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January 2022 Vol. 28, 1


Governor’s Budget Proposal addresses LCFF COLA and declining enrollment
No relief for school pension burden
Gov. Gavin Newsom released his January Budget Proposal on Jan. 10, with a $286.4 billion total budget, including $119 billion in funding for all TK-12 programs. Once again, the state is experiencing a significant budget surplus and the proposed Proposition 98 guarantee has grown to a total $102 billion, an $8.2 billion increase over the 2021 Budget Act.

“As the state continues to experience record-high revenues, CSBA is pleased to see that reflected in the natural growth of the Proposition 98 guarantee,” CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy said. “However, we continue to be concerned about base funding issues such as Local Control Funding Formula funding beyond just the cost-of-living adjustment, continued support for pensions, declining enrollment and transportation operational costs rather than the continued establishment of new, large categorical programs that may not support every community. These one-time funds will surely put governing boards in the position of having to eventually consider cutting services when they should be expanding them for students.”

AEC general session speakers advocate for uplifting student voices
Nearly 3,000 attendees gathered in San Diego for CSBA’s 2021 in-person Annual Education Conference and Trade Show that featured more than 100 sessions, including three inspiring general sessions and a variety of vendors.
CSBA honors Placentia-Yorba Linda USD trustee Karin Freeman as 2021 Board Member of the Year
CSBA is thrilled to present Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District trustee Karin Freeman with the 2021 Board Member of the Year Award. Freeman has served in public education for 32 years at the local, state and county levels and demonstrates thorough knowledge of school district governance, issues and programs with a focus on student learning and achievement.

The Golden Gavel Award honors individual school board members who exemplify best practices in effective governance and boardsmanship. Freeman was chosen from among nearly 5,000 school board members making up 977 school boards throughout the state.

“For more than 30 years, Karin has guided her district and helped to create a dynamic and supportive learning community that prepares students for successful futures,” said CSBA President Dr. Susan Heredia. “We are honored to recognize Karin’s exemplary efforts to improve student outcomes and well-being — an area of particular focus for her.”

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President’s Message: Dr. Susan Heredia
Staffing shortages may not be short-lived if we don’t take urgent action
Staffing shortages complicate start of 22, but schools remain steadfast about in-person instruction
A new year is a time of promise and opportunity. We all hope that the turn of the calendar brings with it a fresh start, particularly when the previous year was as exhausting as what we experienced in 2021. Indeed, the first month of 2022 has provided reasons for optimism, particularly over the medium to long term. Yet, no one can deny that the recent past has been extremely challenging for public schools and that the immediate future contains its own trials.

The unprecedented rate of staff absences prompted by the spread of COVID-19 and related quarantine measures is taxing school systems to the limit ­­— and beyond. Yet, through it all, school districts and county offices of education are standing firm and reinforcing our collective commitment to in-person instruction.

2021 aec recap
AEC general session speakers advocate for uplifting student voices
California native Dr. Victor Rios wows attendees; student leaders share their real-world experiences with CSBA CEO; TV host Elaine Welteroth inspires audience; and three state constitutional officers talk policy
Nearly 3,000 attendees gathered in San Diego Dec. 2-4 for CSBA’s 2021 in-person Annual Education Conference and Trade Show. In its 90th year, the event featured more than 100 sessions, including three inspiring general sessions and a variety of vendors on the trade show floor. More than 500 participants attended virtual AEC, which took place Dec. 9-10 and featured 50 recorded breakout sessions, as well as the three general sessions.
First General Session
AEC opened with the First General Session featuring Dr. Victor Rios, an associate dean of social sciences and professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using his personal life experiences growing up poor and often disengaged with education — along with his research findings — Rios has developed interventions for marginalized students aimed at promoting personal transformation and civic engagement. He is also the author of six books and the subject of the documentary film, “The Pushouts,” which is an alternative term for dropouts. See the November 2021 issue of this newsletter for an in-depth look at how his life was transformed by a caring teacher and how Rios now trains teachers to transform the lives of their students.
New laws in 2022
Classified layoffs, trustee-areas and trustee-area elections, and virtual board meetings
Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Assembly Bill 438 modifies the Education Code’s classified layoff statutes, creating additional protections for classified employees and changing how school districts and county offices of education can conduct classified layoffs. CSBA opposed AB 438 and aggressively lobbied the Legislature, highlighting the greater instability for schools the bill would create. School districts will need to plan carefully to mitigate the financial and logistical challenges AB 438 creates.

Previously, classified employees could be laid off at any time during the school year with at least 60 days’ notice, due to lack of work or lack of funds. With AB 438, the process for laying off permanent classified employees now mirrors the process for certificated employees. Except for employees whose positions must be eliminated as a result of the expiration of a specially funded program, permanent classified employees can only be laid off for the following school year if notified by March 15. While districts may still lay off classified employees due to lack of work or lack of funds, permanent classified employees have the right to request a hearing before an administrative law judge to determine if there is cause for their layoff. According to AB 438, a permanent classified employee includes an employee who was permanent at the time the notice or right to a hearing was required and an employee who became permanent after the date of the required notice.

2022 CSBA officers elected at Delegate Assembly
The winter meeting welcomed a new Executive Committee
At the 2021 winter meeting of the Delegate Assembly, which took place in San Diego Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, it was confirmed that Dr. Susan Heredia of Natomas Unified School District will continue to serve as CSBA’s President in 2022. Susan Markarian of Pacific Union Elementary SD will serve as President-Elect in 2022 and Santa Clara USD’s Albert Gonzalez, who is also the Region 20 director for CSBA, will be Vice President. Together with Immediate Past President and Azusa USD trustee Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, they form the 2022 CSBA Executive Committee.

Dr. Heredia took the reins of the presidency early at the end of May 2021, following the passing of Pleasant Valley USD trustee and CSBA President Suzanne Kitchens. Dr. Heredia is a professor of Education, Emerita at California State University, Sacramento and a lifelong educator and advocate of underserved children. The Sacramento native began her career as a bilingual teacher in the Sacramento City Unified School District and taught in the credential program at the University of California, Davis. She was also chair of the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department and Graduate and Professional Studies in Education Division at CSU Sacramento. An active member of CSBA, Dr. Heredia has served as CSBA’s Director-At-Large, Hispanic, as well as chair of the organization’s 2019 Annual Education Conference Committee. Dr. Heredia has also been a member of the association’s Policy Platform, Board Development, Bylaws, and Golden Bell Review committees, as well as CSBA’s Equity Network, Accountability Task Force, No Child Left Behind Task Force, Federal Issues Council and Governance Study Group. In 2021, Dr. Heredia was appointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing where she represents school board members in CTC decisions regarding teacher preparation and more.

Governance corner
Practical tips from our MIG faculty
In Memoriam – Teri Lynne Vigil
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Dear education leaders:

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the loss of one our own, Teri Vigil, on Nov. 24, 2021. This news comes as a great shock to me and I imagine to you as well. Teri had an engaging, effervescent personality. She was so full of life, and light, and energy, it’s hard to imagine that she’s no longer with us. I will miss her warm personality and ever-present bubbly smile. To know Teri was to truly know someone who cared not only about the work she did, but the people around her. CSBA will continue to honor her as a model of service to family, community, public schools and students throughout the state.

As a trustee of more than 25 years in the Fall River Joint Unified School District, our resident expert on small school districts, a search consultant identifying superintendent candidates, a professional learning facilitator helping districts navigate the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plan process, and the primary author of the “Boardwise” column in CSBA’s magazine California Schools, Teri epitomized the values of CSBA. She was a board president, a colleague, a friend and a teacher who helped other school board members become better trustees through her work as a faculty member in our Masters in Governance program.

The 2022 Mathematics Framework Revision
Second public comment period opens in January
Student doing math on the chalkboard
California’s 2013 Mathematics Framework, which offers districts guidance in implementing content standards, is currently undergoing significant revision. Both state and national media have reported about what is included in the framework, what the framework suggests changing about mathematics instruction, and how it is being developed. The second draft of the framework will enter its 60-day public review comment period sometime in January.
High school computer science offerings see gains, disparities by student group
Improvements are needed to provide access to the state’s students
As crucial as technology is in day-to-day life, only 51 percent of high schools offer computer science courses in the United States, though even that is a significant increase from 35 percent in 2018, according to the report, “2021 State of Computer Science Education: Accelerating Action Through Advocacy.”

A collaboration of Advocacy Coalition, Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance, the fifth annual report gives updates on national and state computer education policy, access and participation.

While the uptick in offerings shows progress by education leaders, policymakers and advocates, the fact that nearly half of high schools do not offer a single computer science class is “inadequate,” the organizations wrote.

Disparities in who has access to the subject have also been revealed via new data.

Now is the time to begin planning summer learning programs
A new report highlights best practices
Kids at summer camp
Amid the challenges of educating students through a pandemic, summer 2021 presented a bright spot in student learning and can be a turning point for the education system if school and policy leaders embrace summer learning for the essential role it plays in student success.

A recent report from Partnership for Children & Youth, Summer 2021: How California educators met the moment with re-engagement, reconnection, and reimagined learning, examined the state’s 2021 publicly funded summer learning programs, including the trends, best practices, challenges and innovative ideas through an analysis of statewide data, interviews with school leaders across 24 districts and media tracking.

Message from the CCBE 2022 President
Empowering county board trustees
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Education is power, a pen in hand to write one’s own future.

I learned this from my father who worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a “labor custodian.” That was the title for a janitor. He was always telling me to make sure I went to college. After he was injured in an accident and my mother died, I was adopted at age five and moved into a new household with a new last name.

Probably these changes made me feel somewhat powerless. Not that I knew the word “power” at age 5. But I remember being very aware that the adults in my new family had something that, today, I would call power. Why? They had gone to college. They had degrees and careers.

Degrees. Careers. Power. I wanted these things. (So, I became a nerd.) And as school board trustees, we all want all 6 million California students to have access to these things, too.
CCBE general membership meeting elects new officers
Project updates and upcoming goals we set

At CCBE’sgeneral membership meeting in San Diego Dec. 3, members heard reports the organization’s 2021 accomplishments and learned about what’s ahead for 2022. The meeting also saw the election of new officers. Gina Cuclis of the Sonoma County Office of Education was elected President-elect. Hector Camacho of San Mateo COE was elected Vice President. This occurred after a surprising move by the other VP candidate, David Patterson of Placer COE. Patterson gave his speech first, encouraging members to vote for Camacho, saying CCBE should encourage younger and more diverse leadership.

Via a nomination from the floor, Karina Talamantes of Sacramento COE was elected Treasurer and it was announced that the CSBA Delegate Assembly had elected Mike Teasdale of Ventura COE as the Director-at-Large, County. The DAL also serves on the CCBE Executive Committee. Outgoing President Rick Shea of San Diego COE described 2021 as an eventful year due to the creation of CCBE’s computer science project, made possible by a donation from Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan, and the hiring of CCBE’s new program manager Samantha Archey.

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