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Gov. Brown Signs Many Education Bills, Vetoes Others

As Governor Brown signed – and vetoed – hundreds of bills this week, the California School Boards Association compiled the following list of education-related bills that were signed by the Governor.

AB 420 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento) eliminates “willful defiance” as grounds to suspend students in K-3 or recommend expulsion for students in K-12. This bill intends to encourage districts to use alternative disciplinary methods. This position bill was supported by CSBA...

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September Cash Update Shows State Revenues Still Running Ahead of Budget Projections

On October 10, California State Controller John Chiang released his monthly report covering California's cash balance, receipts and disbursements in September 2014. Total revenues for the third month of Fiscal Year 2014-15 were $9.8 billion, coming in above Budget Act estimates by $671.4 million, or 7.4 percent.

"Driven by an upswing in consumer activity and job growth, September revenues beat projections by more than $670 million," said Chiang...

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Report Finds Linked Learning Boosts Underserved Students’ Education Through Creative Use of Time

Used in conjunction with the rigorous Common Core standards, initiatives that creatively use time to accomplish ambitious academic and professional goals – such as Linked Learning – are transformative in helping students achieve positive education outcomes, report finds.

“Programs such as Linked Learning that help prepare students for the rigors of college and careers are making a big difference in increasing high school performance and graduation rates,”...

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“Practical” Guide for Effective Pre-K-3 Principal Leadership Recommends Student-Centered, Approach

To support principals in creating school conditions that support early learners’ needs, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has developed an updated, practical guide: Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice. The practical resource sets forth the skills that principals leading schools serving children from age 3 to age 8 must have to ensure the academic, emotional & physical well-being and success of young children..

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Controller Unveils One-Stop Access to K-12 Districts’ Public Employee Compensation

For the first time since launching publicpay.ca.gov in 2010, State Controller John Chiang expanded the online tool on Oct. 2 to include salary, benefits and other compensation data for 578,403 K-12 public employees and school officials.

"After the City of Bell demonstrated how the absence of transparency and accountability can breed fiscal mismanagement, we created a one-stop resource detailing compensation data for every public official and employee,” Chiang said...

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National School Lunch Week: New Poll Validates Concerns about Federal School Meals

With the start of National School Lunch Week on October 13, NSBA is calling for the U.S. Congress and the USDA to address the consequences of onerous requirements for school meal programs in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

NSBA’s survey of school leaders shows that since that law went into effect in 2010, 83.7 percent of school districts saw an increase in plate waste, 81.8 percent had an increase in cost, and 76.5 percent saw a decrease in participation by students...

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