February 2018 Vol. 24, 2
2018–19 budget proposal fulfills LCFF funding target
With a steady stream of state revenues filtering in throughout the final weeks of 2017, all eyes in the California education world were focused on the January budget release in anticipation of Gov. Jerry Brown fully funding the Local Control Funding Formula — the signature education law of his second go-round as California’s governor — to hit the LCFF funding target in his final year in office.
Gov. Brown hit that target when he delivered a proposed LCFF investment of approximately $3 billion in his 2018–19 budget proposal. In his final budget, released in January, Gov. Brown again reiterated his call for prudent fiscal planning and safeguarding against a looming recession by bolstering the state’s reserves — a deposit of $3.5 billion maxes out the Rainy Day Fund at the constitutional limit of 10 percent of tax revenues ($13.5 billion).

Beneath the fanfare of LCFF hitting its funding target two years ahead of schedule lies a budget that is sturdy for K-12 education, but still will leave California in the bottom tier nationally for education funding.

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New laws regarding student board members; hiring practice
A pair of new laws pertaining to student board members took effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Both laws aim to bolster the role of students on governing boards and to give students a stronger voice on matters that come before the body.

Neither law changes the existing processes for boards to create a student board member position, nor does either law require boards to create a student board member position if such a position does not already exist. Further, both laws apply only to public votes and public information — neither law applies to closed session votes or materials used in closed sessions.

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Mike Walsh | Butte COE

Emma Turner | La Mesa-Spring Valley SD

Vice President:
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez | Azusa USD

Immediate Past President:
Susan Henry | Huntington Beach Union HSD

CEO & Executive Director:
Vernon M. Billy

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Vantage Point: by CSBA President Mike Walsh
Beginning the year with appreciation
Welcome to 2018 and another year of increasing the influence that CSBA has on the public education agenda. It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this publication that school boards play a critical role in preparing students to be well-educated, civic-minded participants in democracy. That has been the vision here in California since the first Constitutional Convention was held in 1849. Back then, Robert Semple, a delegate from Solano County, shared that, “If the people are to govern themselves, they should be qualified to do it. They must be educated; they must educate their children; they must provide means for the diffusion of knowledge and the progress of enlightened principles.” That vision seems just as important today as it was nearly 170 years ago.

With roughly 5,100 individuals assuming that governing role, it seems very appropriate that we started the year by celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month — not necessarily because of the work that has already been done, although the importance of that can never be overstated, but because of the enormity of the work that is about to be done. I see it as a thank you statement in advance. Thank you for setting the direction and giving your guidance to the staff so that they can set about the work of creating schools that best represent the vision of the local community.

State must improve the California School Dashboard
By CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy and Education Trust–West Executive Director Ryan J. Smith
California has always been a state of dreamers and idealists. That’s part of our legacy and a reason for our success. Yet, as our state’s long trail of innovators have shown us, success takes more than ideas — it also requires careful implementation. California’s school funding model is based on a powerful idea: improve outcomes by directing more resources to high-need students and use a multiple-measure accountability system that supports local decision-making. Unfortunately, the reality of the system doesn’t match the vision.

In January, the State Board of Education heard feedback about the California School Dashboard — an online tool that shows how schools and districts are performing. The state says it’s “the next step in a series of major shifts in California K-12 schools, changes that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students.”

New fact sheet on California’s education funding available
Despite a growing economy, California trails behind nearly every other state in terms of the resources it devotes to education.
A new CSBA fact sheet explores California’s current investment in education, the educational needs of its students and how the support these students receive falls short when compared to the rest of the nation. These realities make the case for increasing investments in education to ensure a brighter future for our students and our state.

Growing evidence points to a positive relationship between education funding and improved student outcomes, particularly for students from low-income households. Multiple studies have shown that economically disadvantaged students who attend well-resourced schools demonstrate greater academic achievement than similar students in schools with fewer resources. Yet California has not responded to this evidence with an adequate investment in education to meet the needs of its students.

March 15 layoff notices: What boards should know
As a member of a school board governance team, few situations are more sensitive than a school district delivering March 15 notices. It is essential for governing boards to be familiar with information about the March 15 notice, its implementation process and the strict legal requirements attached to the process.

The March 15 notice is a formal, written announcement from a school district to administrators, certificated employees and others — required by Education Code section 44949 — informing them that they may be released, demoted or reassigned for the following school year beginning July 1. Before March 15, the district board must adopt a resolution stating that services are to be reduced and/or discontinued and that it is necessary to reduce the staff, specifying the extent of the reduction. The resolution must also direct the superintendent to notify affected employees.

The notice must advise the employee that the superintendent has recommended to the board that the employee be notified that his or her services will not be required for the following year, the reasons for the recommendation and the employee’s right to request a hearing to determine whether there is cause for the action (this must be done within seven days of receiving the notice, unless the notice specifies a later date). The notices must be delivered personally or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested. See Education Code section 44949 for further details concerning the content of the notice.

If there are any appeals, the proposed decision of the administrative law judge must be delivered to the board or county superintendent no later than May 7. A copy of the proposed decision must be sent to all affected employees. Before May 15, the board must adopt a final decision regarding laying off employees effective for the following school year.

Critics at state board meeting say school dashboard missing the mark
California’s uneven efforts towards educational equity for all student groups was at the center of January’s State Board of Education meeting. At issue were two competing systems for measuring progress and identifying groups in need of help.
In December, the U.S. Department of Education sent feedback on California’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan that said the state needed to provide more information on how it met the ESSA requirement that schools in need of assistance be identified. Federal law also requires states to develop an improvement plan for the lowest performing 5 percent of schools.

At the January SBE meeting, board members instead said they would provide the federal government with more information on how the state’s new accountability system, the California School Dashboard, works to “clarify the issues raised.” The system tracks progress by school districts. Board members also stressed more patience as the Dashboard continues to evolve.

The DACA repeal and its impact on schools
On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
As a result of the decision, individuals currently covered by DACA will begin to lose their protection and work authorization on March 6, 2018. This has raised questions for school districts about the impact on students and schools, and what actions school boards can or must take.

The DACA program began in 2012, when the United States began offering undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, and who met a series of eligibility requirements, work authorization and a renewable two-year reprieve from deportation. Nearly 800,000 people were granted approval under the DACA program.

In order to qualify for the program, individuals needed to be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, have arrived in the U.S. before they were 16 years old, have continuously resided in the U.S. since 2007, have virtually no criminal record, and be either currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a General Equivalency Diploma or be an honorably discharged military veteran.

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Register for any of these events at www.csba.org/TrainingAndEvents.
February 23–24, 2018 | El Centro
MIG Courses
March 1, 2018 | Anaheim
2018 The Brown Act
March 2–3, 2018 | Anaheim
2018 Institute for New and First Term Board Members
March 3, 2018 | Bakersfield
MIG Course 5
March 9–10, 2018 | San Diego
MIG Courses
March 16–17, 2018 | El Centro
MIG Courses
March 23–24, 2018 | Woodland
County Board Advanced Governance Workshop
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