s schools. Recognized as one of the leading statewide educational advocacy events of the year, Legislative Action Week plays a key role in influencing vital budget and legislative issues. CSBA staff will take care of everything from scheduling virtual meetings to providing advocacy training and talking points — all trustees have to do is log on! Register here.

Coast2Coast – Washington, D.C., April 8-10, 2024

Join the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for the third annual Coast2Coast Federal Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C., where attendees will shine a light on the issues affecting the state's nearly 6 million K-12 students. California governance team members — district and county board members and superintendents — are urged to attend this three-day annual event held in our nation's Capital. Register here.

CSBA County Board Member Services Conference – Monterey, Sept. 12-14, 2024

Save the date: The upcoming CSBA County Board Member Services Conference will be Sept. 12-14, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel And Spa. More details coming soon!


Sample county board policies

CSBA offers a series of sample board policies for use by county offices of education and through GAMUT Policy. The samples reflect recent legislation, court decisions and educational trends, and are easy to customize to specific local needs.

GAMUT Policy provides easy access to CSBA sample policies, regulations and bylaws, pertinent laws and other resources. Updated continuously throughout the year, GAMUT includes sample board bylaws and policy samples for county offices of education, the entire Education Code, Title 5, other relevant state and federal code sections, California Department of Education advisories, and a “keyword” index. Learn more.

For more information regarding pricing, subscriptions, or to request a free demo, please call (800) 266-3382 or email gamut@csba.org.


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