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February 2014       

Jo Lucey at State Capitol January 2014

CSBA President Josephine "Jo" Lucey makes the case for public schools to a news reporter in the corridors of the state Capitol following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 state budget proposal last month.

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CTC adopts revised professional standards for principals

19 February 2014 - Updated standards for the training and professional development of principals and other school leaders were adopted by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing Feb. 13.

CSBA petitions U.S. Supreme Court in case on special education services

18 February 2014 - CSBA’s Education Legal Alliance has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of two California school districts contesting a misapplication of the Americans with Disabilities Act that has national implications.

In California School News


February Easy links

Easy hyperlinks to information and resources from this month's California School News.

SBE approves LCFF regs and LCAP template

After a marathon seven-hour public hearing Jan. 16, the State Board of Education unanimously approved emergency Local Control Funding Formula spending regulations and a template for Local Control and Accountability Plans that balance local decision making and accountability while maintaining the commitment to equity sought by CSBA and other public school advocates.

Brown budget for 2014-15

Gov. Jerry Brown last month proposed a 2014-15 budget that would provide some $6.3 billion more for K-14 school funding.

Vantage point: Adopting Common Core: Our district’s journey

Common Core implementation is a challenge. Successful implementation will require boards, district staff, and parent communities to act together with a unity of purpose, focused on the ultimate goal of student success.

Coming to a location near you

Institute for New and First Term Board Members is part of CSBA’s new Governance U professional development offerings.

Former teacher joins CSBA policy staff

Peter Wright is a new member of CSBA’s Policy and Programs Department.

Delegate Assembly ballots mailed

Delegates serve two-year terms that begin April 1. All new and re-elected delegates are eligible to take part in the May 17-18 Delegate Assembly in Sacramento.

CSBA names senior Communications director

Suzanne Meraz recently joined CSBA as the senior director of Communications.

Federal budget passed

Federal education funding will approach pre-sequestration levels under a two-year appropriations bill that passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Obama last month.

Forecast Webcast available online for easy viewing

CSBA’s 2014 Forecast Webcast features a preview of the new year’s economic climate, budget issues, and state and federal legislative developments.