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State Sen. Lou Correa briefs the news media on SB 843, a bill to protect students while ensuring due process for teachers. Also appearing in support of the bill are, from left: Sheila Boxley, president and CEO of the Child Abuse Prevention Center; CSBA President Josephine Lucey; CSBA General Counsel Keith J. Bray, who also directs CSBA's Education Legal Alliance; and Mike Smith, chair of the ELA's advisory board.

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Federal advocacy focus: Funding and connectivity

25 March 2014 - During CSBA’s inaugural Federal Board Member Action Day March 19, local school board members met with members of Congress in their home districts to advocate for public education and reinforce school boards’ role.

Two law firms step up to Premier Business Affiliate level

24 March 2014 - Two longtime members of CSBA’s Business Affiliate Program have expanded their support to public education by boosting their participation to the Premier level, investing $25,000 in the program.

Smarter Balanced field tests run March 18-June 6

4 March 2014 - s California makes the shift to new Common Core State Standards, local educational agencies throughout the state will be required to field test new computerized CCSS assessments in English-Arts and mathematics between March 18 and June 6.

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CSBA legislation would reform teacher dismissals

CSBA and California State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, have introduced legislation to better protect California’s students by reforming the teacher dismissal process, streamlining procedures for cases involving teacher conduct that could jeopardize student safety and making it more efficient and less expensive while maintaining fairness and due process for teachers.

U.S. issues are on CSBA's agenda

CSBA is poised to follow up on last month’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., with a grassroots effort reaching out to California’s representatives in Congress in their home-district offices.

Vantage point: Delivering California’s message to Washington

If you don’t show up and voice your opinion, how will your representative ever know what you think and what you value?

Executive Search Service launched

By popular demand, CSBA has launched a new Executive Search Service in partnership with McPherson & Jacobson LLC, a company that has placed more than 500 superintendents and other officials in public and nonprofit organizations across the country since 1991.

CTC revises standards for principals

Updated standards for the training and professional development of principals and other school leaders were adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Feb. 13.

Presentation proposals sought for AEC 2014

CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show comes to San Francisco Dec. 14-16

Delegate Assembly ballots due by March 17

Completed ballots should be returned to CSBA’s West Sacramento office and must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than Monday, March 17.

School meals: Some rules loosened, others may tighten

New regulations for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act remove daily and weekly limits on grains, meats and meat alternatives for lunches served through the National School Lunch Program.

E-rate reforms sought to bring broadband to all

CSBA and NSBA are asking Congress to increase E-rate funding to $5 billion a year, streamline program administration and maximize local decision making and flexibility so the program works for all LEAs.

CSBA backs bill to boost school transportation funds

State Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, has introduced a measure co-sponsored by CSBA and the California School Employees Association to increase school transportation reimbursement rates for school districts and county offices of education that are severely underfunded.

Outstanding Freshman Legislator

State Sen. Richard Roth receives CSBA’s award for 2013 Outstanding Freshman Legislator during a ceremony at the Riverside County Office of Education last month.