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Little Rock Nine speaker captivates Delegate Assembly

20 May 2014 - The occasion offered a unique opportunity for school board members in the audience to reflect on student equity and the impact effective governance has on student success.

May Revision’s fiscal restraint includes surprise CalSTRS increase

20 May 2014 - Last week’s release of the governor’s May Revision budget provided a modest increase in K-12 funding and threw a curve ball at governing boards who are finalizing their budgets and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPS): a mandatory increase in their contributions to the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

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Fordham finds focused boards most effective

School board leadership does matter, answers a new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington D.C.

Transportation bill advances

With strong bipartisan support, the Senate Education Committee recently approved SB 1137, by Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, that would equalize reimbursement rates for home-to-school transportation costs.

Math is a gatekeeper to higher education

School boards and districts are facing two major decisions regarding math curriculum this year—whether to adopt (1) an integrated or traditional sequence, and (2) an accelerated or regular sequence—and they have an obligation to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each decision.

We must pass an effective teacher dismissal bill to protect California’s students

This commentary by CSBA President Josephine "Jo" Lucey on the issue of teacher dismissal reform ran in EdSource in April.

Later dates, new days for this year’s AEC

Registration opens on June 10 for CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show 2014, which will take place December 14-16 in San Francisco.

2014 CSBA Delegate Assembly election and appointment results

The list of delegates (as of April 28, 2014) who were elected, re-elected or appointed by a district or county office of education to a two-year term from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2016.

New GASB accounting rules to affect schools

GASB now requires public pension plan employers, including school districts and county offices of education, to report pension plan unfunded liabilities as their own liabilities on their financial statements.

History Lesson: 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the separate but equal doctrine in American public schools.