The California School Boards Association envisions a state where the public schools are widely recognized as the foundation of a free and democratic society, where local citizen governing boards are fully vested with the means to advance the best interests of students and the public, and where the futures of all children are driven by their aspirations, not bounded by their circumstances.
Boards of education are entrusted by their diverse communities to ensure that a high quality education is provided to each student. CSBA promotes success for all students by defining and driving the public education agenda and strengthening school board governance at the district and county levels. To achieve this mission, CSBA will be the leader in providing:
POLICY AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN AND STUDENTS
CSBA conducts non-partisan research and policy analysis, and advocates aggressively for state and federal policies that are coherent and focused on providing educational opportunities for all students.
COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT FOR GOVERNANCE TEAMS
CSBA provides training, support, resources and inspiration to governing boards and superintendents to maximize their effectiveness in carrying out their critical leadership functions.
DIRECT SERVICES TO DISTRICTS AND COUNTY OFFICES OF EDUCATION
CSBA provides high quality fiscal, policy, executive search and other services to school districts and county offices of education to assist them in meeting the needs of their students.
EDUCATION TO OUR COMMUNITIES ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL BOARD LEADERSHIP
CSBA develops and implements communications strategies that increase the public’s understanding about the value of public education and the importance of local school governance.
Adopted as modified June 29, 2008
CSBA will proactively drive a clearly defined State and Federal education agenda.
CSBA will reform school finance to provide necessary funding.
CSBA will lead efforts to close the academic achievement gaps.
CSBA will strengthen school board governance to maximize student achievement
CSBA will position school boards as leaders and agents of change.
CSBA will change the public image of public schools.
Approved by CSBA Board of Directors, March 20, 2010