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California Schools: Spring 2014: Enriching the lives of students in poverty :

Enriching the lives of students in poverty

School leaders who understand how issues of poverty can affect the children they are trying to reach can develop programs that support students beyond their academic needs.

In This Issue

Sixty years after Brown

LCFF advances educational equity agenda; school boards will play key role in California reform

Six decades after the momentous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawed “separate but equal” public school facilities, California’s Local Control Funding Formula is generating great excitement among those who believe the school financing plan is a potentially powerful new weapon in the fight for educational equity.

A conversation with ... Jannelle Kubinec

A key consultant to the SBE looks at LCFF and its local accountability plans

As director of the Comprehensive School Assistance Program at WestEd and a recognized expert in school finance and research, Jannelle Kubinec was a natural choice to lead the California State Board of Education’s exploration of a process for implementing the Local Control Funding Formula for K-12 schools.


Executive Director's note: Critical turning point for education in California

This year we commemorate some major milestones that greatly impacted education and society in the U.S., including the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

BoardWise: Governance team members write in

What should you do if information from a closed session is disclosed to the media?

From the field: We shall overcome—by focusing on black male students

Last summer when we took a closer look at the aggregate data of each significant student group, one group appeared to be most at risk: our African-American male students.

Editor's note: ‘Unfinished Business,’ LCFF, and a postscript

One last “editor’s note”: I’m now moving on. I’m grateful for the chance to leave with this especially strong issue of California Schools as my postscript.

Class acts: At Buena Park High, multiple supports multiply successes

Coyote Central tutoring program, Pathways to Success make a difference

Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s Buena Park High School in Orange County has developed a multifaceted approach that has helped make a dynamic impact on the entire school community.

Class act: Redwood City pilot program sparks schoolwide interest and growth

The Redwood City School District’s leaders implemented a project-based learning pilot program at Roosevelt Elementary School in 2009.

CSBA at issue: CSBA’s 2013 Policy Platform – A Big Change

This is the Platform’s first major revision in more than a decade, and it constitutes a significant shift in the both the content of the Platform and the process by which future revisions may be enacted. An overview of the Platform is provided below.