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Four Ballot Measures in November Endorsed by CSBA

CSBA will support four statewide initiatives which are eligible or are in the process of qualifying for the November 2016 statewide ballot, including the “The California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016” and the “Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016.”

“The California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016” - CSBA Position: Support

Submitted to the Secretary of State for verification of signatures, this measure would temporarily extend the income tax provisions of Prop 30 for 12 years..

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Governor Brown Signs 2016-2017 State Budget

On Monday (June 27), Gov. Jerry Brown quietly signed the 2016-17 state budget – and Brown did so without announcing any line-item vetoes.

In comparison with recent years, this year’s budget signing was low key. During the state budget crisis a few years ago, Brown would often call a formal news conference to announce that he had signed the budget, and the Governor’s remarks would include budget charts on easels as visual illustrations, and the Governor’s message would be sent out live in a webcast on The California Channel...

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What Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students

Despite all the celebratory rhetoric around our nation’s declining dropout rates, during a given year, nearly 20 percent of students expected to graduate do not. Furthermore, according to John Hopkins and Civic Enterprises, “unacceptably low levels of minority, low-income, English Language Learners, and special education students are graduating from high school.” This is true for 29 percent of African American students, 25 percent of Hispanic students, 39 percent of students who have limited English proficiency, and 27 percent of low income students...

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CSBA Offers Recommendations for Improving California’s Local Control and Accountability Plans

A new CSBA report, released on June 15, urges the State Board of Education to revise the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process and template in order to increase ease-of-use, maximize collaboration and engagement and support school districts in their work to plan for and promote student success.

The CSBA recommendations contained in "Strengthening the LCAP" are based on input systematically gathered from more than 260 local governing board members around the state. Overall, CSBA synthesized more than 400 individual suggestions into 16 specific recommendations organized around two focus areas...

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Study Finds Teachers Improve as They Gain Experience

Teachers, on average, increase their effectiveness as they gain experience, and this improvement continues in the second and often third decade of their careers. This is a key finding from a comprehensive review of 30 studies analyzing the effect of teaching experience on student outcomes, released by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI).

The report reexamines this question in light of recent studies using advanced research methods. It is co-authored by Senior Policy Advisor Tara Kini and Researcher and Policy Analyst Anne Podolsky. Among its key findings: as teachers gain experience throughout their careers, their students’ achievement gains increase...

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Upgrading Technology Infrastructure in California’s Schools

As California schools move into online testing and online learning, an adequate technology infrastructure is no longer an option, but a necessity. To fully benefit from digital learning, schools will require a comprehensive technology infrastructure that can support a range of administrative and instructional tools. An earlier PPIC report found that most schools need significant technology upgrades in order to accommodate online learning. What upgrades do schools need most, and how much will they cost? How can policymakers help ensure that all students have access to 21st-century learning tools?

This report describes findings based on new statewide data...

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