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April 2014       

Donald LaPlante with Lucille Roybal-Allard; photo courtesy Roybal-Allard's office

CSBA Region 24 Director Donald LaPlante meets with U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce, during the association's first-ever Federal Board Member Action Day last month.

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California graduation rate tops 80 percent

30 April 2014 - More California high school students than ever are graduating on time, the latest state figures show. Better than eight in 10 students who were freshmen in 2009-10 earned a regular diploma in 2013, the California Department of Education announced this week.

Governor’s rainy day budget reserve proposal gets first hearing

30 April 2014 - The governor’s proposal for a strengthened rainy day fund was presented to the Assembly Budget Committee in a special legislative session convened for the purpose. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Gov. Jerry Brown reviewed the goals of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 of the second extraordinary session to a packed hearing room late on April 28.

DRAM settlement notice for California school boards

1 April 2014 - California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a $310 million multistate settlement with major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips over price-fixing allegations.

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Governance First: Focus on federal advocacy day

Local school board members met with members of Congress in their home districts March 19 to advocate for public education and reinforce school boards’ role as the only democratically elected body representing their local communities on education and children’s issues.

Your chance to affect state issues

Make plans to participate in CSBA’s state-level Board Member Action Day May 9. A pre-event webinar Thursday, May 1, will equip participants with the background information they’ll need.

Vantage Point: California: At the bottom of school funding—again!

Even if the Local Control Funding Formula’s projected levels are met, it won’t be until 2020 that all districts are back to the levels they were at in 2007. Thirteen years later and we are back where we started.

Hastings dead wrong about school boards

This commentary by CSBA President Josephine “Jo” Lucey, responding to criticisms of elected school boards by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, ran last month in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Governance First: Top 2013-14 bills to watch

There are more than 4,500 individual bills introduced in the 2013-14 Legislative Session. CSBA is following about 400 of them.

Two law firms step up to Premier Business Affiliate level

The two law firms—Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, and Dannis Woliver Kelley—help provide training opportunities and services to governance teams.

Golden Bell entries due by June 30

CSBA’s Golden Bell Awards program is accepting entries through June 30, with 19 categories that reflect the breadth of exemplary educational programs and services provided by California’s public schools.

Nominations for CSBA's 2015 president-elect and vice president are being accepted through June 2

Nomination forms can be found on CSBA’s website. They must be received by CSBA no later than Monday, June 2.